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Transferable skills

Leadership Skills by M.A. Sabine Lerch

When: 12th & 13th of December 2017

Where: G00.031

This course was designed for young scientists to provide you with basic theoretical and
practical knowledge concerning leadership. Be it in academia or in industry – leaders will very likely manage “knowledge workers” (smart, creative, highly professional individuals) – who expect to be treated respectfully and given opportunities to develop their potential. For these tasks, working together with other people in
a cooperative way, understanding their motivation, bringing about solid decisions and influencing a group towards win-win goals will be valuable skills. You will take steps to learn how to identify your own leadership type, clarify leadership ideals and behaviors, script successful meetings and discussions, listen to acquire complete information, empower your staff, give constructive feedback and deal with conflicts.

For further details of the workshop, please check the link here.

Scientific Writing by Dr. Brian Cusack of Science Craft

When: June 2018

Where: Room to be announced

Course content:

  • Apply five key principles of scientific writing
  • Contruct a memorable "take-home message"
  • Connect all components of their paper in a flowing narrative
  • Overcome writers' block
  • Structure their paper to increase impact
  • Use the writing process to inform their own research
  • Understand the role of "story telling" in scientific writing

For further details of the workshop, please check link here.

Grant Proposal Writing by Dr Cusack and Dr Regierer of Science Craft:

When: 11th-12th October 2018

Where: Room to be announced

Course content:

  • View proposal writing as a competition in a marketplace of research ideas and an instrument for career advancement.
  • Develop and sell a research idea by matching it to the goals of the targeted funding body.
  • Convince reviewers of the relevance and importance of the research idea
  • Develop a work plan with milestones, deliverables, and contingency plans
  • Understand reviewers' reading behavior
  • Engage the reviewer to advocate on their behalf to the review panel
  • Comply with formalities and manage timelines and deadlines

For further details of the workshop, please check link here.

General notes for transferable skill requirements:

LSM students should participate in at least three transferable skills courses during their doctoral studies. It is not necessary that these courses be those offered by the LSM, so long as you receive a certificate of attendance, this can be handed into the LSM office to count towards your curiculum.

Doctoral students from outside the LSM are permitted to participate in our transferable skills courses, should there be a course of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact the LSM office.

Cancellation policy:

Once you have registered for a course provided by the LSM, you will be held responsible to participate or you will be unable to attend any further workshop provided by the LSM and/or surrounding graduate programmes. Please give at least 24hours notice to the LSM office before the course, should you be unable to attend, so that another student may take your place. Should you fall ill on the day of the course, a doctor’s note is necessary.


The GraduateCenter-LMU also offers courses which are open to all LSM students. For details visit

Previous transferable skills courses


If available, course descriptions are provided by clicking on the name of the workshop.

  • Getting Published & Understanding Peer Review by Dr. Brian Cusack, 23rd & 24th of March 2017
  • Communication and Team by Sabine Lerch 13th & 14th of December 2016
  • Scientific Writing: Scientific Craft by Dr. Brian Cusack 27th & 28th of October 2016.
  • Grant proposal writing: Scientific Craft-instructed by Dr.Cusack and Dr. Babette Regierer. 10th & 11th March 2016.
  • Presentation skills: M.A. Sabine Lerch, 14th & 15th of January 2016.
  • Rhetoric skills and practice: "How to convince with a talk at an academic conference"- Dr Susanne Frölich-Steffen 29th-30th of January 2015 Full description of the course please click here.
  • Leadership skills- M.A. Sabine Lerch 11th-12th of February 2015. For a full description please click here.