Planned soft-skills seminars in summer semester 2021

Good scientific practice (mandatory for BMS Phase II students, who started in WS 2020)
Webinar on 23 and 30 April 2021 from 9:30am (sharp!) to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm (sharp!) to 5:30pm
Trainer: Hans-Peter Eckle 

Ethical principles and values of good scientific practice are important standards within the scientific system of which every scientist needs to be aware. Aims of the course “Good Scientific Practice” are, therefore, for the participants to know and understand the basic rules and values of the responsible conduct of research and to recognise questionable scientific practice and misconduct. The participants are encouraged to develop an awareness for and ability to anticipate potential problems and conflicts in the scientific process and a readiness to discuss them with colleagues in a cooperative way. This will help them to develop appropriate solutions and find strategies to act constructively in those difficult situations in the process of science.

Contents (in brief) include the following:

  • Principles of ethics in science and of good scientific practice
  • Scientific misconduct: forms, levels of severity, and prevention
  • Data Management, authorship and the process of publication
  • Mentorship relations: mutual responsibilities, resolving conflicts, and strategies of cooperation
  • Cooperation in research teams
  • Areas of science which are prone to conflict
  • Conflict prevention and management
  • Prevention of scientific misconduct


Intercultural training (mandatory for BMS students, who started in WS 2020 and have not attended the intercultural training in October 2020)
Webinar on 4 and 11 June 2021 (3 hours each)
Trainer: Stefan Schmid

Studying in a foreign country is exciting and challenging at the same time. This training provides you with an in depth understanding of the core values and principles of Germany’s everyday culture and university life. You will have the opportunity to analyze your own experiences with Germans and prepare for future contact at university, in private and at work. You will get intercultural advice and recommendations that will help you to survive in Germany.

German cultural patterns German university culture in everyday interactions with teachers, administration and co-students Training of analytical skill and perspective taking in social situations Adaption process in a new culture and useful coping strategies Question and answer session

Awareness for own cultural background and how this might affect interactions with Germans Understanding typical German conventions, cultural patterns and how to cope with them Supporting of overall intercultural competence Understanding own adaptation process and the options how to shape it Reflecting own stereotypes Reducing uncertainty in interactions with Germans

The training offers a mixture of methods like simulation-games, case-studies, role-plays and brief presentations. As intercultural competence is not only a question of knowledge, but also how to handle one’s emotions and actions in a new environment, the training elements aim at developing your skills on all these levels.