WWU Graduate Centre's programme

Academics are expected to have qualifications that go beyond the expertise in one's field and skilfulness in academic work. Project, time, and self management as well as leadership and communication skills are required in many professional areas. In cooperation with relevant institutions the WWU Graduate Centre offers a tailored qualification programme with courses and workshops for all PhDs and postdocs. The programme is designed to meet the demands and needs of academic as well as non-academic career development.

Please note that only courses offered in English are listed. If you are interested in courses offered in German, please switch to the German version of this page.

Programme booklet WS2017/18 (PDF)

  • Overview of our current programme

    Here you can find our programme for the winter term 2017/18.

    Date

    Event

    Module

    Target group

    05.10.2017 Kick-off meeting & buffet Networking - exchange - culture PhDs
    11.10.2017 The adventurous life of the PhD - planning your time-efficient journey through your PhD (1st year PhDs) Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs
    21.10.2017 Guided city tour Networking - exchange - culture PhDs and postdocs
    09.11.2017 Living in Münster - intercultural crash course for internationals Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs
    16.11.2017 Behind the scenes - understanding German research institutions Career planning and orientation PhDs
    22.11.2017 Procrastinate procrastination: how to finally get your stuff done Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs
    30.11.2017 Cultural evening (TBA) Networking - exchange - culture PhDs and postdocs
    01.12.2017 Conflict management I - fair fighting Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs and postdocs
    05.-06.12.2017 Fight stress in 5, 15 and 30 Minutes: stress management techniques (2-day workshop) Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs and postdocs
    08.12.2017 Conflict management II - recognizing conflict Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs and postdocs
    14.12.2017 X-mas in the old town - night market hopping Networking - exchange - culture PhDs and postdocs
    20.12.2017 Writing clearly in English: how to make your academic writing more effective Academic writing PhDs and postdocs
    09.01.2018
    (or: 10/11/12.01.)
    Stargazing in planetarium Networking - exchange - culture PhDs and postdocs
    16.01.2018 Want to be a perfect copycat? Master anti-plagiarism strategies Academic writing PhDs
    17.01.2018 The conference talk: how to prepare a scientific presentation Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies PhDs and postdocs
    24.-25.01.2018 Growing your leadership skills. Exploring the key communication skills that will continuously make you grow as a leader (2-day workshop) Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies Postdocs
    21.-22.02.2018 Leading international (academic) teams Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies Postdocs

  • 1. Soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies

    Date Time Title & Description
    11.10.2017 10 - 13

    The adventurous life of the PhD - planning your time-efficient journey through your PhD (1st year PhDs)

    The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to various time management techniques and long-term project planning methods. We will guide you through all stages of your "research expedition" which will give you an overview of tasks and milestones on your way to achieve your goals. This workshop is recommended for the 1st year PhD students.

    Target group: PhDs
    Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    09.11.2017 9 - 17

    Living in Münster - intercultural crash course for internationals

    Interested in the peculiarities of German academic culture and structures, communication styles, and behavior? Are you curious to find out about hidden places and the locals' way of living? Brush up your German academic intercultural communication skills with our communication coach Annie Bordelau to avoid intercultural unpleasantries during your PhD and join us to discover more about your new city, take advantage to ask questions about whatever seems alien to you.

    Target group: PhDs
    Annie Bordeleau & Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    22.11.2017 13 - 16

    Procrastinate procrastination: how to finally get your stuff done

    If "I will start from tomorrow" or "I need to … (do whatever) before I get my stuff done" sounds familiar, then you are probably avoiding doing tasks which need to be accomplished. This is procrastination. In this workshop we will identify habits responsible for putting things off. Participants will be introduced to different anti-procrastination strategies and one of the time management tools - the Pomodoro technique.

    Target group: PhDs
    Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    01.12.2017 15 - 18

    Conflict management I - fair fighting

    What does "conflict" mean? It is hard to agree on a definition because people understand "conflict" differently. Conflict management workshops deal mainly with its varieties, one of which is "fair fighting". In this workshop, "fighting" will be understood as a form of argument that involves strong emotions. How should you behave when you argue? How do you assert youself in a conflict situation without hurting others? These and other related questions are the focus of this workshop.

