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).

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 Title  Dates
How to illustrate your research results: Creating advanced vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator CC, online 19./26.02.2024 09-12:30
Scientific Integrity 21.02.2024 15:15-17:00
Designing scientific manuscripts with LaTeX 23.02. & 01.03.2024 10-16:00
Project Communication in Scientific Collaborations and Academic Groups 27. & 29.02.2024 12:30-16:00
How to write a competitive research grant proposal and fellowship application 28.02., 06.03. & 13.03.2024 08:30-12:00
Project management practise for efficient research 04. & 11.03.2024 08:30-17:00
Best Practices for Storytelling with your scientific Presentation 05. & 08.03.2024 09-17:00
Introduction to Data Science with Python 12.-14.03.2024 09-17:00
Planning and applying for a professional career outside academia 18. & 25.03.2024 10-18:00
Getting Started with 'R' - Analyzing and Visualizing your Statistical Data 20.-22.03.2024 08-16:00
Scientific Writing for Publication: Essential Skills and AI tools for Early-Career Researchers 26.03., 09., 23.04. & 14.05.2024 14-17:30
Social Media for Scientists 03. & 10.04.2024 08:30-14:00
Decolonization in Contemporary Science and Research 04., 11., & 25.04.2024 08:30-12:00
Public Speaking for Scientists 05./19.04. & 10. /17.05.2024 08-12:00
Writing and Peer Reviewing for Publication in the Humanities and Social Sciences 16.04., 30.04., 21.05. & 04.06.2024 08:30-12:00
Negotiation Skills: Improving your negotiation effectiveness 17. & 24.04.2024 08:30-16:00
Public Speaking for Scientists 19.04. & 10./17./24.05.2024 13-17:00
Planning and applying for a professional career outside academia 22. & 29.04.2024 10-18:00
How to write a competitive research grant proposal and fellowship application 26.04., 03. & 08.05.2024 08:30-12:00
What researchers need to know about systematic searching before publication 02.05.2024 09:15-12:00
Introduction to Research Data Management 06. & 07.05.2024 09-17:00
Goal Setting, Time Tracking and Project Management for Early Career Reseachers 22. (08:30-12:00) & 29.05.2024 (08-16:00)
Become an Excellent Scientific Writer: Essential Skills for Strategic Planning, Effective Writing, and Painless Publishing in Life Sciences and Medicine 27.05. & 03., 10., 17.06.2024 9:30-15:30
Self-Leadership 31.05. & 07.06.2024 14-17:30
How to finance your Open Access Publication 06.06.2024 10:15-12:00
Getting Started with 'R' - Analyzing and Visualizing your Statistical Data 12.-14.06.2024 08-16:00
Creating vector graphics with Adobe Illustrator 20. & 27.06.2024 14-17:30
Peer reviewing processes 24. & 25.06.2024 12-14:00

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 International and Academic Affairs 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, 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. ECTS are entered into the Core Teaching System of University of Bern, 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.