Workshops offered at all four CEPLAS partner institutions are open to CEPLAS doctoral and postdoctoral researchers (subject to space availability). For a complete list of courses available at CEPLAS partner institutions, please check the official websites (e.g. iGRAD, HeRAGSfBS, AMC, UoC Postdoc Career Program). Please see as well our course archive, as several of the courses will be offered annually. 

Below are examples of upcoming courses. These are allocated to core competencies expected  of graduate researchers and postdocs, based on definitions from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). You are encouraged to learn more about the core competencies  and explore related resources. 

1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge

Currently no courses listed.

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2. Research Skill Development

Individual statistical consultation

Date: tba

Individual statistical consultation: If you are facing statistical or bioinformatic problems you can always contact the Center for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (CBiBs) for individual consultation. Please write an E-Mail to CBiBs and ask for a consultation date. CEPLAS will cover the costs that might be charged.

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3. Communication Skills

First audition? – How to apply for professorships (Online)


Participants: Postdocs from the 3rd postdoc year onwards

This workshop will be preceded by a webcast (3,75 hrs). Available from 17/11/22 to 09/12/22

Language courses: German and English

Date: tba

German Level A1.1, A1.2 and A2 courses are currently offered online. The hours per week depend on the course level.

English Level B1 (1,5 hours per week).

Please follow this link to get more information about language courses offered by the Junior Scientist and International Researcher Center (JUNO).

Four courses offered by the Department German as a Foreign Language at HHU please follow this link.

English for Junior Researchers

Date: tba

Gain greater confidence in using the English language more fluently and effectively in a weekly online course

Check the link for the next dates!

JUNO Language Tandem Program

Date: tba

Improve your language skills without any pressure by chatting with native speakers on a Language Tandem!

German Language Courses

Date: tba

Participants: International doctoral students, postdocs, professors and guest researchers from all disciplines

weekly courses with 3 different course levels are offered

Check the link for the next dates

Hochschuldidaktik (in German)

Date: tba

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Angebote der Hochschuldidaktik der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Angebote des Zentrums für Hochschuldidaktik der Universität zu Köln

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4. Professionalism

Currently no courses listed.

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5. Leadership and Management Skills


Date: tba

This training module offered by CEPLAS consists of several workshops

Participants: CEPLAS doctoral researchers and postdocs

The ENTREPRENEURSHIP module offered in 2022 consists of the following workshops/events:

  • Start-ups in green biology and biotechnology lecture: May 24, 2022
  • Design thinking: on-site workshop on June 8, 2022
  • Business model generation: on-site workshop on October 18-19, 2022
  • IPR Protection: November/December (tba)

Please check the course list for more details on the individual workshops/events.

Participation in individual courses is possible. For receiving a certificate on the Entrepreneurship module, participation in the first four elements is mandatory, participation in courses offered by regional organizations active in supporting startup foundations voluntarily

For questions please contact Dr. Günter Strittmatter.

IPR Protection

Date: tba

This workshop is part of the CEPLAS ENTREPRENEURSHIP module

Participants: (CEPLAS) doctoral researchers and postdocs

IPR Protection

PROvendis, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, organized in collaboration with CEPLAS

1,5 day workshop

Date: tba, November/December 2022

Topics Day 1 (9 am - 4 pm):

  • Introduction to commercial Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Patents
  • Special aspects of IPR in Life Sciences
  • Other forms of IPR beyond patents
  • „Arbeitnehmererfindergesetz“, ownership rights in IPR beyond patents
  • Contracts in technology transfer (CDAs, MTAs, Licensing Contracts, Cooperation Contracts)

Topics Day 2 (9-12 am)

  • Patent Search, FTO analysis
  • patent search exercises

If you are interested to participate in this course, please state your interest here (non-binding registration as the date has not been fixed yet).

Project management for postdocs and supervisors


Participants: Postdocs and supervisors

Day 2 on May 15

Time Management - Get More done with Less Effort

14/09/2023 - 15/09/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers and Postdocs

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6. Responsible Conduct of Research

Good Scientific Practice for CEPLAS (Post)Doctoral Researchers 2023

06/03/2023 - 07/03/2023

The course is planned as an on-site workshop on March 6 (full day). In case we have to switch to an online format, it will be March 6-7 (two half days).


Instructor: Dr. Christian Dumpitak, iGRAD, HHU Düsseldorf

This seminar, which is organised by iGRAD for CEPLAS doctoral researchers and postdocs, is a fundamental introduction to the principles for safeguarding good scientific practice as proposed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It focuses on the perspectives of (post)doctoral researchers by introducing and discussing the following topics:

  •     Introduction to and definitions of Good Scientific Practice
  •     Potential areas of conflict in research
  •     Dishonest scientific practice, behaviour and possible consequences
  •     Data preparation and documentation
  •     Publishing, publications and scientific collaborations
  •     Supervision and organisational culture
  •     Strategies to prevent and to deal with potential problems and conflicts


Good Scientific Practice for postdocs and supervisors


Participants: Postdocs of all research areas; 10 am - 5 pm

Further dates: 26/09/2023

Gute Wissenschaftliche Praxis für promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (in German)


Participants: Postdocs

Further dates: 18/04/2023, 16/05/2022, 26/11/2023

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Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich