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Management Programme “Towards a Professorship”


As part of the Excellence Initiative, the management programme “Towards a Professorship” prepares young researchers to take on responsibilities in leadership and management, it provides support for their personal career planning and it helps them to develop an interdisciplinary network.

Postdocs, junior research group leaders and junior professors are eligible to take part in the programme. The management programme is made up of three modules, each of which takes place over two to three days.  The language of the programme is German; therefore, participants need a good level of German comprehension (reading and listening comprehension). However, non-native speakers are welcome to take part in the programme and to contribute actively in English. For the most part, the seminars are scheduled during the semester breaks and are held at an external conference center close to Heidelberg.

There is also a Fireside Chat with professors from various disciplines at Heidelberg University during each module. The Fireside Chats give participants the chance to ask questions about career planning and the requirements and demands of a professorship in an informal setting.

Participants are expected to participate in all three modules and will receive a certificate of participation after completing the programme.

Participants can also take advantage of the supplementary services “individual coaching” and “peer coaching”.

Participants are selected by the University, upon the suggestion of the faculties.


The three seminar modules are set up as follows:

MODULE 1 - Negotiation and Understanding Conflict

This practice-based seminar deals with how to successfully conduct (difficult) discussions in a constructive and professional manner. Participants will learn various methods of negotiation. Models of conflict resolution will be introduced and the participants will reflect on their own approaches to discussions and conflicts

Date: Thursday, 16 February 2017, to Saturday, 18 February 2017

MODULE 2 - Management Skills and Basics of Employment Law

Participants will receive a comprehensive overview of relevant management topics. They will reflect on their own leadership role and be introduced to various styles of management. Leadership tasks and methods will be discussed and practiced. The seminar will deal with the management of individual employees as well as successful team management. Participants will also receive an overview of the most important fundamentals of employment law.

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017, to Saturday, 20 May 2017

MODULE 3 - Appointment Procedure for a Professorship

This seminar deals with the formal appointment procedures for a professorship as well as the preparation of the application documents. Participants will practice the interview with the appointment committee and will be introduced to various strategies for negotiations after an appointment has been received.

Date: Thursday, 3 August 2017, to Friday, 4 August 2017

Fireside Chats

During each module, there is a Fireside Chat with professors from Heidelberg University. These evening events are informal and give the participants the opportunity to discuss academic issues, career planning and professorships with the professors and other participants.

Extra service:

Individual coaching

If needed or desired, participants can work individually on specific work-related issues with a professional coach.

Extra service:

Peer coaching

Participants will receive support in establishing a peer coaching group. The methods of peer coaching facilitate reflection within the group on concrete, academic problems and situations and the development of solutions.


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