Zentraleinrichtung Center for Junior Scholars (TUB-CJS)
Zentraleinrichtung Center for Junior Scholars (TUB-CJS)

Programmüberblick Winter Semester 2021/2022

 Im WS findet das Programm  auf Englisch statt!

Wir möchten ein starkes Netzwerk unter den Teilnehmerinnen aufbauen. Das Programm besteht daher sowohl aus Qualifzierungsworkshops wie auch der Möglichkeit, durch die Gründung von Peer Coaching Gruppen in den Austausch und Kontakt untereinander zu kommen.

Für das Wintersemester 2021/22, planen wir ein Format online und offline. Diese Planung hängt von der Entwicklung der Corona-Pandemie ab. Daher möchten wir Sie bitten, sich alle unten genannten Termine freizuhalten, wenn Sie an dem Programm teilnehmen möchten. 


proMotion Kickoff Workshop - My Path to a Successful Doctoral Degree

  • 2 November 2021, 09:30 am - 4:30 pm online or on-site

Opening a new round of proMotion training, this workshop invites program participants to reflect on their path to their doctorate and their individual goals: How would you describe the current status of your doctorate? If you look back at you process, what have you already achieved? Which specific steps do you see ahead of you? What was your initial motivation to start the entire process? And how would you describe your current motivation? What are your overall objectives? And what do you want to achieve over the course of this program?

In the spirit of the proMotion training program, this workshop aims to create a positive atmosphere for peer support and foster personal networking among the participants. The kickoff workshop is therefore mandatory for all program participants.


  • Learn about common dynamics on the path to a doctoral degree
  • Check your motivation and clarify your goals
  • Reflect on your doctoral journey (past and future)
  • Define your personal goals for the (time of the) program

Q&A Doing a doctorate at TU Berlin (optional)

  • 9 November 2021, 12:30 pm - 2 pm, online (optional)

New at TU Berlin? Or, you are not new but still have questions about your doctorate at TU Berlin? If you have questions regarding the formalities of your doctorate, what services are offered to doctoral researchers or where to find what, you are welcome to come to our Q&A session. This is a proMotion training event, welcoming all with questions, but optional.

Finding Your Groove – Sustainable Productivity Strategies for Doctoral Researchers

  • 12 November 2021 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online
  • 19 November 2021 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online
  • 26 November 2021 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online

Planning and perseverance are two of key factors in accomplishing your doctorate. But how do you plan your doctoral project, when it is supposed to evolve in the research process? How can you stay focused and keep up your motivation over such an extended period of time? How can you structure your daily work to support this long-term process? Which external and internal factors propel your work – and which inhibit it? How can you enhance the positive aspects of your working style and learn to tame the negative ones?

Based on the premises of holistic planning and sustainable productivity, we will integrate all aspects of life into the planning process and focus as much on reducing (inner) pressure as on increasing productivity. You will explore your personal working style and reflect your current habits and attitudes. But you will also learn a range of techniques to tweak your productivity and implement practical tools to structure your working process.


  • Learn and apply effective strategies for planning your doctoral research
  • Analyze your current work habits and circumstances
  • Draft a weekly template tailored to your specific circumstances
  • Learn strategies for dealing with procrastination and other typical challenges of doing a doctorate
  • Get new impulses to tweak your work process
  • … and integrate moments of self-care into your research process

Confident, focused, flexible – strategies for successful discussions and negotiations

Please note: Depending on the situation with the corona pandemic, this workshop will be held on-site or online. Please reserve all dates in your calendar.

  • 12 January 2022 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, on-site
  • 13 January 2022 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, on-site


  • 12 January 22 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online
  • 13 January 22 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online
  • 26 January 22 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online
  • 27 January 22 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, online

We all talk about win-win situations, but few of us know how to achieve them. In academia, we are constantly required to defend our own positions, interests, and goals and we have all experienced unfair situations. So it is important to get a clear understanding of which behaviors contribute to successful discussions and negotiations and what might be the pitfalls – especially for women.  Successful communication begins with the right preparation for a specific context and also includes how you present yourself, how you pitch your voice, and saying the right things when it counts. Hierarchical differences are important, but you should not place too much value on these, as power in a negotiation is about much more than position. In this seminar, you will learn how to achieve meaningful and satisfactory goals for the long term.


  • Techniques for discussions: protecting your own interests and achieving your goals in the male-dominated world of academia.
  • Experience activation and reflection: conditions, procedures, and outcomes of negotiations in an academic context
  • Theories and practices of successful negotiation and negotiation strategies - Which strategy is appropriate in which situation?
  • Reflecting on your own experiences of negotiating, your negotiating partners, and your strategies and practices

How to get visible and make a name in the community – developing networks and using them to achieve your goals

  • 23 February 2022, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm (online)
  • 2 March 2022, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm (online)

Women working in academia are often not as well networked as men. For female doctoral researchers, it is often harder for to find access to the relevant networks. Also, they don’t always have supervisors who are committed to advancing the visibility of their female doctoral researchers. This has clear consequences for their careers. Women only really become aware of how important networking is when they want to publish a paper in an academic journal or deliver an talk at a conference. But good academic networks also have other benefits. They can provide answers to questions relating to teaching and research, help you get support as well as open up new career prospects. However, networks don’t just appear by themselves. Networks have to be built up and maintained over time. In this workshop, we show you how to do this. Topics include:

  • Basics of successful networking
  • Your own competences, network goals and helpful persons (groups)
  • Creating and maintaining relationships: instruments and what to do
  • Special features of networks in and around universities
  • Networking beyond hierarchies
  • Networking and raising your profile: contexts, events, and internet platforms

proMotion Closing Workshop - My Career Outlook

Online or on-site

  • 28 March 2022, 2 pm - 5 pm
  • 29 March 2022, 9:30am - 4:30 pm

As the proMotion training series comes to its end, it is time to review your personal highlights and identify some key inspirations you draw from the program. But it is also a suitable moment to look ahead and consider your professional aspirations for the time after the doctoral process: How specific are your ideas for your professional development at the current stage? Do you see yourself rather pursuing a career in or outside of academia? Do you have any particular areas in mind? Which information or what other kind of support would you need to take a step forward in this matter?

Finally, the workshop encourages participants to stay connected and continue the practice of peer support.


  • Review your personal progress (over the course of the program)
  • Learn about career options in and outside of academia
  • Reflect on your professional aspirations
  • Determine the next steps for your professional development