Scientific soft-skill / key competencies courses  

Scientific soft-skill / key competencies courses

During the current period of the national excellence initiative (2018–2025), all courses and services offered by the Berlin member universities of Berlin University Alliance (BUA) will be open to all members of these institutions.

The graduate centers all offer transferable skills courses (scientific soft skills) and many further courses and services such as project management, intercultural and general communication training, mentoring programs, conflict consultation, information about family support work-life balance.

Courses and services are available to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in Berlin = all members of M&B are entitled to books courses. Please find and book your favorite topics.

Direct links to course offers of the BUA graduate centers:
Dahlem Research School, FU
Center for Junior Scholars TU
– Humboldt Graduate School: News and online offers
– Humboldt Graduate School: Transferable skills courses
Berlin University Alliance

Mandatory scientific soft-skill / key competencies courses for M&B

>> In each category, pick one of the listed courses - if they are listed here, you do not need to confirm them with Dr. Dirk Mende.

(1) Good Scientific Practice (first year)
Good Scientific Practice / Research Integrity / Research Ethics / Data Publishing / Research Data Management / Open Data / Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis / Rechte und Verantwortung in der Forschung.

Also recommended: Data management courses by the HU computing center and the HGS basic online course Good Scientific Practice (not a substitute for one of the above courses).

(2) Scientific presentation (first year)
Scientific Presenting / Slide Writing & Storylining / Poster Presentations, Poster Writing / Rhetoric and Speaking in Public / Keeping Your Talk Fresh.

Please note: “Speaking with Confidence and Impact” or “Self-presentation in Public: Work on body, voice and charisma” or similar are recommended to those interested, but will not be accepted as a scientific presentation course.

(3) Scientific writing (second year)
Scientific Writing / Academic Writing / Wissenschaftliches Schreiben.

(4) Grant proposal writing (third year)

Optional courses and workshops

– Writing Abstracts / Writing Review Articles / Publishing Research Articles / Publishing Journal Articles / Scientific Argumentation / BUA Writing Retreats (En or Dt) / Wie wird aus meiner Forschung ein guter Fachartikel,
– Project management / Get your things done / Getting started / Kick off your doctorate, etc.,
– Speaking with confidence and impact / Self-presentation in public: Work on body, voice and charisma / Media training / Communication in intercultural and interdisciplinary teams,
– Annual career days / Career development courses / opportunities / Plan B courses (= careers outside the Academy),
– Didactics / Teaching skills for junior scientists,
– Dissertation coaching / Preparing for the disputation,
– Business start-up courses.

For background information, see also:
Career and Mentoring and coaching

Rules and regulations for attending courses

(1) Your registration for courses is binding!

(2) Unless courses are free for M&B (= e.g., paid through BUA), M&B will have to pay approx. € 250 € per day for each M&B participant.

(3) Cancellation rules at HGS (for FU and TU Berlin rules, please find out when booking):

– To prevent incurring costs for our program, participation must be cancelled at least 14 days in advance by writing to hgs-workshops-please remove this and mb-education-please remove this

– A cancellation owing to illness at less than 14 days in advance is only acceptable with a doctor’s certificate (Krankschreibung).


This page last updated on: 21 June 2021