Get That Job After Your Doctorate!

This workshop is meant specifically for doctoral candidates and recent doctoral graduates. It focuses on the distinctive aspects of applying for industry jobs and short-term research placements (such as postdocs) in English-speaking countries or with any organization worldwide which follows Anglo-American hiring conventions. It provides training in navigating selected stages of that process, including creating the curriculum vitae and cover letter and presenting oneself convincingly in the interview. We will address dos and don’ts, phases useful for the CV, cover letter and interview, several differences between Anglo-American and German CVs, miscellaneous written materials and typical interview questions. Participants receive a 20-page handout which includes examples of CVs and cover letters. The workshop is held in English by a native speaker.

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Andrew Cerniski

Lecturer Andrew Cerniski has been training job-application skills for over fourteen years. Since 2002 he has managed English, Inc., a Heidelberg-based provider of Business English training.

Booking is required in advance and can be done here

Event Information:

Date, Time: 25/01/2017, 09:30 h – 17:30 h

Location: Room 1.90 Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Cologne

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Viva Defense. Preparing the disputation.

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Instructor: Dr. Jan Stammel from impuls plus.

Goals

During the disputation you have to present your research and defend it in a discussion with other experts and researchers. The Viva Defense workshop aims at preparing you for this thesis defense so that you can argue your points convincingly and think on your feet during the discussion. This workshop focusses on the questions and answers part. Responding to typical questions which may come up during the defense will be practiced in simulated scenarios.

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Content in brief

  • Presenting yourself as an innovative researcher: How to formulate your key results?
  • Typical questions and how to deal with them
  • What to do, when you don’t know the answer?
  • How to stay calm?
  • Simulating the Q&A-Session

Dr. Jan Stamm

Jan Stamm is a trainer and coach with years of experience in science and academia. His target groups are PhD candidates and Post Docs from all disciplines. Most often he works with interdisciplinary groups.

Dr. Jan Stamm, impuls plus.

Dr. Jan Stamm, impuls plus.

Jan Stamm did study philosophy, linguistics, and economics at the Universität Dortmund, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Nottingham University. He finished the interdisciplinary graduate program of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. His philosophical PhD deals with questions about autonomy and resilience (summa cum laude).

One major focus of his work as a trainer and coach is self- and time-management and research-project-management. Another emphasis lies on workshops on viva defense and rhetoric. He also works as a PhD coach for teams and individuals.

Outside of academia he offers workshops and coachings which focus on the reduction of stress and a healthy work-life balance.

In his work as a trainer he puts a special emphasis on the individual interests, goals, and questions of his participants.Booking tag-01

Event Information:

Date, Time: 10/11/2016, 10:00 h – 18:00 h & 24/11/2016 10.00 – 18.00 h

Location: Room 1.90 Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Cologne

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How to get funding: Grant writing workshop for young researchers

banner_grand_writingIn this workshop, research funding experts from proWiss Consulting Services for Researchers will share their knowledge in the field of proposal writing for research grants.

In the workshop we will think about ways how to transform your research idea into a promising grant proposal.

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Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Important principles of grant writing
  • Structure of a grant proposal
  • How to create a budget plan
  • Reviewer-oriented writing
  • How to search for an appropriate funding agency

Please be prepared for active participation, group work and exercises.

You will work on your own research ideas!

Your Instructors:

Dr. Birte Kathage

Dr. Birte Kathage

PD Dr. Reinhard Klein-Arendt

PD Dr. Reinhard Klein-Arendt

 

Birte Kathage, PhD and Reinhard Klein-Arendt, PhD are research consultants at proWiss Consulting Services for Researchers and experts in the fields of grant proposal writing, research funding and research (project) management. As trainers for the DAAD DIES ProGRANT-Courses they are responsible for the training of researchers and younger PhD holders from countries in the Global South (mainly Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia).

SCHEDULE

Monday 20.06.2016

 09.00 – 10.30h:

  • Welcome address
  • Introduction of facilitators and participants
  • Important principles of grant writing
    • Elevator pitch
    • Group work: Elevator Pitch
    • Presentation

10.30-10.45h:

  • Coffee break

10.45-12.15h:

  • Structure of a grant proposal
    • Excercise: Summary
  • How to create a budget plan

12.15-13.15h:

  • Lunch break

13.15-14.45h:

  • cont. budget plan
  • Group work & presentation
  • Reviewer-oriented writing

14.45-15.00h:

  • Coffee break

15.00-16.30h:

  • cont. reviewer-oriented writing
    • Group work & presentation: bad proposals
  • How to search for an appropriate

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Individual consultations (please make your reservations here)

Event Information:

Date, Time:20/06/2016, 09:00 h – 17:00 h

Location: Room 1.90 Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Cologne

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Applying Multivariate Methods to Archaelogical Data (using R)

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Instructor: Dr. Georg Roth (Ur- und Frühgeschichte, University of Cologne)

The workshop focuses on explorative and inferential multivariate methods suited specifically for archaeological data sets. Methods are discussed with special reference to archaeological research questions, i.e. what insight is sought for and which method can support this approach.

