HGS-HIRe Soft Skills Training - Summer 2023

Please note: This training event is offered in cooperation with our colleagues from the International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS-BioSoft) at the Helmholtz Forschungszentrum Jülich as a residential face-to-face course in Buchenau.


June 27-29, 2023

HGS-HIRe & Helmholtz Soft Skills Training - Basic Course III: Leadership and Career Development (B3)

This course will provide participants with an opportunity to look ahead and build their understanding, skills and confidence in the key areas of career planning, career development and the further development of their leadership style. Using the participants' skills and expertise, the course will explore what is important for them in terms of ongoing career development. Working individually and in groups participants will be encouraged to build a clear picture of what they want to do, who they want to be, and how they want to get there. They will also build on their understanding of personal leadership, career planning and the skills and competencies organisations require when recruiting and developing employees.

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

Please note: This training event is planned as a residential face-to-face course! In case the current Covid-19 pandemic situation will unfavorable change, this training event will be transferred to an online course via Zoom on short notice.


Emma Ford, Steve Hutchinson


Thorsten Auth (IHRS-BioSoft)
Gerhard Burau (HGS-HIRe)

Practical Information


This residential seminar is planned to start on Tuesday, 27th of June 2023, at 17:00 with an introduction session followed by common dinner, and ends on Thursday, 29th of June 2023, in the late afternoon (around 16:00). Please plan to arrive well in advance if you travel individually. More detailed joining information including a detailed schedule etc. will be forwarded to registered participants as soon as the trainers provide this information, i.e. usually few weeks before the course starts.

Late arrivals

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


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


Please note that due to lack of sufficient interest, HGS-HIRe can not offer a bus service to and from Buchenau. Please arrange your travel to/from Buchenau individually by public transport (train & bus or shared taxi) or by car pool. Please make sure to arrive well in time.
In order to travel to the castle by public transport, the most common train destination is Bad Hersfeld. However, for example Hünfeld would also be an option. From Bad Hersfeld, the best way to continue your travel will most probably be by bus or shared taxi, the latter should be around 22 Euro per car (more details in the joining information sent by e-mail).

In case you plan to travel by your own car, best check the recommendations on the website of the castle >.


Accomodation is mostly in twin bed rooms. Wishes for room sharing, and dietary needs should be mentioned in the registration email. Single rooms will be assigned on request subject to availability, additional costs have to be paid by the participant directly at the reception desk of the venue.


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

What to bring

Clothing: The course 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, the trainers 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.


For HGS-HIRe members, all basic course expenses including accommodation and travel costs are covered by HGS-HIRe. You only have to pay for local expenses (drinks, etc.). All meals are included.

To our knowledge, corresponding arrangements have been made for participants of other Helmholtz Graduate & Research Schools, too.


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


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