Purposeful Networking in an Academic Context

A Doctorate plusBIGS workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center 

„Know where you want to go, and make sure the right people know about it.“ - Meredith Mahoney

Networking isn't about knowing as many people as possible and adding them on LinkedIn (if you already have an account). It's about developing insight into your own goals and motivations, and about the ability to find supporters to achieve them. And, of course, your willingness to share the knowledge and contacts you already have with others.

Online Workshop

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please register your interest in this workshop by September 3, 2023.


Dr. Jan Schmidt





Target Group

Doctoral students from the Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS)


Research, Research Management


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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This workshop will help you to analyse your own goals and your network. It will provide techniques for strategically expanding and maintaining your network, including a look at social media and networks and the opportunities they offer. We will also take a closer look at communication, especially at small talk: What is small talk? How to do it? And: What might be the obstacles on the way to becoming a "good" small talker?

The workshop combines theoretical input with practical exercises. You will have space to interact with other participants, share your own experiences and apply the different techniques in numerous exercises.


The participants

  • will analyze their existing network and define aims.
  • will develop strategies for enlarging and maintaining their network according to their aims.
  • will improve strategies and communication skills to get and stay in touch with persons they meet.


If you need childcare during the event, please contact the Family Office of the University of Bonn at least two weeks in advance. 


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141



Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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