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:

Project Management 2009


Dr. Christiane Koch

International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 50 45791
Fax: +49 731 50 36292

Lina Zaveleva 

International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: +49 731 50 36290
Fax: +49 731 50 36292

Our Key-Competence Seminars

Good Practice

This course aims at bridging the gap between classical statistical courses and real-life
biological data analysis. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in statistics and
probability distributions that underlie most of the statistical methods employed in testing
biological hypotheses. The course is structured to give a natural flow to a data analysis
question starting with the formulation of hypothesis, experimental design, data collection,
and analysis

Full description

2 groups; Block seminar,  8 lectures, every second Tuesday, 4:30-6:00 p.m., starting from February, 1st, 2022 and February, 8th, 2022 (second group)
Venue: multimedia room, ZQB
no more free places
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The road from the idea to getting funded!

In this two-day online workshop the participants get guidelines to move strategically and effectively within the network of funding possibilities.
Full description

two identical workshops

workshop 1: 11+12.07.22
no free places left

workshop 2: 30.11+01.12.22

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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.

Venue: N24-254
Time: 26.09.2022 (live workshop unless the situation deteriorates again)

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

The participants will be guided through the entire process of scientific writing, step by step. The workshop starts with the first drafts of the scientific story, deals with the generation of figures and texts, and intensively discusses the contents and logic that reviewers expect from a good manuscript. The importance of interactions with supervisors and co-authors will be pointed out and, finally, problems with writing or publishing will also be dealt with. We will develop a toolbox that makes scientific writing much more efficient and rewarding.

2-days workshop with discussions, presentations, individual and group work; feedback on texts (abstracts) written during the workshop will be given

Venue: N24-254
Time: 27+28.09.2022
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The workshop illustrates all departments within pharmaceutical companies which offer interesting
positions for life scientists. What is their daily business, what can be beneficial for job preparation?
Important keywords will be addressed such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), Pharma Risk
Management, Process Validation and Quality Control.

Participants actively elaborate a concept for a GMP compliant drug within a fictional company, which
will be audited by participants in a simulated FDA inspection.

Venue: online; Date: 16.05.2022 9a.m.- 5p.m.

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The workshop focuses on all aspects of pharmaceutical quality management. This area represents an entrance opportunity for life scientists into industry. Quality managers ́ daily business will be explained based on current regulations and laws which are obligatory to be implemented into industrial companies. Within the workshop several case studies will be used to offer insights into quality manager tasks and duties.

Participants will slip into the role of FDA inspectors who will evaluate gradings of real FDA findings. As is real life inspectors must justify their decisions based on current guidelines. To challenge this part, the docent will participate here and takes over the role of inspected company.

Venue: online; Date: 30.05.2022 9a.m.- 5p.m.

no more free places
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GCP-Grundlagenkurs nach AMG/VO (EU) 536/2014 (8 UE)
Es ist eine Abschlussprüfung erforderlich.

Venue: online
Date: 12.07.2022,  8:15-16:45



Presenting data is part of everyday scientific work. But how do I present my data so that it can be quickly grasped by the audience? What is really important? Where do I want to put my focus on? Only with those questions in mind a productive discussion will emerge and will provide new stimuli for your work.

All these points are important and accompany you during your time as a PhD student but also later in your professional life, in academia or in the industry. In this course we will focus on these points and together we will find the way to a perfect presentation.

In the first part, the theoretical basics will be discussed, from planning and structuring the story of the presentation to the preparation of the data and how to present them optimally on slides. Additionally, important points such as body language or how to deal with anxiety will also be discussed.

Planning a presentation Using BioRender for illustrations
Structuring a presentation (what is your story?) Body language and movement
Preparing content Dealing with anxiety
Designing Power point slides  

Active part: prepare a short presentation (5-10 min) about your project until the second date

In the second part it becomes practical. Here, each participant has the opportunity to briefly present his or her project and receive feedback from the group. You only get better through practice and in the end, everyone will receive valuable tips for their next presentations.

Practical training  
You give your short presentation slide structure
Feedback on data delivery, body language/movement

Venue:  Room 47.2.507 WWP building
Date: 20.+ 27.07.2022;  8:00-12:00

Lecturer: Dr. rer.nat. S.Meyer zu Reckendorf
Registration for the waiting list for "Presentation skills"

Career Management

In this online workshop the participants get an overview about national and international career possibilities inside and outside of the academic system.

Full description

Workshop 2: 18+19.July 2022 (09:00 a.m-05:00 p.m)


Soft Skill

Every-day communication is often flawed and brings about misunderstanding and conflict. What can we do to communicate more efficiently and more constructively?

The better we understand ourselves and our own inner dynamics, the more free and proficient we become in dealing with others. These competencies serve us in every aspect of our private and professional life: be it during scientific presentations and discussions, while we are networking, in interacting with our colleagues or in the personal relationships we have with people in general.

Enhanced communication and conflict skills will lead to both more fruitful scientific collaboration and more profound interpersonal relations.

In the course of the two days which we are going to have, I will adjust the program to suit your specific questions and needs. I am very much looking forward to working with you.

Venue: Villa Eberhartdt; Date: 23./24. June; Start 9:30 a.m.