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Short summary and course description

The Transition Weavers offer the full range of courses for the development of cross-disciplinary expertise in universities. The list shows our standard offerings. For more detailed information about the content, please contact the respective trainer. All courses can be adapted for larger groups, for particular needs and / or special formats such as Summer Schools. In addition to the existing program, we are happy to develop trainings on your demand. All network partners can be requested for coaching of individuals and some for group coaching settings. (trainer abbreviation – days of training – number of participants)

Citavi® reference management (PM-0.5-12)

Citavi is a user-friendly reference management software with helpful tools for personal information management. After this workshop, you are ready to use Citavi for collecting information, developing text structures and writing scientific texts.

Convincing presentations (XX- 2-12)

Scientists in academia face numerous situations where they must present their data and themselves professionally and effectively. A lasting presentation requires a thoughtful preparation as well as a convincing doing. Working areas are: Preparation of presentation materials – convincing appearance – practicing a short presentation in front of a complaisant audience – structure feedback.

EndNote® reference management (PM-0.5-12)

EndNote is a powerful reference management software with innumerable options. This introductory workshop shows how to entry data manually, how to import data from bibliographic databases, how to manage paper PDFs and how to insert in-text citations.

Figures and tables for publication (PM-0.5-12)

What makes figures and tables clear, correct, and attractive? The participants of this workshop learn how to improve their statistical graphs, diagrams, maps, photographs, and tables. In addition, they become acquainted with useful software tools.

Insights into scientific and other career building strategies (MC-2-12)

Academic careers like any other career are built on much more than just our expertise. Questions concerning the visibility within the scientific community, the knowledge on structures within the actual organization or the active participation in international networks are the basis for the future. We discuss the most important elements for successful career strategies for different career paths.

Knowing about competence (MC-2 -12)

Success begins with the knowledge of what we know and what we are capable of. During an academic training we acquire many different competences most of them unknowingly. In the course we discuss and prove the existence of given academic competences and discover transferable skills. These insights will bridge the gap between personal skills and requirements coming from career, application and self-presentation challenges.

Leadership and people management (MC-2-12)

Leadership and team building skills in academia are keys to success like anywhere else. Beside knowledge on guiding tools a solid reflection on one’s own behavior and preferences are helpful in reaching the wanted goals. Particular in the education and research environment differentiations between various target groups (technicians, students, researchers) and distinct levels (team, individuals, and self-guidance) are a must.

Literature search for the life sciences and natural sciences (PM-0.5-12)

It is easy to find some studies related to a research topic. However, it is demanding to find almost all studies of direct relevance and high quality. This workshop helps you to get the literature you need. We focus on bibliographic databases such as PubMed, Google Scholar, and Web of Science.

Managing the PhD (MC- 2-12)

The qualification of young researchers to become a PhD requires a versatile skill development. The daily focus is mostly on acquisition of specific scientific tool. At the same time it is important to shape the process and to meet the increasing expectations. Emphasis in the course is on milestone planning – time and goal management – career planning – self-presentation.

Preparing conference posters (PM-1-12)

The preparation of conference posters offers the opportunity to use your creativity and to express your personality. This workshop empowers you to prepare posters that attract attention, communicate research results quickly, and demonstrate scientific competence.

Publishing research articles (PM-1-12)

As publishing is a prerequisite for a career in science, it is beneficial to approach the topic strategically. This workshop lays foundations for successful publishing strategies. We discuss the peer review system, editor’s expectations, reviewer’s tasks, ethical obligations, copyright issues, and criteria for journal selection.

Scientific writing in the life sciences and the natural sciences PM-2-12)

Scientific writing does not only mean to put facts on paper. Scientific writing means to focus, to organise, to produce, to consider conventions and to present innovative thoughts. In this workshop, we explore stages of the writing process and structural elements of research articles (first day). In addition, we concentrate on clear writing and questions related to self-management and productivity (second day).

Starting a professional career in industry (MC- 2-16)

For most graduates the entry into a professional business life is a challenge. Since the expectation of the labor marketer are often unknown, young gradates often run into classical application mistakes. The need to clarify details about the application procedures, to critically review the information given in a CV and the self-presentation during a job interview is essential. Reflections on the application strategy, the labor market and contractual topics complement the workshop.

Self-marketing – an indispensable career booster (MC-2-10)

A satisfying self-presentation is always demanded. It requires self-awareness and self-confidence. Both are pushed by recognizing achievements, applying communications skills and the ability to gain sympathy. The workshop is focusing on four main topics: reflection on success stories, practicing lasting self-presentations, awareness of social behavior and hands-on tips.

Understanding intercultural differences (MC-1.5-12)

Misunderstandings are often caused by differences in individual values and norms. To act sustainable in a cultural diverse environment, people need to gain awareness on cultural preferences. Knowing why people react the way they do is the starting point to achieve understanding and respect. The course gives insights into scientifically proven cultural differences and their effect in day-to-day life.

Writing review articles (PM-0.5-12)

Review articles are well appreciated and highly cited. This workshop covers different types of reviews (e.g. narrative, systematic), provides structural templates, introduces effective writing techniques, and presents tips to get review articles published.

Writing proposals (PM-0.5-12)

The preparation of a grant proposal or a dissertation proposal is often a precondition for the conductance of research. As proposals differ considerably in structure and style from other types of academic text, we define characteristics of high-quality proposals. In addition, we explore approaches to refine research ideas and to develop the structure of proposals.