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, GSfBS, AMGC, UoC Postdoc Programme, HeRA). Internal training programmes of HHU, UoC and FZJ available in the members section. 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

Wissenschaftliche Bildverarbeitung und Analyse (in German)

20/03/2018 - 21/03/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers, postdocs, supervisors

Other dates: 21/08/2018 - 22/08/2018

Scientific Image Processing and Analysis

22/03/2018 - 23/03/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers, postdocs, supervisors

Other dates: 23/08/2018 - 24/08/2018

Gentechnische Arbeiten in gentechnischen Anlagen (in German)

08/11/2018 - 09/11/2018

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

German courses for international researchers


Weekly course in the afternoon/evening

See link for further details on the levels (Elemenatry Level A1.1, Advanced Level A 1.2 or A2)

Quick on your feet! Spontaneous speaking practice for postdocs


Participants: Postdocs

9am to 5pm, Seminarzentrum Kerpener Str. 15

This course is offered by the Postdoc Career Program of the University of Cologne.

Course number: KMK 180517

Trainer:Julie Stearns,impulsplus


"I think later about what I could have said, after the moment has passed." Especially in a foreign language, but often in principle, a quick reaction in the flow of conversation is a matter of training.

This workshop helps you to act appropriately and confidently in the context of many situations relevant to scientific communication - in networks, in discussions and in contacts with high status individuals. This decidedly practical training uses structured feedback and active forms of practice, in both formal and informal situations, to make sure your responses are structured optimally and listeners are getting the message. In addition, body language is introduced as a tool to define your stage presence toward your audience.

The aim is to gain techniques to react both verbally and non-verbally quickly and with confidence and accuracy. Trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in effective communication and learn how to react and listen more effectively in order to respond “under pressure” and deal with nervousness. This will also help you to use small talk situations to your advantage. T

his workshop targets PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows who wish to improve their spontaneity in pressure situations and also to make the most of their communication opportunities in a variety of contexts.

Seminar content in brief:

  • React confidently in formal and informal communication situations
  • Structuring your response (language focus)
  • Awareness and stage presence (body language focus)
  • Dealing with nervousness
  • Spontaneous small talk: informal chatting with a purpose

Seminar methods:

  • Theoretical sessions to highlight key aspects and strategies
  • Role-play scenarios
  • Hands-on exercises for practicing
  • Both group and individual feedback

To register please follow this link.

Konfliktmanagement im Wissenschaftsalltag (in German)


Participants: Postdocs

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

25/06/2018 - 26/06/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Other dates: 06/09/2018 - 07/09/2018, 15/11/2018 - 16/11/2018

Negotiation Training

02/07/2018 - 03/07/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Get into Teaching

12/07/2018 - 13/07/2018

Participants: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs

Other dates: 30/08/2018-31/08/2018

Conference presentation for postdocs: Engaging the listener in your talk


Participants: Postdocs

10am to 6pm, Seminarzentrum Kerpener Str. 15

This course is offered by the Postdoc Career Program of the University of Cologne.

Course number KMK 180918

Trainer: Julie Stearns,impulsplus


Being a good speaker is often just question of developing a set of skills and techniques. The use of voice and body language, an effective presentation structure and the dynamic use of language require awareness and practice. The workshop helps you to identify and explore these requirements, from self-reflection to selfassurance and long-term excellence. It targets Postdocs with some presentation experience who wish to build on and improve their presentation style and overall impact.

This is an activity-based workshop led by a professional trainer/coach with a background in theater whose expertise is in helping the speaker effectively communicate the importance and relevance of the work and the core message of the talk. It also introduces several tactics for dealing with nervousness and challenging questions from your audience in a live situation.

In this workshop you can focus on strengthening the narrative, the emotional tone, and the physicality of your talk in order to define and support your own dynamic style.

Seminar contents in brief:

  • Engaging the audience in one’s talk
  • Affirming the strengths and individual style of the speaker
  • Improving body language and vocal quality
  • Structuring your talk
  • Constructive tactics for dealing with nervousness
  • Dealing with challenging questions (Q&A sessions)

Seminar methods

  • Theoretical sessions to highlight key aspects and strategies
  • Voice and body techniques
  • Language practice and analysis
  • Improvisation
  • Presentation of short talk and trainer/group feedbacks

To register please follow this link.

Negotiation Training

05/11/2018 - 06/11/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

9am to 5pm Forschungszentrum Jülich

This course is offered by the FZJ

This Training in English is particularly suitable for all employees who have to negotiate business topics with international partners.

Target: This course aims at obtaining a profound portfolio of negotiation skills so that you will significantly widen your negation techniques and thus will gain more confidence when dealing with negotiation situations in English. You will learn how to conduct interest based negotiations and how to master difficult situations effectively.

