Good Scientific Practice- ongoing

Good Scientific Practice courses are offered regulary in German and English by the Academic Staff Development of the University of Konstanz


Improved Reading Science, 13-14 December, online

Improved Reading Science

  • 13-14 December, 9-17 h with Stephan Zimmermann
  • Room: online
  • Participants: max. 15
  • Registration deadline: 16 November
  • Registration via ZEuS

Scientific work requires a significant amount of reading. What if you could increase your reading speed by 30 to 100% (depending on the difficulty of your texts and your English proficiency) without compromising comprehension? Wouldn’t that motivate you to read more?

- Save time when you read and focus on the most relevant points without missing out on any of the details.
- Better concentration and higher motivation
- Increase comfort and reduce effort when reading from screens
- Most of our participants double their reading speed while comprehension levels remain the   same or increase. They can thus process important texts more rapidly.

Project Management for Doctoral Researchers, 1., 2., 8., 9. December, online

Project Management for Doctoral Researchers

  • 1., 2., 8., 9. December, 9-13 h with Nicola Findeis
  • Room: online
  • Participants: max. 15
  • Registration deadline: 3 November
  • Registration via ZEuS

Many scientific projects and specifically PhD projects suffer from an insufficient planning, unclear goal definitions, unclear role allocation and a bad time management. This leads to project delays, inefficient use of resources and often to frustration on the side of the scientists working on the bench.
This workshop is designed to improve this situation by supporting  PhD students in the acquisition of the necessary skills for an effective management of their research project and their personal and private time. It is based on the classical and agile project management and time management tools which are adapted to the need of exploratory scientific projects.
The course includes many interactive hands-on exercises in which participants directly apply the learned tools to their every-day situation. They will thus leave the course with first results that can directly be transferred to their work and life situation.


Introduction of different agile and classic project management methods and tools in combination with practical exercises on your own project and in practical case studies.
- Differences between agile and classic project management
- Project conception: vision & objectives, stakeholder analysis, risk management,
 project specification
- Classic & agile project planning: charts, roles & responsibility, milestones &
- Project execution: Meeting structure, delegation, documentation & information,
- Working in teams: Team size & dynamics, communication
- Self-management: Prioritization, stress-management, Self-reflection

Writing Research Articles, 28 - 29 September

Writing Research Articles

  • Datum: 28 -29 September, 9-17 h - with Dr. Philipp Mayer
  • Room: M 630
  • Participants: max. 12
  • Registration deadline: 14 September
  •  Registration via ZEuS

The writing of well-argued and clearly-structured research articles is a key competence for doctoral researchers in the life sciences and natural sciences. In this workshop you investigate the writing process from first ideas to finished text, explore your individual strengths and development areas in the context of scientific writing and analyse the section and paragraph structure of research articles. Further, you understand attributes of clear research articles, practice effective techniques for improvements of text quality, know how to improve the cooperation with co-authors and supervisors and develop time and self-management strategies for productive writing.

Good Manufacturing Practice, 14 - 15 September

Good Manufacturing Practice 

  • 14 - 15 September, 9 - 17 h with Dr. Bernd Renger
  • Room: K 503
  • Participants: max. 30
  • Registration deadline: 10 August
  • Registration via ZEuS

The manufacture and distribution of pharmaceuticals (medicinal products) and their active pharmaceutical ingredients (drug substances) is highly regulated worldwide and supervised by national or international regulatory authorities. The European Union (EU) has implemented a complex framework called EudraLex, a collection of rules and regulations governing medicinal products, to ensure a harmonized pharmaceutical legislation in the member states. The centerpiece of these regulations are the Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines (GMP). This guidance aims to ensure that during production, processing, testing, packaging, and holding of medicinal products stringent quality standards are strictly followed.

The two-day course will provide an overview about the EU GMP guidelines, its basic elements, and its application to different types of pharmaceutical dosage forms. The course will be conducted via presentations summarizing important aspects and connections between the individual parts and chapters of the guidelines plus interactive communication with the participants. In addition, there will be quizzes as introduction to the presentations, and questions & answer sessions. Before the start of the course, from 29 to 31 August, participants will receive some links to familiarize themselves with the subject matter.

First Aid Course in English, 27 July

First Aid Course in English

- 27 July, 8:15 - 17 h, Malteser Hilfsdienst
- Room D 434
- Participants: max 16
- Registration deadline: 12 July
- Registration to the course via ZEuS

The First Aid basic training focuses on the teaching of simple life-saving measures as well as on basic strategies for action. These topics and applications are included:
- Self-protection and securing the accident site
- Providing help in the event of accidents
- Wound care
- Handling joint injuries and bone fractures
- Burns
- Heat/cold damage
- Poisoning
- Life-saving emergency measures such as recovery position and resuscitation.
You will also be familiarized with the handling of accidents and emergencies at our university.

After successful participation in the internal First-Aid course, all participants who are employed at the University of Konstanz will be included in the Internal Directory of First Responder. By participating in our internal course, all participants agree to this.

Erste Hilfe Grundkurs Deutsch

- 25 Juli, 8:15 - 17 h, Malteser Hilfsdienst
- Raum D 434
- Teilnehmerzahl: max 16
- Anmeldeschluss: 10 Juli
- Anmeldung zum Kurs via ZEuS

Die Erste Hilfe-Grundkurs fokussiert auf die Vermittlung von lebensrettenden Maßnahmen und einfachen Erste-Hilfe-Maßnahmen sowie auf grundsätzliche Handlungsstrategien. Diese Themen und Anwendungen stehen im Vordergrund:
- Eigenschutz und Absichern von Unfällen
- Helfen bei Unfällen
- Wundversorgung
- Umgang mit Gelenkverletzungen und Knochenbrüchen
- Verbrennungen
- Hitze-/Kälteschäden
- Verätzungen
- Vergiftungen
- lebensrettende Sofortmaßnahmen wie stabile Seitenlage und Wiederbelebung.
Zudem werden Sie mit der Abwicklung von Unfällen und Notfällen an unserer Universität vertraut gemacht.

Nach der erfolgreichen Teilnahme an dem Kurs werden alle Teilnehmer*innen, die an der Uni Konstanz angestellt sind, in das interne Ersthelfer*innen-Verzeichnis aufgenommen. Durch die Teilnahme an unserem internen Kurs erklären sich alle Teilnehmenden damit einverstanden.

Scientific Graphic Design, 13 - 14 June

Scientific Graphic Design

  • New date: 13-14 June, 10-18 h with Prof. Dr. Miriam Unterlass 
  • Room: K0503
  • Participants: max. 50
  • Registration deadline: 31 May
  • Registration via ZEuS

This course provides the theory and hand-on basics of graphic design. The participants first receive a theoretical introduction into graphic design: communication, scientific and graphical storytelling, design theory, design principles, visual elements, formstorming, layouting, graphic design in the context of CI and DEI. Subsequently, we design and produce different graphics hands-on using Adobe creative suite programs. It is intended, too, to go for a walk through town to analyze and discuss design examples (buildings, ads, graffiti).  No previous knowledge is required.