Workshop Program 2021

In 2021 we are offering you a highly versatile workshop program interisting for academic and non-academic careers. Due to the ongoing corona situation we will start with online workshops at the beginning of the year, but we are confident that we can go back to the "old normal" in spring or early summer.

Please click on the workshop titles in order to see the further details concerning dates, venue, registration, target groups and content.

  • Dates: Thursday, Jan 14, 2021, 09:00-18:00 and Friday, Jan 15, 2021, 09:00-16:00
  • online workshop
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry
  • Trainer: Dr. Matteo Garavoglia
  • Workshop Category: improving your personal and professional skills
  • Brief Description: What is leadership? Which roles do different individuals play within a team? What dynamics underpin effective team communication? Which tools can one employ to provide more effective supervision? This workshop helps participants to develop the tools to effectively answer some of these questions.
    More information will follow soon.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • This workshop is fully booked.
  • Dates: The workshop starts on Feb 8 and ends on April 9, 2021. (Weekly workshops on Mondays 16:00-17:30) Please register by Jan 29, 2021.
  • online workshop
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and PhD students who would like to learn techniques to better cope with stress (at work)
  • Trainer: Dr. Nadine Sinclair and Paul Sinclair
  • Workshop Category: knowing yourself
  • Brief Description:Working in science and research can be highly rewarding but also extremely challenging. Pressure of competition, limited resources (be it time, be it funding), and conflicting situations almost belong to everyday life. In addition, ambition and aspiring perfection can lead to being too hard on yourself. It is no secret that all these factors may affect your well-being and mental health. In this 9-week online program you are invited to learn strategies to cope with stress and pressure and how to make conscious lifestyle choices that support your physical and mental health. You will be able to create emotional self-awareness, develop your ability to regulate your emotions under pressure and learn techniques to help you push through personal and professional challenges without exhausting yourself. This program consists of several components – weekly virtual workshops of 90 min each, a member’s area where you can access recordings of the workshops, workbooks and templates to help you implement the techniques and an online community to interact with the trainers and participants outside of the weekly live sessions.
    For further information see the workshop program and our GAUSS Career Blog Post
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021 (09:00-16:00) and Wednesday Feb 17, 2021 (10:30-15:30)
  • online workshop
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry
  • Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling
  • Workshop Category: knowing the job market
  • Brief Description:The goal of this workshop is getting to know different departments and their functions in a company and reflect about whether related jobs could be a good fit for your interests and profile. PhD students and postdocs with a background in natural and life sciences are usually not educated in economic thinking and hence often don’t know how enterprises create values and what different departments contribute to the company’s economic success.
    For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday (half-days), March 29-30, 2021
  • online workshop
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students considering to apply for research funding within the next few months or already writing a grant application
  • Trainer: John Dixon
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: This workshop is intended for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who are new to the process of applying for a scientific research grant. Ideally, participants should already be in the process of applying for a grant or planning to start writing within the next 3 months. After the workshop, participants should have developed a rationale for their research: an argument that justifies the aims and importance of the study. They also should have understood the application process, who reviews applications and who makes the final decision. Furthermore, they should appreciate the characteristics of a good application and know what to avoid in it. Finally, they should have written an abstract for their intended research, understandable to an informed lay audience, and received feedback from the tutor. For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: April 19 - June 4, 2021
  • online workshop
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Nadine Sinclaire
  • Workshop Category: improving your personal and professional skills
  • Brief Description: Learn from an expert how powerful and transformative a simple and robust productivity system can be. Participate in this implementation program, which is a 7-week coaching program designed to help you implement an agile project and time management system in your research projects. It will transform the way you work and help you achieve new levels of clarity, focus and momentum in your projects, while reducing your stress level.
    More information will follow soon!
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday, April 26-27/28, 2021 (Monday: 9:00-13:30h, full group; Tuesday: 9:00-12:00h, group A; Wednesday: 9:00-12:00h, group B)
  • This workshop will be taking place online.
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: Scientists often follow their vocation with enthusiasm and a high degree of intrinsic motivation. Who chooses an academic career, must be able to complete an increasingly complex package of tasks after the doctorate at the latest, juggling research, teaching, acquisition of third-party funds, participation in congresses, publishing, committee work, self-marketing & networking, etc. There is not necessarily an awareness of the responsibility, which the role as a leader brings with it. Often there is also a lack of role models for the orientation in relation to the personal leadership role or to one's own leadership self-understanding.
    For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday, May 10-11, 2021
  • Location: The workshop will take place online
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Matthias Merkelbach
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: What are my unique abilities and interests critical in determining the right career path for me? Can I combine my ideas about a fulfilled life with a university career? You will discuss about that and develop a strategy for embarking on an academic career path or other career choices. This workshop helps to answer this – and other – questions for all those who want to plan their career to develop strategically.
    For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Thursday and Friday, June 3-4 and 8, 2021, Thursday and Friday, 3-4 June 2021, 9:30-13:00h online module I and II plus one shorter offline module in the afternoon on each day; Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 9:30-13:00h , online module III
  • Location: online
  • Target Group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students considering to pursue a career in academia
  • Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: Am I suited for a career in academia? And what does it take to become a professor? Are there alternatives? These questions are crucial for scientists throughout their postdoc phase. This workshop gives an overview on how a career in academia can be achieved and which parameters are relevant for strategic career development in the (German) academic system.
    For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday, July 12 and 21, 2021
  • Location: online)
  • Target Group: postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry or other areas outside academia
  • Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: The workshop deals with how to write a professional application. Participants will learn about the requirements regarding form and content of CVs and the respective differences between academia and industry. They will reflect about how to convey their strengths and motivation in response to a job advertisement, but also how to approach speculative applications. Moreover, participants will train their self-presentation skills in the job hunting process, including self-presentation on career fairs, conferences and in interviews. The workshop will include various training sessions partly accompanied by video recording for a follow-up analysis.
    For further information please check out our GAUSS Career Blog Post.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021, 09:30-17:00
  • Location: GZMB building, room 0.232, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, 37077 Göttingen (map)
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: The ability to deal with conflicts is a key component of professional conduct and an important factor for personal and professional success. The workshop enables the participants to experience conflict as agent of innovation, professional and personal development. Conflicts are often perceived as painful, disruptive and stressful. Only rarely the potential for innovation and change is realized and appreciated. This seminar examines conflicts in regard to their chances and challenges to introduce a constructive concept of conflict as social normality. The participant’s conflict solution competences are strengthened and activated to deal with difficult situations. Professional communication as tool for conflict solution is explained and practiced.
    More information will follow soon!
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Monday and Tuesday, Sep 20-21, 2021, 09:00-17:00
  • Location: t.b.a.
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Anna Kreuzer
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: One key success factor in scientific working environments is so called “lateral” or “informal” leadership. You will often lead project teams, even without formal disciplinary power. In the context of “Diversity” this becomes even more challenging. In this training you will get an overview about basic leadership principles and -tasks. You will get insights into target-group-specific communication, reflect your own “diversity-approach” and learn successful feedback-techniques. Dealing with conflict and misunderstandings – related to personality and culture – is another major part of this training.
    More information will follow soon!
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Oct 4 - Nov 19, 2021
  • online workshop
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students
  • Trainer: Dr. Nadine Sinclaire
  • Workshop Category: improving your personal and professional skills
  • Brief Description: Learn from an expert how powerful and transformative a simple and robust productivity system can be. Participate in this implementation program, which is a 7-week coaching program designed to help you implement an agile project and time management system in your research projects. It will transform the way you work and help you achieve new levels of clarity, focus and momentum in your projects, while reducing your stress level.
    More information will follow soon!
  • Registration: for postdocs:Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet); for PhD students: please register via StudIP.

