TU Berlin Center for Junior Scholars (TUB-CJS)

Program overview winter term 2022/2023

In the WS, the programme will be held in English!

We want to build a strong network among the participants. The programme therefore consists of qualification workshops as well as the possibility to get in contact with each other through the formation of peer coaching groups.

For the winter semester 2022/23, we are planning an online and offline format. This planning depends on the development of the Corona pandemic. Unfortunately, one workshop date could not yet be set. Nevertheless, we would like to ask you to keep all the dates mentioned below free if you would like to participate in the programme.


proMotion Kickoff Workshop - My Path to a Successful Doctoral Degree

  • 7 November 2022, 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

Finding Your Groove – Sustainable Productivity Strategies for Doctoral Researchers

  • 18 November 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, online
  • 25 November 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, online
  • 02 Dezember 2022  9:00 am - 12:00 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
  • Get new impulses to tweak your work process

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

  • 06 February 2023 09:30 am - 01:30 pm online
  • 07 February 2023 09:30 am - 01:30 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

Speaking with Confidence – Communicating and Negotiating Effectively and Competently

  • Dates will be announced soon

Women researchers often have to advocate for their topics and positions in male-dominated contexts and in competition for funding. Are you interested in learning how to effectively communicate your interests during interviews and negotiations with committees, managers, and supervisors? Using exercises based on real settings provided by the participants, this seminar will teach you to speak with confidence.

Central themes will include:

  • Self-awareness and empathy: What am I interested in? What is my aim? What interests or aims do the others have? What do I offer?
  • Language and language awareness: Word choice, getting started and conclusions, apodictic language, sentence structure, stylistic devices
  • Formulating key messages: Illustrating complex content concisely
  • Tone and modulation: Storytelling through the targeted use of breaks, questions, pace, tone, etc.
  • Body language: Authentically using facial expressions and gestures
  • Dealing with stage fright

proMotion Closing Workshop - My Career Outlook

  • 16 March 2023, 2 pm - 5:30 pm (online or on-site)
  • 17 March 2023, 9:30am - 4:30 pm (online or on-site)

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