Professional development

Here is a list of departments that offer professional development. If you would like to register for a program that is not at your institution please get in touch with the FOR 2812 coordination office, else please register directly with the relevant department. 

Fortbildungsportal der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

This website is currently only available in German. This department of the Ruhr University offers courses/workshops in the following areas:

  • Leadership and management
  • Career perspectives, includes language classes
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Didactics and methodology
  • Administrative processes
  • Internationality and mobility
  • Equal oppurtunity and inclusion
  • Health and work safety
  • Digital tools
  • Personalized programs

Note that all of the above are offered in German. If you are intested in any of the courses that they offer but do not speak German please get in touch with the coordiation office and we will see how we can help you.

Research School

Ruhr University Bochum

Your one stop shop for workshops, talks and advice. The research school helps PhD students and postdoctoral fellows with soft skills such as academic writing, evaluating research papers, job hunting and intercultural communication. They offer a variety of stipends (only available for RUB researchers) and can give you advice at any point during your career. Programs are offered both in English and German.

The Research Academy Ruhr

University Alliance Ruhr

The Ruhr University is part of the UA Ruhr (University Alliance Ruhr) which compromises of the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Technical University Dortmund. The Research Academy Ruhr is their platform for supporting early career researchers i.e. PhD students and posdoctoral fellows. Programs are offered through one of the UA Ruhr universities. You should definitely look into their networking events.

Career Service

WWU Münster

This service is offered by WWU mainly for bachelor and master students. There are a few options that are relevant for PhD students. The workshops are mainly in German and are focused at helping people towards non-academic careers.

The Graduate Centre

WWU Münster

The graduate centre offers a variety of workshops for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in both English and German in the following categories:

  • academic skills
  • networking-exchange-culture
  • career plannig and orientation
  • soft skills and cross-disciplinary competencies

The research unit FOR 2812 "Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory" is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The research unit studies the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underlying scenario construction in episodic memory. We employ and integrate approaches from Philosophy, Psychology, and Experimental and Computational Neuroscience.


Universitätsstr. 150,
44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)234 32 27996
Fax: +49 (0)234 32 14210