Scientific training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH

Scientific training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH
Scientific training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH

Webinars (open also for external researchers)

Communicating science: How the art of rhetoric can help

Communicating science: How the art of rhetoric can help

The webinar will take place on June 27th, 2022 at 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.

Trainer:
Julia Rupprecht

For scientists it’s essential to present their own work and their research results effectively in order to be part of the scientific discourse. Therefore it is important to support researchers in presenting themselves and communicating their scientific projects effectively. In this informative webinar, you will learn the basics of rhetoric in a scientific context. You will gain insights on how to use your linguistic expression as well as your vocal and your body expression to establish a self-confident effect and communicate your proposal or your research results in an understandable way. Besides theoretical input you will do some practical exercises and receive a first feedback.

On 7th July, there will be a workshop (max. 10 participants open to HELENA Doctoral Researches and Helmholtz Munich Postdocs) from 9 am - 5 pm to further train rhetorical expression with the use of language, voice and body expression. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to perform confidently in decisive situations. 

Julia Rupprecht is a trainer and coach for rhetorics specialised in science communication. She supports research groups as well as single researchers in presenting their work for conferences, applications for grants and fundings as well as professorship. She works as a scientific staff member at LMU Munich.

The webinar is limited to 30 participants (open only to HELENA Doctoral Researches and Helmholtz Munich Postdocs).

The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the webinar or if you are on the waiting list.

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Career Center - "Diversity on Stage"

Power and Privilege

Power and Privilege

The interactive webinar will take place on May 23rd, 2022 at 9:30 - 11:30 am.

Speaker: Sharon Elliot, Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership


Following the introductory webinar: Everything is Equal isn’t it? – understanding why we are not there yet?,  Sharon will be delivering a series of webinars which explore the issues of gender in research and academia. The first of these webinars will consider Power and Privilege, starting with a brief journey through 3000 years of gendered power relationships !), analysis of the social, political and economic impacts and systems of this power dynamic and consideration of this within the research and university contexts.

In order to be able to benefit as much as possible from this webinar, we ask you to anonymously submit questions in advance that are of interest to you via AhaSlides (
https://ahaslides.com/STCD).

The Trainer:
Sharon Elliot is a Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership.  Sharon currently provides consultancy advice, training, workshops and programme-design to UK and International Higher Education Institutes in gender and inclusion.  She works as a consultant gender and inclusion adviser to the British Council, providing recommendations on their Global HE programming as well as designing toolkits and guidance to support international partners to deliver gender-sensitive and gender-transformative initiatives.  Sharon is passionate about equality and works to create transformation for both individuals and institutions.

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Training on Habit Breaking of Unconscious Biases

Training on Habit Breaking of Unconscious Biases

When: June 1st, 2022, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Trainer: Dr. William T. L. Cox

Over the past 15 years, Dr. William Cox and his colleagues have developed and experimentally tested the bias habit-breaking intervention, which Dr. Cox will present in this session.

This training will

  1. equip you with a deeper understanding of ways that race bias, gender bias, or other intergroup biases can unintentionally seep into judgments and behavior, and
  2. empower you to reduce the influence of those biases by teaching a set of concrete evidence-based tools for reducing biases and creating inclusion.

The bias-habit breaking intervention remains the only intervention that has been experimentally shown to produce long-term reductions in bias, as well as increasing inclusion and equity.

In contrast to many diversity or bias trainings that are neither evidence-based nor experimentally tested, the habit-breaking intervention’s effectiveness has been rigorously demonstrated in many randomized-controlled experiments.

The places for the webinar are limited - first come, first served. You will be informed within one week from your registration (latest on 25th of May) whether you received a place or not. If you receive a place, you will receive an email from Zoom containing your login details for the webinar. If the webinar is already full, you will receive a notification email from the Career Center.

 

The speaker

William T. L. Cox, Ph.D., is a scientist-practitioner in the realm of social justice. He is the Principal Investigator of the Stereotyping and Bias Research (SABR) Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Founder/CEO of the Inequity Agents of Change, a non-profit organization devoted to disseminating evidence-based approaches to reduce bias, create inclusion, and promote equity. All his work serves the ultimate goal of understanding and reducing injustice, human suffering, and disparities that arise from stereotyping and prejudice.

