Activities of the Academic Year 2020-2021

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:

WRITING A THESIS IN ENGLISH

Law, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Date:
 06/10/2020 to 05/11/2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17 to 19 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües

Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering
Date 1st group:
 06/10/2020 to the 5/11/2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13 to 15 h
Date 2nd group: 14/10/2020 to the 16/11/2020, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 13 to 15 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level

Issues related to academic-scientific writing, specialized languages  and the conventions of formal university texts are addressed. The course is thought as a support in the writing process of the thesis. Participants can share small fragments of their text, so specific doubts can be solved.

The classes for this course will be online via videoconference.

More information on this Write the thesis in English course.


PRESENTING RESEARCH

Date: 06/10/2020 to the 05/011/2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level

The Doctoral school organises, together with the Languages Service, this course aimed at strengthening researchers’ skills for presentations in English in working sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences. Participants will learn to control anxiety and nerves before a presentation, to choose and organize contents to make an interesting and persuasive oral presentation and to adapt their discourse to the public. They will also learn to develop and use a script and other support systems for the transmission of content (PowerPoint or Prezi), to express themselves naturally and to manage the questions of the audience. The course also focuses on aspects such as register and linguistic correctness.

For more information on this course visit the Aula Moodle.


WRITING AN ABSTRACT AND OUTLINING A SCIENTIFIC PAPER

Date 1st group: 26/10/2020 from 10 to 12 h
Date 2nd group: 26/10/2020 from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Blanca Arias-Badia,
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this workshop that aims to provide answer answers to the following questions, among other: What kind of information should an abstract include? What is the clearest way to distribute information in an abstract? Why are keywords important? How can we avoid vagueness? Other aspects such as structure and style will be considered, as well as further practical matters, such as hints on how to meet today’s editors’ and reviewers’ expectations.

This practical session will be based on real examples in different fields of study. Attendants are also invited to bring their own abstracts to the workshop so their proposals can be discussed together.

For more information on this course visit the Aula Moodle.

FROM IDEA TO PROTOTYPE: A SHORT DESIGN THINKING SESSION

Date: 10/11/2020 from 11 to 12.30 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: David Hernández (UAB Reseach Park)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises, together with the UAB Research Park, this seminar to offer an approach to the process of transforming a simple idea into a real project by using the Design Thinking methodology. 

Objectives:

  • Give fundamental notions about the process of how to transform an idea in a real project
  • Strengthen research within your projects by using Design Thinking
  • Participate in processes of spontaneous creativity and co-creation
  • Provide information about the UAB Open Labs and the facilities for prototyping

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.

 

RESPONSIBE PHD: INTEGRATING RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN PHD RESEARCH

Date: 17 & 19/11/2020 from 10 to 13 h
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish/Catalan. Materials: English
Trainers: Begoña Miñarro and Núria Claver
Adresssed to: early stage researchers at the beginning of their PhD project.

This seminar will introduce PhD students to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and initiate deliberation on how to make a PhD research project more responsible. Students will read about and discuss several concepts of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete case examples of R&I processes. Furthermore, participants will introduce their own PhD research projects or first project ideas and identify possibilities to make them more responsible by using various concepts of RRI.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


DISSEMINATION OF SCIENCE

Date: 24/11/2020 to 10/12/2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15 to 17 h.
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 level

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Languages Service, this course aimed at the production of texts for scientific dissemination, both oral and written, to learn how to use plain language to reach non-specialised audiences. Attendees will learn to adapt the content to the audience, the register and the pitch; to choose the appropriate words; to manage the redundancies and the words of transition; to control the negative and affirmative modalities of the speech in order to achieve maximum clarity; to properly manage the emergence of known and unknown information; to foster a good thematic progression; to determine the lengths of the sentences and the paragraphs to build them appropriately and to foster the comprehensibility and readability of the text, among other aspects.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


TECHNOLOGY-BASED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THE USE OF PATENTS, KNOW-HOW AND UTILITY MODELS

Virtual self-learning course available all the academic year round.
Mode: virtual
Language: Catalan
Trainer: Xavier Vallvé, Head of the Office of Patent Valuation UAB
Addressed to: early stage researchers, preferably from scientific and technological fields

The seminar "Tecnology-Based Intellectual Property" provides a theoretical overview of patents, know-how and utility models. Early stage researchers will watch several videos with basic information about how to protect their research and how to manage patents. The seminar is organized by the Office of Patents Valuation together with the Doctoral School and is part of the transferable skills training programme.

