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Getting Started

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Two-day workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center on February 14 and 15, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Alte Sternwarte, Poppelsdorfer Allee 47, Room Pegasus (0.003).


Course Content

As a PhD candidate you are the project manager of your own PhD project. The Getting Started-Workshop supplies you with the tools you need in order to plan and execute your PhD project as effectively and efficiently as possible. You discuss and test basic strategies and techniques of a good project- and time-management. This allows you to organize yourself and your workload in better ways. Based on your existing working habits, you will learn more about which type of worker you are and how you can further improve your working situation. Depending on the interests of the participants we also deal with such topics as: How to write efficiently? How to communicate with your supervisor? How to deal with stress and crises? How to stay motivated?  


  • Project-Management (planning with milestones, iterative incremental planning, adjusting plans) 
  • Efficient Time- and Self-Management (setting priorities, 80/20-Rule, Pomodoro Technique, structuring your work day)
  • communication with supervisor

Target Group

 PhD candidates in an early phase of their project (i.e. in the first year).

Course Language


Course Instructor

Dr Jan Stamm

"Promotion plus"

16 units are applicable for this course within the "Promotion plus" certificate. 


Module 1: Independent Research





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In case you have questions regarding our course offerings, please contact:
Joana Bürger-John, Bonn Graduate Center, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].
The premises of Bonn Graduate Center are not barrier-free. Please contact us by e-mail when you register for a workshop if your mobility is limited. We will attempt to find a solution to enable you to participate in our workshop.