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

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Programme 2024(Home) 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 either through face-to-face coaching or remotely.
Host: GCPlus
Venue: Varies between in-person or online training
Language: English or German (as indicated by the workshops' titles)
Registration: Via GCPlus website. Begins three weeks before the workshop date and runs for seven days.

Date Time (Home) Training Days Workshop  
21.05.2024 09:00–17:00 Time management (Online)  
24 & 31.05.2024 09:00–13:00 Effective Project Management (Online)  
27.06.2024 09:00–17:00 Die eigene Forschung für ein fachfremdes Publikum verständlich machen (Online)  
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Programme Summer 2024Publication Days

The online workshop series for doctoral researchers in the summer semester. UDE doctoral researchers from all departments will receive compact and practical information and tips on publishing research results securely and professionally. In a total of ten lectures and workshops, all of which are offered online, experts from the University Library will provide information on topics such as open science, publication channels, copyright, research data management or literature management and answer your questions. Registrations are usually accepted up to one week before the respective event date. Participation is free of charge and possible immediately. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops/lectures will be held in German.
Host: GCPlus/Universitätsbibliothek
Venue: Online training
Language: German
Registration: Via GCPlus website. Begins three weeks before the workshop date and runs for seven days.

Date Time Publication Days Workshop  
30.04.2024 14:00-16:00

Informationen effizient verwalten - Der professionelle Umgang mit dem Literaturverwaltungsprogramm Citavi

14.05.2024 10:00-12:00 Das Open Science Framework (OSF) - Wie sich die eigene Forschung auf einer Plattform managen und teilen lässt  
29.05.2024 13:00-15:00

Wer das Recht hat, hat die Macht - Verlagswahl, Urheberrecht und CC-Lizenzen im Verlagsvertrag

07.06.2024 10:00-12:00

Alles Open rund um das Publizieren?

13.06.2024 14:00-15:30 Die Dissertation veröffentlichen - Möglichkeiten und Stolpersteine am Ende eines langen Weges  
18.06.2024 10:00-12:00 OER – offen, frei und fair - Open Education & Open Educational Resources  
26.06.2024 10:00-12:30 Plagiate und Plagiatsprävention  
03.07.2024 10:00-12:00 Show Your Data - Tipps & Tricks für die Datenvisualisierung  
11.07.2024 13:00-15:00 Informationen effizient verwalten - Der professionelle Umgang mit dem Literaturverwaltungsprogramm Zotero  
18.07.2024 10:00-11:30 Frei zugängliche wissenschaftliche Suchsysteme - mit und ohne KI-Unterstützung  
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6–28.06.2024 Open Science Summer

The digital Open Science Summer will provide expert knowledge and practical skills to raise the awareness of early career researchers for a comprehensive and recent understanding of Open Science and to support them to integrate Open Science techniques into their own research. Following the UNIC4ER Engaged Research Strategy, doctoral researchers and postdocs will discuss the impact of Open Science – for their research but also for society. The Open Science Summer combines expert discussions and qualification workshops.
Host: RUB Research School
Venue: Online training
Language: English

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2024mentoring³ - Academic Career Development for Female Doctoral Researchers

Applications for the next mentoring³ round are open from 01-30 June 2024. Female doctoral researchers from the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and natural sciences can apply by 30 June for participation in the established mentoring programme under the umbrella of Research Academy Ruhr. One-to-one mentoring, accompanying workshops, and networking events provide insights into the structures and unwritten rules of academia as well as orientation for the next career steps.
Host: Research Academy Ruhr (RAR)
Application phase: 01.06-30.06.2024
Programme start: Autumn 2024
Programme length: 2 years

mentoring³ details and registration

2024BIOME Statistics and Data Visualisation Workshops

Our graduate school is delighted yet again to offer the popular annual BIOME concept workshops on biostatistics and data visualisation taught by Prof. Andreas Stang, the highly-experienced director of the Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry und Epidemiology (IMIBE) at Universitätsklinikum Essen.
Target audience: BIOME members
Venue: Hörsaal der Verwaltung, 2. OG, Universitätsklinikum Essen
Trainer: Prof. Andreas Stang, IMIBE
Language: English
Participants: Open

Date Time Workshop Link
17.07.2024 16:00-18:30 BIOME Statistics I:
Principles of descriptive and inferential statistics
25.10.2023 16:00-18:30 BIOME Statistics II:
Definition of the p-value
Fisher’s significance testing and Neyman-Pearson null hypothesis testing
15.11.2023 16:00-18:30 Data Visualisation:
Simplifying raw data for a clearer understanding
Detecting hidden trends, patterns and relationships
Identifying discrepancies, anomalies and outliers

Please note: For members of BIOME's Clinical Research core, these three workshops are part of the regular lecture curriculum.

2024Consultation 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

01-12.2024 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: 11.11.2023


2024 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 2024

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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