Trainning Courses

The Autonomous University of Barcelona offers training activities in transferable competencies designed to enhance the employability and career prospects of researchers. The courses are designed for helping researchers to develop their interpersonal skills, organizational and management skills, research competencies, cognitive abilities, communication skills, and engagement and impact skills.

In this section, you can access to the information of the upcoming training activities.

September, 2017

Dissemination of Science (September 22 and 29, 2017)

The workshop Dissemination of Science is addressed to recognized researchers who need to disseminate their research in English in non-specialist areas, either orally or in writing.

The researchers learn to use simple language to disseminate science in English in non-specialist areas with the aim of bringing research results close to non-specialist audiences and society at large.

Trainer: Silvia Solà
Place: UAB, Aulari Central (J Building)
Date and Time: September 22 and 29, from 9 to 14h.
Language: English (High intermediate level of English)
Addressed to: P-Sphere Postdoctoral Researchers

Course content

This course focuses on both the production of spoken presentations and written texts. Participants learn, for example, how to adapt the content to their audience, using the appropriate register and tone for the communicative situation. They learn to select the appropriate vocabulary; how to manage redundancy and transitional words; how to manage negative and positive modes of discourse to give the clearest possible message; how to manage the appearance of well-known and unknown information; how to develop effective thematic progression; how to decide on sentence and paragraph length and construction; and how to provide better comprehension and legibility of the text.

Registration: (Limited seating, P-Sphere Postdoctoral Researchers)

June, 2017

Technology-Based Intellectual Property: A practical approach to the use of patents, know-how and utility models (June 30, 2017)

The seminar Technology-Based Intellectual Property provides a theoretical overview of patents, know-how, and utility models. At the end of the session, the trainee researchers will be acquired basic knowledge about how to protect research and how to manage patents. The seminar is organized by the Office of Patents Valuation, as part of the cross-training activities organized by the School of Doctoral Studies.

Trainer: Xavier Vallvé, Head of the Office of Patent Valuation UAB
Place: Graduate School, Lecture Hall (Sala de Graus)
Date and Time: June 30, 2017, from 09:30 to 13:30h
Language: Spanish
Addressed to: Phd Students.

  • Uses of Technology-based Intellectual Property (or how to become a smarter researcher).
  • Patents: Requirements and exclusions, structure, prosecution, and infringement.
  • Utility models.
  • Know-how: when to keep information confidential and comparison with patents.
  • Patent information: how to take advantage of research patented by others, and multiple uses of using patent databases.
Download the programme

Registration: (limited seating)

Information Resources for PhD: Mendeley (June 13, 2017)

Mendeley is a reference manager and an academic social network. You will learn how to manage your personal library, keep your references organized, share content and insert references on your academic work efficiently.

Place: L/105 room, Library of Humanities 1st floor
Date and Time: June 13, from 15:30 to 17:30
Language: English
Addressed to: Phd Students.

  • What is Mendeley
  • Access
  • Double platform: Online vs. Offline
  • Creating a personal library
  • Manage documents and folders.
  • Reference list and how to insert in a document
  • Teamwork
Registration: (Limited seating)

What can I do after the PhD? (June 8, 2017)

The seminar is addressed to PhD students in their second or third year of his/her Doctorate or that are close to making the deposit or defence of his/her doctoral thesis.

The session will provide an overview of the career opportunities that are after the Doctorate within or outside the academia/university. Staff from the Employability Service and the Area of Research Management of the Autonomous University of Barcelona will inform PhD students about resources that can help them to think about and plan their professional career. The event will feature the expertise of PhD holders and employers that, from their own experience, will talk about different career paths in both academic and non-academic environments.

Place: The Cinema of the UAB - Cívica Square - Campus Bellaterra
Date and Time: June 8, 2017 from 09:30 to 12:00
Language: Spanish
Addressed to: Students in their second or third year of his/her Doctorate –PhD students that are close to making the deposit or defence of his/her doctoral thesis.


9:10. Registration

9:30. Welcome and presentation, by Dr. Victòria Nogués, Academic Secretary of the Doctoral School.

9:40. Career options for PhD holders and public funding

  • From university to enterprise: the Employability Service of UAB, by Mr. Vicenç Sallés, Head of the Employability Service.
  • Being a Researcher in Europe, by Dr. Begoña Miñarro, Technical Staff of the Strategic Project Unit.
  • Postdocs Fellowhips in Europe, by Ms. Queralt González, Technical Staff of the International Office.
  • Postdocs Fellowships in Catalonia and Spain, by Ms. Anabel Poveda, Head of the Area of Research Management.

10:30. Round table: Doctors and employers: different career paths of researchers.
Moderator: Dr. Xavier Gabarrell, professor of Cheminal Engineering.

