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

06.02.2020 and 13.02.2020 BIOME Statistics Workshop

Themes covered during the two-day course:

  • Principles of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Definition of the p-value
  • Fisher’s significance testing and Neyman-Pearson null hypothesis testing

Trainers: Andreas Stang and Anna-Therese Lehnich, Zentrum für Klinische Epidemiologie, Essen
Target audience: All BIOME doctoral students
Time: 16:00–18:30
Venue: 06.02.2020: Hörsaal Verwaltung, 2nd Floor, 13.02.2020: Hörsaal 1 der Institutsgruppe I, Universitätsklinikum Essen
Language: English

13-14.02.2020 Academic Writing – Strategy and Practice

Host: GC Plus
Trainer: Jan Schilling
Target audience: All doctoral students (less experienced writers)
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Innovationsfabrik des SSC, Campus Essen (V15 S01 C97)
Language: English
Participants: 12
Registration: Opens 23.01.2020
Course Description

10-11.03.2020 Speech and Presentation Training

Host: GC Plus
Trainer: Sarah Giese
Target audience: All doctoral students
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Campus Essen
Language: German (and English)
Participants: 12
Registration: Opens 18.02.2020
Course Description

19-20.03.2020 Presenting (in) Science: How to Own the Stage

Various factors have an influence on the success and impact of your scientific presentation. Next to excellent scientific work and knowledge in the field, additional aspects such as verbal and non-verbal aspects, the structure of your objectives and your talk in general as well as interdisciplinary and intercultural aspects play an important role. Short consecutive trainings and simulations will actively train your individual presentation skills. Therefore, each participant is kindly asked to bring a presentation (e.g. power point/poster) of her/his scientific research project to the workshop.
Trainers: Knut and Regina Hannemann
Target audience: All BIOME doctoral students
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Lehr- und Lernzentrum, Universitätsklinikum Essen
Language: English
Participants: 12
Course Description

24-26.03.2020Spring Academy

Host: Research Academy Ruhr
Target audience: All early-stage doctoral students
Venue: University of Duisburg-Essen
Language: German (and English)
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03.04.2020 Good Scientific Practice

Host: GC Plus/RTG 1739
Trainer: Valentina Vasilov
Target audience: All BIOME doctoral students
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Institute for Cell Biology, Virchowstr. 173, 1st Floor, Seminar Room 117
Language: English
Participants: 16
Registration: Closed. The workshop is already FULL.
Course Description

Other 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

The following online courses have been recommended by fellow BIOME members:

Biostatistics/Data Analysis
Scientific Writing
Writing in the Sciences

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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