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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 afterward.

What does Herbstakademie offer?

In short workshops, you can, for example, clarify questions concerning the publication of your doctoral thesis or train presentation techniques for your disputation. Work out how to present yourself and your research in a convincing way – be it in virtual events or at the next project presentation.
Furthermore, several workshops will focus on the job search after the doctorate inside and outside the university. In the opening session, experienced researchers will give an insight into their careers paths and answer your questions.

The lunch breaks allow you to get in touch with other participants and expand your network within the UA Ruhr in an open virtual room or in separate break-out rooms.

Who can participate?

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

Date: The next Herbstakademie will take place online from 5 to 7 October 2021.


This year's Herbstakademie will take place online via Zoom. You can decide individually whether to register for workshops on all days or on individual days.

To participate in the Herbstakademie, registration is required. The registration form will be activated on Mon, 6 September. The deadline for registration is 19 September. For more information, please refer to the "Registration" section.

Program Herbstakademie 2021

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

  Tue, 5 October 2021 Wed, 6 October 2021
Thu, 7 October 2021


12.30 h


Opening and Introduction
Simon Kresmann
Coordinator Graduate Center Plus


Keynote Lecture (ca. 60 min.)
"Arbeitsrechtliche Aspekte einer Wissenschaftskarriere"

Dr. Eva Zeppenfeld


Coffee break (10.45–11.00 am)


Parallel expert panels with experienced researchers of the University Alliance Ruhr
(Humanities / Social Sciences / Engineering and Natural Sciences)


Workshop 3:
Übergangsphasen selbstbestimmt gestalten – Schritte zu mehr Resilienz
Valentina Vasilov


Workshop 4:
Präsentieren wie die Profis
Dr. Alexander Egeling


Workshop 5:
Karriere(n) in der Wissenschaft
Dr. Alexandra Wiebke


Workshop 9:
Bewerben für den außeruniversitären Arbeitsmarkt
Evelyn Hochheim


Workshop 10:
Den Abschluss finden – Schreibcoaching für die letzte Phase der Dissertation
Dr. Jutta Wergen


Workshop 11:
Karriereweg Wissenschaftsmanagement – ein Einstieg
Stephanie Sera


13.00 h

Lunch break

Meet other participants on wonder.me

Lunch break

Meet other participants on wonder.me

Lunch break

Meet other participants on wonder.me


17.00 h


Workshop 1:
Netzwerken in der Wissenschaft
Stephanie Sera


Workshop 2:
Stolpersteine und Möglichkeiten am Ende eines langen Weges: Die Dissertation veröffentlichen
Expert*innen der UA Ruhr-Universitätsbibliotheken


Workshop 6:
Passende Karrierewege mit Doktorhut im Non Profit Sektor: NGOs, Stiftungen und Öffentlicher Dienst
Dr. Antje Schultheis


Workshop 7:
Den Abschluss finden – Schreibcoaching für die letzte Phase der Dissertation
Dr. Jutta Wergen


Workshop 8:
Karrierewege nach der Promotion
Dr. Alexander Egeling


Workshop 12:
Auf der sicheren Seite: Urheberrecht, Publikationswege und Lizenzierungsstrategien für Promovierende
Katrin Falkenstein-Feldhoff


Workshop 13:
Die Disputation in (Online-)Präsenz erfolgreich meistern
Dr. Jutta Wergen


Workshop 14:
Drittmittel für die Wissenschaftskarriere
Dr. Alexandra Wiebke



Please note: The number of participants per workshop is limited. In order to enable as many doctoral candidates as possible to participate, the final admission to the workshops will only take place after the registration deadline has passed and all applications received have been screened.

Participation in the Herbstakademie is free of charge. When registering, please only select workshops in which you can actually participate if you are accepted.

You can register here from 6 September: To the registration form

The registration closes on 19 September.

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:

Simon Kresmann
University of Duisburg-Essen
Graduate Center Plus
Universitätsstr. 15, Room V15 S01 C67
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 (0)201 183-2015