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

Start-Your-ARC - Workshop series

31/05/2023 - 14/06/2023

Dates: May 10th + May 31st + June 14th (Wednesdays)

Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am

Participants: PhD-students, postdocs, group leaders, (lab) data managers

Start-Your-ARC - Workshop series

You have probably heard about DataPLANT’s Annotated Research Context (ARC). This three-session workshop series demonstrates the ARC concept and introduces how to build a first ARC for your own research project and annotate the data in your ARC.

Key Dates
Dates: May 10th + May 31st + June 14th (Wednesdays)
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Location: HHU, ZSL (22.07), Room U1.025
Max. 20 (first come, first serve)
PhD-students, postdocs, group leaders, (lab) data managers
Contact: Dominik Brilhaus (brilhaus[at]

Session 1: Introduction to the ARC (demo)
Session 2: Build your ARC
Session 3: Annotate your data

  • We will try to record and share sessions with slides afterwards
  • Sessions 2 and 3 are hands-on and require a laptop

Please register here for the workshop

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

Data Vizualization

17/10/2023 - 20/10/2023

Participants: PhD student and postdocs

Date: 3-day course (either October 17 to 19 or 18 to 20).

Save the date! The course programme will follow soon as well as the registration for the course.

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

Facilitating Student Engagement Through Educational Technology


Shortcut in English, timeframe 14-15:30, online event, free of charge

organized by TU Dortmund but open also for members of other institutions

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

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

21/09/2023 - 22/09/2023

Participants: doctoral researchers and postdocs


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

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 online seminar, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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

DFG Funding Opportunities for Postdocs


Participants: Early career researchers

Part of an Info Talk Series on DFG Funding Opportunities for Research Careers

Emmy Noether Programme


Participants: Early career researchers

Part of an Info Talk Series on DFG Funding Opportunities for Research Careers

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

HHU Career Day 2023

09/11/2023 - 10/11/2023

Participants: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of all research areas

Get to know career opportunities outside the university and learn more about desired competencies and your own competence portfolio! Details will follow.

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5. Leadership and Management Skills

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: 23/11/2023

Good Scientific Practice for postdocs and supervisors


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

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