Besides the summerschools, also other scientific as wells as soft skill workshops will be organised by the IRTG. While specific scientific courses are mandatory, additional scientific courses are optional. All doctoral researchers of the IRTG have also the opportunitiy to participate in workshops organised by the Graduate Center-Plus (GC-Plus) of the University Duisburg-Essen. The GC-Plus is a university-wide interdisciplinary graduate school, which is open for young academics of all research directions and career stages from later Master’s students up to post-doc researchers. It is part of the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), the cross‑university platform of Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund, and UDE for promoting early career researchers in the University Alliance Ruhr.

All doctoral researchers have free access to the program of RAR which, besides pooling local qualification programs of the three UA Ruhr universities, offers advice on career paths and options for researchers, exchange with experts from science and industry, support for international activities through strong networks, easier access to research-related training offers on faculty and department level and the intensive development of research-related networks within UA Ruhr and beyond. This complementary measure allows a customised interdisciplinary education and an adaptation of knowledge to the requirements of the specific research topic. Doctoral researchers of external CRC partners are also able to participate in courses offered by GC‑Plus and RAR, but may also chose courses offered by their local postgraduate programs.

Workshops organised by the IRTG for all doctoral researches


How to advance your career in research and get funded Workshop
Held by Dr. Thomas Koch (Consulting and Training in Research Management)
January 20th, 2023

Quality Management Workshop
Held by PD Dr. Ursula Telgheder (Instrumentelle Analytische Chemie, University Duisburg-Essen)
February 7th, 2023

Presentation Workshop
Held by Dr. Melanie Conrad (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin)
March 1st and 2nd, 2023

Sexualized harassment and violence in the university context Workshop
Held by Dr. Sabine Blackmore (Blackmore Coaching) and Heike Pantelmann (Margherita-von-Brentano-Zentrum, Freie Universität Berlin) May 10th, 2023

Gender Equality Workshop (as part of the Water Graduate School)
Held by Dr. Sabine Blackmore (Blackmore Coaching)
September 12th, 2023


Scientific Writing Workshop
Held by Dr. Alexander Egeling (Trainer und Coach für Management, Karriere und Kommunikation)
February 16th, 17th and 25th, 2022

Career Workshop
Held by Dr. Thomas Koch (Consulting and Training in Research Management)
June 10th, 2022

Mental Health Workshop
Held by Dr. Raghav Sampangi (PhD Balance)
May 25th, 2022

Science Communication Workshop (mandatory as part of the Summerschool 2022)
Held by Andrea Tronscoso (city2science GmbH, Wissenschaftskommunikation und Strategieberatung, Science Communication and Strategy Consulting)
June 29th, 2022

Creating Boundaries and Optimizing Productivity Workshop
Held by Dr. Raghav Sampangi (PhD Balance)
October 10th, 2022

Gender Equality Workshop
Held by Dr. Sabine Blackmore (Blackmore Coaching)
November 16th and 17th, 2022


Good Scientific Practice Workshop (mandatory)
Held by Valentina Vasilov (GC-Plus, University Duisburg-Essen)
August 30th and 31st, 2021 and September 20th and 21st, 2021

Networking Workshop (mandatory as part of the Summerschool 2021)
Held by Rob Thomson (RTTA – soft skills for real results, Frankfurt am Main)
October 8th, 2021