The start-up phase of the doctorate

Nov 29, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Graduate Center

Target group:

Doctoral candidates of all faculties at the beginning of their doctorate


Dr. Simon Golin*, golin wissenschaftsmanagement


A doctorate is a complex and long lasting project. If it is not usefully structured from the beginning it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and often also motivation in a maze of possibilities.

Developing a full understanding of your goals - for the doctorate as well as for the labour market entry which follows - is a prerequisite for an efficient working process. This will allow a strategic and reflexive approach starting with the selection of a suitable topic through to the realistic conceptualisation of the different phases of work.

In the workshop a small group of participants will each set personal objectives and then convert these into an individual outline plan for their doctoral thesis. The doctoral candidates will identify the central phases of their doctoral project as well as possible stumbling blocks and areas where further skills development is needed. Additionally, the framework requirements of docotral research and the relationship with the supervisor will be discussed.

The following topics are at the core of this workshop:

  • The basics of doctoral research: Developing constructive objectives
  • Setting the course: The tailor-made doctoral topic
  • Doctoral research as a process: Setting priorities, defining milestones
  • Keeping the bigger picture in mind: Self assessment and evaluating objectives
  • My skills profile: What additional qualifications do I need - now and later?
  • My own project in context: Aligning objectives with the supervisor
  • Time management and self-organisation: Aligning time and goals
  • The doctorate: My next steps



Applications via our registration portal are welcome until 26 Oktober 2017.

Please note:

There are 14 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message from us concerning this course there are no free places and unfortunately you cannot participate in this course.



*: Dr. Simon Golin, Hamburg, heads the consultancy company GOLIN WISSENSCHAFTSMANAGEMENT. For more than 20 years now he has been involved with not-for-profit management - with a focus on science, education and the foundation sector. Amongst other things, he has been managing director of the "Deutscher Studienpreis" at the Körber foundation, secretary general of the German National Ethics Council and secretary general of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg.

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