Our free workshops are open to all doctoral researchers and postdocs studying at Leipzig University or cooperating research institutions. We offer you the opportunity to strengthen the skill sets you need as an early career researcher in a differentiated and tailored way and to actively plan the next steps on your career path.


  • Online registration opens one month before each workshop takes place.
  • You can register for up to three workshops of your choice, and you will then receive an automatic confirmation email. The confirmation email does not yet guarantee you a place.
  • However, you will receive a confirmation of participation one to two weeks before the workshop. This confirmation of participation guarantees your place, and your registration is then binding. If the event is full, you will receive a message to that regard and will be placed on the waiting list.

    Please note that the number of places for our workshops is limited and that there is a very high demand.
  • We expect that you will attend all of the sessions and participate actively. Otherwise, you will not receive any ECTS points. Go here for further information.

What should you do if you end up not being able to participate in a workshop? Please let us know by email or telephone at least one week before the start of the workshop! This way we can give the place to someone on the waiting list.


Our programme of workshops and events is aimed at all doctoral researchers and postdocs at Leipzig University. Some workshops are specially designed for one group or the other. Early career researchers from research institutions that are in partnership with Leipzig University are also welcome to participate. Doctoral researchers and postdoc from our arqus partner universities are kindly invited to register for our online courses. For doctoral researchers in our structured doctoral programmes, the Competence School is designed as a supplement to their subject-specific offerings. Doctoral researchers will be given preference in the registration process.

The Research Academy Leipzig pays the participation fees for all doctoral researchers and postdocs at Leipzig University.

Unless otherwise stated, all workshops are held in the Research Academy Leipzig’s seminar rooms at Villa Tillmanns (Wächterstraße 30, Ground Floor).

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some of our workshops are currently being held online. It is also possible that some on-campus workshops may be changed over to an online format. In this case, we would inform you in advance.

If you register for an event that has already reached the maximum number of participants, you will be placed on a waiting list. Those at the top of the waiting list will receive a “Take your chance!” email a few days before the workshop. The email gives them the opportunity to come to Villa Tillmanns right before the event starts. If there is room, they will be allowed to participate.

After a workshop, we award certificates of participation and ECTS credits. According to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, 1 ECTS credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of working time. This includes class time as well as the time needed to prepare for and follow up on lectures. In the case of doctoral researchers, the faculties decide themselves whether or not to recognize the ECTS credits in the doctoral procedure.

The workshops are held in the same language as their title and description.

In cooperation with Family Services in the Equal Opportunities Office at the University, we offer our members (i.e. doctoral researchers in structured doctoral programmes and registered postdocs) free on-site childcare during the workshops. When you register, simply let us know if you need childcare, along with the age of the child. Later requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

To offer childcare, we work together with the childcare referral agency Mittagskind. All caregivers have childcare training and hold an emergency card (Nothilfepass) and a certificate of conduct (polizeiliches Führungszeugnis). The agency is following all current regulations for the coronavirus pandemic outlined by the Free State of Saxony.

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