Promotion of Early Career Researchers Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills Program for (Post)Docs

Transferable Skills - Key Qualifications for your academic and non-academic Career

  • individual feedback from experts
  • intensive learning in small groups
  • multidisciplinary networking

Transferable skills are competencies acquired in one context that can be applied to other contexts, jobs, positions, functions or fields of work. A case in point are good project management skills, required in both research and various other fields (construction projects, development projects, advertising or election campaigns).

Program

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 Title  Dates
Getting Started with 'R' - Analyzing and Visualizing your Statistical Data 21.-23.09.2022 08-16:00
Remote Research - Hands-on competencies for digital research settings 21.09., 19.10. & 02.11.2022 09:15-12:00
Scientific Integrity in the Natural Sciences, Life Sciences and the Medicine 22.09.2022 12:15-14:00
Scientific Integrity in the Social Sciences and Humanities 22.09.2022 13:15-15:00
Project management practise for efficient research 26.09. & 03.10.2022 08-16:00
Writing and Peer Reviewing for Publication in the Humanities and Social Sciences 27.09., 11.10., 25.10. & 08.11.2022 08:30-12:00
Starting a career in industry: Matching market needs and self-presentation 28. & 29.09.2022 09:15-17:00
Public Speaking for Scientists 30.09., 07., 14., & 21.10.2022 13-17:00
Best Practices for Storytelling with your scientific Presentation 05./06.10.2022 09-17:00
Scientific Writing for English-Language Publication in the Natural Sciences, Life Sciences and the Medicine 05., 12., 19., 26.10.2022 14:15-17:30
Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualisation with Python 07., 14., 21.10., 04.11. & 11.11.2022 14:15-17:00
How to write a competitive research grant proposal and fellowship application 17., 24. & 31.10.2022 08:30-12:00
Planning and applying for a professional career outside academia 21. & 28.10.2022 10-18:00
Entrepreneurship – develop your own business 24. & 31.10.2022 14-17:30
Branding your research and networking in academia using a scientific poster 26./27.10.2022 09-17:00
Public Speaking for Scientists 28.10., 04.11., 11.11. & 18.11.2022 13-17:00
What researchers need to know about systematic searching before publication 03.11.2022 09:15-12:00
Planning and applying for a professional career outside academia 07. & 14.11.2022 10-18:00
Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualisation with Python 09.-11.11.2022 09-17:00
How to illustrate your research results: Creating advanced vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator CC, online 09./16.11.2022 09-12:30
Open Access Publication 11.11.2022 09-11:45
How to write a competitive research grant proposal and fellowship application 15., 22. & 29.11.2022 08:30-12:00
Creating vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator 17. & 24.11.2022 12:30-16:00
Self-Leadership 18. & 25.11.2022 08:30-12:00
Getting Started with 'R' - Analyzing and Visualizing your Statistical Data 21.-23.11.2022 08-16:00
Introduction to Research Data Management 05.12.2022 09-17:00, 06.12.2022 09-12:00
Introduction to budgeting in research grant applications or related projects 08.12.2022 10-12:00

In addition, several other bodies of the University of Bern offer various courses dedicated to transferable skills and other academic offers for doctoral candidates and/or postdocs.

 

The course program ”Transferable Skills“ is a project of the Vice-Rectorate Development within the scope of the sub-strategy of the “targeted promotion of the academics of the future” of the university's “Strategy 2021”. 

As well as earning an academic qualification, i.e. the thesis, the goal of a PhD education at the University of Bern is to acquire transferable skills so as to prepare PhD candidates for a demanding position within or outside of academia.

A further goal is to help postdocs advance in their academic career. Thus, the courses offered also give postdocs the chance to further develop relevant skills and enhance their professional profile.

Certification of such skills is seen as a competitive advantage in the labour market (see literature below in the section “More on this topic”), which is why certificates of attendance are issued (for one day courses or longer) to document these achievements.    

The course program ”Transferable Skills“ is free of charge for postdocs and doctoral candidates of the University of Bern. Whereas ECTS recommendations are made, the decision as to whether or not academic achievements shall be recognized or considered as a part of a candidate’s doctoral studies lies with the faculties and graduate schools. Please note the Terms & Conditions below. As far as is useful and possible, a product is developed in each workshop, with individual feedback provided by the lecturers.