SkillUp – Personal Development for Young STEM Talents

With our STEM training program "SkillUp", we provide young scientists from the university partners of the InnovationCampus Future Mobility (ICM) with optimal qualifications for their current and future tasks.

In addition to the development of professional competencies, the interdisciplinary personal development process is a decisive career building block. We would like to promote this process with joint and various workshops within the program.

"SkillUp" is specifically tailored to the respective qualification phase: whether you are a young graduate, an aspiring doctoral student or a young postdoc - we have the launching pad for your individual journey to success as you pursue your career goals in STEM.

From the very beginning, we support you in strategically developing your personal skills and in networking and exchanging ideas with other young scientists.

One step ahead with interdisciplinary competencies

  • All graduates and young scientists from institutions previously involved in the ICM are eligible to participate.
  • The scientists may have already signed a doctoral agreement or be in the early phase as a postdoc (maximum two years after the doctorate).
  • The workshops are free of charge for the scientists of the institutions participating in the ICM.
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Course overview and assignment to the respective qualification phase

The training courses are conducted by the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) gGmbH as well as the Human Resources Development and Vocational Training (PEBA) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In the following, you will find the workshops (language see workshop info).

Content

The "Fundamentals of Science Communication" provides scientists with an introduction to science communication with the public and the media. This basic course focuses on topics such as the dimensions of science communication, the interaction between actors and target groups, and dealing with the media.

The modules build on each other. The content is varied and includes animations, videos and quizzes. In the seminar, participants will learn how to optimize their presentations for the respective target group. They will learn how to prepare and present their content in a way that their audience will understand. Under the guidance of the instructor, they will learn what an effective presentation looks like through numerous practical exercises. Individual feedback through video analysis will prepare participants for future presentations.

 

Duration: 8 hours

Validity: 6 months after registration

Scope: 14 modules with videos, animations and quizzes

Target Audience/Qualification Phase: Suitable for graduates, doctoral students and postdocs

Number of licenses: 100

Sponsor: NaWik

Registration link: https://wisskomm-campus.de/register/?id=18a4b40eb3c0a8d7d7022185d39  

Content

It is becoming increasingly important for scientists to be able to communicate and present their topics in a convincing and understandable way. Often, they only have a few minutes to do this, for example during a poster presentation at a conference or an open house. In this case, it is important to communicate one's research topic as concisely and understandably as possible. This can range from a technical talk for a group of colleagues to a concise presentation for an audience of decision-makers.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to optimize their presentations for different audiences. They will improve their own appearance and learn how to prepare and present their content in a way that their audience will understand. Under the guidance of the trainer, they will learn what an effective presentation looks like through numerous practical exercises. Individual feedback through video analysis makes participants fit for future presentations.

The basic terminology of science communication will not be covered in detail in this face-to-face training course. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you take the e-learning course on the basics of science communication (here).

 

Dates (2 days)

  • 2024, 14+15 May, German
  • 2024, 26+17 July, German
  • 2024, 11+12 September, German
  • 2024, 15+16 October, German

 

Place: Karlsruhe (KIT, Campus Süd)

Target Group/Phase of Qualification: Suitable for graduates, doctoral candidates and postdocs

Trainer: Ms. Dr. Ulrike Brandt-Bohne

Number of Participants: 8

Conduct: NaWik

Registration Link: https://terminplaner6.dfn.de/b/551ac1307ae9599ec95414a9899455ed-354153 

Content

Clear and appealing visualization of data and information is an excellent way to make science accessible to a wider audience. Graphics are also an important part of scientific communication - for example, infographics for posters, illustrations in lectures, or illustrations in publications.

The Visualizing Science workshop focuses on infographics for posters. It is an introduction to the basic design principles and methods for the presentation of research results in an easier and more lively way. Interactive content will alternate with compact input, hands-on exercises, and question-and-answer sessions. Based on their own research topic, participants will develop the outline of an infographic.

The focus of the workshop is on communicating with an audience beyond your peers. Visualization of research data for scientific publication is not part of the workshop. The workshop is not a software training.

