Courses

Course offers for CEPLAS young researchers

Workshops offered at all four CEPLAS partner institutions are open to CEPLAS doctoral and postdoctoral researchers (subject to space availability).

Below are examples of upcoming courses. These are organized by 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.

For a complete list of courses available at CEPLAS partner institutions, please check the official websites (e.g.,
iGRAD, GSfBS or AMGC) and internal training programmes available in the members section.


1. Research Skill Development
2. Communication Skills
3. Professionalism
4. Leadership and Management Skills
5. Responsible Conduct of Research




1. Research Skill Development

Linux and Perl
February 13-14, 2017 (2 days, tba)

Instructor: Dr. Ganga Jeena (UoC)
Participants: 6 – fully booked
Introduction to descriptive and parametric statistic with R
March 9, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Antoine Tordeux
Einführung in Python (in German)
April 3-5, 2017

Instructor: Stephan Graf und Martin Lischewski, JSC
Gentechnische Arbeiten in gentechnischen Anlagen (in German)
May 11-12, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Kirsten Bender & Dr. Petra Kauch, AdvoGenConsult (AGCT)
Gentechnik II für wissenschaftliche Beschäftigte (in German)
Date tba

Instructors:: Referenten/innen der Bezirksregierung Köln, MPI, der Universität zu Köln und des IQWiG
Participants: angehende Projektleiter/Innen, Arbeitsgruppenleiter/Innen – Registration required

Individual statistical consultation: If you are facing statistical or bioinformatic problems you can always contact the 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.

Courses via the Graduate School for Biological Sciences Cologne
Registration only for GSfBS members and directly via Isabell Witt


2. Communication Skills

Proposal Writing
February 2-3, 2017

Instructor: Brian Cusack and Babette Regierer Science Craft
Participants: 11- fully booked, Registration form
Lehren und Lernen (in German)
March 16-17, 2017 (Teil 1) and July 13-14 (Teil 2)

Instructor: Natalie Böddicker, Dipl.-Päd. und Hochschuldidaktische Trainerin, HHU
und Dr. Christian Dumpitak, Dipl.-Biol. und Hochschuldidaktischer Trainer, HHU
German courses for international researchers
April 24 till August 15, 2017)

Instructor: Cornelia Henke
Conferenece presentation for postdocs: Engage the listener in your talk
June 8, 2017
Discussing (in) Science – How to succeed in (interdisciplinary) discussions, debates and meetings
June 22-23, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Christian Dumpitak, Trainer for Higher Educational Teaching, iGRAD, HHU and Knut Hannemann, M.A., Trainer for Higher Educational Teaching
Get into Teaching
June 29-30, 2017

Instructor: Dagmar Schulte, Dipl.-Päd. and Trainer for Higher Educational Teaching and Dr. Christian Dumpitak, Trainer for Higher Educational Teaching, iGRAD, HHU
Job Application Training
tba, 2017

Instructor: Andrea Bosten, P-E


3. Professionalism

European and International Funding Opportunities
March 14, 2017
Career planning for postdocs: What are my further career movements
March 14, 2017
Preparing for Potential Conflict
March 30-31, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Sabine Küsters, Institut für Internationale Kommunikation e.V.
Achtsamkeitstraining für WissenschaftlerInnen (in GermanI
April 24, 2017

Application for Marie Curie Individual Fellowships
May 10, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Claudia Whittle, EU research funding and Martina Kuhlmann, EU project management
Projektmanagement für promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (in German)
June 19 and 26, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Peter Schröder
Negotiation Training
November 20-21, 2017

Instructor: Francis Mari, EuroSprachenService


4. Leadership and Management Skills

Leadership Skills
February 16-17, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Sabine Küsters, Institut für Internationale Kommunikation e.V.
Führungskompetenzen für Promotionsbetreuende und promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (in German)
February 24-25, 2017 OR October, 27-28, 2017

Instructor: Dr. rer. nat. Marion Schmidt-Huber
Führungsqualifikationen (in German)
May 8-9, 2017

Instructor: Dirk Strackbein, Diskurs Strackbein GmbH
Führungsqkompetenz (in German)
September 19-20, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Sylvia Lorenz. Sie ist promovierte Biologin und zertifizierte Qualitäts- und Umweltmanagerin.
How to lead an coach doctoral researchers
October 25, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Hendrik Hölscher, ImpulsPlus Köln


5. Responsible Conduct of Research

Good Scientific Practice (in English)
February 20, 2017 or June 12, 2017

Instructors: Dr. Christian Dumpitak, Dr. Debbie Radtke, iGRAD HHU, Dr. Achim Heck, FZJ and Dr. Susanne Wilhelm, iQu, HHU
Participants: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
Good Scientific Practice for postdocs and supervisors (in English)
July 10, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Peter Schröder
Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis für Promovierende/Postdocs (in German)
March 27, 2017 or May 29, 2017 or July 24, 2017

Instructors: Dr. Christian Dumpitak, Dr. Debbie Radtke, iGRAD HHU, Dr. Achim Heck, FZJ and Dr. Susanne Wilhelm, iQu, HHU
Participants: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis für promovierte Wissenschaftler/innen (in German)
April 4 or October 12, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Peter Schröder


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