Topics

  • 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.ç
  • Patent information: how to take advantage of research patented by others, and multiple uses of using patent databases.

Course and programme via Aula Moodle.

RESEARCH PAPERS
(Health science, experimental science and engineering)

Date: 01/12/2020 to 26/01/2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 to 12 h
Language: English
Mode: virtual
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level
Aim: Improve the writing of scientific papers in English
 
The Doctoral School organises, together with the Languages Service, this course on one of the most common sorts of discourse in scientific communication, the scientific paper. The participants develop and consolidate the necessary skills to write scientific papers in English. The course addresses aspects related to the standardized structure of papers (introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions) and the formal and discursive characteristics that these parts must have. Questions related to English vocabulary and correct grammar and syntactic structures when writing papers are also addressed.
 
Registrations via Aula Moodle.


HOW TO DESIGN AND DEFEND YOUR PHD WITH THE IDEA PUZZLE® SOFTWARE

Date: 11/12/2020 from 11 to 12 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Ricardo Morais (Idea Puzzle)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this seminar where the use and possibilities of the Idea Puzzle® software will be explained. This sofware is thought to design, diagnose and defend research projects. It constitutes an investment in life-long research skills.

Contents:

  1. Research as a system of 21 decisions
  2. Theoretical decisions of your research
  3. Methodological decisions of your research
  4. Empirical decisions of your research
  5. Rhetoric decisions of your research
  6. Authorial decisions of your research
  7. Application to participants' research with the Idea Puzzle® software

More information via Aula Moodle.


GENDER PERSPECTIVE IN RESEARCH

Date: 14 and 16/12/2020 in two groups. Group 1: 10 to 12 h - Group 2:  15 to 17 h (each group will participate both days always at the same time)
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish
Trainer: Mª Isabel Ponferrada (Observatory for Equality)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Observatory for Equality, the course "Gender Perspective in Research". The course will enable 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.

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.

FROM SCIENCE TO MARKET

Date: January-March 2021, schedule to be confirmed
Mode: hybrid (face-to-face and virtual)
Language: Catalan and Spanish (some specific sessions may be offered in English)
Addressed to: master's degree and PhD students

The University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic
University of Catalonia and the Pompeu Frabra University have launched the third edition of 'From science to market', a training course to promote university-business transfer, 100% subsidised.

The programme consists of 120 hours of training on knowledge transfer and business creation. In
addition, each project will have between 2 and 10 hours of individualized tutoring with 
professionals from the sector.

More information and registrations here.
 

GOOD RESEARCH PRACTICE

Date: 25, 26 & 29/01/2021 from 10 to 12 h
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish
Trainer: Josep Santaló, Cell Biology Cathedratic Professor
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The objective of this programme is to transmit to early career researchers their responsibilities as future scientists, including awareness of and ability to deal with issues concerning research integrity and research ethics in a wider sense while promoting responsible conduct of research. Early  career researchers will have the opportunity to learn ethical principles, apply them to problems they will encounter during their professional activities as researchers and to discuss grey zones of scientific practice.

To pass the course, attendants are required to work on a study case proposed by the trainer. During the last session, participants will share their conclusions with the class. 

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR PHD

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Libraries Service, this course that offers an overview of the main resources of bibliographic information, both contracted and open access, informing about the search strategies, contents, alerts, possibilities for storage and export of results.

Contents

  1. The need for information
  2. Development of a search strategy
  3. Evaluation of results
  4. The UAB libraries' browser
  5. Internet Search
  6. Databases

Registrations and timetables in Aula Moodle.

