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HIGRADE Soft Skills Courses


Upcoming Soft Skills Courses

Please note: The application period starts about 2 months before the course starts. Places might still be left after the deadline passed - you can try by following the application link.

Courses planned for 2015:

Scientific Writing

2015-42

04.05.2015 - 11.06.2015

UFZ Halle: seminar room

Application deadline:08.04.2015

Course name Scientific Writing
Module 2015-42
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD students in all physical sciences. A working knowledge of English is required.
Contents This course treats various aspects of scientific writing in English. Some elements of grammar peculair to scientific writing will be reviewed: the choice of tense in various portions of a text, the use of active and passive voice, the placement of key words in sentences and paragraphs, etc. The flow of thought in English is more strictly confined than it is in German, and the limitations this imposes on the structure of individual paragraphs is explained. Then, the organization and structure of a scientific paper is discussed in detail using a typical set-up of a paper (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Summary and Conclusions) as a starting point. Each aspect of a research study needs to be positioned in the proper section of a paper, and requires a specific treatment: summary overview, detailed description, insightful discussion, reasoned speculation. The sections of the paper need to fully complement one another to give the paper the required cohesion. A few ways to achieve this are discussed in some detail. Finally , the review process will be explained, and the role of the author in it elucidated.

Dates: 4+12+19+26 May 10:30-12:00 & 2+11 June 10:30-12:00
Didactic aim /
competences
At the end of the course, the participants should be able to recognize the various elements of a paper and their role in reporting research, and apply this knowledge to write their own papers in a well-orgnaized and structured fashion that should increase their chances in the review process.
Didactic elements A series of weekly lectures with reading material and relatively short writing exercises. Duration: 6 weeks/1.5-2h
Date 04.05.2015 - 11.06.2015
Time 10:30 - 12:00
Location UFZ Halle: seminar room
Number of participants 20
Application Application
Application deadline 08.04.2015
Lecturer in charge
HIGRADE-Days 27

Career Building in Academia and Beyond

2015-21

11.05.2015 - 11.05.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:01.04.2015

Course name Career Building in Academia and Beyond
Module 2015-21
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
Target group doctoral students, postdocs
Contents Building a career on your
terms. Professional development in academia and beyond.

Becoming aware of personal career goals and options is crucial for a successful dissertation or postdoc phase and personal well-being. The first part of the course uses various exercises to enable participants to get a concrete picture of their professional development plans. Participants are guided to identify their transferable skills and relevant strenghts. The second part of the course offers tools and makes use of the HIGRADE community for weighing career options within and outside of academia.
Didactic aim /
competences
The course aims at giving participants a clearer understanding of their career goals and offers tools that help to plan and follow these goals.
Didactic elements Input, group and individual exercises, discussions
Date 11.05.2015 - 11.05.2015
Time 09:00 - 16:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 20
Application Application
Application deadline 01.04.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Schreiter, Anne (Dr.)
HIGRADE-Days 1

Scientific Writing

2015-08

01.06.2015 - 03.06.2015

UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall ANA, room 101, building 4.0

Application deadline:20.04.2015

Course name Scientific Writing
Module 2015-08
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD Students
Contents "Optimizing Writing Strategies for
Getting Research Published in English"

Excellent scientists need excellent data, but they also need to be able to effectively communicate the
results and significance of their research to their peers in the community. Writing good papers is hard
work, even for many experienced researchers. Being aware of the criteria that papers must meet and
using the writing process efficiently can make the task easier.
During the feedback sessions, participants will examine a draft of a text they have
written, as well as text drafts submitted by the other participants. During the three-day workshop,
professional input from the trainer will alternate with practical written exercises and discussions of
relevant issues. There is an additional writing component with feedback that will take place after the
initial two-day workshop and will be performed online.
Didactic aim /
competences
In this workshop, participants will learn about the structural and language norms for research papers
published in English. Participants will also be introduced to a variety of strategies that will provide
assistance to draft texts more efficiently, to pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses, and to revise
them effectively.
Didactic elements Day 1
• managing the writing process professionally
• understanding the drafting and revision processes
• finding a focus by identifying an appropriate research question
• creating precise, accurate, and correct sentences
• understanding structural and language norms for English research papers
• giving and receiving feedback on texts
Day 2
• examining structural relationships within and between sections of a paper
• examining participants’ texts with regard to structure and language, using a variety of
feedback strategies
• recognizing stylistically adequate and inadequate language
Day 3
• follow-up written assignment and feedback
Because the workshop uses material from participants, there is a call for papers two weeks prior to the
workshop. Guidelines, a deadline and where to send the paper will be sent to participants once their
enrolment in the workshop is confirmed.
Date 01.06.2015 - 03.06.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall ANA, room 101, building 4.0
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 20.04.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Scholz, Marcy
HIGRADE-Days 3

