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InGrA Program 2020

14. Oct 2020

Let’s Go! (October 28, 2020 | online)

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This seminar will help you start with your PhD and deal with some typical difficulties that you might be confronted with in the coming years:


  • How to deal with procrastination?
  • How to deal with workload and stress?
  • Getting things done: best-practice techniques 
  • Ways to improve your working and research skills
  • How to maintain a positive and sustainable relationship with your supervisor?
  • How to prepare for meetings with your supervisor?
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14. Oct 2020

Theory and Design of Scientific Posters (November 17, 2020| online)

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The workshop covers different aspects of scientific posters as increasingly popular form of presentation in various scientific disciplines. As an introduction, the poster as communication medium is described, with special attention to the differences among the disciplines. Several case studies and settings will be presented and discussed. The participants of the workshop are therefore explicitly invited to contribute their own work and material to this discussion. The second part focuses on how to create effective and attractive posters. Starting from the essential technical knowledge of poster ingredients such as pixel vs. vector graphics, typography, colours, etc., different software applications for creating posters are presented and optionally used for initial designs. In addition to basics in design and layout principles for text and image content, several approaches for reducing bulky content and visual complexity will be presented. Finally, the production step as well as the oral presentation itself will be addressed.

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12. Oct 2020

International PhD Days 2020 (October 27/28, 2020) – online

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Welcome to the International PhD Days 2020 for doctoral candidates and postdocs. In a variety of online events – including workshops, short lectures and Q&As – you will have the opportunity to get to know different departments of the university which offer useful services for you and to learn more about other topics relevant for your doctoral studies. 
A city rally, conducted in small groups, will give you the opportunity to discover the most famous sights in Halle.

Please register at the website of the International Office here.

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29. Sep 2020

A Primer on Research Data Management – Open Science Webinar (September 30, 2020)

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Whether you are an experienced postdoc or a PhD student going through the initial stages of your project, this webinar will help you understand crucial concepts of research data management (RDM) and identify common problems and hurdles in scientific practice. FAIR Data, what are the funders’ RDM requirements, data formats and metadata standards are some of topics that will be discussed. Your views on RDM are very important to us, so join the discussion and let us know more about the stage of RDM in your area of expertise.

Date, time and format

  • Date and time: September 30, 2020 at 1 pm
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9. Sep 2020

Open Science Webinars for MLU Postgraduate Students – (Sept-Nov 2020)

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The Open Science Team – ULB at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg is offering this workshop.


Come join us on a journey through the starting points of Open Science (OS). This webinar series is aimed at (but not restricted to) Postdocs and PhD students from different backgrounds and disciplines at the MLU. We want to talk to you about the possibilities and benefits of Open Science, which might help you at this earlier career stage. In seven web sessions, we will introduce you to a variety of OS topics, including an introduction to Open Science, data protection, legal and intellectual property rights, research data management, open educational resources (OER) etc.


We will use the MLU conference system MLUconf for delivering the webinars. You don’t need to register, just join us on the day and participate: 

The webinars will typically last 45 minutes with at least 15 minutes reserved for discussion and for answering questions from participants. The presentation will be available for consultation at a latter point via the Open Science website of the ULB:


23.09.20 at 1pm | Open Science – An introduction
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24. Aug 2020

How to convince in the job interview (October 5-6, 2020 | online)

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If you made it to the job interview you are already very successful: you wrote a convincing application. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go, not least because, as face-to-face situations, job interviews are much less controllable than written applications. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare job interviews. And we will practice them.

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16. Jun 2020

English Academic Writing I: The Ground Rules of Writing Well (July 13-17, 2020 | online)

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This online workshop addresses junior and senior scholars from the social sciences and humanities who have good command of the English language, seek to improve their English writing skills, and strive to make their academic papers more idiomatic. The workshop seeks to create an awareness of the typical patterns of non-idiomatic writing to which non-native authors writing in English – and especially German-speaking academics – are prone and equip the participants with strategies to avoid these pitfalls.

The workshop comprises four half-day sessions (3.5–4 hours each) and will be conducted in English by two trainers who have a professional background in the social sciences and many years of experience in teaching English academic writing and in translating and editing academic texts by German-speaking scholars.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be aware of some of the important characteristics of the English language that will help improve your writing.
  • You will be conscious of some of the pitfalls that especially German speakers are vulnerable to when writing in English and be familiar with strategies to avoid them.
  • You will be able to use this knowledge to develop a more fluent and lively style of writing.
  • You will be familiar with a wide range of resources, aids, and strategies to help you improve your writing.
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20. May 2020

Presentation and Rhetorics (June 23 & July 2, 2020 | online)

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  • Effective introduction for scientific lectures
  • Parameters of nonverbal communication: Effective gestures,
    dominant body language and self-confident appearance
  • The power of the voice: Intonation and speech form
  • Flexible use of rhetorical means and optimization of expression
  • confident handling of disturbances, critical questions and mishaps:
    Strategies and response formulas
  • How to generate attention and create a positive atmosphere
  • Communicate core messages clearly and structure content
  • The Lincoln technique, segmenting the audience and CFA to exit
  • “The salt in the soup”: Mode change for lively presentations
  • Best practice examples from the USA and Great Britain; literature and
    Video recommendations
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19. May 2020

Clear at glance! Designing Effective Academic Posters (June 16 & 22, 2020 | online)

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Due to the Corona-Crisis the following workshop was transferred into an online-seminar and simulates the traditional physical event as closely as possible. The seminar is streamed via Zoom and contains online and offline parts.

Starting Point

Poster sessions are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. Their purpose is to highlight research results, visualise them, and stimulate discussion. To draw your audience in, you need a crystal-clear message, 
a text format optimized for best legibility and well-chosen graphics. And above all, you need to think well through how to organize your research content on the huge A0 poster format.

Basic rules of graphic design and layout technique will help you to present your work in a visually well-structured and appealing way. The training shows you how to present your research efficiently and provides enough time to put directly into practice what you have learned.

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18. May 2020

How to write a persuasive job application (July 6, 2020 | online)

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For many scientists, writing job applications tends to be quite difficult, especially for jobs beyond the academic system. In fact, misapprehensions and mistakes in the application dossier often prevent them from securing jobs they are perfectly suited for. This workshop will help you write a convincing application.

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