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External Courses

External courses, e.g. summer and winter schools, workshops etc. can usually be recognised in HIGRADE*. Please contact us in advance to check if a specific external course can be approved in HIGRADE.

If you know about other upcoming external courses that might be interesting for other HIGRADE members, please contact us with further information.  

Cooperating Graduate Programmes & University Academies

Winter & Summer Schools

Other Recommended Trainings Online Courses

Recurring UFZ Lectures, Colloquia & Courses

Winter Schools & Summer Schools

Regular Winter & Summer Schools in Europe

We summarized some relevant summer and winter schools for HIGRADE PhDs here


  • 25 February-1 March 2019, Leipzig: Social Sciences and Humanities Winterschool for Natural Scientists in the field of Energy more info
  • 25 February-1 March 2019, Magdeburg (D): Block Course on Physical Limnology link
  • 28 February-09 March 2019, Leipzig & Kohren-Sahlis (D): "UFZ Winterschule Ökologische Modellierung" link
  • 20th - 22nd March 2019. Gatersleben (D): International Spring School Computational Biology Starter (#CompBioStarter) link
  • 01-07 April 2019, Weihenstephan (D) and Budweis (CZ): Spring School "Stable Isotopes in Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Physiology" link
  • 24 June - 5 July 2019, Zagori (Greece): Greek Summer School in "Conservation Biology - Biodiversity Theory and Practice" link

Other recommended trainings & courses

  • Career services of universities, e.g. Career Service Leipzig University link
  • Zentren für Hochschuldidaktik, e.g. Hochschuldidaktisches Zentrum Sachsen link
  • Trainings of associations and societies in your field, e.g. Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker link, Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft link etc
  • Gewerkschaft für Erziehung und Wissenschaft: Programm "Promovieren leicht(er) gemacht" link
  • SMILE - Self Management Initiative Leipzig link
  • Regular courses: Sicherheit in der Gentechnik (Leipzig) link, Good Manufacturing Practice (Germany) link, MLU Halle: Applied Geogology courses for externals (e.g. GIS) link
  • Recommended institutes: e.g. High-Performance Computing Center (Stuttgart) link, Global School in Empirical Research Methods (St. Gallen etc) link, Helmholtz Graduate Schools link, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) link, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) link, Institut für Qualitative Forschung (Berlin) link
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*Please note: Some external courses, e.g. language courses and MS Office, are not accepted for the HIGRADE curriculum.

**Please note: Online courses can potentially be funded and also acknowledged within HIGRADE given that a) the course content is relevant for your PhD project or your further career development, b) a certificate is provided after successful completion of the course and c) the course organizers provide explicit information on the workload related to the course. Please contact us if you are interested in taking part in an online course.