Content: The following topics will be covered:

  • Effective planning & preparation
  • The negotiation process
  • Discussion management
  • Participating & chairing international meetings
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Focusing on win-win situations
  • Managing difficult communications
  • Dealing with deadlocks
  • Decision-making and conclusion

Course requirements: English level B2

For further information or registration please contact Juliane.

Team communication: key roles and intercultural contexts

07/11/2018 - 08/11/2018

Participants: Postdocs

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4. Professionalism

Application for Marie Curie Individual Fellowships


Participants: Doctoral researchers and Postdocs

9-11 am

Berufsziel Professur - mit Einzelcoaching an Tag 2 (in German)

04/06/2018 - 05/06/2018

Participants: Postdocs

Seminarzentrum Kerpener Str. 15

Dieser Kurs wird vom Postdoc Career Program der Universität zu Köln angeboten.

Veranstaltungsnummer: KPE 180604

Trainer: Dr. Anja Frohnen, impulsplus


Sie gewinnen systematisch Klarheit über wichtige Fragen zur Qualifizierung und Karriereplanung auf dem Weg zur Professur. Zunächst erhalten Sie Einblicke in die wichtigsten Elemente einer erfolgreichen Berufung und die möglichen Qualifikationswege, die Sie in Deutschland nach Ihrer Promotion einschlagen können.

 Sie analysieren Ihre Kompetenzen und Qualifikationen hinsichtlich der Anforderungen an eine Professur und erhalten Informationen und den Raum, mögliche Weiterentwicklungen zu planen. Es gibt die Gelegenheit eines direkten Austauschs mit einer/m erfahrenen, etablierten Professor*in, um Erfolgstrategien zu besprechen. Schließlich können Sie individuell Themen und Fragen des Workshops in einem Einzel-Coaching vertieft bearbeiten.

 Folgende Schwerpunkte werden in dem Workshop vermittelt und betrachtet:

  • Kernelemente einer erfolgreichen Berufung
  • Überblick zu Qualifikationswegen ab der Promotion in Deutschland
  • Strategische Planung des Qualifikationsprofils für eine Professur
  • Soll-Ist-Abgleich: wo stehe ich, was ist noch nötig, was ist zuviel?
  • Entscheidungs- und Planungshilfen für weitere Schritte
  • Austausch mit einem/einer erfahrenen, etablierten ProfessorIn (60 Minuten) zu Erfolgsstrategien auf dem Weg zur Professur
  • Einzel-Coachings von je 60 Minuten: individuelle Vertiefung von Themenfeldern des Workshops

Lernziele, Methoden, Sonstiges

Die Informationen werden durch folgende Methoden vermittelt:

  • Einzel- und Kleingruppenübungen
  • Coaching-Techniken
  • Erfahrungsaustausch innerhalb der Gruppe

Zur Registrierung folgen Sie bitte diesem link.

Faculty recruitment at German Universities - Training for the selection of professors

08/06/2018 - 09/06/2018

Participants: Postdocs

Forschungsförderung: Drittmittel erfolgreich einwerben - Möglichkeiten für Postdocs (in German)


Participants: Postdocs

9.00-12.00 Uhr, Seminarzentrum Kerpener Str. 15

This course is offered by the Postdoc Career Program of the University of Cologne.

People at UoC can get more information on

People at other institutions please contact Juliane for more information.

Success in Companies: How to establish yourself and your projects in a business environment

11/10/2018 - 12/10/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Professor wanted! How to apply for full professorship

30/01/2019 - 31/01/2019

Participants: Postdocs

Career Planning in Business - How to shape your future

14/05/2019 - 15/05/2019

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

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5. Leadership and Management Skills

Führungskompetenzen für Promotionsbetreuende und promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (in German)

04/05/2018 - 05/05/2018

Participants: Postdocs

Projektmanagement für promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (in German)

12/07/2018 - 05/07/2018

Participants: Postdocs

Führungsqualifikationen (in German)

17/07/2018 - 17/07/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Other dates: 12/11/2018 - 13/11/2018

Leadership Skills

10/09/2018 - 11/09/2018

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

Project management for postdocs and supervisors

26/11/2018 - 03/12/2018

Participants: Postdocs

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6. Responsible Conduct of Research

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


Participants: Postdocs

Other dates: 22/05/18, 09/10/18, 29/11/18

Good Scientific Practice for (Post)Doctoral Researchers (in English)


Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

Other dates: 23/07/2018, 29/10/2018

Good Scientific Practice for postdocs and supervisors (in English)


Participants: Postdocs

Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis für Promovierende/Postdocs (in German)


Participants: Doctoral reserachers and Postdocs

Other dates: 03/09/18, 05/11/18, 10/12/18

Einführung in den "Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz" (in German)

13/09/2018 - 14/09/2018

Participants: Doctoral researchers and postdocs

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