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


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

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  • Proposal Writing- the road from the idea to getting funded!

    To attract funding for the own position or the realization of project ideas is a major basis for success in science. To be proficient and effective in the acquisition of extramural funds a well-founded knowledge of funding institutions and their funding possibilities as well as the principles of writing success promising proposals is mandatory. This includes also funding possibilities for a fellowship abroad and an international career.

    In this two-day workshop the participants get guidelines to move strategically and effectively within the network of funding possibilities. They train, how to find the right funding agency and funding program. The participants gain insight into the principles of extramural funding, the structure of proposals for fellowships or project support and the procedures of proposal submission and evaluation. They train to write a convincing proposal. Major focus will be the title of a proposal, a strong summary and the development of an adequate budget. Optional, participants, who are currently writing a proposal can bring their summary for analysis and further development. The participants also get to know unwritten rules they should keep in mind, when applying for extramural funds.

    Major topics of the seminar are:

    • Funding institutions and their funding programs
    • Writing a successful promising proposal
    • Submission & evaluation of proposals

    Monday,  13. 07.20
    8:30 - 05:00 Uhr
    Tuesday, 14.07.20
    8:30 - 04:00 Uhr
    Venue: online
    villa Eberhardt

    no more free places
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  • Project Management

    Since 2009 IPMA (international project management association) has been offering an international recognised certificate for project management, basic level. This Certificate demonstrates the knowledge of basic Project Management methods and terminology. It is dedicated to students and members of project teams. Since 2013 the graduate school PhD-students have been given the opportunity to get this certification, by taking part on a 4 day qualification program and arranging the certification procedure in accordance with the certification body PMZert.

    The qualification program consists of two modules.

    1st module: basic training
    Content: via a project simulation (pharma industry), the students are trained, to run a research project from project start to closure.

    All main aspects of project management are simulated:

    •  Project Planning (Scope, Time, Resources, Costs)
    •  Defining Project Objectives
    •  First Risk Management
    •  How to integrate projects in organisations
    •  Project Reporting to management
    •  Stakeholer Management
    •  Change Management
    •  Quality Managment

    Venue: online
    Date and Time: June, 24-25, 2020, 09 a.m- 05.00 p.m.
    Kick Off andIntroduction: 23.06, 05.00
    No more free places
    Registration for the waiting list

    2nd module: intensified training and exam preparation

    Content: Further Theoretical input and intensive preparation for certification including test exam.

    • How to run a project team
    • Detailed risk assessment
    • Project Design: traditional and agile
    • Phase Planning
    • Motivation
    • Selfmanagement for project manager
    • Communication in projects
    • Creativity in projects
    • Moderation techniques

    Please note that you can only visit the advanced course upon having visited the basic module.

    Venue: online
    Time: 30.06-01.07.2020, 09. 00 a.m- 05.00 p.m.
    No more free places
    Registration for the waiting list

    Certification procedure and examination are going to be organized by the participants themselves. Therefore a representative has to be assigned by the group. Please note that the additional costs of 150 euros certification fee per person won’t be covered by the Graduate School, only the above-mentioned seminar of basic and the advanced course.


  • 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
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  • 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

Career Management

  • PhD/MD and Then? - Career Possibilities with a Start in Science!

    Starting in science there exist a great variety of career possibilities nationally and internationally, at universities, research institutions, administrations and political organizations up to a career in industry or as entrepreneur. Which way to go? How can I develop my career goal oriented? Which strategies can I use? How can I transfer my research results or a specific technology to application and patent utilization? How can I start an entrepreneurship aside my academic career part or full time?In this workshop the participants get an overview about national and international career possibilities inside and outside of the academic system. The participants also look into the possibilities of a career development from science towards business. They gain insight into strategies to utilize scientific results or technologies economically. The participants work out their career choices and get guidelines to analyze their career situation, to define their professional goals and to develop strategies to achieve them effectively.

    Major topics of the seminar are

    • Career possibilities – Occupational fields
    • Which way to go? Individual self-analysis
    • Strategies for career development
    • Development of an individual career plan

    Monday, 15.06.2020 8:30 – 05:00
    Tuesday, 16.06 2020, 08:30-04:00

    Venue: online
    no more free places
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  • Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs

    This workshop addresses all the PhD-students who consider the career in the quality management of a pharmaceutical company. The basics and typical tools of a quality manager will be discussed and strengthened in an audit simulation of the US health authority FDA (Food and Drug Administration)

    Time and venue:

    21.02.20, 09:00 a.m- 05:00 p.m.