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Workshop program of RUB Research School

Within the framework of the Research Academy Ruhr, RUB Research School will open its workshop program in February and March 2019 for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Dortmund. UDE’s members are requested to register by e-mail at Mandy Duckheim (stating the following details: name, email address, university, faculty).

The complete workshop program can be found here:

Next available workshop (offered by RUB Research School)

Creativity and innovation: professional tools for research & work processes

This workshop can support you if you are interested in building up professional skills to use creativity and innovation as professional tools.

Course description

Creativity and innovation are essential to any researcher. And yet, it is highly challenging to keep a fresh and new perspective on running projects, to ask creative questions and to develop innovative steps towards a brand new solution.
In this course, participants will discover both the requirements to be creative as well as methods for innovative approaches. The participants will reflect on their very personal abilities to step out of a set frame of assumptions and practice their creative and innovation skills for the unknown to emerge.
The goal is to diverge from the known content and generate new thinking. This free thinking will then be converged back onto the actual science project with new insights and possible new approaches. This workshop explores creativity techniques and the participants' personality to allow for such an exploration. And it aims at expanding on an innovative perspective of the participants' science projects.


  • understanding creativity and innovation as a professional competence - concepts and ingredients
  • reflecting on personal abilities and access to creativity
  • from creativity to innovation
  • practicing creativity techniques
  • applying a creative approach to one's own science project
  • supporting others in developing a creative perspective on their research project

Venue: FNO 01/135
Time: 10.00 - ca. 17.30 h (incl. 1 h lunchbreak)
Trainer: Kathrin Keune
Language: English
Participants: max. 12 persons
Registration: here

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Shaping the Storyline in Science and Engineering Publications: Focus on Introduction, Discussion and/or Conclusion

Three-day workshop for graduates and post-docs from the fields of Natural Sciences and Engineering is of particular interest to researchers who would like practice elaborating the Introduction, Discussion or Conclusion section for an ongoing writing project.

Course description

The incentive to publish during the doctoral research phase is high. Yet, throughout one’s scientific career, writing to publish will remain an endeavour. Also, when asked, scientists generally point to the Introduction and Discussion sections of research articles as being the most difficult to craft. Indeed, these sections are the most scrutinized by journal reviewers. More importantly, however, throughout the paper, the reader seeks an argumentative flow of information connecting the research question and main conclusions.
This workshop for twelve participants focuses on the meta-structure of research articles, which strongly scaffolds each manuscript section. It also explores further strategically relevant themes implicitly or explicitly included in the scientific narrative, such as establishing the context of research, joining the scientific conversation and presenting one’s own research approach. Participants create models based on the Introduction, Discussion or Conclusion sections of a journal article from their discipline which they select prior to the workshop. They then use these models to design and formulate sections of their own scientific argument, which they subsequently test in a personal exchange belonging to collaborative writing.

Themes and activities will include:

  • submitting a draft for peer and trainer feedback
  • selecting a sample research article to design the meta-structure
  • exploring further themes included in the scientific narrative
  • theme-focused peer and trainer feedback (on drafts submitted prior to workshop)
  • drafting mini-sections of the scientific narrative
  • testing the scientific argument (personal exchange in collaborative writing)
  • finalizing, revising and editing drafts followed by trainer feedback

Note for participants

Prior to the workshop, you will receive a “Call for texts” requesting you to submit a 500-word draft describing your current research. This writing sample will provide the basis for theme-focused peer and trainer feedback during the workshop. Simultaneously, you will be invited to select a research article which you will use during the workshop to design your model for the Introduction, Discussion or Conclusion section. Day 3 of the workshop provides the opportunity to write and revise a brief paper section, for which you will again receive trainer feedback.

Venue: FNO 01/135
Time: 09.00 - 17.00 hrs (incl. 1 h lunchbreak)
Trainer: Prof. Dr. Monique Dorang
Language: English
Participants: max. 20 persons
Registration: here

Workshop series for doctoral researchers (offered by UDE and GC Plus) Publication days

Compact and practical: The new series Publication Days offers information and tips for doctoral researchers on publishing research results safely and professionally.

In lectures and short workshops, experts from the University Library will provide information on topics such as open science, publication channels, copyright and research data management and will answer your questions.

The lectures will be held in German. Participation is free of charge. Please find dates and topics as well as the online registration form here (in German):

28.03.2019: Open Science für Einsteiger (Zugang finden, Qualität und Anschlussfähigkeit von Erkenntnissen sichern)

11.04.2019: The Impact Story (Metriken, Kennzahlen und andere Indizes zur „Vermessung“ von wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissen)

09.05.2019: Der Publikationsmarkt und ich (Informationsqualität beurteilen, Predatory Publishers erkennen)

23.05.2019: Auf der sicheren Seite sein (Urheberrecht, Publikationswege und Lizenzierungsstrategien für angehende Wissenschaftler*innen)

06.06.2019: Das World Wide Web als wissenschaftliche Informationsquelle (Ein Einblick in Google Scholar, numerische Faktendatenbanken und -portale)

18.06.2019: Forschungsdatenmanagement (Forschungsdaten effizient erheben, nutzen, speichern und veröffentlichen)

04.07.2019: Die Dissertation veröffentlichen (Stolpersteine und Möglichkeiten am Ende eines langen Weges)

18.07.2019: Informationen effizient verwalten (Der professionelle Umgang mit dem Literaturverwaltungsprogramm Citavi)

The Publication Days are a joint event series of the University Library Duisburg-Essen and Graduate Center Plus.

Next events Conference announcements

14th European Congress on Catalysis (EuropaCat)
August 18-23, 2019 in Aachen

A joint event of the catalysis communities from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.


  • The major European Conference in the field of catalysis
  • More than 1500 participants from industry and academia
  • Around 200 lectures and 1000 posters

Important dates

  • January 14, 2019 - Deadline for abstract submission
  • May 2, 2019 - Start of registration
  • June 17, 2019 - Deadline for early-bird registration
  • July 22, 2019 - End of registration

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3rd European Summerschool on Catalyst Preparation
June 16-21, 2019 in Vogüé, France

The school will take place over 5 days from Sunday afternoon to Friday after lunch time, with 14 lectures of 1:30h and with time dedicated to questions, discussions as well as a poster session for allowing all participants to present their own research problematic, round table debates and practical experiments.

Registration here

Abstracts have to be submitted before April 30

Poster presenting details for the Bunsentagung 2019 in Jena

118th Bunsentagung - General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry
May 30 - June 1, 2019 in Jena

The focus lies on functional materials which are the core of many modern technologies, e.g. in energy conversion and storage, heterogeneous catalysis, biosensors and optical devices. The Bunsentagung 2019 will provide an excellent platform for fruitful research exchange with a focus on the application of physical and theoretical chemistry in interdisciplinary research and industrial innovations.

Important dates

  • December 7, 2018 - Deadline abstract submission
  • February 28, 2019 - Deadline early-bird registration
  • June 1, 2019 - End of registration

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International Bunsen-Discussion-Meeting
April 1-5, 2019 in Taormina, Italy

The focus lies on Fundamentals and Applications of (Photo) Electrolysis for Efficient Energy Storage.

Important dates

  • November 30, 2018 - Deadline for abstract submission
  • January 31, 2019 - Deadline for early-bird registration
  • January 31, 2019 - Deadline for late abstract submission (only posters)

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