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

Programme 2022Home Training Days

Within the Home Training Days series, GC Plus offers compact online workshops for doctoral researchers of all disciplines at the UDE. These workshops allow you to further develop your personal and academic skills remotely.
Host: GCPlus
Venue: Online
Registration: Via GCPlus website. Begins three weeks before the workshop date and runs for seven days.

Date Time Workshop
19+26.01.2022 14:00−17:00 Zeitmanagement im Homeoffice
10.02.2022 09:00−17:00 Vom 'Defizit' zum 'Dialog' – Einführung in die Wissenschaftskommunikation
07-08.03.2022 10:00−17:00 Academic Writing — and, yes, language matters!
More information and registration

15-17.03.2022RAR Frühjahrsakademie 2022

Save the date! Are you thinking about doing a doctorate or are you at the beginning of your PhD? In info sessions, you will learn how doctorates usually work and whether a doctorate is the right thing for you. Short workshops will support you in the starting phase. More information about the programme and registration will be available on the RAR website at the end of January. All workshops will be held in German.
Host: Research Academy Ruhr (RAR)
Venue: Online
Registration: Via RAR website

Frühjahrsakademie workshop details and registration

2021Consultation 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.

OngoingYoung Entrepreneurs in Science

The aim of this programme is to open up new career and development perspectives for highly qualified scientists during or shortly after their doctorate. Through design, thinking, and interdisciplinary teamwork, the participants are encouraged to discover their existing skills and potential. Personal contact with founders and intrapreneurs from innovation-oriented companies also enables a practical examination of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial thinking doesn't start with the business plan. The approach is rather playful: "How much start-up is in your doctoral thesis?"

Format: Online workshops

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Further Recommended Training Programmes

01-12.2022 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: 01.11.2021


2022 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 2022

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).

Contact: or

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