Herbstakademie—Skills and competence for a successful doctorate

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Herbstakademie is an interdisciplinary offer and designed to impart science-specific knowledge and competencies across the disciplines.

What does Herbstakademie offer?

The aim of the multi-day Herbstakademie is to make the doctoral process more efficient, to increase motivation for a quick and successful completion, and to outline personal career planning. Additionally, the Academy contributes to promoting networking among doctoral researchers.

By aligning the program to subject-specific needs, aspects of gender and diversity as well as different phases of a doctorate (orientation, decision, implementation, finishing), all participants can put together a customized program suiting their individual requirements.

Who can participate?

The Herbstakademie is aimed at doctoral researchers of all subject fields of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Language of the event is usually German.

The event takes place at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen, Building S06. Participation is free of charge (incl. networking lunch). Registration is required.

Date: This year's Herbstakademie will take place from 1 to 2 October 2019. Registration is possible from 4 to 18 September.


You can download a workshop description by clicking on the respective workshop title.

A program overview can be downloaded here (PDF, in German, 2,7 MB).


Tuesday, 1 October 2019 Wednesday, 2 October 2019

10.00–11.30 h WELCOME AND LECTURE:



Lecture "Karrierewege in der Wissenschaft"
Marcus Holzheimer

Im Impulsvortrag gibt Marcus Holzheimer einen Überblick über die unterschiedlichen Karrierewege in der Wissenschaft, zeigt wichtige Schritte nach der Promotion auf und setzt Impulse für die Findung des individuellen Weges.

Room S06 S00 B29


Die Persönlichkeit stärken: Ressourcenorientiertes Selbstmanagement
Christiane Hellwig
Room S06 S00 B41

Vorbereitung auf die Disputation – Präsentationstraining für Promovierende
Henrike Tönnes
Room S06 S00 B32

Sicher und sichtbar publizieren
Katrin Falkenstein-Feldhoff, Valentina Vasilov
Room S06 S00 B29

11.30–13.00 h NETWORKING LUNCH
12.30–13.30 h NETWORKING LUNCH


Storytelling for Scientists
Kathrin Keune
Room S06 S00 B41


Selbstpräsentation – bewusst und wirkungsvoll!
Heidrun Meyer-Kruse
Room S06 S00 B32


Karrierestrategien in der Wissenschaft (Arbeitstitel)
Marcus Holzheimer
Room S06 S00 B29


Individuelles Konfliktmanagement
Christiane Hellwig
Room S06 S00 B41


Lehrportfolio und Lehrprofil
Dr. Nicole Auferkorte-Michaelis
Room S06 S00 B32


Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Wissenschaftskarriere
Dr. Antje Schultheis
Room S06 S00 B29


You can freely choose your daily program (according to availability). In the case of parallel workshops, you must decide for one of the workshops in each time slot, as these take place at the same time.


Please register here for Herbstakademie 2019. The registration closes on 18 September.

Please note: The number of participants per workshop is limited to 16 to 20 persons. Individual workshops may therefore be fully booked before the registration deadline. In these cases we will set up a waiting list.

Go to the registration form (opens in a new window)

We work together with our service partner eveeno in order to provide you with a comfortable registration. eveeno works in accordance with the basic EU data protection regulation (DSGVO). Your data will not be passed on to third parties and will only be processed by Research Academy Ruhr/Graduate Center Plus.


If you have any questions about Herbstakademie, please contact:

Valentina Vasilov
University of Duisburg-Essen
Graduate Center Plus
Universitätsstr. 15, Room V15 S01 C67
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 (0)201 183-3176