Courses & events

yDiv seeks to qualify its postdoctoral researchers with an excellent training programme, tailored to their specific needs. It also creates opportunities for integration and networking.

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yDiv courses for postdocs

yDiv postdoc courses focus on five main categories, which are preeminent for your postdoc career.

Each category includes relevant transferable skills courses, which will help you develop your research and competency profile in order to achieve your desired career goals in- or outside academia.

You are free to choose the ones that interest or benefit you most. The courses are an excellent opportunity to get to know other postdocs at iDiv and within the iDiv consortium.

Training of leadership and supervision skills, project management

Training of communication skills

Training of basic and advanced teaching skills and didactic methods

Training of advanced grant writing, publications

Training of professional expertise


Q&A sessions for postdocs

Q&A sessions are a series of short informative talks on topics like the academic career system, alternative career paths, career and family or the German working law. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to ask your questions on topics with regard to your postdoc work environment.


Upcoming yDiv courses & events for postdocs

ON DEMAND: Git courses (in person)

Date: To be agreed on if at least 4 people are interested. Write to if you would like to take this course.

Lecturer: Christian Krause

Location: iDiv Leipzig

Type of event: On demand workshop

Max. participants: 4-6 participants (Basic course) / 8-24 participants (Advanced course)

Credit points: 0.5 / 1.0

Workshop for Female Postdocs and PhD Students: Understanding and overcoming Imposter Syndrome (online)

Date: 1 July 2024

Lecturer: Dorothee Kaiser

Location: online or room Canopy B.03.04

Type of event: workshop

Max. participants: 16

Coffee Chat on Science Communication with iDiv Communicators in Residence Dan Charles

Date: 11 July 2024

Lecturer: Dan Charles

Location: iDiv Leipzig, Tundra

Type of course: Transferrable skills

Max. participants: 12 participants


Designing Scientific Posters (in person)

Date: 22 - 23 August 2024

Lecturer: Stefan Bernhardt

Location: iDiv Leipzig, Beehive

Type of course: Transferrable skills

Max. participants: 8 participants

Credit points: 1 CP

Phylogenetics crash course – tree building for beginners (in person)

Date: 10 - 12 September 2024

Lecturers: Michael Gerth

Location: iDiv Leipzig, Beehive

Type of event: Biodiversity course

Max. participants: 15 participants

Credit points: 1.5

Postdoc Retreat 2024 - Save the date

More information and registration coming soon!

Date: 18 - 20 September 2024

Location: Konrad-Martin-Haus in Bad Kösen

Type of event: Networking, Workshop

Max. participants: 15 participants

Writing Bootcamp: Make your research more understandable (in person)

Date: 15 October 2024

Lecturers: Kati Kietzmann, Christine Coester

Location: iDiv Leipzig, Pollen

Type of course: Transferable Skills

Max. participants: 12



Upcoming course offers by our partners

As a member of the iDiv postdoc programme, you have access to the courses of the graduate academies at the universities and our cooperation partners. Please find a list of partners below.


Partner institutions and their programmes

Research Data Management – Make your data count!

Date: 28 - 31 May 2024

Lecturer: Dr. Cora Assmann, Roman Gerlach

Location: Johannisstraße 13 – Auditorium Zur Rosen, Jena

Type of course: Method Course

Max. participants: 20

Credit Points: 0.5

Data Science with R: Advanced

Date: 21 - 26 June 2024

Lecturer: Dr. Thomas Köntges

Location: online

Type of course: Method Course

Max. participants: 12

Credit Points: 1.0


Ulrike Krumrey
Postdoctoral Programme Coordinator 

Room: A.00.19
Phone: +49 341 9733267

Beate Horn
Administrative Assistant

Room: A.00.19
Phone: +49 341 9733126

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