Special seminars


ARDRE non-research oriented transferable skills

Specific courses in 2021

Scientific project management, part II

December 6, 2021; 09.00 – 12.00 hrs and 13.00 – 16.00 hrs 

Content: Definition of project management (pm), pm at the University of Innsbruck, EU project management, project initialization, project planning, formulation of goals, aims, hypothesis and research questions, budget calculation, time planning and time management, work packages and milestones, work breakdown structure and Gantt chart, risk management, reporting. The participants should first be instructed theoretically in these mentioned points and then implement these points using their own examples.

 Lecturers: Robert Rebitsch / David Lederbauer, project.service.office/University of Innsbruck

Effective presentation in class and at conferences

July 8/9, 2021; 10:00 am - 05:00 pm; 10:00 am - 06:00 pm, Innsbruck, SOWI building, lecture hall 3

Content: Thou shalt not bore was Billie Wilder's secret for shooting a good film, and much the same rule applies to speeches and presentations! This training course will enable you to present your content in a clear and lively way so as to arouse audience interest and participation.

Special emphasis will be placed on the non-verbal aspects of voice and body language, as well as on dealing with unexpected and/or surprising situations, such as question and discussion rounds, in which rapid verbal reaction and impromptu speaking skills are required. Be prepared to learn and laugh a lot!
  • Preparing and delivering lectures, presentations and speeches - Using different visual aids, vocal techniques and body language
  • Focusing on the audience, dealing with disruptions
  • Impromptu speaking: responding to questions, leading discussions
  • Dealing with nervousness and "stage fright"
  • Improvisation exercises to warm up
Lecturer: Lothar Tschapka. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lothar_Tschapka
VERSA - Video gamEs for Skills trAining

PhD training focuses in the training of research abilities. Nevertheless, the job market also demand other skills like, teamwork, communication skills, leadership, problem solving, innovation... These skills are a key factor for your employability and work performance. Three universities of the AURORA network (University of Innsbruck, University Rovira i Virgili, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) together with the Iberoamerican Knowledge Foundation (GECON) have started a new project for soft skills development with a total duration of 24 months. This project, entitled Video gamEs foR Skills trAining or VERSA uses innovative training for soft skills of PhDs via an online and video game training methodology developed by GECON called soft skills games.

The idea behind this methodology is that elements in the video games stimulate players to use and train their skills. To avoid boring games popular commercial games, like Portal 2, Cities: Skylines, or Fallout Shelter, available on Steam are used. The softskills.games platform developed by GECON in connection with the Steam API analyzes the performance of each user based on the obtained achievements. These achievements are indicators of a set of actions carried out with an objective and each of these actions is associated with certain soft skills. For example, cognitive flexibility is effectively trained through a puzzle game like Portal 2 with different rules and elements and a high cognitive demand.

The training will provide eight soft skills in total: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving, Cognitive Flexibility, People/Team Management, Time Management, Judgement and Decision Making and Goal Setting.

  • VERSA Project KICK-OFF-Meeting: March 23, 09:30 a.m - 01:00 p.m. 
  • Course 1: April 16, 2021, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., briefing part 1
  • Course 2: May 7, 2021, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., briefing part 2

followed by free selectable time to play

  • Course 3: May 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., debriefing part 1
  • Course 4: June 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., debriefing part 2

The project will last for 24 months. However, you do not have to take all soft skill modules the minimum number to pass the training is two. Each module consist of a short online coaching session, after which you have time for about 2 - 3 months to play the game for at least 12 hours. At the end of the project, you will receive a certificate for the completed training. 

Courses can be taken individually or together. Further courses will be offered in the upcoming three semesters. More information:
Video about the Methodology: https://youtu.be/N0zznbRPPfI 

Lecturers: Kathrin Thedieck / Petra Engele

 Performing under pressure

February 15/16, 2021; 09:00 am - 05:00 pm - Female academics only

This two-day workshop is designed to reach the target aims through meaningful practice, individual and group activities, theater-based exercises and exercises informed by the work of Amy Cuddy. After the workshop, participants will...

  • Utilize strategies for reframing criticism and the inner-critic.
  • Have techniques to help them stay in the moment and increase presence.
  • Project confidence and competence in presentation situations.
  • Be aware of the roles they have chosen and be able to craft the role they desire.
  • Use tools to help them transform stress and pressure into energy and motivation 

The Roles Women Play

  • Identification of the roles and narratives people subscribe to
  • Alignment of values with self-image
  • Re-writing one's personal and professional narrative
  • Imposter syndrome

Transforming the inner critic

  • Identifying what triggers our inner-critic
  • Reframing criticism and negative energy
  • Techniques to overcome stage fright and performance pressure

Pitching oneself

  • How to create an elevator pitch
  • How to adapt it to different situations (networking, conferences, etc)

Presence work

  • Body language
  • Power posing
  • Discovering and cultivating one¿s unique presence
  • Voicework
  • Being in the moment


  • Techniques for projecting confidence
  • Tips and tricks actors use
  • Practice and assessment

Lecturer: Francesca Carlin, Communication trainer and personal coach. http:///www.francescacarlin.com 

Specific courses in 2020

Scientific project management, part I

December 1, 202009:00 am - 01:00 pm

Content: In this course the basics of scientific project management and instruments of project management like work breakdown structure, Gantt chart, milestone plans, etc. will be introduced. 

  • Administrative conditions
  • Processes in project management
  • Tools and methods of project management
  • Management structures in consortiums
  • project controlling and time management
  • Contract design from the point of view of a researcher

 Lecturers: Robert Rebitsch / David Lederbauer, project.service.office/University of Innsbruck


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847681.

Co-funded by the European Union



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