RESEARCH YOURSELF ®

Date: 4, 11, 18 and 25/02/2021, de 15 a 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainers: Elvira Reche and Albert Feliu, PhD in Health Psychology
Addressed to: early stage researchers

Is your doctorate causing you stress? Do you feel overwhelmed by pressure? Are you worried about your relationship with your supervisor and your team? Do you find it difficult to mantain a good work/life balance? According to recent studies, earning a doctorate, although gratifying, can also be a mentally challenging process. For that reason, the Doctoral School has organised this 4-session course that, by using coaching and mindfulness techniques, will give you tools to combat the anxiety, fears and frustrations that may arise during this training phase.

Session 1: Improve your emotional regulation and stress
Session 2: Boost your research career in and outside university
Session 3: Improve communication with your team
Session 4: Manage your time till your thesis defense and prepare your life after the doctorate

More information and registrations via Aula Moodle.


MENDELEY INSTITUTIONAL

Self-learning virtual course

Language: Catalan, Spanish and English
Trainer: Servei de Biblioteques
Addressed to: early stage researchers The course is structured in four modules. With this course you will learn the operation and management of the Mendeley bibliographic manager to create your personal library and to write your citations and bibliography automatically. Estimated dedication time is up to 4.5 hours.

Registrations and timetables in Aula Moodle.


WRITING A THESIS IN ENGLISH

Law, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Date:
 16/02/2021 to 18/03/2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17 to 19 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües

Issues related to academic-scientific writing, specialized languages  and the conventions of formal university texts are addressed. The course is thought as a support in the writing process of the thesis. Participants can share small fragments of their text, so specific doubts can be solved.

The classes for this course will be online via videoconference.

More information on this Write the thesis in English course.

 

RESEARCH YOURSELF ®

Date: 4, 11, 18 and 25/03/2021, de 15 a 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainers: Elvira Reche and Albert Feliu, PhD in Health Psychology
Addressed to: early stage researchers

Is your doctorate causing you stress? Do you feel overwhelmed by pressure? Are you worried about your relationship with your supervisor and your team? Do you find it difficult to mantain a good work/life balance? According to recent studies, earning a doctorate, although gratifying, can also be a mentally challenging process. For that reason, the Doctoral School has organised this 4-session course that, by using coaching and mindfulness techniques, will give you tools to combat the anxiety, fears and frustrations that may arise during this training phase.

Session 1: Improve your emotional regulation and stress
Session 2: Boost your research career in and outside university
Session 3: Improve communication with your team
Session 4: Manage your time till your thesis defense and prepare your life after the doctorate

More information and registrations via Aula Moodle.
 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE THESIS

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Libraries Service, this course that 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 not to 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 stated in the Article 14 Assessment and public dissertation of the doctoral thesis of the Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28th January, which regulates official doctoral studies. The course is addressed to early stage researchers. Industrial property will not be addressed at this course.

Contents

  • Defining “author”
  • Attribution of rights. Copyright and exploitation and patrimonial rights
  • Transfer of rights. Creative Commons Licenses
  • Public domain materials
  • Respect third parties’ rights
  • Thesis dissertation in TDX and DDD
  • Interesting resources


Registrations and timetables via Aula Moodle.


RESPONSIBE PHD: INTEGRATING RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN PHD RESEARCH

Date: 16 & 18/03/2021 from 10 to 13 h
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish/Catalan. Materials: English
Trainers: Begoña Miñarro and Núria Claver
Adresssed to: early stage researchers at the beginning of their PhD project.

This seminar will introduce PhD students to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and initiate deliberation on how to make a PhD research project more responsible. Students will read about and discuss several concepts of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete case examples of R&I processes. Furthermore, participants will introduce their own PhD research projects or first project ideas and identify possibilities to make them more responsible by using various concepts of RRI.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.

 

WRITING A THESIS IN ENGLISH

Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering

Date: 12/04/2021 to 12/05/2021, Mondays and Wednesdays from 17 to 19 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües

Issues related to academic-scientific writing, specialized languages  and the conventions of formal university texts are addressed. The course is thought as a support in the writing process of the thesis. Participants can share small fragments of their text, so specific doubts can be solved.

