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Key Competence Modules

In the Key Competence Modules you have the chance to acquire soft skills that can be helpful for both your research project and a good career start, e.g. you will learn how to prepare for presentations or how to manage your time.

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Scientific Writing and Presentation

  • learn how to organize and review their papers
  • concrete feedback and practical tips
  • improve their current and future writing projects
  • provides necessary skills to successfully and appealingly present scientific papers at conferences and to confidently defend results during discussions
  • interactive sessions on all levels of a paper production, self-promotion skills, analysis of breath and speech patterns and individual feedback on the effectiveness of their presentation skills using video-recording
Scientific Writing: April 20 & 27, 2017

Scientific Presentation: December 12-14, 2017 


Career Planning and Tailor-Made Application Strategies

  • become aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Elements and processes from the assessment center are used to provide insights about the participant’s interests, skills, qualifications and personality
  • short inputs on various topics with individual reflection on personal experiences as well as discussions and interactive parts in small groups
  • explore new ways of behavior (e.g. through role play) and receive feedback on the impression you make on other people
October 9-10, 2017


Time and Self Management


  • Gain an overview on basic aspects of time and self-management
  • reflecting on your own experience you will be  introduced to different time management techniques
  • Contents:
  • Work-Life-Balance: What do I want to spend my time on?
  • Time-management techniques: How do I avoid time pressure?
  • Motivation: How do I realize my plans in practice?
  • Resources: What are I my sources of strength?
  • Communication: What are the blocks to refusing requests?
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Communicating Science Online

  • How can scientists benefit from being present on social media and from communicating actively online?
  • Identify and understand the factors underlying effective science communication
  • be able to decide which online tools and networks offer tangible benefits
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