Summer term 2012

Transferable Skills - summer term 2012

Poster Design and Presenation

Dr. med. Tanja Meyer-Treschan, unisupport

21 September 2012; 9.00-17.00; fully booked

Successful designing of poster presentations at conferences

In particular for doctoral students, presentations of research findings on posters offer a good opportunity for introducing their own work at specialist conferences in a focussed manner and engaging in a scientific dialogue. That entails two challenges: On the one hand the poster should be designed to that it "works" without an in-person explanation and represents the responsible individuals in a positive manner. On the other, the objective of the actual poster session is to clearly illustrate one's own expertise without seeming arrogant or unsure of oneself. Many long-standing research co-operation groups started in front of poster boards.

The one-day workshop takes both challenges as starting points. The participants compile basic principles for good poster presentation and develop structure and content for their own poster. In addition, presentations and question-and-answer sessions are practiced in "hands-on" rehearsal sessions. The working language for the workshop is English.

Main focus areas:

  • "Selling your work in 10 seconds" - or: What are the key characteristics of a good poster?
  • Composition and structure of posters in various disciplines
  • Checklist for preparation
  • Training for oral presentations
  • Dealing with difficult or awkward questions
  • Effective follow-up after poster sessions

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Time Management - Using time effectively

Barbara Kosuch

26 April 2012; 9.00-17.00; fully booked

Realizing that you will never have more than 24 hours a day makes it necessary to find other strategies and techniques to get your work done in time without being stressed. This workshop will help you to discover your personal working style, the reasons that waste your time, to get clear on your objectives and priorities and to plan your time effectively.The practical approach of the workshop enables you to reflect your own behaviour, learn from others and plan new strategies.

Target group: Post-Graduates who wish to reflect and improve their working strategies and techniques in order to increase satisfaction with work and life quality


  • Analyse your personal working style
  • Improve time management skills
  • Use time effectively
  • Improve work and life quality


  • Perception of time
  • Analysing work habits
  • Reasons for wasting time
  • Time management techniques
  • Setting objectives and priorities
  • ABC-Analysis
  • Rules of delegating work
  • Planning your day
  • Tools and Visualisation

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Scientific Writing "How to publish in peer-reviewed journals"

18-20 July 2012; 9.00 - 17.00; fully booked

Why attend this training?

If you are currently preparing or writing a paper for an international peer-reviewed journal this 3-day comprehensive training is ideal for you. During the training, you will improve your manuscript in progress or draft concrete ideas for a manuscript. The training takes you from planning and preparing to writing and submitting a paper. You learn the relevant writing techniques to substantially improve the quality of your paper and lead it through to publication success.

What you learn?

The training provides an in-depth explanation of key aspects of peer-reviewed publishing. You learn step-by-step how to write a manuscript that gets published. Your particular training benefits are:

  • to set up a publication strategy to increase publication output of your research activities
  • to develop a detailed paper plan for your current paper in progress
  • to draft main sections of your manuscript
  • to know for each section what it needs to include
  • to know how to identify a suitable journal for your paper submission
  • to know how to respond to editors and reviewers
  • to get answers on your individual questions regarding paper writing
  • to have clear instructions for completing your manuscript after the training
  • to submit your manuscript following up on the concrete suggestions of the training

Who should attend?

Authors who:

  • are currently preparing or writing a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.
  • got manuscripts rejected.
  • want to significantly increase the success rate of papers they submit to peer-reviewed journals.

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