  • Dates: Friday, Oct 15, 2021
  • location: GZMB building, room 0.232, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, 37077 Göttingen (map)
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students considering to apply for research funding within the next few months or already writing a grant application
  • Trainer: John Dixon
  • Workshop Category: Improving Your Personal and Professional Skills
  • Brief Description: This workshop is intended for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who are new to the process of applying for a scientific research grant. Ideally, participants should already be in the process of applying for a grant or planning to start writing within the next 3 months. After the workshop, participants should have developed a rationale for their research: an argument that justifies the aims and importance of the study. They also should have understood the application process, who reviews applications and who makes the final decision. Furthermore, they should appreciate the characteristics of a good application and know what to avoid in it. Finally, they should have written an abstract for their intended research, understandable to an informed lay audience, and received feedback from the tutor. More information will follow soon.
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Monday, Nov 15, 2021 (09:00-16:00) and Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021 (10:30-15:30)
  • Location: GZMB building, room 0.232, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, 37077 Göttingen (map)
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry
  • Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling
  • Workshop Category: knowing the job market
  • Brief Description:The goal of this workshop is getting to know different departments and their functions in a company and reflect about whether related jobs could be a good fit for your interests and profile. PhD students and postdocs with a background in natural and life sciences are usually not educated in economic thinking and hence often don’t know how enterprises create values and what different departments contribute to the company’s economic success.
    More information will follow soon!
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)

  • Dates: Dec 10, 2021, 09:00-17:00
  • Location: GZMB building, room 0.232, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, 37077 Göttingen (map)
  • Target Group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry or other areas outside academia
  • Trainer: Barbara Hoffbauer
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Brief Description: The first part of this workshop focuses on the application documents. In exercises the participants will reflect their individual achievements so far and learn how to convincingly present them in the CV as center-piece of every application. Analysing real job ads the participants will practise how to write cover letters that create the desire to meet the author. They will get advice on how their determination for a specific career path can be reflected in CV and cover letter and what other application documents to include considering differences between jobs in science and industry. The focus of the second part lies on job interviews and covers questions such as how to react upon the invitation, how to prepare for the interview, the interview itself and how to deal with it afterwards. After preparatory exercises the participants will practise giving examples of skills and abilities. They will be primed for specific situations when confronted with awkward questions or unexpected challenges and practise these in training sequences. This Online-Live-Workshop is highly interactive and combines various methods such as online presentations, video discussions and group exercises in the plenum and in break-out groups as well as individual offline exercises. In preparation of the workshop, the participants will receive assignments that can be edited on screen or printed prior to the workshop.
    More information will follow soon!
  • Registration: Email us including a short motivation statement why you would like to attend this workshop and register for our services (if you are not registered yet)