Soft Skill Workshop Attendance Sheet

Candidates at the Faculty of Biology (Dr. rer. nat.) have to attend a minimum of 3 workshops in 3 years. Candidates at the Faculty of Medicine should attend a minimum of 2 workshops during the BIOME year.

Workshops organised by BIOME have an attendance list which should be signed and then the participation is noted in the BIOME data bank. Attendance at non-BIOME workshops can be noted on and countersigned by the trainer on the Workshop Attendance Sheet which can be downloaded below or can be proved by the submission of a certificate issued by the hosting organisation.

The soft skill requirement is waivered for ELAN candidates (who receive similar training in modules 1, 3 and 4 of the ELAN programme). Similarly, participation in the intensive one-year DiMento programme fulfils the BIOME soft skill requirement entirely. Nevertheless, these members are welcome to register for any workshops of interest they may wish to attend.

Soft Skill Workshop Attendance Sheet

Ruhr University Collaborations

Soft Skill Programmes - Overview

Ongoing Graduate Center Plus

The soft skill programme at the University of Duisburg-Essen is provided by the Graduate Center Plus. For regular feeds about soft skill courses, please subscribe to the GC Plus mailing list!

Graduate Center Plus

Ongoing Research Academy Ruhr

The Research Academy Ruhr pools and develops qualification and support offers for advanced master students, doctoral researchers and postdoctoral researchers within the University Alliance Ruhr.

Research Academy Ruhr

Ongoing RUB Research School

Further courses of interest may also be found in collaboration with the Ruhr University Bochum. To register for RUB workshops, please contact Dr. Ursula Justus.

RUB Research School

Current Workshops of Interest

Selected Choice

Summer 2020Young Entrepreneurs in Science

Host: Young Entrepreneurs in Science

We want to open up new career perspectives for highly qualified, early-career researchers and channel their expert knowledge into entrepreneurial endeavours. Through learning methods such as Design Thinking, participants are encouraged to discover and share their inherent competencies and potentials. The involvement of startup founders and intrapreneurs of innovation-oriented companies give participants insights into the chances and challenges of entrepreneurial activity.

Please note: You will need about 5 minutes to register directly on the Young Entrepreneurs in Science's website. For organisational reasons, each webinar is limited to approx. 20 spots allocated on the first come, first served principle. All selected participants will receive a confirmation email with further information.

Detailed Workshop Descriptions and Registration Links

Summer 2020Home Training Days 2020

Host: Graduate Center Plus

The COVID 19 pandemic challenges us all in a special and new way. In this situation, we would like to support you as best as we can. Since it is currently not possible to hold on-site events and consultations, we have temporarily changed some of our offerings into online formats. Since mid-April, we are offering online workshops (German/English) for doctoral researchers in the new series "Home Training Days" on the following topics:

Places are limited, a timely registration is required! Please make a note of the registration dates on the GC Plus website.

Detailed Workshop Descriptions and Registration Links

17-21.08.2020GC Plus Summer School

Successful academic careers require not only outstanding research results and a deep level of expertise in the respective academic fields, but also a set of transferable skills. The GC Plus Summer School supports doctoral researchers of the University of Duisburg-Essen with training of these key competencies. It aims at strengthening your self-confidence and coping skills, thus enabling you to better communicate your achievements within the academic community and to strategically develop your own career path. This year, all workshops will take place as online courses. Language of all offers will be English, aiming at cultivating and raising awareness for intercultural and interdisciplinary issues.


  • Introduction to German Academic Culture
  • Slidewriting & Storylining
  • Good Scientific Practice
  • Networking Strategies for Female Researchers 
  • Conflict Management
  • Academic Writing for Natural Sciences
  • Presentation, Poster, Pitch – What's the Difference?
  • Stress Competence for Researchers
  • Time and Self Management
  • Poster Design and Presentation
  • Self-Marketing for Researchers

Registration deadline: 06-26.07.2020

Detailed Workshop Descriptions and Registration Link

Summer 2020Consultation and Individual Coaching

Host: Graduate Center Plus

Do you need advice or would you like to exchange with other early career researchers? Join our "Open GC Plus Online Consultation", always Wednesdays from 10.00 to 11.00 a.m. via ZOOM. You will receive access to the ZOOM meeting room by e-mail to Please include a brief description of your questions in the e-mail. 

Our "Coaching Hour" offers you an additional opportunity to enter into a confidential dialogue on individual concerns. Further information on this offer can be found here. We offer this format by telephone or online by prior appointment. Please contact Valentina Vasilov for appointments:, 0201 183 3176.

Summer 2020Other Coaching Events

For Doctoral Researchers:



Registration & further information


Autumn School „Quo Vadis Digitalisierungsforschung?“

CAIS Bochum

Apply by 31 May 2020, for details visit:

October 2020mentoring³

Host: Research Academy Ruhr

Career development for young female academics
mentoring³ is a mentoring programme for academic career development for young researchers from all disciplines of the University Alliance Ruhr. There is a programme line for female doctoral students and a programme line for post-doctoral and post-doctoral students.

What does mentoring³ offer?
The focus of the programme is the dialogue with your mentor: over a period of two years, you benefit from personal exchange with an experienced professor or scientist. You will receive advice on career planning in confidential discussions and expand your understanding of science.

A diverse event programme flanks the mentoring relationship over the entire term. In interdisciplinary workshops, you prepare yourself for leadership responsibility in university and non-university research, clarify beneficial career strategies and strengthen your personal key competencies. Network meetings offer you the opportunity to exchange experiences with peers across universities and to expand your academic network.

In the discipline-specific mentoring groups (humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering), the respective specialist cultural conditions of a scientific career are taken into account.

Programme start: October 2020
Registration deadline: 15.07.2020
Contact for the natural sciences: Anja Tillmann,

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Further Recommended Training Programmes

01-12.2020 DiMento for BIOME Doctorates

This collaboration project with UDE’s Career Service (ABZ) is aimed at all doctorates who wish to pursue a career in the German industry after their PhD. The one-year programme is open to both genders, with a focus on candidates with a diversity background.
Language: German (C1 or higher)
Venue: Universitätscampus Duisburg
Registration deadline: 31.10.2019


2020 UKE's Training Programme

Seminars within the categories 1, 3, 4 and 5 (specifically management and communication skills) of the further training programme at the Universitätsklinikum Essen are considered to be equivalent to other soft-skill workshops.

Programme 2020

Ongoing UDE's Career Service (ABZ)

Some of the wide-ranging workshops offered by UDE's Career Service may be of great interest and use to BIOME members. For regular feeds about these workshops, please subscribe to the Career Service's mailing list!

ABZ Programme

Ongoing Recommended Online Tutorials

Survival Language Courses

Ongoing German for Guest Scientists/Visiting Researchers

German language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) courses at different levels are offered to guest scientists and visiting researchers by the University of Duisburg-Essen's Institute for Optional Studies.
Contact and Registration:

IOS Language Courses

Ongoing German for International Medical Doctors

The Universitätsklinikum Essen offers a German course tailored to meet the needs of local international medical doctors. Aspects covered in this language course include:

  • Conversations with patients
  • Medical German for doctors
  • Themes and contents considered relevant by the participants in their professional day-to-day lives.
Contact and Registration

Ongoing University-Level English

The UDE PE programme provides university employees with the opportunity of attending English language courses to apply and improve their existing English language skills. The aim here is to acquire the foreign language at a higher level. The three levels of the individual courses (A2 to C1) correlate to those of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


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