Excellent research alone is no longer enough. To establish a reputation in academia, today’s researchers must also be able to lead project teams, moderate discussions, and communicate their knowledge clearly and persuasively. That’s why soft skills such as communication, leadership, and moderation are more important than ever before in scientific professions.

The ZEW programme Soft Skills for Researchers was conceived in light of these developments with a curriculum tailored especially for researchers.

The ZEW programme comprises the following seminars:

  • Leadership Training for Female Researchers in Directing Roles

    Leadership Training for Female Researchers in Directing Roles

    Leading employees requires a variety of skills. This is why female researchers in directing roles need leadership skills as well as professional expertise. Soft skills – such as talking to employees or conflict management – are especially important. This seminar provides classic leadership tools with a particular emphasis on communication psychology. It also addresses the specific questions that concern women in directing roles – their strengths, their challenges, and their abilities.

  • Communication Techniques for Researchers

    Communication Techniques for Researchers

    Expertise is the basis for professional success, but it is no guarantee against everyday misunderstandings and conflicts. Time and again, researchers discover that their own views differ from those of their colleagues and that what was believed to be clear is interpreted in a variety of ways. Communication does not work through knowledge and good will alone, which is why academics must have a firm grasp of communication psychology. This seminar provides researchers the methods and tools needed to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues, and employees.

  • Moderating Scientific Meetings and Discussions

    Moderating Scientific Meetings and Discussions

    More and more, one of the tasks researchers regularly perform is moderation. They must lead informal and formal discussions, and keep things cool when tempers flare. This seminar professionally trains participants to prepare and lead discussions, sessions, projects, and meetings. And because academic discussions are not always objective and fair, the course also focuses on difficult scenarios. Participants learn the most important tools for guiding group dynamics and work on intervention and de-escalation strategies for situations when discussions are getting out of control.

  • Scientific Talks in German

    Scientific Talks in German

    Scientific talks are an important part of academia, for they allow researchers to present their work, methods, and themselves to a larger public. With every talk, researchers build their reputation in the scientific community. The ability to present findings clearly and persuasively is not only about cultivating one’s name. The struggle for grades, jobs, research money, and grants requires it. This seminar is designed to increase researchers’ confidence in their speaking skills and take stock of their presentation style.

  • Scientific Talks in English

    Scientific Talks in English

    Today, academic events are mostly international. It is widely recognised that the ability to communicate one’s findings effectively in English is extremely important and an essential precondition for success in the academic community. This training focuses on building confidence in your presentation style. Become familiar with the key elements of a successful presentation in an international setting and take advantage of the opportunity to apply them in practice.


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