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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.

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 from 20 to 22 September 2022 online via Zoom.


This year's Herbstakademie will take place online via Zoom. Please note that the entire event will be held in German language.

You can decide individually whether to register for workshops on all days or on individual days. The registration deadline is 29 August. For more information, please refer to the "Registration" section.

Program Herbstakademie 2022

Please click on the respective event title for a detailed workshop description.

Download program overview (PDF, in German language)

  Tue, 20 September 2022
Wed, 21 September 2022
Thu, 22 September 2022


12.30 hrs


Opening and Introduction
Simon Kresmann
Coordinator Graduate Center Plus


Keynote Lecture (ca. 60 min.)
"Karrierewege nach der Promotion"

Dr. Alexander Egeling


Coffee break (10.45–11.00 hrs)


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


Workshop 4:
Übergangsphasen selbstbestimmt gestalten – Schritte zu mehr Resilienz
Valentina Vasilov


Workshop 5:
Präsentieren wie die Profis
Dr. Alexander Egeling


Workshop 6:
Netzwerken in der Wissenschaft
Stephanie Sera


Workshop 9:
Karrierewege nach der Promotion
Dr. Alexander Egeling


Workshop 10:
Die Disputation in (Online-)Präsenz erfolgreich meistern
Dr. Jutta Wergen


Workshop 11:
Science Pitch Training
Henrike Tönnes


13.00 hrs

Lunch break
Lunch break
Lunch break


17.00 hrs


Workshop 1:
Lehrportfolio und Lehrprofil
Dr. Nicole Auferkorte-Michaelis


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


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


Workshop 7:
Bewerben für den außeruniversitären Arbeitsmarkt
Evelyn Hochheim


Workshop 8:
Dr. Alexander Egeling


Workshop 12:
Den Traumjob in der Wirtschaft finden
Sophie Bogisch


Workshop 13:
Karriereweg Wissenschaftsmanagement – ein Einstieg
Stephanie Sera



Please register by 29 August at https://eveeno.com/rar-herbstakademie-2022

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.

We use registration forms of 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