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15.11.2023 To 17.11.2023

Kick Off Your Doctorate - Presence Retreat 2023b (in English)

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Kick Off Your Doctorate

Presence Retreat by the Berlin University Alliance, November 15th -17th 2023 (ENGLISH)

Free offer for doctoral candidates of all disciplines during the first six months of their doctorate




Start (expected date):  15.11.2023 at 13:00 (Wednesday)
End (expected date):   17.11.2023 at 14:00 (Friday)

Target group

Doctoral candidates (all disciplines) within the Berlin University Alliance (FU, HU, TU, Charité) in the first six months of their doctoral studies


It is a long way from the decision to do a doctorate to the moment when the doctoral certificate is handed over. Exchanging ideas and networking with peers is very valuable for starting a doctorate. The focus of this kick-off event is to help early career researchers get started and to introduce them to contact persons at the four institutions in addition to helpful information. Accompanied by trainers, a selection of important tools will be tested in small exercises and opportunities will be shown to deepen these across institutions. Joint active breaks and a networking event will round off the event.

Highlights from the program:

Kick Off Your Doctorate

What can I typically expect during my doctorate? How can I plan well and get organized? What are the top tips for getting started? This workshop will give you an initial overview and provide you with specific skills and methods to help you get started on your doctorate.

Motivation and Goal Clarification

A doctorate requires persistence. It can help if you clarify your own goals and your own motivation at the beginning. This is exactly what this workshop is designed to support you with. At the same time, you will learn what you can do when motivation begins to drop off in difficult phases.

Networking and Exchange

In academia and especially during your doctorate, reliable networks are essential. During the retreat you will learn specific methods for networking and at the same time get the opportunity to actually network and exchange ideas with other doctoral candidates.


The retreat will take place in presence. In order to create a space in the sense of a retreat in which participants can focus on their (upcoming) doctoral project and engage in exchange with other doctoral researchers, the Hotel & Spa Sommerfeld has been reserved. Participation includes two nights at the hotel. Participants will be accommodated in single rooms.

Hotel & Spa Sommerfeld, Beetzer Str. 1A, 16766 Kremmen

Participation requirements and costs

Only doctoral candidates who are pursuing a doctorate at a member university of the Berlin University Alliance (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and are in the first six months of their doctoral studies can participate.

Participation is free of charge.


The retreat is an offer by the Berlin University Alliance and is organized by the Graduate Studies Support Program.

Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin are pursuing the goal of improving the conditions of early career researchers in the doctoral phase within the framework of the Berlin University Alliance.

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Organizational and administrative matters

Event organizer

Graduate Studies Support Program at Berlin University Alliance


15.03.2023 at 13:00 - 17.03.2023 at 14:00


Hotel & Spa Sommerfeld
Beetzer Str. 1A, 16766 Kremmen


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