Workshops for Postdocs

The TUM Talent Factory invites postdoctoral researchers at TUM to participate in a series of workshops which are designed specifically to enhance research and transferable skills of postdoctoral researchers.

We particularly recommend you to take part in workshops which go beyond your day-to-day research and e.g. to learn more about science communication, intellectual property or how to commercialize your research results in a startup. 

Please note that the application period for the workshops is already over.

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Please find here more information about the workshops and trainers:

Open Access Publishing & Research Data Management at TUM

Description: The first part on Open Access Publishing will offer an introduction to the different options of open access publishing (gold, green and hybrid) as well as the services the university library offers with regard to open access publishing. We will talk about how to find the right journal and how to recognize and avoid so called ‘predatory publishers’.

The second part of the course on Research Data Management will present the main aspects of – and recommendations for – research data management (RDM). You will learn the basics of RDM and the most important aspects of dealing with research data. You will also be introduced to requirements third-party funders have with regard to data management and how you can best fulfill those requirements.

Trainer: The course will be conducted by Dr. Manuel Hora and Christian Pauls, TUM University Library.

Science Communication: Making Science Comprehensible

Date: 25.04.2019, 9.00-17.00

Description: Along with professional communicators and journalists, researchers play a central role in communicating science to the public. They write articles and commentaries for newspapers and journals, give interviews, appear at public events, are active on social media and much more. If you want to reach a broad audience, you have to focus your topics and make your message generally intelligible.

The introductory seminar is designed to raise awareness in science communication. It addresses the basics of science communication. Participants learn about the interaction between research and the media. Using a simple strategy, they discover the core aspects of good science communication and identify the reasons why science communication is important.

This seminar covers:

  • Professional communication – the basics of science communication
  • Why science communication – advantages for communicator and audience
  • Changes in communication – from message to dialogue
  • About target groups and media – striking the right note
  • The core message – speaking and being understood

Trainer: The workshops will be conducted by Dr. Tobias Maier. He is a science communication professional with a PhD in biochemistry and a ten-year track record in academic research. He is the Deputy Director at the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik).
Previously, Dr. Maier founded an agency for science communication with focus on developing and implementing communication strategies for European research projects. He gives seminars and workshops on science communication, scientific writing, social media and data visualization for NaWik. He writes a popular science blog in German called WeiterGen.

Communicating Science Online

Date: 26.04.2019, 9.00-17.00

Description: How can scientists benefit from being present on social media and from communicating actively online? The NaWik-seminar “Communicating science online” offers a well-structured and comprehensive introduction to online media with a particular focus on how scientists can make most of Twitter, LinkedIn, ResearchGate and blogs.

Participants of this seminar will have identified and understood the factors underlying effective science communication. They will be able to decide which online tools and networks offer tangible benefits and they will be equipped and encouraged to actively participate in communicating science online.

This seminar covers:

  • Who communicates in the new media landscape?
  • The digital profile and how to influence it
  • Social networks and their benefit for scientists
  • Digital tools for scholarly communication
  • Science blogging for beginners
  • A framework for successful science communication
  • Do's and Don’ts when communicating online

Trainer: The workshops will be conducted by Dr. Tobias Maier. He is a science communication professional with a PhD in biochemistry and a ten-year track record in academic research. He is the Deputy Director at the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik).
Previously, Dr. Maier founded an agency for science communication with focus on developing and implementing communication strategies for European research projects. He gives seminars and workshops on science communication, scientific writing, social media and data visualization for NaWik. He writes a popular science blog in German called WeiterGen.

Excellence in International Networking, Teaming and Collaboration Skills

Date: 08.05.2019, 9.00-17.30

Description: Successful scientific research and career progression requires excellent international communication skills and an extensive network of partners, domestically and globally. This workshop will provide a “toolbox” of skills, tips and best practices to utilise both face-to-face and web-based opportunities to expand your network and to communicate in a cross-culturally competent and behaviourally aware manner.

Application of learnings from this workshop will help you extend your network, optimise your research collaborations and manage even the most tricky of face-to-face situations, common in a diverse and complex research team context.

Trainer: The workshop will be conductd by Dr. Paul Charlton who has over 20 years of relevant experience, now utilised in both designing and delivering the most useful content in a challenging, interactive and highly actionable format. For more details about Paul, please visit his website or his linkedin profile.

Patents and Licenses: How to Protect and Commercialize Inventions at TUM

Date: 13.05.2019 13.00-16.00

Description: The first part of the workshop will provide an introduction into industrial property rights and will be held by a patent attorney. The workshop will provide you with important insights into various aspects of industrial property rights, concerning the requirements for a protection, aspects of patentability, a brief outline of the European Patent system, the patenting procedure and different types of industrial property rights.

