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

Scientific Image Processing and Analysis

27/08/2020 - 27/08/2020

Participants: Doctoral researchers, postdocs and supervisors

Gentechnische Arbeiten in gentechnischen Anlagen

12/11/2020 - 13/11/2020

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

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

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

Success in Companies

03/09/2020 - 04/09/2020

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Career Planning in Business - How to shape your future

26/10/2020 - 27/10/2020

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs


Should I stay or should I go? Career paths in and outside of academia


Participants: Postdocs in the life and natural sciences

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5. Leadership and Management Skills

Leadership Skills

01/10/2020 - 02/10/2020

Online course

Participants: Doctoral researchers (after 2nd year) and postdocs

Time Management - Get More done with Less Effort

02/11/2020 - 03/11/2020

Participants: Doctoral researchers and Postdocs

Führungskompetenzen für Promotionsbetreuende und promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen

11/12/2020 - 12/12/2020

Participants: Postdocs, Junior Group Leaders, Junior Professors

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6. Responsible Conduct of Research

Gute Wissenschaftliche Praxis für Promovierende/Postdocs (in German)


Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Further dates: 14/12/2020

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