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

11/05/2023 - 12/05/2023

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Further dates: November 9/10 2023

Research Data Management (RDM/FDM): A practice-oriented introduction (Online)


Participants: all researchers

Research Data Management (RDM/FDM): How to write a data management plan (DMP)? (Online)


Participants: all researchers

Prerequisites: RDM basics

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

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

23/03/2023 - 24/03/2023

Participants: doctoral researchers and postdocs

Furhter dates: Sept 21/22 or Dec 7/8 2023

First Audition? How to apply for professorship

23/03/2023 - 24/03/2023

Participants: Postdocs

Further dates: Oct 16/17 2023

Science Communication – the Basics


Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Self-Marketing and Networking, in Person and in Social Media

02/05/2023 - 03/05/2023

Participants: Postdocs of all research areas

Story Telling in Academia



Participants: All researchers

Successful Job Applications and Interviews for a Job outside Academia

19/06/2023 - 26/06/2023

2 days

Participants: Doctoral researchers and Postdocs

Optimizing Writing Strategies for Publishing Research in English

06/07/2023 - 07/07/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Get into Teaching

27/07/2023 - 28/07/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers who are interested in university level teaching or will start teaching at a university

Further dates: Nov 30/Dec 01 2023

Preparing for Potential Conflicts

28/09/2023 - 29/09/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Negotiation Training

12/10/2023 - 13/10/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Professional Moderation of Online and Offline Events

17/10/2023 - 24/10/2023

1,5 day workshop

Participants: Postdocs of all research areas

Language courses: German and English

Date: tba

Register until March 15! New German Level A1.1, A1.2 and A2 courses are starting soon (April 2023). 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! New courses staring in April 2023 - register until March 15!

JUNO Language Tandem Program

Date: tba

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

CEPLAS Science Communication Module 2023

Date: tba

This training module that will be offered by CEPLAS consists of several workshops.

Participants: all CEPLAS researchers

In 2023, CEPLAS will again organize a Science Communication module. The module will consist of several workshops like 

  • Basics of Science Communications
  • Successfully communicating your research - Journalistic writing and communicating to the media
  • Science Communication and Social Media
  • Videos in Science: Writing, shooting and editing

More details will follow.

Participation in individual courses is possible. For receiving a certificate on the Science Communication module, participation in several elements is mandatory.

For questions please contact Dr. Petra Bracht.

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

Developing your research funding strategy


Participants: New professors (W1/W2), research group leaders, and/or advanced postdocs

My visibility as a scientific expert on LinkedIn and ResearchGate


Participants: Postdocs

0,5 day online training

The German Academic Landscape


Participants: Researchers of all research areas

1,5 hour seminar

Professor wanted! Planning and optimizing your academic career

14/06/2023 - 14/06/2023

Participants: Postdocs, research group leaders, junior-/tenure-track-professors

Career Planning in Business - How to shape your future

13/07/2023 - 14/07/2023

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Push your Job in Germany's Industry

16/10/2023 - 24/10/2023

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

4 day workshop

Do your own thing! How to get started with your own business after your PhD


Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

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5. Leadership and Management Skills

Leadership Starter Kit


Participants: doctoral researchers

Intermediate Leadership


Participants: postdocs, research group leaders, junior-/tenure-track-professors

Furhter dates: Nov 23, 2023

Project management for postdocs and supervisors


Participants: Postdocs and supervisors

Day 2 on May 15

Introduction to Project Management and Working in Teams

11/05/2023 - 12/05/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Project management in Science

08/08/2023 - 28/08/2023

2 day online workshop

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Leadership Skills for doctoral researchers

17/08/2023 - 18/08/2023

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

Time Management - Get More done with Less Effort

14/09/2023 - 15/09/2023

Participants: Doctoral researchers and Postdocs

Self-Leadership under permanent pressure to perform


9 am-12:30 pm, online

Participants: researchers of all research areas

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6. Responsible Conduct of Research

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


Participants: Postdocs

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

Good Scientific Practice for (Post)Doctoral Researchers


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University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
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