The Graduate School’s Key Competencies Training Program

Members of the Graduate School are supported by a wide range of additional seminars and workshops. Our training program in key competencies is designed to equip students with a full range of skills which will improve their effectiveness as researchers, and ensure that they are not only highly qualified but employable in a variety of careers by the end of their studies. 
Our training program has been created especially for our students and is customized to fit the typical situations and problems which occur during doctoral research. We work with highly qualified trainers and experts who have typically worked in the academic field themselves and have a wealth of practical experience.
The Graduate School’s key competence courses are open to all members of the Graduate School. No fees are charged for attending our courses. The courses are held in English or German. 
Here you find our current courses and workshops:

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Lina Zaveleva
International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 50 36293
Fax: +49 731 50 36292

Our Key-Competence Seminars

Good Practice

  • Writing papers and theses in the life sciences

    Writing scientific manuscripts is rewarding but can also turn out to be a difficult task for the beginner. This interactive two-days workshop gives assistance to Ph.D- students who are facing the challenge of writing a scientific paper or a thesis.

    seminar description

    22.-23. Oktober 2020
    09 a.m- 05:00 p.m.
    Venue: Villa Eberhardt
    no more free places
    Register for the waiting list

  • Designing and presenting scientific posters

    PhD students often face the challenge to present scientific posters at meetings. The generation of adequate posters is usually not a matter of just a few hours. Special care has to be taken to adjust contents and design to a typical brief presentation in a poster session. How to make a poster attractive and scientifically correct at the same time? This is one of many questions that will be dealt with in this workshop.

    full description

    21.10.2020, 09:00-05:00
    Venue: villa Eberhardt
    no more free places

    Register for the waiting list

Career Management

  • My next career step - Personal stock-taking and career orientation

    Starting point:
    Short-term employment, personal reasons or the desire for a change in career are some of the reasons for a professional re-orientation. PhDs often have a very limited knowledge about the various interesting and challenging professional opportunities outside academic research and they do not have a clear perception of their own strength and competences relevant for these positions. To make a first step towards a career beyond research, it is important to bridge these knowledge gaps.

    Workshop content:
    Looking back at the past career path from an inner and an outer perspective and a thorough analysis of it will allow the participants to find out personal strengths and qualifications. An overview of different job opportunities other than academic research will direct thoughts to fields of occupation which have been disregarded so far. We will analyse various job descriptions and the required qualifications and skills. Also personal values, motivations and preferences are taken into account to identify the suitable career path in or outside academia. The participants will learn how to present what they are looking for and how to find support for their next career steps.

    Workshop objectives:

    •  Analysis of individual accomplishments, competences and personal strengths
    •  Get an overview of career opportunities in and outside academia
    •  Gain clarity on personal goals and motivation and the influence on suitable careers
    •  Know how to highlight personal strengths and where to find support on the desired career path
    •  Define the next steps on the individual career path

    Тime: two half-days (mornings); 17+24.09.2020, 09:00 a.m- 01:00 p.m.
    Venue: Online