Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences

06.-07.06.2024 Workshop "Toolkit for a successful doctorate"

  • When Jun 06, 2024 to Jun 07, 2024
  • Where Luisenstraße 56 (room 123), 10115 Berlin
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Trainer: Dr. Mechthild von Vacano

Dates: 06 & 07 June 2024, 9am - 4.30pm

Format: In presence; Luisenstraße 56 (room 123), 10115 Berlin (Mitte)

Main target group: Doctoral candidates at the Faculty of Life Sciences in their first year of doctorate

Course language: English


Course description:

As fascinating and rewarding research can be, doing a doctorate is usually a long, and often exhausting process that comes with many challenges. Some of these challenges are attached to the research process itself or derive from the mere scope and duration of the project extending over several years. Other challenges may come with your ambivalent role as doctoral researcher and ‘student’ or may arise from your specific work and life situation in which your doctorate may not be the only matter to handle. Preparing you for this process—on a mental and practical level—is the aim of this workshop. Treating different aspects of planning and motivation, it is designed to provide you with a great start into your doctorate and equip you with a toolkit for a successful process onwards. In covering these issues, we will work with a mix of brief inputs, applied exercises, as well as elements of self-reflection and group exchange. In all that, the workshop hopes to convey a supportive and solidary spirit that builds on the strengths of peer-to-peer support.

In this spirit, the workshop will end with the facilitation of peer-coaching groups to meet in a monthly interval over the rest of the semester. Following the structure of a ‘success team’, these groups are meant to provide you with a regular framework to hold yourself accountable for your own targets and to monitor your progress, while offering an open space to share specific challenges you have been facing. Joining such a peer-coaching group will be an optional element of the workshop, though everyone is emphatically welcomed to test the format.



The number of participants is limited, an early registration is recommended!

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Family room

A family room is available at Luisenstraße 56. You and the person looking after your child(ren) are welcome to use the room for the duration of the workshop. If you are interested, please note this in the registration form or send an email to



The workshop is open to all doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Life Sciences. Of course, this also applies to disabled doctoral candidates and those with limited mobility. Unfortunately, access to the seminar room is not completely barrier-free. There are four steps to climb to get to the room. Detailed information about accessibility at Luisenstraße 56 you can find on the website of the Humboldt Graduate School.
If you have any needs that would make it easier for you to access and participate in the workshop, please write to