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Professional Skills Workshops (open for Helmholtz Munich members)

Essentials of Getting Published

Essentials of Getting Published

The workshop will take place on May 20th, 2022 from 9:30 am - 12:30 noon. 

How are you approaching getting published? Are you (passively) writing up your research, submitting your article and hoping for the best? Or are you (proactively) doing your best to get your work published into your intended journal and so contribute to your field and society? If it’s more the former than the latter, that’s OK: this introductory ‘Essentials of Getting Published’ aims to help you to help yourself to be as successful as you can. In the process of this practical and pragmatic session of outlining a series of proactive steps that you can take, this course will cover, among other topics:

  • how to select a target journal
  • the peer review system in terms of submitting, revising and re-submitting
  • how to communicate effectively with editors and reviewers
  • Ethical issues within publishing

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis... so register early.

Registration closed. Course booked out.

Please note: After successful registration if you do not attend, without prior or subsequent notification from you explaining/excusing your absence, our cancellation policy will come into effect. This means that you will not be able to attend any of our workshops for the next 8 weeks and we will deduct 250 € from your travel grant funds.

The HELENA Graduate School Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

Optimising Strategies for Academic Writing, including Grant Writing

Optimising Strategies for Academic Writing, including Grant Writing

The workshop will take place on May 24th, 2022 from 9:30 am - 12:30 noon. 

With the demands on early career researchers seemingly increasing, how do we optimise our strategies for the academic writing that’s required, from writing grants to public engagement pieces?  This practical and pragmatic session explores a range of strategies, ‘tricks and tips’, to help you with your academic writing, including:

  • The essentials of effective grant writing
  • How to form habits so that you write consistently
  • Not just what to write, but when to write

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis... so register early.

Registration closed. Workshop booked out.

Please note: After successful registration if you do not attend, without prior or subsequent notification from you explaining/excusing your absence, our cancellation policy will come into effect. This means that you will not be able to attend any of our workshops for the next 8 weeks and we will deduct 250 € from your travel grant funds.

The HELENA Graduate School Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

Paper Writing Academy

Paper Writing Academy

The workshop will start on 30. May 2022.  

This online course not only shows you exactly how to prepare and write your journal paper with ease, but it will support you step-by-step to get the paper written during the 8-week program even if you’ve never done it before, have only little time, and are afraid of getting rejected.

As a prerequisite for participation, you need to have all data ready for publication and you are ready to start the writing process.
 

What is so special about Paper Writing Academy?

  • authors write their papers during the course 
  • direct implementation of the learned strategies and techniques while writing 
  • the paper draft is developed in weekly steps
  • authors receive guidance in their writing directly when they need it
  • authors work on weekly writing tasks in their own pace 
  • problems in paper-writing can directly be taken up and resolved
  • authors are part of an exclusive online community to address their writing problems

How does Paper Writing Academy work: 

  • 8 course weeks with full guidance
  • 6 live sessions provided via Zoom, each lasting 3 h
  • each session includes coursework, exercises with the author’s own paper and ample time for questions
  • each session is recorded and available for further study
  • participants can join individually from their (home-) offices
  • course format minimises the risk for unexpected or short-term cancellations due to conflicting commitments, illness or other reasons

The programme is a perfect fit for:

  • those who haven’t published a paper yet,
  • authors, who just started writing a paper,
  • experienced authors, who aim to make their established writing process more efficient and write better papers with less effort

Written Confirmation

In order to participate, we need a written confirmation from your supervisor/PI that she/he agrees with your participation in the workshop and that you have enough data ready for publication that you are able to write and finish a manuscript during the course.

Example:

I hereby agree that (participant’s name) participates in the workshop “Paper Writing Academy” starting in May 2022.

I also confirm that there is enough publishable data that can be used to write and finish a manuscript during the course.


Registration open until 9th May.


The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Conflict Resolution and Mediation

The workshop will take place on 2 days in June (Wednesday and Thursday), 22nd & 23rd June 2022, each day from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Trainer: 
Judith Bergner

Maximum Participants: 12

Unresolved or callous conflicts can paralyse a work relationship and even teams altogether and therefore are in the way of achievement. Conflicts are time consuming and maybe a threat to project success, motivation and inspiration of team members. At the same time, conflicting interests occur in healthy, engaged and committed teams. Therefore, mediation and dealing with conflict intelligently is an essential skill for anyone who works in teams. Sometimes a third party may be needed to facilitate a conversation to help resolve the conflict between two people or two and more parties. That is particularly critical when the conflict exists between a supervisor and a subordinate. This skills-based workshop focuses on tools to clarify misunderstandings, identify interests, and work towards options for resolving the conflict. Participants will work with typical case studies and situations from their own experience in order to be prepared to intervene in conflict situations wisely and eventually to resolve conflict.

