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

Block seminar,  8 lectures, every second Tuesday, 4:30-6:00 p.m., starting from September, 13th, 2022
Venue: multimedia room, ZQB
Registration open

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


workshop 2: 30.11+01.12.22

Registration for the waiting list

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; 9a.m.

no more free places
register for the waiting list

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 9a.m.
no more free places
Register for the waiting list

.. for German speaking doctoral students


IGradU's blocked 10 places for the course "Sicherheit in der Gentechnik" which is offered by the Academy of Ulm University online on September 29-30th, 2022.
Please do not register with the Academy but here:


This course will introduce participants to methods of data retrieval and preprocessing
using R and Bioconductor. Participants will use published and in-house datasets and
familiarize themselves with biostatistical methods in bioinformatics and functional
Desired background: Basic knowledge of experimental design in scientific research;
theoretical background in biological data analysis and bioinformatics; basic
understanding of computer operating systems (esp. Linux/Unix); some hands-on
experience in R or related data analysis packages is a plus.

full description

And: successful participation in the biostatistics and data analysis course offered in the last term/s

Block seminar on the following dates:
20.09.22; 04.10.22; 18.10.22; 15.11.22; 29.11.22; 13.12.22; 10.01.23; 24.01.23
venue: N24/227
no more free places

Register for the waiting list

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.