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Starting with the classic archaeological method CA its fields of application are reviewed with a focus on its limitations and an alternative solution for archaeological data, transformation based PCA (tbPCA), is introduced. First day ends with including explanatory information into ordinations i.e. canonical ordinations (CCA, tbRDA).

Besides (explorative) ordination finding reliable groupings is an important field of multivariate analysis. Starting with a special emphasis on choosing suitable distance measures traditional cluster approaches are discussed and enhanced by building reliable groupings based on internal validity criteria. The workshop closes with perspectives on multivariate methods for more specific purposes.

During afternoon intermissions individual mentoring is possible. Participation requires base knowledge of data handling in R. Participants are kindly asked to refresh their skills in advance. A small list of free media is provided in advance.

Workshop Schedule Day 1, Friday

10.00-12.00h Introduction: Why m-var stats anyway?

Repetition getting data into R, multivariate stats packages, CA – myths of CA and seriation.

12.00-13.00h Lunchbreak

13.00-15.00h Comparing CA with tbPCA; new alternative ordinations for archaeological data sets.

15.00-16.00h Didactic break (individual mentoring)

16.00-18.00h Testing interpretations in ordination (constrained analysis); how to connect cause and effect for multivariate data. 

Workshop Schedule Day 2, Friday

10.00-12.00h Distance based methods with focus on clustering; how to measure differences for different kinds of data.

12.00-13.00h Lunchbreak

13.00-15.00h Finding reliable groups with cluster validity criteria; how to define objective groups. 

15.00-16.00h Didactic break (individual mentoring).

16.00-18.00h Perspectives on multivariate solutions for specific research questions.

Media:
Borcard et al. 2011: D. Borcard/Fr. Gillet/P. Legendre, Numerical ecology with R (New York 2011).
Legendre/Legendre 2012: P. Legendre/L. Legendre, Numerical ecology. Developments in environmental modelling 24 (Amsterdam 2012 3rd).

[a small collection of additional introductory media is provided in advance].

Event Information:

Date, Time: 03/06/2016, 10:00 h – 18:00 h
& 10/06/2016 10.00 – 18.00 h

Location: Room 1.90 Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Bernhard Feilchenfeld Str. 11, Cologne

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Presenting in English

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“How often have you sat through a presentation and felt bored, uninspired or even confused? Delivering a great presentation can be a challenge – especially if English is your second language.  In your career as an academic or researcher giving presentations is a major and important part of your role. With this one and half day presentation skills workshop you will pick up some tips on how to improve your presentation style and practice in a constructive environment”

Lesley-Anne Weiling
Write English

About Your Trainer
Lesley-Anne Weiling is a native English speaker and comes from Ireland.  She is a partner in Write English, a Cologne based business specializing in helping people improve their English communication skills in both writing and presenting.
She graduated from Queens University Belfast and began her career in the IT industry in London.  Working in the high pressure environment of sales and marketing Lesley-Anne experienced first hand the value of good presentation skills.  As a senior manager, she often had to give presentations to multicultural teams and large audiences. Her role involved mentoring junior team members and coaching them to deliver successful presentations.

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Quantitative Palynology

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Dr. Petr Kuneš
 (Charles University, Prague) will offer a course on quantitative palynology during his stay in Cologne:

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Dr. Petr Kuneš (Charles University, Prague)

Suggested topics covered by the course (R-project):

  • Basic statistics and multivariate data analysis in palynology/assemblage data: rate of change analysis, rarefaction, indirect ordination (PCA, DCA), direct ordination (RDA, DCCA – applied in Canoco program)
  • Quantitative vegetation reconstruction using pollen data: Theory behind and application of the ERV model (calculation of pollen productivity estimates) and Landscape Reconstruction Algorithm (REVEALS and LOVE models to reconstruct regional and local vegetation estimates)
  • Application of modern analogue technique to assemblage data, reconstructing climate, transfer functions

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Good Scientific Practice

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Dr. Karin Boessenkool

Good scientific practice in research and scholarship is essential for the integrity of science. It sets internationally valid benchmarks for quality assurance, which enable replication and further studies by other scientists. And it provides safeguards against scientific dishonesty and fraud. Good practice, thus, nurtures trust within the scientific community and between science and society, both of which are necessary for scientific advance (Source: European Science Foundation)

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Academic Writing Skills – Getting your message across in written academic English

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Anne Wegner M.Sc. (TESOL)

You may consider that your research is the most important part of your studies. But what’s the point in the research if you don’t tell others about it? And most of this “telling” is, for better or for worse (to quote Shakespeare), now done in English. In this workshop series, we will be looking at how to improve your written academic English.

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Paleoclimate modelling and aeolian dust as climate proxy

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One of the objectives of the CRC 806 is, based on paleoclimate modelling and paleoclimate proxies, to understand how paleoclimate changed and how paleoclimatic and environmental conditions impacted the movement of homo-sapiens. The purpose of the workshop is to provide colleagues of similar interests with a platform for exchange of ideas.

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