Course Content

  • Basic terms and concepts
  • Understanding conflict dynamics
  • Assessing the conflict
  • Know the distinct role of a mediator and relevant skills
  • Introducing the mediation rules and process
  • Five phases of mediation

Learning Objectives

  • Participants know how to conduct a conflict resolution process responsibly
  • They are aware of their role and appropriate tools to use
  • They increase their self confidence in guiding people through a mediation process


Please note: After successful registration if you do not attend, without prior or subsequent notification from you explaining/excusing your absence, our cancellation policy will come into effect. This means that you will not be able to attend any of our workshops for the next 8 weeks and we will deduct 250 € from your travel grant funds.

The HELENA Graduate School Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Fundamentals of Collaboration and Leadership

Fundamentals of Collaboration and Leadership

The workshop will take place on 6 days in July (Tuesdays and Fridays), 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, 19th & 22nd July 2022, each day from 09:30 am - 12:30 noon.

Trainer: Matt Lane

Maximum Participants: 30

This workshop provides doctoral researchers with fundamental and easy-to-apply principles and practical strategies to help them collaborate and lead effectively.

Past participants’ feedback of the leadership programme has included: The course was really helpful for me to formalize my more learning-by-doing leadership experience. This framework will improve my leadership skills.

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here.

About the Trainer:

Dr Matt Lane Matt is a highly-skilled, trainer and researcher developer.  With 15 years’ experience of developing researchers - nine of these at the University of Cambridge -, Matt has helped over 8000 early career researchers develop the skills and mind-sets to become leaders in their field.  He has guided research centres, universities and departments to create and deliver world-leading researcher development programmes and initiatives.  He has most recently been working creatively with research institutions to visualise ‘Future Research Leaders’, developing the programmes which will provide, create and nurture the mindsets needed to be a Research Leader of the Future.  Matt is also an Associate Facilitator, for the renowned Centre for Facilitation. 

Registration open.

Please note: After successful registration if you do not attend, without prior or subsequent notification from you explaining/excusing your absence, our cancellation policy will come into effect. This means that you will not be able to attend any of our workshops for the next 8 weeks and we will deduct 250 € from your travel grant funds.

The HELENA Graduate School Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Voice and Speech Training for Researchers

Voice and Speech Training for Researchers

The workshop will take place on July 7th, 2022 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Trainer:
Julia Rupprecht

For scientists it’s essential to present their own work and their research results effectively in order to be part of the scientific discourse. Therefore it is important to support researchers in presenting themselves and communicating their scientific projects effectively. Thus, good rhetorical skills are crucial factors for success. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to perform confidently in decisive situations. The content to be conveyed should be optimally supported by the rhetorical expression with the use of language, voice and body expression. This underlines the competent and confident effect as a scientist.

Julia Rupprecht is a trainer and coach for rhetorics specialised in science communication. She support research groups as well as single researchers in presenting their work for conferences, applications for grants and fundings as well as professorship. She works as a scientific staff member at LMU Munich.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants (open only to HELENA Doctoral Researches and Helmholtz Munich Postdocs).

The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Networking Workshop - Skills to Succeed

Networking Workshop - Skills to Succeed

The workshop will take place on 2 days in July (Monday and Thursday), 11th & 14th July 2022, each day from 9:00 am - 12:30 noon.

Trainer: 
Dr. Rosmarie Katrin Neumann, Impact Dialog

Maximum Participants: To guarantee a high quality of support, the workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Networking - Is it more than a buzzword? Why networks matter in the first place and how to form professional relationships will be subject of this workshop. You will learn about the role of communication and listening for inter- and transdisciplinary relationships as well as analysing your (prospective/potential) networks and networking goals. We want to empower you to communicate impactful with your target groups and thus to build trust and credibility with potential network partners.

