Online academy

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Our online courses- One by one

All courses can be conducted in English or German. The course material is in English.

Career development


(Self-) management

PhD, and next? Career options, skills and orientation for scientists

Storytelling for scientists

Leadership skills


Job application and interview strategies for scientists

Oral presentations

How to start your own lab
The academic track

Self-presentation and networking


Time and career management for scientists 

Startup basics for scientists

Navigating social media



Scientific posters: design and pitching

Staff selection, biases and stereotypes


Intercultural communication and awareness

How to get research funding from industry

What is better, online courses or in-house seminars? This table will help you decide.

Our online courses can be arranged as stand-alone online courses or blended learning activities. This scheme explains the differences.

Furthermore, most of the units in our courses can be delivered as short individual blocks, so-called impulse webinars: one 60-90 minutes live webinar together with some individual and group exercises, equating to two to three hours worth of workload for the learners.

A Certificate of Participation and ECTS can be awarded. The criteria for awarding these will be set together with the coordinators.


Target group

We specifically target PhD students, postdocs and PIs from the natural- and life- sciences.

Methods and media

We use a learning platform for flexible content delivery as well as a webinar platform for live interactions. These software options are easy to use and do not require learners to install anything on their computers. All content is produced in our own studio, which ensures high quality recordings.

Learners all have different learning style preferences. Some like learning with videos, others prefer to read a text. Some would like to interact and exchange with other learners, others prefer a solitary working style. We try our best to accommodate to all learning styles and create unique educational experiences.

Therefore, we use webinars, eBooks, PDFs, videos, audios and interviews with experts. Throughout the course we encourage peer-to-peer interactions among learners using group assignments and discussion forums. The instructors provide additional feedback and in some cases even one-on-one discussions with each learner. At any time, your instructors will respond to your questions and comments within max. 48 hours.


Schedule and estimated duration of the course

Our online courses range from 6-15 hours workload.

Our online courses take place within a defined time frame (e.g. Sections 1-3 in Week 1…) to ensure a coherent learning experience within the group and allow for discussions. Within these time frames we allow learners to accomplish their work whenever and wherever it suits them to allow for a high degree of flexibility.


How to book the courses

We are open to bookings from institutional customers, e.g. a graduate school organising a course for their PhD students and postdocs.

We do not offer open courses for individual customers.

Please contact us ( to receive additional information and an offer.


Reference customers Online Academy

  • Life Science Zurich Graduate School (University of Zurich & ETH Zürich)
  • Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, CNRS / Université de Haute-Alsace (France)
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
  • UiODoc, University of Oslo
  • Innovative Training Network Analytics for Biologics, A4B (H2020-MSCA)
  • Center for NanoScience (CeNS), LMU Munich
  • IRTG-SFB 1064 Chromatin Dynamics, LMU Munich
  • Leibniz Institute For Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW)
  • IMPRS for Molecular Life Sciences, Martinsried
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbhH; Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung, Göttingen 
  • Personalentwicklung und Berufliche Ausbildung, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • LHC ErUM-FSP Büro, Hamburg
  • SFB TRR 102, Institut für Physik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • Talent Factory, TUM ForTe, Technische Universität München
  • SCIENTIA Karriereentwicklung für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)
  • GRK 2376 Confinement-controlled Chemistry (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Technische Universität Dortmund)
  • CPI Cardio-Pulmonary Institute (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • Transregio Collaborative Research Center TRR 174, Marburg/München
  • Fachforum Verbundpromotion, Bayerisches Wissenschaftsforum (BayWISS)
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • SFB 914 Traficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease (LMU Munich)
  • Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS), Universität Würzburg
  • Bonner Graduiertenzentrum der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried
  • TU-Nachwuchsring der TU Kaiserslautern
  • Graduiertenakademie, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Forschungsverbünde der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg zur Förderung der Gleichstellung (F³G)
  • Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Coburg
  • MARUM – Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Universität Bremen
  • Integrierte Graduiertenschule des SFB/TRR 227, Ultrafast Spin Dynamics am Fachbereich Physik der Freien Universität Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
  • IMPRS for Earth System Modelling


Course instructors

Dr. Karin Bodewits, Dr. Philipp Gramlich and Peter Kronenberg