Leadership Skills

Essentials for Your First Leading Position

2-days seminar, online or on-site

For up to 14 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, in German or English

Your Benefit

Leadership is a fascinating, responsible, demanding task. Still today, young scientists are often not well prepared for taking over leadership responsibility. This seminar provides you with important basics about leadership that will support you at the beginning of stepping into this responsibility.


  • You have a clear understanding of what is important to lead
  • You know about different styles of leading and when to use which approach
  • You know about personality types and how to lead accordingly
  • You reflect your current behavior and consider what to improve in future


  • What makes good leadership?
  • Principles, tasks, and tools
  • Pros and Cons of different styles of leadership
  • Building and managing teams
  • The DISC personality type model - and how to apply it for leading
  • Giving and receiving feedback - lauding and criticising
  • How to support and motivate your team members
  • Delegating
  • Making decisions
  • Managing conflict
  • Discussion of cases and situations of the participants
  • Body language and wording - how to be perceived as a leader


Trainer input; individual, partner, and group work; case and situations of the group; brief presentations by participants; group reflection. Also the online version is highly interactive with a lot of small group tasks in zoom breakout sessions.

Exemplary Evaluation

for IGA Freiburg - online

Former Participants say


You will never regret this decision!

[...] the 2 days online seminar on conducting scientific talks [...] is extremely worthy of visit. [...] 2 main reasons why [...] Firstly, during this seminar, I could gain a very good understanding of what makes scientific presentations convincing. [...] Secondly, I had an opportunity to give a presentation during the seminar [...] got quite valuable [...] feedback [...]

I felt like I was sitting at the real classroom even though it`s online [...]

I benefited a lot during this seminar. [...] I received a lot of valuable feedbacks about giving talks on stage. I would strongly recommend you to attend this seminar. You will never regret this decision!

Nan Zhang , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent [...] Strongly recommended!

The two-day online course on scientific presentation was really useful for me. [...] I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent. [...] it worked really well online. [...] Matthias was very engaging and the course was very interactive. [...]

What I found most special about this course is the very individualized feedback that each of us received on multiple aspects of presentation. Recording a video of us while presenting and then watching it and discussing it individually with Matthias was a very unique and useful experience which one rarely ever has when presenting in real life. [...]

I am really looking forward to my next talk [...] Strongly recommended!

Wala Jaser , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

One of my best experiences

Thank you for the amazing course. It was indeed one of my best experiences.
With a simple, vivid as well as professional way you managed to cover all the important topics how to successfully present scientific talks. There are some “secrets of success” that I was not aware.
Definitely, after your guidance I know how to give an excellent talk and my audience go back home happy for deeply understanding the take home message of my presentation.

Dimitra Vlachokosta , PhD student at IGBMC, France - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar
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