HGS-HIRe Soft Skills Training - Autumn 2019


October 7-10, 2019

Basic Course I: Making an Impact as an Effective Researcher

The first course will focus on building the core skills required to make a strong personal impact in the work place and to be able to contribute effectively when working in teams. The course will help raise awareness about individual preferences and their impact of others. It will explore how an individual can use their strengths to most effect, whether they are presenting to an audience of academics or working in a cross disciplinary research team. Participants will also have the opportunity to work in a number of teams and gain feedback on their impact and performance.

For registration please send a brief email to info[at]hgs-hire.de as soon as possible.


Mike Rawlins, Emma Ford


Gerhard Burau (HGS-HIRe)

Practical Information


The seminar starts on Monday at 18:00 with a common dinner followed by an evening session and ends on Thursday in the late afternoon (around 16:00).
Please plan to arrive well in advance if you travel individually.

Late arrivals

If you need to arrive late please contact the coordinator in advance.


The seminar will be at Castle Buchenau >, Hermann-Lietz-Str. 13, 36132 Buchenau (Eiterfeld), in the north of Hesse.


Travel is organized by chartered bus to Buchenau. Details including schedule and departure point can be found >here.


Accomodation is mostly in twin bed rooms.


Special food requirements (vegetarian, other) should be communicated to the coordinator in advance. Vegetarian food is available for every meal. Full board is included in the seminar.

What to bring

Clothing: The seminar will be very informal, so only casual attire necessary.
Some of the activities will be run outside in the grounds. Your fitness will not be tested, but your 'weather-ability' might! So please come prepared to work outside. For this reason, suitable footwear is also essential. You must bring waterproofs with you, as outdoor activities will not be cancelled due to rain. In the case of extreme weather conditions, we will modify or provide alternative exercises which can take place indoors.

Linen/towel: All rooms have linen and towels, no need to bring them. Shower gel, shampoo and hair dryers are not provided.


Wireless internet access is available.


All basic expenses including accommodation are covered by HGS-HIRe. You only have to pay for local expenses (drinks, etc.). All meals are included.


Though this trip will not generate any costs for your supervisor or group please do not forget to file a trip request so you are covered by insurance during the soft skills course. Please ask the secretary of your official supervisor at the university for the appropriate form.


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