For scientists of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

The BTU offers all scientists and scholars several opportunities and forums for developing their competencies and for collegial exchange. Within the framework of the BTU's internal continuing education program, you can take advantage of appropriate opportunities.

Selected offers from the BTU

Vocation Training for Scientists at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Registration no.: 1.2001
Vocation Training for Scientists at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Lecturer: Dr. Margarete Hubrath; trainer, consultant, coach in science

The online vocation training extends over a period of 5 weeks and prepares systematically and purposefully for applications for professorships at universities in Germany and, if desired, also in other European countries. The participants receive concrete information on the legal basis, the procedure and the individual elements of appointment procedures as well as advice on how to optimally prepare for an application and the design of written application documents. In addition, central elements of the procedure, such as the interview with the appointment committee, are intensively prepared.

For this purpose, the participants receive inputs, presentations and documents for individual processing every week.

Once a week, there is a 30-minute online session to clarify any questions that have arisen. In addition, all participants have the opportunity to take advantage of a 45-minute one-on-one online coaching session to receive feedback on application documents or to address other individual concerns related to preparation for appointment processes. These coaching appointments are arranged individually with the trainer.

In order to benefit as much as possible from the online training, it is advisable to plan for an individual time commitment of 2 to 2.5 hours per week. For better networking within the group, there is also the possibility of setting up a protected area via Moodle if the participants are interested.

Main focus

  • Application and appointment procedures at universities in different countries
  • Legal framework and possible variations in the process flow
  • "Academic tribes and territories": Implicit norms of different academic cultures
  • Checklist for comprehensive preparation of an application
  • The written application for a professorship (cover letter, CV, research and teaching concepts)
  • Preparing for the appearance before the appointment committee (test lecture/ seminar, committee interview)
  • Creating room for maneuver: Preparing negotiations for the endowment in a targeted manner

Target group
Scientists and artists on their way to a professorship

Mondays, April 24, May 2 (Tuesday!), May 8, May 15 and May 22, 2023

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. each day.


online booking or by email.

Writing strategies for scientists at the BTU

Registration no.: 1.2002
Writing Strategies for Scientists

Lecturer: Dr. Beate Richter, Scientific Writing Workshop Berlin

Writing articles and essays is a constant challenge for scientists. The common thread should be easily recognizable and the contents should be described in a comprehensible way in order to represent the success of the research project. This can be achieved if a functional text structure is combined with an understandable yet scientific style of language.
The workshop will present strategies for determining a convincing and unambiguous objective of the text, deriving a clear argument structure from this, and thus entering into an effective writing process with great confidence. Participant-oriented input on the conventions and challenges of German scientific or article language and training in selected writing and revision skills will contribute to greater confidence in the speedy production of texts by scientific authors.

Main focus

- Reflection on individual writing skills
- Strategies for developing text concept and structure
- Ways to visualize the common thread of the text
- Ways to develop an understandable scientific writing style
- Revision techniques

June 26 and 27, 2023

June 26: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
June 27: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

BTU main campus, main building, room 4.29

Online booking or by e-mail

Offers from the networks

Postdoc Network Brandenburg

The qualification programs and support measures of the Postdoc Network are in particular aimed at scientists with a doctorate at the beginning of their careers.
Further information is available here.

Graduate Research School (GRS)

GRS aims at research profiling by means of special funding and qualification offers.

Research Service from the Research Unit

The research service supports researchers, in particular young scientists, e.g. with third-party funded project applications.