Courses

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

Gentechnische Arbeiten in gentechnischen Anlagen

31/05/2021 - 01/06/2021

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Other dates: Nov 18/19, 2021

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3. Communication Skills

Empower your Voice! How to persuade in Public Speaking

03/05/2021 - 04/05/2021

Participants: Female doctoral candidates and female postdocs

Negotiation Training

17/06/2021 - 18/06/2021

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Story Telling in Academia - Discover your research narrative; engage your reader

24/06/2021, 09:30

Participants: Doctoral candidates and postdocs

Get into Teaching

09/12/2021 - 10/12/2021

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Presenting (in) Science - How to own the stage on (international) conferences

13/12/2021 - 14/12/2021

Participants: doctoral researchers and postdocs

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4. Professionalism

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Academia: Mindset & Mental Models

22/04/2021

Participants: CEPLAS Postdocs and Groupl leaders

2-5 pm online workshop via Zoom

To register please write an Email to equality@ceplas.de

Overview:
Academia is an ultramarathon that we try to run as a sprint. This approach tends to leave us with little time or energy for life outside of work and very few  resources to cope when we face challenges. But a healthier approach to research is possible and is essential if you want to build a sustainable career in academia (or anywhere else in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in).
Despite our increasing diversity, academics tend to harbour a common chorus of voices in our heads. Voices that demand perfection, or that tell us we aren’t good enough and we don’t belong here; voices that have driven us to excel, but that also charge a pretty high tax. A tax on our emotional, mental and physical health. Yes, the environment is a contributor to the unhealthy, counterproductive lifestyle many of us live.
However, we as individuals can address the way we approach academia to buffer us against stress and burnout, worry and fear, and the toxic competition we are often surrounded by.
 
Explore
- how your mindset and the mental models you hold shape your thoughts, your mood, and your choices, and your productivity;
- Address the critical inner voices that drive perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and self-doubt that sabotage your motivation and enjoyment for your work;
- Learn how to shift your mindset in order to create more mental space and energy to think, create, be present, and thrive.
 
Trainers’ Bio:
Desiree Dickerson PhD is a clinical psychologist who specialises in academic mental health and wellbeing.
A former researcher herself, Desiree is now based in Europe and works with leading academic
institutions, lab groups, and academics themselves in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.
She has also contributed to the dialogue around mental health and well-being in academia through
recent pieces in Nature and Science on imposter syndrome, perfectionism, grad school mental health
and Mental health strategies during COVID.

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Academia: Mindset & Mental Models

26/04/2021

Participants: CEPLAS Doctoral researchers

2-5 pm online workshop via Zoom

To register please write an Email to equality@ceplas.de

Overview:
Academia is an ultramarathon that we try to run as a sprint. This approach tends to leave us with little time or energy for life outside of work and very few  resources to cope when we face challenges. But a healthier approach to research is possible and is essential if you want to build a sustainable career in academia (or anywhere else in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in).
Despite our increasing diversity, academics tend to harbour a common chorus of voices in our heads. Voices that demand perfection, or that tell us we aren’t good enough and we don’t belong here; voices that have driven us to excel, but that also charge a pretty high tax. A tax on our emotional, mental and physical health. Yes, the environment is a contributor to the unhealthy, counterproductive lifestyle many of us live.
However, we as individuals can address the way we approach academia to buffer us against stress and burnout, worry and fear, and the toxic competition we are often surrounded by.
 
Explore
- how your mindset and the mental models you hold shape your thoughts, your mood, and your choices, and your productivity;
- Address the critical inner voices that drive perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and self-doubt that sabotage your motivation and enjoyment for your work;
- Learn how to shift your mindset in order to create more mental space and energy to think, create, be present, and thrive.
 
Trainers’ Bio:
Desiree Dickerson PhD is a clinical psychologist who specialises in academic mental health and wellbeing.
A former researcher herself, Desiree is now based in Europe and works with leading academic
institutions, lab groups, and academics themselves in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.
She has also contributed to the dialogue around mental health and well-being in academia through
recent pieces in Nature and Science on imposter syndrome, perfectionism, grad school mental health
and Mental health strategies during COVID.

 

My visibility as a scientific expert on LinkedIn and ResearchGate

15/06/2021

Participants: Postdocs

3-6 pm online training

Career Perspectives after Ph.D. in Natural and Life Sciences

16/06/2021

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

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

09/11/2021

Participants: Postdocs in the life and natural sciences

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5. Leadership and Management Skills

Motivating leadership and supervision

06/05/2021

2 days (3 hours each), online

Participants: researchers of all research areas

Taking the next steps: a career toolkit for early postdocs

19/05/2021 - 20/05/2021

Participants: Early postdocs

Intermediate Leadership

30/09/2021

Participants: Postdocs, research group leaders, "Akademische Rät*innen"

Project management for postdocs and supervisors

21/10/2021

Participants: Postdocs and supervisors

Day 2 on Oct 28, 2021

How to successfully Write a Funding Proposal

09/11/2021

Participants: Postdocs, research group leaders, junior professors

Supervising PhD candidates

11/11/2021

Participants: Postdocs

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6. Responsible Conduct of Research

Good Scientific Practice for postdocs and supervisors

17/05/2021

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

Further dates: 02/12/21

Good Scientific Practice for (Post)Doctoral Researchers

01/07/2021 - 02/07/2021

Online workshop, 9:30 am - 2 pm

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