Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

PhD Training Day



Doktoranden Retreat

July 30, 2019 | Hotel BayArena Lindner | Leverkusen

This highly interactive workshop is designed for young academics who already have a good level of experience in presenting their research and who want to prepare for future career steps. A specific focus is placed on comprehensibility for a general audience: The content should be both understandable and interesting for a general audience. In the course of the day, all participants will give their presentation in front of their fellows. Each presentation will be followed by an intense guided feedback given by fellow participants and the trainer. The feedback is based on the 12-Parameter Model which was designed by textATRIUM specifically for evaluating academic presentations.

The parameters focus on:
- the speaker, with both verbal and non-verbal strategies
- the communication of complex contents and
- an exchange with a mostly non-expert audience.

The performances and feedbacks are complemented by short training modules to help participants improve their presentation or their presentation style. After the workshop, participants have a clear, realistic
impression about their individual strengths. They also know about aspects they should work on to communicate their content successfully – and to connect with others.


Discussing (in) Science – Basics of Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration

The workshop addresses all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who particularly want to improve
their communication skills in (interdisciplinary) discussions, meetings and debates, as well as their
individual presentation style.

The workshop strongly focusses on dynamic communication situations and the related skills necessary
in these situations (e.g. awareness for interdisciplinary demands and challenges, rhetorical techniques,
argumentation and debating strategies). Additionally participants will have the opportunity
to reflect and refine their individual presentation style (non‐verbal communication, gestures, demands
of audience).

Key aspects of this workshop are:

  • series of discussing and presentation exercises including individual feedback,
  • introduction to communication models ‐ training in using models and methods,
  • introduction to essentials of team communication,
  • thinking on your feet ‐ quick wittedness and spontaneity,
  • convincing with arguments: building and defending positions and arguments,
  • introduction to debating: techniques and strategies,
  • dealing with (difficult) questions and discussions ‐ strategies,
  • awareness for specific challenges in interdisciplinary communication contexts.

Date and Time
Date: 29th November, 2017
Time: 08.30am – 5.30pm


The number of participants is limited to 12. If you are interested in joining the course, please send a short description (not more than ½ page) of your motivation and a short CV to until 29 th of October. We will inform you until 3rd  of November if you can attend the course.



ORR Knut Hannemann, M.A.
Managing Director of ‘Section for Academic Staff Development’ at Federal University of applied Sciences.
Certified trainer and coach for higher educational teaching. Trainer for national and international
research networks and universities.

Dr. med. vet. Regina Hannemann, Dip ECSRHM
Private veterinarian with specialization in small ruminants and animal health. Certified trainer for
higher educational teaching. Trainer in national veterinarian research networks.

Title Aims Time Application

Make an Impact! Self-Marketing and Communication Skills for Academics

This module targets PhD students who would like to learn about science communication - the art of communicating complex scientific topics to a lay audience in an engaging and interesting manner.

The following questions will be discussed: Why communicate? The need for and value of science communication.
Which different models of science communication exist and what are the key principles of successful (science) communication?

More information

23. November 2016

As the participant number is limited to 20, please describe shortly (not more than ½ page) your motivation to join the course and provide a short CV.

Please send these documents until 24.10.2016 to We will inform you until 21.10. if you can attend the course.