 

Main topics:

  • Characteristics and effects of good visualization
  • Finding your own topic and developing visual ideas for it
  • Structure and layout of an infographic
  • Basics of visual design
  • Roadmap from sketch to finished visualization
  • Tools, tips and tricks for creating infographics
  • Poster: purpose and visual language
  • The nomenclature of scientific illustration styles

The basic terminology of science communication will not be covered in detail in this face-to-face training course. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you take the e-learning course on the basics of science communication.

 

Dates (2 days)

  • 2024, 25+26 June, German

 

Place: Karlsruhe (KIT, Campus Süd)

Target Group/Phase of Qualification: Suitable for graduates, doctoral students and postdocs

Trainer: Mr. Chris Spatschek

Number of Participants: 10

Conduct: NaWik

Registration Link: https://terminplaner6.dfn.de/b/dd4cad97c9b2af7b7f8398d71bc81200-355188 

Content

There are many ways to become a leader. But no matter how the decision to become a leader is made, in practice it often feels like a career change. In this workshop we will look at the role that one's own personality plays in this process - and the challenges we may face in our daily leadership work. As a leader, it is important to train one's own powers of observation: what are the effects of leadership actions - and how do they lead to the desired results? Or why do they not? In order to provide orientation and clarity, we will examine some tools. We will also be considering attitudes and communication. And last but not least, we share insights on motivation: your own and what you as a manager want for your employees.

The basic concepts of science communication are not covered in detail in this face-to-face course. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you first complete the e-learning course Fundamentals of Science Communication (here).

 

Dates (2 days)

  • 2024, 22+23 October, German

 

Place: Karlsruhe (KIT, Campus Süd)

Target Group/Phase of Qualification: Suitable for experienced doctoral candidates and postdocs

Trainer: Ms. Urs Weiß

Number of Participants: 12

Conduct: PEBA, KIT

Registration Link: https://terminplaner6.dfn.de/b/c855123a5fae639ae545872af613684b-368925 

Content

This workshop helps participants become aware of the interdisciplinary and intercultural issues affecting their work and provides them with a set of tools to address these challenges.

On the first day, participants attend the workshop all together as a single group. They explore pros and cons of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, investigate the different roles people play within a team, became aware of how intercultural issues shape team dynamics and explore which different leadership styles might be employed to engage with all these issues. On the second day, the participants join the trainer for a series of one-to-one sessions characterised by a dedicated tailor-made approach. Here, they can discuss how to implement the techniques learnt on the previous day to address their own individual challenges.

 

Main topics:

  • Understanding differences between multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.
  • Exploring degrees of disciplinarity dependency and types of integrated disciplinarity.
  • Nurturing an environment where team members are most likely to thrive.
  • Becoming aware of one’s own role in a team and how to best mix and match different skills.
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback as a member of a team.
  • Investigating how different cultural backgrounds might affect team communication.

 

Methodology:

  • Individual and group feedback.
  • Theoretical background.
  • Role-play and case studies.
  • One to one feedback.
  • Group exercises.
  • Surveys and academic studies.

The first day of the workshop consists of a group session with all participants and runs from 9 am to 6 pm.
The second day of the workshop (from 9 am to 4 pm) consists of individual, customized one-on-one sessions of approximately 25-30 minutes each.

 

Date (2 days)

  • 2024, 22+23 April, Workshop in English

 

Place: online

Target Group/Phase of Qualification: Suitable for graduates, doctoral students and postdocs

Trainer: Mr. Dr. Matteo Garavoglia

Conduct: PEBA, KIT

Registration Link: https://terminplaner6.dfn.de/b/2b7d4ee88c04412c3b3e9c273c158ba8-355224 

Planned

Content

Description coming soon, Workshop in German

 

Date: 

Coming soon, Workshop in German

 

Place: Karlsruhe (KIT, Campus Süd)

Target Group/Phase of Qualification: Suitable for graduates, doctoral candidates and postdocs

Trainer: NN

Number of Participants: 12

Conduct: PEBA, KIT

Registration Link: Coming soon

Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nathalie Aubard, Executive Assistant at ICM:

E-Mail: info(at)icm-bw.de

Phone: +49 172 1368876