Day 1 – 11 July 2022:

  • Reflection and strengthening of your own motivating networking goals
  • Network analysis – status quo and network goal
  • Target group selection
  • First target specific network strategy drafts

Day 2 – 14 July 2022:

The second workshop part shall support you further develop your personal networking strategies. We check out various networking tools and inspirations to improve your own profiles according to your needs and goals, with the help of online social media, as well as offline communication tools, including active listening.

The workshop uses scientific evidence for effective communication and relationship buildung in professional networks.

About the instructor: Dr. Rosmarie Katrin Neumann, Impact Dialog

Rosmarie loves impact, communication and to connect and empower people. As a trained mediator, science communication trainer and former communication network researcher, she has countless pieces of evidence, stories, methods and tools to help you develop your networking strategies for your career success. Find out more about Rosmarie and connect via Twitter @RosmarieKatrin, LinkedIn or her website.

The HELENA Graduate School Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

The workshop is divided into 6 modules. The modules  will take place each day from 10 am - 12 noon on:

Modul 1: 27.09.22 

Modul 2: 04.10.22 

Modul 3: 18.10.22 

Modul 4: 25.10.22 

Modul 5: 08.11.22 

Modul 6: 15.11.22 

Maximum Participants: 15

Trainer: Tobias Stahl

The approach of MHFA Ersthelfer

More than 40 percent of all people in Germany experience a mental disorder in the course of their lives that should be treated. Although mental disorders are so frequent, this topic leads to uncertainty, fear and prejudices. Therefore, prevention, early recognition and destigmatization are important in this field.

MHFA Ersthelfer addresses these aspects. The MHFA course for mental health is based on the principle of physical first aid: In a 12-hour course, every adult can become a mental health first aider.

In the MHFA course, employees learn to recognize and address a colleague’s mental health problems in time. They acquire basic knowledge about various mental health problems, which they can use to provide support and information when talking to a person that may suffer from a mental health problem. An important aspect of the course is learning and practicing how to encourage others to seek professional help and to activate their resources.

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The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Webinar Series – "Best practices in scientific visualizations and ideas beyond printed graphics" - Core Facility Statistical Consulting (registration will open in July)

Coachings

Career Center One-on-One Coachings

Career Center One-on-One Coachings

Are you wondering if you should stay in academia or look for alternative careers?

Do you want to find your dream job but are not sure in which direction to go?

With the help of one of our coaches, you will discover your skills and interests, define your values, and translate all that into suitable job fields and career paths.

Our One-on-One Coaching sessions also include – but are not limited to – other topics, such as:

  • exploring your chances and opportunities in academia and beyond
  • optimizing your application documents
  • conducting mock interview sessions in preparation for upcoming job interviews

If you are interested in unlocking your potential, contact us today and schedule a one-on-one coaching session!

Learn more about One-on-One coaching services at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Career Center Online Walk-In

Career Center Online Walk-In

Do you want to have a first opinion on your CV?

Do you have a quick question on your career development?

Or do you simply want to learn how the Career Center can help you with your next career steps?

On Mondays and Thursdays, from 11:30 am - 01:00 pm, without prior appointment, the Career Center offers 20-30 minute online sessions for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers.

Some common questions covered during these walk-in sessions include:

  • CV-check 
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Professional status check
  • Career Q&A: Career-related questions

Learn more about our Online Walk-In here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Excellence in International Scientific Communication

Excellence in International Scientific Communication

Individual web-based coaching programme specifically for PhD students using digital formats for their upcoming oral defense of the dissertation.

Overview: A web-based support package for individuals with upcoming PhD defences, conference presentations or project reports which will be conducted online.

Coach: Dr. Paul Charlton

Format (all web-based):  • 10 minute intro call to test Skype (etc.) and clarify objectives.  • 45 minute planned call for first run-through.  • 45 minute follow-up call final rehearsal.  • 10 minute de-brief call after the presentation is conducted.

Coaching is conducted in English language but presentations can be rehearsed in German language if required.
 

Registration: Please contact HELENA GSO if you are interested in the coaching.
 

For further information click here.

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Further training opportunities including the mandatory statistic courses (organized by the Core Facility Statistical Consulting) for doctoral researchers are offered by the Center's Human Resources Development.

About us

This focus program is provided by HELENA, the Postdoctoral Program and the Career Center for Postdocs and Doctoral Students within the department Strategy, Programs, Resources (SPR) - Scientific Talent and Career Development.

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