The second part on Inventions, Patents and Licenses in the scope of Technology Transfer at TUM focuses on the Patent Policy of TUM. This part will address special aspects for university inventors with respect to the German Employees’ Inventions Act and outline the process of an invention disclosure at TUM. In addition to this, you will also get an insight into the exploitation and commercialization options for Inventions at TUM and is thus a topic every postdoc should be aware of.

Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Katja Siegers, Technology Manager at Patents and Licenses, TUM Office for Research and Innovation (TUM ForTe) together with Dr. Stefanie Parchmann, European Patent Attorney.

Entrepreneurship-Workshop “Startup your research!”

Date: 17.06.2019 13.00-18.00 and 18.06.2019 09.00-16.00

Description: Which entrepreneurial opportunities exist for your research topic globally? Before you develop your idea to market readiness, brainstorm a startup name, spend a lot of money for filing patents and hiring employees - make sure that you identify your entrepreneurial mindset and opportunities in this workshop. Discovering multiple market opportunities is very important for you, because not all chances are alike. Some have greater growth potential, whereas others face much less competition, and again others are just markets that one should avoid as they are difficult and costly to enter.

You will learn from successful spinoffs of international universities. Discover potential application fields and customers for your idea using the lean startup approach and design thinking principles. The desired outcome is a market opportunity set for your idea from research.


  • Inspiration successful examples of international spin-offs from science
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop setting and transfer of top-notch lean startup tools and design thinking approaches
  • Guided elaboration of possible market applications for the research findings of the participants
  • Guided development of first customer hypothesis
  • Recognize your Entrepreneurial Mindset! Am I a founder?
  • Pitch results and feedback from coaches

Trainers: The workshop will be conducted by Florian Becke and Harald Jenull from UnternehmerTUM GmbH. UnternehmerTUM was founded in 2002 by the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten. With more than 50 high-growth technology start-ups each year and its unique offering, it is the leading center for business creation in Germany.

Florian Becke, PhD, Senior Program Manager for Pre-Incubation at UnternehmerTUM GmbH
Florian is an entrepreneur and lecturer for business formation, innovation management and technology transfer. He helped to build up and headed a start-up incubator for university start-ups in Austria and has been supporting technology- and growth-oriented startups for more than 15 years. He is experienced in creating successful business models for start-ups and in raising Pre-Seed and Seed money for growth-oriented start-ups. He is a molecular biologist by profession and earned his doctorate in cell biology with a strong focus in human immunology.

Harald Jenull, Executive Director pre-INCUBATION. 
Harald holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and did a post-graduate study in patent engineering. He is certified business and mental coach and expert for leadership trainings and agile tools. His focus areas are business development and technology transfer, in particular for design thinking, value proposition development and realization of specific workshops, labs and tailored events for scientists with technology based business ideas, for all phases of the start-up process. After graduating university, Harald founded a startup doing air pollutant dispersion modelling for public and industry clients.

Grant Writing Workshop for Postdocs

Date: 04.-05.07.2019, 9.00-17.00

Description: Writing a proposal means promoting your science! With your proposal you need to convince the reviewers that your project is more relevant, more important and more promising than those of your competitors and that hence the money should be going to you. This is not easily done and there are several do’s and don‘ts to consider.

The aim of this course is to familiarize participants with the strategies for successful grant applications to various funding bodies. It consists of lecture-style sequences with active participation by the audience, dealing with the theory of good scientific writing, the basics of grant applications and the principles of different funding bodies, as well as hands-on exercises on aim definition, structuring a workplan, writing a grant summary and your scientific CV. Additional information and exercises on writing good scientific texts in English will deepen the writing experience.

Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Christina Schütte, co-founder and senior consultant of ProSciencia Beratungs GmbH, who is specialized in grant writing, scientific writing, presentation and scientific project management.
She has a background in Chemistry/Biochemistry and worked at the Neurobiology laboratory at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen before co-founding ProSciencia in 2004. She has extensive first-hand experience in managing projects both in science and in education.

Mandatory Pre-work: If you want to apply for this workshop please specify in the motivation statement for which program you plan to write a proposal.
Please note that this workshop includes mandatory pre-work. Participants will be asked to prepare a short “mini-grant application” (4 pages + Scientific CV) in preparation to the course, which will be due approx. 1 week before the start of the course – please take this into consideration if you want to register in this course. These applications will be evaluated by other participants individually before the course and in an evaluation session within the course. This means that each participant will evaluate 3-4 proposals by others in the 5-6 days before course start. This will provide extensive feedback for all participants on their applications, but most importantly, will provide a clear impression of the situation and the view of potential evaluators.

Project Management for Researchers

Date: 10.-11.07.2019, 9.00-17.00

Description: Be it the submission of a paper or the completion of a complex research project, a surprisingly large amount of academic projects are not finished on time, or at least not without causing considerable mental stress for everyone involved. However, a lack of expertise on the subject is rarely the reason why projects are not completed within the specified time frame. What is usually lacking is methodical knowledge about how to professionally plan and carry out research projects.