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Dr. Jan Schmidt
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    05.-06.12.2017 15 - 17:30

    Fight stress in 5, 15 and 30 Minutes: stress management techniques (2-day workshop)

    This workshop is designed for those of you who feel overwhelmed with daily stress and want to get back in control of your life. We will focus on disovering causes and consequences of living under pressure, as well as try to understand various strategies of dealing with stress. During the workshop participants will be introduced to multiple relaxation techniques which can be practised anywhere and help lower the level of stress. Finally, all participants will be welcome to join a one-hour-long Jacobson's relaxation training. Therefore please bring your own mat or blanket.

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    08.12.2017 15 - 18

    Conflict management II - recognizing conflict

    If you have a continuous argument, and when the argument escalates, you are in conflict. Conflicts are often time- and energy-consuming. This workshop deals with stages of conflict escalation, how we recognize conflicts, and how we behave as participants or observers.

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Dr. Jan Schmidt
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    17.01.2018 10 - 17

    The conference talk: how to prepare a scientific presentation

    This workshop is aimed at helping graduate students in the natural sciences as they prepare for and present talks at scientific conferences. This workshop focuses on key considerations for giving a scientific talk, including how to structure content and create slides that help deliver the intended message. The workshop will also cover a few common problems presenters might face and how to mitigate them. Finally, after discussing how to prepare such a presentation, each participant will work on their 3-minute "mini" presentation and then deliver it to the group. Each participant will receive constructive feedback from the group that they can use when preparing their next talk.

    *Before the workshop, participants should prepare a "mini" (≤3 minute) PowerPoint presentation in English about their research. Overall, presentations should be about ideas, not data. Participants will revise and then present their presentations during the workshop.*

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Celeste Brennecka, PhD
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: celeste.brennecka@uni-muenster.de
    Participants max.: 8

    24.-25.01.2018 9 - 17/9-17

    Growing your leadership skills. Exploring the key communication skills that will continuously make you grow as a leader (2-day workshop)

    As becoming a skilled leader is a life-long learning process, this course will shine light on five areas of communication, which will continuously need to be improved and refined to fully lead and engage others to work with you. This two-day course is divided in 5 modules and will focus more specifically on the following skills:

    1. Finding clarity – What is leadership? Envisioning the difference and engaging others
    2. Structuring your messages – What is effective communication? Influencing skills, structuring clear messages and delivering consistent messages.
    3. Building a team - How can you lead a team to develop smoothly? Phases of team development
    4. Leading through change – How to lead change effectively? Change models and phases, different approaches to change, leading to minimize the resistance and offering feedback.
    5. Managing in conflict situations – How to invite collaboration? When to intervene in a conflict? Ensure quality interactions in conflict situations to de-escalate.

    The course is a mixture of theoretical input and practical exercises.
    We will also reflect on real life cases and on different ways of experimenting the skills to develop in everyday situations.

    Target group: Postdocs
    Annie Bordeleau
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    21.-22.02.2018 9:30 - 16:30

    Leading international (academic) teams

    Leading people from different cultural backgrounds – for Postdocs

    International (research) teams have an enormous innovative and creative potential. However, working in an international team can also be very challenging. Team members from different cultures often have a different understanding of work processes, leadership responsibilities, task commitment, or personal engagement. Different factors such as language, communication behavior, knowledge concepts, time orientation, personality, or working style can cause miscommunication that can be challenging for all people involved, and influence team performance. Leading international teams requires a sound understanding of leadership skills and intercultural differences. Success depends on the ability to navigate through the complexities of how people from different cultures think and get things done. This seminar is suitable for you if you work in, lead or plan to lead an international team. We will deal with:
    - culture-based preferences and their impact on teamwork, expectations and practices
    - key ingredients of a successful cross-cultural team
    - the development phases of a successful cross-cultural team
    - how to create effective collaboration between team members, despite cultural differences
    - skills that help boost your effectiveness as a cross-cultural team leader 
    - conflict management in international teams
    - strategies to help you cope with cultural challenges and uncertainties

    Target group: Postdocs
    Dr. Annah Keige-Huge
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

  • 2. Academic writing

    Date Time Title & Description
    20.12.2017 10 - 17

    Writing clearly in English: how to make your academic writing more effective

    How do we know if we've conveyed our written message powerfully and clearly? This is a common concern for academics preparing research articles or writing proposals, but it is not an easy question to answer. This workshop aims to demystify the process of creating clear, powerful writing. First, participants will learn what readers actually expect when they read. Then, they will use this knowledge to craft writing that meets their readers' expectations. Overall, this workshop presents a systematic approach to revising text so that it conveys the author's message effectively. With practice, these tools will benefit participants throughout their academic careers.

