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Skills and competence for a successful doctorate

Take your time during the peak phase of your doctorate for workshops and discussions in a compact format. During our interdisciplinary Herbstakademie, you can prepare for the final phase of your doctoral thesis and for the time afterwards.

What does Herbstakademie offer?

The three-day online event starts with a keynote speech on career paths after the doctorate. Subsequently, experienced researchers of the UA Ruhr universities will report on their academic career in parallel subject-specific panels and answer your questions.

On the afternoon of the first day and on the two following days you can choose between various half-day online workshops: Clarify questions regarding the publication of your doctoral thesis or prepare for your disputation. Work on how to present yourself and your research convincingly – be it in virtual events or at the next project presentation. Furthermore, several workshops focus on the job search inside and outside the university from different perspectives.

During the lunch break, you will have the opportunity to get in touch with other participants in an open virtual room or, if necessary, in separate break-out rooms and expand your network within the UA Ruhr.

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.

Date: The next Herbstakademie will take place from 6 to 8 October 2020 as a virtual event.


Program Herbstakademie 2020

This year, our Herbstakademie takes place online. You can choose your program according to availability and decide individually if you want to participate on one or more days. Language of the morning program and of all workshops will be German.

You can download the program overview here (PDF, in German). For a detailed workshop description please click on the respective event title below.

Registration is required (limited places!). The registration form will be activated on Wed, 9 September 2020, 10 a.m. on this page in the "Registration" section. The deadline for registration is 23 September 2020.

  Tue, 6 October 2020 Wed, 7 October 2020
Thu, 8 October 2020


12.00 h


Prof. Dr. Bernd Sures
Research Board Nachwuchsförderung


Keynote (60 min.)
"Doktorhut, was dann?! Karrierewege nach der Promotion – in und jenseits der Academia"

Dr. Antje Schultheis


Parallel panels with experienced UA Ruhr researchers
(Humanities / Social Sciences / Engineering & Natural Sciences)


Workshop 3
Den Abschluss finden – Schreibcoaching für die letzte Phase der Dissertation
Dr. Jutta Wergen


Workshop 4
Stolpersteine und Möglichkeiten am Ende eines langen Weges: Die Dissertation veröffentlichen
Dorothee Graf, Claudia Hinze, Dr. Eike Spielberg


Workshop 5
Netzwerken in der Wissenschaft
Stephanie Sera


Workshop 8
Die Disputation in (Online-)Präsenz erfolgreich meistern
Dr. Jutta Wergen


Workshop 9
Stellensuche auf dem akademischen Arbeitsmarkt
Dr. Matthias Zach


Workshop 10
Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Wissenschaftskarriere – in Pandemiezeiten
Dr. Antje Schultheis


13.00 h

Lunch break

Take the opportunity for virtual networking

Lunch break

Take the opportunity for virtual networking

Lunch break

Take the opportunity for virtual networking


16.30 h


Workshop 1
Stimme und Präsenz in Online-Veranstaltungen
Henrike Tönnes


Workshop 2
Auf der sicheren Seite: Urheberrecht, Publikationswege und Lizenzierungsstrategien für Promovierende
Katrin Falkenstein-Feldhoff


Workshop 6
Bewerben für den außeruniversitären Arbeitsmarkt
Evelyn Hochheim


Workshop 7
Passende Karrierewege mit Doktorhut im Non Profit Sektor: NGOs, Stiftungen und Öffentlicher Dienst
Dr. Antje Schultheis


Workshop 11
Science Pitch Training
Henrike Tönnes


Workshop 12
Lehrportfolio und Lehrprofil
Dr. Nicole Auferkorte-Michaelis



Please register here for the Herbstakademie 2020. The registration closes on 23 September.

Please note: The number of participants per workshop is limited. 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)

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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