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Graduate Campus

Academic Skills & Storytelling


Postdocs: Registration is now open through our registration form.

PhD candidates: Registration starts 17.01.24 (module booking).

Conditions of Participation



  • Graduate Campus courses are aimed solely at doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and senior teaching and research assistants at the University of Zurich.
  • The status as a PhD candidate and/or postdoctoral researcher and/or senior teaching and research assistant at UZH will be verified.
  • The registration is binding and it is necessary to participate in the entire course. A confirmation of participation can only be given to those who participate in all course sessions.
  • If there is an insufficient number of participants, Graduate Campus reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course.


  • Before the first day of a course: If an excuse is submitted without being prompted by email (, Graduate Campus will cancel your booking.
  • An unexcused absence (so-called "no-show") leads to a lost course place and takes the place of another participant and is therefore prohibited.
  • In either case, a verbal and/or written cancellation sent only to the instructor is not sufficient.

Assessment (PhD)

  • Each course has an assessment requirement that must be fulfilled (e.g. presentation or written assignment), regardless of whether an ECTS credit is needed. Complete participation is also a part of this assessment. 

ECTS credits (PhD)

  • An ECTS credit can only be be awarded upon successful course completion. 
  • Concerning the number and allocation of ECTS credits, the following rules apply:
    • A course consists of a workload of 1 ECTS credits, i.e. 30 hours, including independent study and course participation.
    • Each course has an assessment requirement which must be fulfilled.
    • Attendance of all course sessions (complete participation).
  • The individual faculties decide whether or not academic achievements can be considered a curricular element of your doctoral studies. Course participants are not automatically entitled to have a completed course recognized or considered as a part of their doctoral studies. For this reason, doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to determine whether or not a course is recognized as a part of their doctoral studies before registering for a university-wide course. Ideally, the PhD candidate should discuss whether the recognition of courses with the respective supervisor before booking a course.
  • Academic achievements are recognized as such if the ECTS credits earned appear on the transcript of records.

Courses in cooperation with the School for Transdisciplinary Studies
Please note that the deadlines for modules of the School for Transdisciplinary Studies (STS) may differ. The booking and cancellation deadlines for STS modules can be found in the course catalogue under the respective module under "School for Transdisciplinary Studies".


Course Instructor(s) Language Dates Open to

Publishing personal and sensitive data FULLY BOOKED

Melanie Röthlisberger,   Eva Furrer,  Reto Gerber English 15.01.24, 29.01.24 Postdocs, PhDs, Academic Associates
How to give a presentation effectively and persuasively  FULLY BOOKED Anja Janoschka English 20.02.24, 26.02.24 PhDs
Storytelling skills for science communication  FULLY BOOKED Mirko Bischofberger English 22.02.24, 23.02.24 Postdocs & PhDs
Storyboarding as a research tool  FULLY BOOKED Tanja Hess English 11.03.24, 12.03.24

Postdocs & PhDs

Good research practice  Rachel Heyard / Eva Furrer / Leonard Held English 15.03.24, 22.03.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Scientific poster design  FULLY BOOKED

Tanja Hess English 19.03.24, 25.03.24, 26.03.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Voice training and public speaking skills  FULLY BOOKED 

Michael Berndonner English 21.03.24, 28.03.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Narration and storytelling for persuasive academic presentations  FULLY BOOKED

Michael Berndonner English 10.04.24, 17.04.24 Postdocs & PhDs
Auftrittskompetenz und Körpersprache AUSGEBUCHT Julia Heinrichs German 11.04.24, 12.04.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Design your data management plan for the SNSF

Stefanie Strebel / Elisabeth-Christine Gamer English 16.04.24 Postdocs

Publish or perish: Designing research for publication FULLY BOOKED

Christina Ljungberg   English 22.04.24, 29.04.24 PhDs

Exploring AI for Science Communication  FULLY BOOKED

Mirko Bischofberger English 14.05.24, 15.05.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Open Up & Share: Publications, Data, Impact

Stefanie Strebel / Melanie Röthlisberger / Philipp Mayer English 22.05.24, 23.05.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Publishing & author rights

Melanie Röthlisberger / Regula Zwicky English 04.06.24 Postdocs & PhDs

Improvisation skills for researchers  FULLY BOOKED

Gunter Lösel, Nicole Erichsen English 05.06.24, 06.06.24 Postdocs & PhDs
Ethics training for researchers Roberto Andorno English 24.06.24, 25.06.24 Postdocs & PhDs


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