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

22-26.08.2022GC Plus Summer School 2022

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. Our Summer School supports doctoral researchers of the University of Duisburg-Essen with training of key competencies for a successful research career. 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 career path.
All workshops will be held in English, aiming at cultivating and raising awareness for intercultural and interdisciplinary issues.
Host: GCPlus
Venue: Some workshops will be on site (*), others virtual (#).
Registration: Via GCPlus website until 31.07.2022.

Date Time Workshop
22.08.2022 09:00-12:00 Opening, Input & FAQ: Services for doctoral researchers at the UDE *
22.08.2022 13:00-16:00 Input: Careers in the German research landscape; Guided group work and exchange *
23.08.2022 09:00-16:00 Presentation training for doctoral researchers *
23.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Self-presentation and public speaking *
23.08.2022 09:00-16:30 Time and self-management to master your working day #
24.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Stress-free and goal-oriented through the doctorate: Stress competence for doctoral researchers *
24.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Professional use of voice and Body language in the academic environment *
24.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Preparing for your unique career profile in scientific and nonscientific field #
25.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Networking strategies for doctoral researchers *
25.08.2022 09:00-17:00 From 'deficit' to 'dialogue' – introduction to science communication *
25.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Writing Scientific Publications #
26.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Good research practice *
26.08.2022 09:00-17:00 Scientific communication #
Summer School workshop details and registration

2022BIOME 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

* Venue admission is only for participants wearing medical masks.

Date Time Workshop Link
20.07.2022 16:00-18:30 BIOME Statistics I:
Principles of descriptive and inferential statistics
12.10.2022 16:00-18:30 BIOME Statistics II:
Definition of the p-value
Fisher’s significance testing and Neyman-Pearson null hypothesis testing
30.11.2022 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.

2022Consultation 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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