The classes for this course will be online via videoconference.

More information on this Write the thesis in English course.
 

RESEARCH PAPERS
(Social sciences and humanities)

Date: 13/04 to 13/05/2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 15 to 17 h
Language: English
Mode: to be confirmed
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level
Aim: Improve the writing of scientific papers in English
 
The Doctoral School organises, together with the Languages Service, this course on one of the most common sorts of discourse in scientific communication, the scientific paper. The participants develop and consolidate the necessary skills to write scientific papers in English. The course addresses aspects related to the standardized structure of papers (introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions) and the formal and discursive characteristics that these parts must have. Questions related to English vocabulary and correct grammar and syntactic structures when writing papers are also addressed.
 
Registrations via Aula Moodle.

 

PRESENTING RESEARCH

Date: 13/04 to 13/05/2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17 to 19 h
Mode: to be confirmed
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level

The Doctoral school organises, together with the Languages Service, this course aimed at strengthening researchers’ skills for presentations in English in working sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences. Participants will learn to control anxiety and nerves before a presentation, to choose and organize contents to make an interesting and persuasive oral presentation and to adapt their discourse to the public. They will also learn to develop and use a script and other support systems for the transmission of content (PowerPoint or Prezi), to express themselves naturally and to manage the questions of the audience. The course also focuses on aspects such as register and linguistic correctness.

For more information on this course visit the Aula Moodle.

 

OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Libraries Service, this course that aims to show the range of possibilities that researchers have to maximize the visibility of their research after its publication in open access. It is addressed to early stage researchers interested in knowing the different options and the benefits of open access publishing.

Contents

  • Open acces
  • Open access publishing
  • Open Acces at UAB: the Digital Repository of Documents
  • Research data. Introduction.
  • Academic social media
  • Research visibility in Digital Repositories
  • Good practices and recommendations

Registrations and timetables via Aula Moodle. 
 

FROM IDEA TO PROTOTYPE: A SHORT DESIGN THINKING SESSION

Date: 28/04/2021 from 11 to 13 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: David Hernández (UAB Reseach Park)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises, together with the UAB Research Park, this seminar to offer an approach to the process of transforming a simple idea into a real project by using the Design Thinking methodology. 

Objectives:

  • Give fundamental notions about the process of how to transform an idea in a real project
  • Strengthen research within your projects by using Design Thinking
  • Participate in processes of spontaneous creativity and co-creation
  • Provide information about the UAB Open Labs and the facilities for prototyping

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.
 

OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING FOR RESEARCH DATA


The Doctoral School organises, together with the Libraries Service, this course that aims to offer a general overview on the publication of open access research data. Firstly, attendees will be given an explanation about research data, the benefits of publishing them open access and the legal framework in national and international calls. The repositories to publish those data will also be explained, such as the UAB Digital Repository (DDD), and some advice will be given on the process to prepare data to be published.

The course is mainly addressed to early stage researchers preparing their theses, articles or any other research documents containing data that need to be stored and that could be checked by other researchers.

Contents

  • Research data
  • Research data in national and international calls
  • FAIR principles
  • Data Management Plan
  • The UAB Digital Repository (DDD)
  • Other research data repositories
  • Good practices

Registrations and timetables via Aula Moodle.
 

HOW TO DESIGN AND DEFEND YOUR PHD WITH THE IDEA PUZZLE® SOFTWARE

Date: 14/05/2021 from 11 to 12.30 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Ricardo Morais (Idea Puzzle)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this seminar where the use and possibilities of the Idea Puzzle® software will be explained. This sofware is thought to design, diagnose and defend research projects. It constitutes an investment in life-long research skills.

Contents:

  1. Research as a system of 21 decisions
  2. Theoretical decisions of your research
  3. Methodological decisions of your research
  4. Empirical decisions of your research
  5. Rhetoric decisions of your research
  6. Authorial decisions of your research
  7. Application to participants' research with the Idea Puzzle® software

More information via Aula Moodle.