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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

2015-02

17.02.2015 - 18.02.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:14.01.2015

Course name Scientific Writing
Module 2015-02
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 who want to write their first scientific publications
Contents One of the main challenges that PhD students have to face is getting published. They are thus confronted with various requirements that are not covered by traditional curricula, e.g. how to structure material for scientific publication, how to communicate results persuasively or what elements distinguish an article that is published from one that is rejected. This course intends to convey the skills necessary to overcome these shortcomings. The course aims at supporting PhD students to improve their skills with regards to preparing and writing a scientific paper, and to provide the basis for further self-teaching of scientific writing. The course is designed for students close to or already in the process of writing their first publications, so that the short writing exercises during the course can be directly related to their own work and publications
Didactic aim /
competences
Learn how to produce scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals
Didactic elements Lectures, excercises, discussion
Date 17.02.2015 - 18.02.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 12
Application Application
Application deadline 14.01.2015
Lecturer in charge
Credit points 0,5
HIGRADE-Days 2

Workshop Paperwriting

2015-15

02.03.2015 - 06.03.2015

Torfhaus, Harz - Accommodation funded by HIGRADE - further information (in German) see http://www.harzklub-hannover.de/2014-01-23_TH_Hausprospekt.pdf

Application deadline:14.01.2015

Course name Workshop Paperwriting
Module 2015-15
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 who want to write their first paper. All data and the basic idea of the paper have to be ready. We especially encourage non-German speaking students.

Naural scientists are preferred. Participants should have a first concept for writing their paper
Contents The writing of publications is often difficult during every-days work and often takes a lot of time. Reasons for this are:
• Wrong priorities (explicitly not: “lack of time”)
• Perfectionism, inhibition threshold to start
• Continuous irritation by email & Co
• Lack of experience (especially PhD students) leads to inefficient writing process

To overcome these obstacles we want to arrange a one-week paper writing-workshop. Special emphasis will be given to
1. Identification of an interesting story. Definition of a central theme (“Roter Faden”). Usually a paper is written easily, if the story is good.
2. Reasonable order of procedures
3. Organisation of the text
4. What is the perspective of the readers, reviewer, editor?
5. Practical help: Endnote, how to handle Co-authors, choice of the journal, organisation of the publishing process

Since most PhD students have already some experience with the publication process, the workshop will not completely start at “zero”. There will be no long lectures but the themes will be developed in discussions using the example of own projects. Exchange and motivation between the participants is a central element of the workshop. Each student brings her/his own paper-project. Goal of the workshops is that everyone leaves with a draft of his paper
Didactic aim /
competences
Learn how to produce scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. Write a draft
Didactic elements Practical work on own manuscript, short lectures, discussion
Date 02.03.2015 - 06.03.2015
Location Torfhaus, Harz - Accommodation funded by HIGRADE - further information (in German) see http://www.harzklub-hannover.de/2014-01-23_TH_Hausprospekt.pdf
Number of participants 8
Application Application
Application deadline 14.01.2015
Lecturer in charge
Lecturers
HIGRADE-Days 5

Good Scientific Practice

2015-10

16.03.2015 - 17.03.2015

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

Application deadline:10.02.2015

Course name Good Scientific Practice
Module 2015-10
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 Graduate School members
Contents Good scientific practice, data management, publication practice and authorship, responsible mentoring, cooperation in science and conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, managing conflicts

Workshop duration:
16 March 2015 -> 14:00 - 18:00
17 March 2015 -> 09:00 - 17:30
Didactic aim /
competences
To know and understand the rules of good scientific practice, to become aware of the different areas in the scientific process in which questionable scientific practice and misconduct can appear, to develop appropriate solutions for difficult situations in the work process of scientists, to be able to decide and act appropriately, to have the courage to speak with other colleagues or with ombudspeople about mistakes and problems
Didactic elements Case discussions, problem based learning in small groups, information rounds
Date 16.03.2015 - 17.03.2015
Location UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall ANA, room 101, building 4.0
Work load [h] 14
Number of participants 16
Application Application
Application deadline 10.02.2015
Lecturer in charge
  • Gommel, Michael
HIGRADE-Days 2

Time and Self Management for PhDs

2015-04

30.03.2015 - 31.03.2015

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

Application deadline:02.03.2015

Course name Time and Self Management for PhDs
Module 2015-04
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
Contents • Introduction to coaching and self-coaching
• Self-coaching techniques.
• Time- and self-management and analysis of the current situation.
• Milestone plan for the whole PhD
• Time-management systems/techniques
• How to deal with procrastination
Didactic aim /
competences
Participants learn how to apply the coaching mindset and combine basic self-coaching techniques and time management techniques and principles to find their own particular way to manage their time.
Didactic elements Input by the speaker, individual and group work, practical exercises, storytelling, and group coaching
Date 30.03.2015 - 31.03.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: lecture hall ANA, room 101, building 4.0
Number of participants 30
Application Application
Application deadline 02.03.2015
HIGRADE-Days 2

Intercultural Communication

2015-03

15.04.2015 - 16.04.2015

UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS

Application deadline:04.03.2015

Course name Intercultural Communication
Module 2015-03
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 • how different “cultural values frameworking” shapes work behaviour
• cultural awareness & strategic action plans
• personal work experiences and problematic situations
• hidden conflicts in “international English”
• non-scientific barriers & effective scientific performance
Didactic aim /
competences
provide the participant with the long-term and individually sustainable tools to
deal concretely and proactively with a variety of business communication issues and the global range of
cultures
Date 15.04.2015 - 16.04.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 14
Application Application
Application deadline 04.03.2015
HIGRADE-Days 2

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
  • 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 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
HIGRADE-Days 3

Good Scientific Practice

2015-07

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
  • 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
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
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

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 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
Application Application
Application deadline 11.05.2015
Lecturer in charge
HIGRADE-Days 1

Proposal Writing: How to Create Promising Grant Applications

2015-20

16.06.2015

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
  • 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 16.06.2015
Time 09:00 - 17:00
Location UFZ Leipzig: hall 2, KUBUS
Number of participants 16
Application Application
Application deadline 13.05.2015

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
HIGRADE-Days 3

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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