Good Scientific Practice

2015-07

05.06.2015 - 05.06.2015

UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1

Application deadline:20.04.2015

Course name Good Scientific Practice
Module 2015-07
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
Target group PhD Students
Contents This course provides an introduction to professional norms and ethics in science, including topics such as

* Goal and societal role of science, and the resulting ethical duties as a scientist
* Scientific misconduct - FFP (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism) et al.
* Documentation and archiving of scientific research
* Conflicts of interest
* Transparency and intellectual property - to which extent do we own ideas / data / methods
* Authorship
* Resolving conflicts and disputes

Teaching methods will consist of a mix between lectures and (group) discussions, including some practical case studies.

Note:
- participants should bring a device such as laptop, smartphone, tablet to be able to answer online surveys
- no grade possible
Didactic aim /
competences
To know and reflect on the currently accepted professional norms in science
Didactic elements Lectures, discussions, group work
Date 05.06.2015 - 05.06.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1
Number of participants 25
Application Application
Application deadline 20.04.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Hartig, Florian (Dr.)
HIGRADE-Days 1

Scientific Writing for Social Scientists

2015-29

15.06.2015 - 15.06.2015

UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1

Application deadline:11.05.2015

Course name Scientific Writing for Social Scientists
Module 2015-29
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Social Sciences
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD students from related background
Contents 1) scientific reading 2) basics of logics 3) assessing literature 4) structures of paragraphs 5) structures of large texts corpuses 6) self organisation 7) writing in groups

Note: no grade possible
Didactic aim /
competences
better self-organisation, better texts
Didactic elements seminar with strong participation
Date 15.06.2015 - 15.06.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1
Number of participants 20
Application Application
Application deadline 11.05.2015
Lecturer in charge
HIGRADE-Days 1

Proposal Writing: How to Create Promising Grant Applications

2015-20

26.06.2015 - 26.06.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:13.05.2015

Course name Proposal Writing: How to Create Promising Grant Applications
Module 2015-20
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD students
Contents "Good projects need money in order to be put into practice. In light of limited public funding, the
securing of sources of financial support – whether classic science-funding organisations, foundations
or companies – is an important task, especially in the academic and non-profit sectors. But
for many early-career scientists writing grant applications is a difficult task.
Even though there is no guaranteed path to reach the target, the methods and instruments of
writing proposals can be learnt. A prerequisite is an attractive project concept. If a convincingly
formulated application is then submitted, the chances of securing funding are good.
The following
topics are covered:
>> Basics of proposal writing:
Strategic considerations
>> From first to last:
The structure of a successful proposal
>> At times every word matters:
Strategic formulations
>> Change of perspective:
My project from the funders’ point of view
>> Financial planning:
What is expected of me?
>> Grant applications in practice:
Tips & stumbling blocks
>> Proposal writing:
My next steps"
Didactic aim /
competences
"The workshop communicates proven grant application knowledge. It shows how strategic initial
considerations naturally lead to the structuring and formation of the proposal. The participants
engage with the content related, formal and organisational aspects of writing."
Didactic elements lecture, discussion
Date 26.06.2015 - 26.06.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 16
Application Application
Application deadline 13.05.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Wiebke, Alexandra (Dr.)
HIGRADE-Days 1

