Soft skills training for Scientists - by Scientists

A successful scientific career requires many skills that go beyond the topics that are taught in a scientific curriculum.

We offer workshops on topics related to the science management and presentation of scientific results. Our trainings are tailored specifically to the needs of researchers at different career stages, with a focus on the fields of natural sciences, engineering and life sciences. They are offered by trainers who have personal experience working as scientists in academic and industrial settings, for some topics working in close cooperation with trainers from the fields of communication analysis and work psychology.

Workshops on »Presenting Science«

Grant Writing for Scientists

Target audience

Experienced PhD students, Postdocs or Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • get introduced to general writing techniques
  • learn strategies for writing successful grant applications
  • write part of a grant application
  • be introduced to the funding opportunities and special conditions of various funding bodies (i.e. BMBF, DFG, EU)
  • learn evaluation procedures and evaluate the texts produced in the group

Workshop duration

2 days, 09:00 - 17:00

Group size

16 participants

Writing Scientific Publications

Target audience

Experienced PhD students, Postdocs or Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • learn the principles of publication layout
  • analyse a good publication and compare it to own texts
  • learn to present results and design figures
  • get introduced to general writing techniques
  • work on good writing style in English
  • learn to review texts and give feedback to others

Workshop duration

2 days, 09:00 - 17:00

Group size

16 participants

Writing a Publication – together with the trainer

Target audience

Experienced PhD students, Postdocs or Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • learn the principles of publication layout
  • learn to present results and design figures
  • get introduced to general writing techniques
  • learn about good style in English
  • individually write and improve a publication based on their own results
  • learn to review texts and give feedback to others

Workshop duration

  • 1.5 days starting event
  • 1 day follow-up event after 12 weeks

Group size

12 participants

Poster Design and Presentation

Target audience

PhD Students and Postdocs

Objectives

Participants will:

  • learn the principles of design for posters
  • learn to adapt their presentations to the target audience
  • design a poster using own material
  • learn to present the poster to interested scientists orally

Workshop duration

1 day, 09:00 - 17:00

Group size

14 participants

Oral Presentation Skills

Target audience

PhD Students and Postdocs

Objectives

Participants will:

  • be introduced to presentation basics
  • learn the principles of design for oral presentations
  • learn to adapt presentations to the target audience
  • learn to use and analyze body language, elocution and intonation
  • receive video feedback on their presentations

Workshop duration

2 days, 09:00 - 17:00

Group size

10 participants

Workshops on »Managing Science«

Mastering your PhD - managing your projects

Target audience

Early stage PhD students

Objectives

Participants will learn skills for working independently on a scientific project by:

  • defining aims and objectives smartly
  • structuring their work using classical project management tools
  • organizing themselves by applying time management methods
  • dealing with stress and frustration and improving self motivation

Workshop duration

1.5 days

Group size

12 participants

Project Management for Scientists

Target audience

Experienced PhD students, Postdocs or Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will improve their skills as project manager by:

  • defining goals effectively
  • using project management tools to plan and execute scientific projects successfully
  • improve self organization by applying appropriate time management tools
  • learn techniques for effective communication, delegation, team motivation and conflict management

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

12 participants

Solving Conflicts in the Lab

Target audience

Experienced PhD students, Postdocs or Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will improve their conflict solving capabilities by:

  • understanding the stages of conflict escalation
  • reflecting their own style of dealing with conflicts
  • acquiring practical tools for conflict resolution
  • developing Win-Win solutions

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

15 participants

Leading Your Group to High Performance

Target audience

Group Leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • develop a clear role identity as Group Leaders
  • develop and improve their leadership competencies
  • learn how to lead individual and group processes
  • acquire concepts and practical tools for team building

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

15 participants

Everbody is different! Managing Diversity in Communication

Target audience

Early and postdoctoral researchers, group leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • get familiar with different communication and leadership types and styles
  • learn to identify different diversity-related communication and leadership patterns (both cross-cultural and gender specific)
  • develop strategies to handle different communication and leadership styles
  • become more precise in their own communication and actions
  • gain awareness of communication as a decisive success factor in negotiations, conflict management and leadership

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

12 participants

Profitable Talks and Meetings

Target audience

Early and experienced researchers, team leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • get familiar with the general basics for successful communication (Talking and listening are equal partners!)
  • gain awareness of their individual communication instruments (style of speech, body language, word choice, voice)
  • get to know the different aspects of a proper delegation process
  • practice their delegation and moderation skills in practical exercises
  • learn how to prepare a meeting, moderate it effectively and in an entertaining way, participate successfully in a meeting and follow-up on the results

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

12 participants

Additional Skills

Intellectual Property in Science

Target audience

Experienced PhD students, Postdocs or Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will be sensitized to the challenges of IP protection by:

  • learning the legal background and the necessary definitions
  • being introduced to different strategies for IP protection and exploitation
  • learning how to search patent databases
  • applying their newly gained knowledge in a case study

Workshop duration

1 day

Group size

15 participants

Critical Reasoning and Logic

Target audience

PhD students, Postdocs, Group leaders

Objectives

Participants will:

  • get to know the fundamental concepts of logic
    (validity, soundness, standard form, fallacies etc.)
  • learn to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of arguments
  • learn how to break arguments down into their logical structure
  • learn how to give well-structured and convincing arguments (written and orally)
  • practice analytical-thinking skills

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

15 participants

Starting your Career in Private Enterprises

Target audience

Students, PhD students and Postgraduates

Objectives

Participants will:

  • develop vision, aims and strategies for their individual career path
  • identify their individual strengths and personality traits and find out which jobs are suitable for them
  • learn to interpret job ads correctly
  • optimise their application letter, covering mail and CV with enclosures for national and international use
  • present themselves in a job database
  • learn how to pass a job interview successfully
  • hear about the methods and possible procedures in assessment centres

Workshop duration

2 days

Group size

8 participants

Customized training offers

The modules described above are examples for the topics covered by our trainers. We are happy to adapt contents individually to the needs and interests of your specific target audience. So let us assist you in determining your specific training needs.