    *Participants should bring a writing sample (~300 words) in English to use during the workshop.*

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Celeste Brennecka, PhD
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: celeste.brennecka@uni-muenster.de

    16.01.2018 15 - 17

    Want to be a perfect copycat? Master anti-plagiarism strategies

    Plagiarism is theft and fraud at the same time. What else is it? Danger, for you may lose everything you have been working on for such a long time. Yet, some make it big despite committing it. Plagiarism exists due to its convenience or due to one's wrong working style. Many are afraid of it, while others see it where none is to be found. We want to cover everything that is considered plagiarism, learn how to recognize it, deal with it, and see why there are areas in which it thrives.

    Target group: PhDs
    Dr. Elmar Elling, Iva Ognjanovic
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

  • 3. Career planning and orientation

    Date Time Title & Description
    16.11.2017 10 - 13

    Behind the scenes - understanding German research institutions

    The extensive German research landscape might be confusing to junior researchers, particularly to international academics. Yet in order to navigate it successfully, it is important to understand the higher education system. Find out about the different research institutions, such as universities, research associations and companies. Taking Münster University as an example, the workshop will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the internal structure of a German university. Moreover, you will learn about third party funded projects, non-university institutions and the cooperation between universities and other research institutions.

    Target group: PhDs
    Dr. Jan Schmidt & Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

  • 4. Networking - exchange - culture

    Date Time Title & Description
    05.10.2017 17 - 19

    Kick-off meeting & buffet

    Coming from outside Germany to do your PhD at the Münster University? Join us for relaxed, chatty afternoon buffet, get to know your fellow PhD students, and get great ideas for making the most of your research, work, or leisure in Germany. Please RSVP by October 1 to: internationals.gc@uni-muenster.de. Upon registration, please indicate how many guests you are bringing.

    Target group: PhDs
    Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: internationals.gc@uni-muenster.de

    21.10.2017 13:30 - 15:30

    Guided city tour

    We invite you to explore the city outside libraries and labs. Find out about Münster's  history and traditions, enjoy a relaxed walk around the city. Take this chance to ask our English speaking guide everything you want to know about your new city and get to know your fellow PhDs.

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Gunda Klein
    Meeting point: Graduate Centre
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    30.11.2017 18 - 21

    Cultural evening (TBA)

    International PhDs at WWU make a vibrant and colourful cocktail of cultures. Thanks to this, we can learn about similarities and differences between us, and avoid stereotyping. Every semester the Graduate Centre organises cultural evenings to get to know each culture better, taste real, homemade food prepared by students, and, most importantly, meet together in a friendly, homey atmosphere. Which country will we discover this semester? It is still a secret, but we will inform you later in October via e-mail, so stay tuned!

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Katarzyna Krukar
    Graduate Centre (room 001)
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de

    14.12.2017 17:30 - 19:30

    X-mas in the old town - night market hopping

    Join us for our refreshing guided stroll through christmassy Münster! Discover the history of the astonishing St. Paul's Cathedral and the Lamberti Church while admiring beautiful festively decorated town markets, doing little Christmas shopping, snacking on German gingerbread (Lebkuchen), or sipping hot mulled wine (Glühwein).

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Katarzyna Krukar
    Meeting point: Graduate Centre
    Registration: internationals.gc@uni-muenster.de.

    09.01.2018
    (or:  10/11/12.01.)
    15 - 17

    Stargazing in planetarium

    Join the virtual high-resolution guided tour in our LWL-Museum of Natural History. Exact information available in December 2017.

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs
    Iva Ognjanovic
    Meeting point: LWL-Museum of Natural History
    Registration: graduate.centre@uni-muenster.de