Academic Presenting in English

2015-22

02.07.2015 - 03.07.2015

UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1

Application deadline:20.05.2015

Course name Academic Presenting in English
Module 2015-22
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD students
Date 02.07.2015 - 03.07.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 20.05.2015
HIGRADE-Days 2

Scientific Writing

2015-09

05.10.2015 - 07.10.2015

UFZ Leipzig; lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1

Application deadline:24.08.2015

Course name Scientific Writing
Module 2015-09
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD Students
Date 05.10.2015 - 07.10.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig; lecture hall 1 (room 254), building 1
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 24.08.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Scholz, Marcy
HIGRADE-Days 3

Tools for Collaborative Writing

2015-38

26.10.2015 - 26.10.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:23.09.2015

Course name Tools for Collaborative Writing
Module 2015-38
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group All PhD students + all UFZ members
Contents This course gives a brief introduction in selected software tools which help researchers to collaborate on any plain-text based document such as software source code, LaTeX- (e.g. reports, papers), R-, CSV- and text files in general. Covered tools and topics include version control systems (e.g. Git/SVN), collaboration platforms (e.g. GitHub) and tools for online writing (e.g. draftin.com). A simple management technique of the writing / software development process is outlined.
Didactic aim /
competences
Participants will get an overview of novel online collaboration tools and their concepts. They will be able to use this software and identify problem classes where such tools can provide support.
Didactic elements Lecture
Date 26.10.2015 - 26.10.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 20
Application deadline 23.09.2015
Lecturer in charge
Lecturers
HIGRADE-Days 1

Your Doctoral Thesis as a Project

2015-43

02.11.2015 - 02.11.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:30.09.2015

Course name Your Doctoral Thesis as a Project
Module 2015-43
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group doctoral researchers
Contents To most doctoral candidates, composing their dissertation poses a great challenge. Apart from the demanding intellectual and academic development of the process, various aspects of life and work might need to be organized accordingly. To keep track and follow a clear strategy is often perceived as difficult. However, there are tools and methods to help structuring your workload and gradually complete your dissertation project successfully – rather than quitting halfway or struggling every step of the way.
Our workshop will regard your thesis as a project. Consequently, various project management techniques are employed in crafting your individual project plan: from defining goals and mile stones in your dissertation, to organizing your way of work and getting familiar with instruments of time management. The overall goal of our workshop is drafting your own Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
In order to work on/discuss tangible and authentic examples during the workshop, please bring your current time- and work plan or the exposé of your dissertation.
The workshop is suitable for doctoral candidates in the initial phase as well as in advanced stages of their dissertation. New motivation and ideas for the organization of work can also be valuable while finalizing a dissertation project.

Contents:
basics of project management
basics of time management
practical exercises dealing with your own doctoral project
Didactic aim /
competences
drafting your own Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Didactic elements individual work, group work, (peer) coaching
Date 02.11.2015 - 02.11.2015
Time 09:30 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 30.09.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Barzantny, Anne (Dr.)
HIGRADE-Days 1

Academic Presenting in English

2015-05

05.11.2015 - 06.11.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:24.09.2015

Course name Academic Presenting in English
Module 2015-05
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD Students
Date 05.11.2015 - 06.11.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 24.09.2015
HIGRADE-Days 2

Academic Presenting in English

2015-06

09.11.2015 - 10.11.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:24.09.2015

Course name Academic Presenting in English
Module 2015-06
Course type Soft Skills courses
Course categorization
  • Chemicals in the Environment & Health
  • Land Use, Biodiversity and Renewable Energies
  • Modelling and Observation
  • Social Sciences
  • Water and Soil
  • Soft Skills
Target group PhD Students
Date 09.11.2015 - 10.11.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 24.09.2015
HIGRADE-Days 2

Good Scientific Practice

2015-11

14.12.2015 - 15.12.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:03.11.2015

Course name Good Scientific Practice
Module 2015-11
Course type Soft Skills courses
Target group PhD Students
Contents Workshop duration:
14 December 2015: 14:00 - 18:00
15 December 2015: 09:00 - 17:30
Date 14.12.2015 - 15.12.2015
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 16
Application deadline 03.11.2015
HIGRADE-Days 2

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