  • Dr. Aleix Barrera, Project Manager at the Organizational Development Team, UAB.
  • Dra. Mara Ferreri, post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Government and Public Policy, UAB.
  • Dr. Núria Fuster, commercial director at Bioser.
  • Dr. Edurne Gastón, Project Manager and Science Communicator at IRIS Advanced Engineering.
  • Dr. Jordi Oliver, executive director and founding partner of INÈDIT, consulting in eco-innovation and spin-off of the UAB Research Park.
  • Dr. Ferran Pujol, CEO of the company's operations Cuantum Medical Cosmetics.
  • Ms. Èlia Torroella, director of R&D and records at Hipra.

12:00. Wrap up

Registration: UAB Intranet – Campus Virtual

May, 2017

Information Resources for PhD (May 29, 2017)

The most relevant databases and information resources to help you in your research.

Place: L/105 room, Library of Humanities 1st floor
Date and Time: May 29, from 16:00 to 18:00
Language: English
Addressed to: Phd Students.

  • The need for information
  • Development of a search strategy
  • Defining the subject of our research
  • Evaluation of results
  • Catalogs
  • Trobador +
  • Internet Search
  • Database
  • Theses
Registration: (Limited seating)

Workshop on RRI: How to implement Responsible Research and Innovation? (May 30, 2017)

Responsible Research and Innovation is an approach to governing research and innovation (R&I) at the European level. RRI is reflected in many policy strategies and programming documents, such as the Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) program. The Workshop "How to implement Responsible Research and Innovation?" provides theoretical and practical training about RRI.

Instructor: Rosina Malagrida (IrsiCaixa)
Place: Seminari E (Vet Faculty – UAB)
Date and Time: May 30, 2017 from 09:30 to 14:00
Language: English
Addressed to: P-Sphere Postdoctoral Researchers have priority


9.30-9.40       Welcome and presentation of the Workshops
9.40-10.30     Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for a more open R&I system in Europe
10.30-11.45   Workshop I: ¿Is it necessary to rethink the relationship between R&I and society?
11.45-12.00   Coffee break
12.00-13.00   Workshop II: ¿What are the main lines of action of RRI?
13:00-14.00   Workshop III: Multi-stakeholder reflections to enRRIch participants’ projects
14.00             Wrap up

Registration: (Limited seating: 20 seats)

Gender Perspective in Research (May 16, 2017)

Gender equality and the development of a gender-sensitive dimension in research design, implementation and organization are priority questions for The European Research Area and a cross-concept of the Horizon 2020 programme.

Gender Perspective in Research is a cross-training activity that aims to help researchers to design research which takes into account the gender dimensions, as recommended the gender equality goals of Horizon 2020 Programme. It is organized by The Observatory for Equality at UAB, as part of the UAB’s Professional Development Programme for Researchers.

The course will enable trainee researchers to embed gender equality in their own research proposals, as well as training their ability to review research proposals from a sex-gender perspective. Also, the course will be an opportunity for exchanging knowledge, experiences, and assumptions with other researchers.

Instructor: PhD Maribel Ponferrada Arteaga
Place: Room 3 – Graduate and Doctoral School Building
Date and Time: May 16, 2017 from 10:00 to 14:00
Language: Spanish
Addressed to: PhD Students


Main contents about the gender equality perspective

  • Sex/gender system and inequalities between men and women.
  • Andocentric bias in the various disciplines of science and technology.
  • Key concepts about the feminist epistemology.

Embed gender equality into research proposals

  • Gender equality perspective into the research cycle: from research team building through implementation and dissemination of research results.
  • Bibliography and instruments from the European Commission and other national and international organizations.
  • Case studies: reviewing research proposals from a gender equality perspective.
Complete Programme (Available only in Spanish) 

Registration: UAB Intranet – Campus Virtual (Limited seating: 25 seats)

April, 2017

Entrepreneurship for PhD students and recognized researchers (April 27 and May 3, 2017)

The UAB Research Park organizes, under the UAB’s Professional Development Programme for Researchers, two seminars on entrepreneurship for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers. The seminars aim to promote entrepreneurship attitudes, both transversal and multidisciplinary perspective, in first stage researchers and recognized researchers. The course will give them tools to start an entrepreneurial project and help them to find new applications for their research.

Instructor: The UAB Research Park
Place: Polyvalent Room, Eureka Building. UAB Research Park

April 27, from 10 to 13 – Entrepreneurship I
May 3, from 10 to 13 – Entrepreneurship II

Language: Spanish
Addressed to: PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers


Entrepreneurship I: “Which attitudes are required for developing an entrepreneurial project?” (April 27, 2017)

  • Introduction to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Manage entrepreneurial teams.
  • Group dynamics and look for opportunities.

Entrepreneurship II: “How do I know that my project is potentially transferable and marketable?” (May 3, 2017)*

  • Business Model Canvas.
  • Hypothesis validation using the Lean Startup methodology.

