Hello academia! Off to a great start

Seminar PDF

Duration: 1-2 days

Course type: 30% theory, 70% practical examples

Trainer: Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich

Number of participants: Max. 12


You recently started your PhD full of enthusiasm. However, an uneasy feeling creeps up whenever you walk past one of the senior PhD students, who are just writing up. Do you hear them say, “If I knew that before” or “I wish I would have thought of” and think for yourself, “I hope this doesn´t happen to me, I hope I can get around their mistakes myself.” A PhD is too complex to ever be without complications. However, in this course we´ll try to work on our “starter package” to survive in this new environment and to get a broad set of experiences and networks from your PhD.


Seminar contents


  • With your boss: lead the leader
  • With your colleagues: be a “good” colleague without being taken for a ride
  • With students: you as leader

Career planning

  • Which qualifications to seek during your PhD?
  • Can I determine my development?
  • How to get in touch with future employers

Good scientific practice- basics

  • Documentation standards for publications and patents
  • Your roles and duties as researcher
  • Scientific misconduct

Your PhD: more than just lab

  • Conferences
  • Outreach
  • Networking

Present yourself and your results

  • Basics of presentation skills
  • Self-marketing



Karin Bodewits (k.bodewits@naturalscience.careers) or Philipp Gramlich (p.gramlich@naturalscience.careers )/ Tel: +49 (0)89 99 016 971