Soft-skills Seminar for the years 2013

The courses are shown in reverse order of time.

Alternative Career Paths | Tutor: Mckinsey Consulting | home 

November 28, 2013

Room: 0.02, Time: 17:00-20:00

Agenda & Program

introduction/motivation "why are we doing this"- 10mins - IMPRS representative 

presentation on, e.g., energy turnaround ("Energiewende") in Germany/Europe - 30-40mins - McKinsey 

short break (depending on audience) - 5-10mins 

short presentation on careers in consulting/McKinsey - 10mins - McKinsey 

Q&A - 10-20mins, depending on interest - all 

informal get-together, buffet food / drinks, further informal discussions/questions - all/interested


Science Communication in the Digital Age | Dennis Fink | home 

May 14,  2013

The Course will be repeated on May 16, 2013 because of the high demand.


9:00 - 9:30h: Introduction

  • Introduction of the course trainer and participants
  • Overview on the course agenda

9:30 - 10:30h: Lecture & Discussion - The Image of the Scientist

  • The image of the scientist in the public, based on studies from the 1960s until today
  • Scientists in mainstream media and how this affects the opinion of the public
  • Is the public‘s opinion congruent with your own? How do you want to be seen by the public?

10:30h: Coffee break 

10:45 - 12:30h: Practical Part - Dealing with the Media I

  • Understanding the media
  • Guideline how to give good interviews
  • Group work on interview training: Good interviewer, bad interviewer 

12:30 - 13:30h: Lunch break

13:30 - 14:45h: Practical Part - Dealing with the Media II

  • Video analysis of the interview situations
  • Optimization of interview skills
  • Self-confidence in interviews and loosing fear in front of cameras

14:45h: Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30h: Lecture & Discussion - Science Communication Technologies

  • A brief history of science communication
  • Discussion: Does it makes sense to involve the public in your research (Blogs & Tweets)?
  • Review on suitable internet platforms for science communication (Twitter, MaxNet, Research Gate)
  • How to use RSS feeds for daily updates
  • Alternative ways for science outreach and funding: Crowd funding

16:30 - 17:00h: Final Discussion and Wrap-Up

Self and Time management | S. Hatzl

January 30, 31, 2013



Scientific Writing | Dr. Ben Brüggemann (Major Physics)

January 25, 2013



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