This workshop will cover the basics of project management in the specific context of research and scholarship. Participants will learn how to realistically calculate the investment in time and cost required for the project, effectively budget resources and other capacities, as well as how to create goal-oriented schedules and deadlines to effectively monitor the progress of the project. The special context and disciplines of the participants will be taken into consideration.

Focal points of the Workshop:

  • Preconditions and success factors for research projects
  • Conception, planning and execution of research projects
  • Setting project goals and deriving realistic working packages
  • Dealing with project risks and crisis
  • Managing communication and the “human factor” in projects
  • “Survival Kit” for research projects
  • Transferring project management theories to daily academic routine 

Trainer: The course will be conducted by Dr. Nils Reschke. Dr. Reschke is  trainer and consultant since 2006, both on national and international level. He has longtime experiences as researcher, instructor and science manager.
He was project coordinator for several international programs at Bonn University and worked as Lecturer for German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in South Korea. He is certified as Intercultural Business Trainer/Moderator (IBT/M) and is a board member of SIETAR Deutschland, the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. His main training activities are project management, career planning and intercultural communication.

On Being a Researcher: What counts?

Date: 19.07.2019 13.00-16.00

Description: This workshop offers an introduction into recent high-profile initiatives to improve current criteria for assessing academic achievements (e.g., the Leiden Manifesto, the Metric Tide, DORA). We will talk about what it means for early-career researchers to undertake innovative and mission-led research.

A second focal point will be how to foster responsible conduct of research (e.g. open science) in relation to existing incentive and reward systems. We will also discuss a variety of case studies to illustrate new evaluation approaches. This is especially relevant for researchers with an ambition to become future research group leaders.

Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Sarah de Rijcke, Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies & Deputy Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden, Netherlands. Her current research program examines interactions between research governance and practices of knowledge production. She was an Anna Boyksen Fellow at TUM (MCTS) from 2015-2017 and has been awarded the status of a “TUM Ambassador” in 2018. 

Career Development through Research Funding

Date: 22.-23.07.2019, 9.00-17.00

Description: Researchers are increasingly faced with expectations to raise third-party funds if they want to pursue a successful research career. Yet, applying for third-party funds is not an end in itself and could even be detrimental to research careers, if disconnected from own scientific or life plans or scientific goals. This workshop, thus, aims to clarify which kinds of funding opportunities are suitable for the participants’ respective purposes.

In addition, it offers insights into the objectives and practices of research funding institutions and peer review procedures. During a second day, individual short coaching sessions will help the participants to pave their way towards successful applications in view of their needs and ambitions.

Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Bärbel Elija Bleher, Scholz CTC GmbH. She is full-time coordinator of an international Helmholtz Research School and has extensive experience in research and teaching. She also has a large expertise in research management and since many years applies and acquires third-party funds and acts as a reviewer for funding organizations.


Science and Media: How to Bring Scientific Research into the Public

Date: 31.07.-1.8.2019, 9.00-17.00

Description: The workshop addresses the main contents concerning the communication between researchers and the media. Do you ever feel daunted by the idea of giving a statement or being interviewed by the Press? Media contact is inevitable in our fast-moving, globalized world and learning how to communicate with the press is essential, no matter how big or small the organization.

A report in the media is a welcome, valuable opportunity to promote individual business and present your projects to a wide audience, however it can also be an incredibly intimidating and challenging experience. You could get stuck trying to navigate a challenging topic or have your words twisted in a moment of confusion. We all know negative stories are out there and those are the ones that sell despite the positives and life enriching experiences offered by science.

The workshop will address common challenges that arise such as:

  • How to react when asked for a TV statement or an interview
  • How to give an interview or statement with confidence
  • How to interact with the camera
  • How to avoid mistakes or give statements that can be taken out of context
  • How to prepare for critical questions

On the second day of the workshop, Ms. Appelhagen will join the workshop for a camera training for the participants.

Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Sebastian Poliwoda, trainer and deputy director of the Bavarian Press Academy. Dr. Poliwoda is a journalist who has worked for various newspapers and magazines including Süddeutsche Zeitung for years focusing on science, politics and travelling.

The camera training will be conducted by Sabine Appelhagen. Ms. Appelhagen is not only a journalist but also a communication specialist with many years of experience on TV; she trains politicians, business people and everyone who needs support with media communication. She is an expert in crisis management and holds lectures at several prestigious institutions and universities.

Leadership Courses by the Chair of Research and Science Management

In addition to the Postdoc Workshops, also take a look at the Leadership and Project Management courses offered by the TUM Chair of Research and Science Management at TUM:

Please register directly on their website to participate in one of the courses.

The Chair regularly offers courses which are designed to provide researchers with concrete tools and techniques for academic leadership and effective research management. Furthermore, the courses give reserachers the opportunity to learn about best practice examples and discuss any challenges they might experience in their daily work.

For more information, please contact Mr. Maxim Egorov