Three Minute Thesis Competiton

Special qualification offers

Qualification offers beyond workshop and seminars
Three Minute Thesis Competiton
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Jena university offers various approaches to develop your skills. Besides workshops and seminars, there are other methods to learn and get trained in different aspects of your professional life: Individual Coaching focuses on self reflection and problem solving in practise, in Doc4Doc workshops you can polish your teaching skills by training peers, in a Science Slam or Three Minute Thesis Competition you can apply your communication and presentation skills with a lay audience, and in "Young Entrepreneurs in Science" you can get a glimpse of the start-up scene.

Individual Coachings

Professional feedback on your teaching Expand entry

You’d like detailed advice concerning your lecture or seminar? You’d like to gain insight into how you could further develop your teaching? Servicestelle LehreLernen offers individual feedback in response to this and similar requests.

You have the opportunity to have one of your lectures video recorded. The video will be made available to you so that you can see your teaching behaviour from a new perspective. As an alternative, a member of the LehreLernen Team can attend and sit in at your teaching event.

Following the recording or observation, you will receive structured feedback in an individual session and the chance to discuss selected aspects of your teaching event more in-depth.

If you want your lecture or seminar to be recorded, please write an e-mail to

Peer-to-peer coaching for postdocs Expand entry

Within the framework of peer-to-peer coaching, postdocs come together in a small interdisciplinary group for a regular, structured exchange. Together they develop ideas on how to deal with the challenges of everyday team and leadership life and benefit from each other's experience. The group consists of a maximum of six ti eight participants. The meetings are accompanied and moderated by a trainer. Questions that are discussed in the peer-to-peer coaching can be, for example:

  • How do I communicate clearly and in a targeted manner?
  • How can I deal with conflicts in a solution-oriented way?
  • What kind of leader am I and what kind of leader do I want to be?
  • What is my position in the team and how can I deal with irritations?
  • Which of my expectations are justified and which are not? How do I set myself apart when expectations are placed on me that I cannot or do not want to fulfil?

If you would like more information, please contact Anne Dünger.


Doctoral candidates teach their peers: This is the character of the workshops in the programme "Doc4Doc". A PhD candidate or postdoc who wants to share specific knowledge and competencies with others can do so via holding a workshop in the Graduate Academy's qualification programme. Run by doctoral researchers, we've had workshops on research methods, presentation skills, literature management and other topics.

Teaching a one-day workshop for doctoral candidates can expand your teaching experience and could be a step to prepare for a career involving education and training. The Graduate Academy evaluates your concept before the workshop and offers to coach you during the preparation. You will also receive a honorary fee or compensation for your expenses.

If you want to offer a Doc4Doc workshop, please contact Dr. Hanna Kauhaus.

Science Communication

Sommerfest Sommerfest Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Every year the Graduate Academy organizes a Science Slam and a Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®). This not only facilitates interdisciplinary communication and knowledge transfer, but also provides a training opportunity for what is taught in the workshops on science communication and presentation. A test run of the competitions with feedback beforehand enhances the learning effect of the competitions.

Please find impressions of past competitions here.

Young Entrepreneurs in Science

Impression of a workshop of Young Entrepreneurs in Science Impression of a workshop of Young Entrepreneurs in Science Image: Thomas Trutschel/

The Falling Walls Foundation has developed this workshop series for entrepreneurial thinking and acting. It is taking place at different locations throughout Germany and twice a year in Jena (or online with regional participants).

In the four-day, interactive workshop „From PhD to Innovator“, doctoral candidates and postdocs will use practical methods and tools, e.g. Design Thinking, and will discover many opportunities available to translate their skills into concrete business ideas. They will also meet entrepreneurs from fresh start-ups.


The University of Jena is a certified "Young Entrepreneurs in Science Campus". The University of Jena is a certified "Young Entrepreneurs in Science Campus". Graphic: Falling Walls Foundation

In addition to the regional events, you can register for 2-hour webinars and nationwide online "From Innovator to Business" workshops.

The University of Jena is a certified "Young Entrepreneurs in Science Campus".

The workshops are held in English. Participation is free of charge. Please find more information and the registration here.