* We recommend attending Seminar Entrepreneurship I.

Complete Programme (Available only in Spanish)

Registration (Waiting list registration form)

March, 2017

How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020 (March 14, 2017)

The aim of this course is to train researchers in writing professional and competitive proposals for the Horizon 2020. The course describes the relevance of Horizon 2020 to EU policies, the common problems in proposal writing and the success criteria for proposals. The course provides tips on how to collect information, how to select strategic partners and how to avoid duplication in proposal writing. The final section describes a strategy for proposal writing.

Instructor: Sean McCarthy
Place: Doctoral School. Classroom 1
Time: 10:00 - 13:30
Language: English
Addressed to: Postdoctoral researchers.

  • Structure and Terminology used in Horizon 2020
  • Who Wrote your Topic? (Lobby)
  • How Proposal are Evaluated
  • How to Write the ‘Potential Impact’ of the Proposal
  • The One Page Proposal
  • How to Streamline Proposal Writing
Complete Programme

Registration: Limited seating

Intellectual Property on the Thesis

UAB’s Library is hosting the seminar Intellectual Property on the Thesis. The activity has a two-fold aims: on one hand, to provide an overview of different aspects that the PhD Candidates need to take into account in order to no violate third parties’ rights when writing the thesis; and, on the other hand, to explain that they must publish their thesis dissertation in the institutional repository, as is stated in the Article 14 Assessment and public dissertation of the doctoral thesis of the Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies.

Trainer: UAB’s Library
Addressed to: PhD Candidates

  • Defining “author”
  • Attribution of rights. Copyright and exploitation and patrimonial rights
  • Transfer of rights. Creative Commons Licensees
  • Public domain materials
  • Respect third parties’ rights
  • Thesis dissertation in TDX and DDD
  • Interesting resources
Below you can find information about the different scheduled sessions:

Day and Time: Wednesday 2 of March, from 15:00 to 16:30
Place: Medicine Library – Bellaterra. Computer Room
Language: Spanish
Registration: (Limited seating)
Trainer: Marta Jordan

Day and Time: Thursday 9 of March, from 16:00 to 17:30
Place: B Building. Computer room – CID Socials.
Language: Catalan
Registration: (Limited seating)
Trainer: Núria Contreras

Day and Time: Wednesday 15 of March, from 11:00 to 12:30
Place: Faculty of Communication Science. I1/006 Room 3
Language: Spanish
Registration: (Limited seating)
Trainer: Carme Besson

Day and Time: Wednesday 22 of March, from 16:00 to 17:30
Place: L/315 Room, 3rd floor of Humanities Library
Language: Catalan
Registration: (Limited seating)
Trainer: David Barri

Day and Time: Wednesday 29 of March, from 16:00 to 17:30
Place: L/315 Room, 3rd floor of Humanities Library
Language: English
Registration: (Limited seating)
Trainer: David Barri

February, 2017

Ethical Issues (February 15, 2017)

The course provides theoretical and practical training about ethical issues.

Instructor: Jose Luis Molina
Place: Sala de Juntes – Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities (Building B)
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Language: English
Addressed to: Postdoctoral researchers.

  • Code of good practice at UAB
  • Code of good practice in research
  • Plagiarism and self-plagiarism
  • Practical case
Registration: Limited seating

Wiley Auth or's Workshop (February 7, 2017)

The Humanities Library is hosting a seminar aimed at all researchers, professors and doctoral students in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences. This seminar will be taught by Erin Osborne-Martin, Senior Commissioning Editor for Social Sciences & Humanities, representative of one of the most prestigious publishing companies in the field of research: Wiley, dealing with issues related to the publication in high impact journals or open access in the research.

Instructor: Erin Osborne-Martin
Place: Auditori – Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities (Building B)
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Language: English
Addressed to: PhD candidates and researchers from Social Sciences and Humanities.

  • Writing great papers in high impact journal - An Introduction for Researchers
  • Open Access: What are my options?
  • How to publish a Book - An Introduction for Researchers
  • Altmetrics
Registration: Limited seating

January, 2017

Responsible Research and Innovation: How to Maximise the Local Impact of my Research? (January 11, 19, 26, 27, 2017)

The course provides theoretical and practical training about responsible research, addressing issues of communication, participation, and intervention with young people. Specifically, the aim of the course is to provide researchers with various tools and skills to communicate their research, to critically analysed it, and promote its local impact. The course is part of the European Research Project PERFORM.

Place: Theater Room of the UAB
Language: English
Addressed to: PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers.

  • Key Competencies for Engaging with Society. Wednesday 11th January.
  • Philosophy and Ethics for Science. Thursday 19th January.
  • Towards Practice. Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January.
For sign up, go to The Doctoral School