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The aim is to aquire fundamentals in good scientific practice with the focus on biomedical research and gain modern research competencies from your research idea and research question to a good scientific paper. In addition to content- related topics, you will learn everything about formal requirements, getting practical tips and get to know problem-solving strategies. In this course, you will work at your own pace and discuss any questions that arise in one of the face-to-face tutorials. In addition to the teaching material, you will receive extensive additional literature, links and course offers to delve into topics of interest.

3 Modules:

  1. Before you start your thesis
  2. Before you collect your data
  3. Before you write up your thesis

Blended learning:

  • Mainly E- Learning
  • 4 in classroom trainings

If the situation allows, there will be 5 In-classroom trainings at BIH QUEST Center, Spreepalais,
Anna- Louisa- Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin. If lockdowns are in place, the face-to-face trainings will run entirely online via MS Teams.

Main Lecturer:

PD Dr. Ulf Tölch
Project leader Education, Training & Quality in Research

Additional Lecturer:

  • Silke Kniffert, Research fellow - NUM Organo Strat, BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health
  • Dr. Verena Heise, Freelance Open Science researcher/ trainer/ consultant Visiting Fellow at BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health
  • Dr. Evgeny Bobrov, Project leader Open Data and Research Data Management, BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health
  • Dr. rer. nat. Lisa Grohmann, Charité 3R, coordination education & support
  • Alexandra Bannach-Brown, PhD, Postdoc CAMARDES, BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research, Berlin Institute of Health


Students of Charité who are about to start their doctoral thesis or who have just started. Advanced doctoral candidates can also benefit from the content if seats are left. Participants should be actively involved, as the programme is mainly in E-learning format.


2 ECTS points are awarded for this course and can be credited as programme achievement for the doctorate. A certificate will provided upon request. For participants who complete the entire course and have passed the final colloquium.

Important information

Date: Oct. 21 - Feb. 15, 2021/2022

Dates for In-classroom training:

  1. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 12 pm - 12.45 pm
  2. Monday, Nov. 08, 2021, 12 pm - 2 pm
  3. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, 11 am - 1 pm
  4. Tuesday, Feb. 01, 2022, 11 am - 1 pm
  5. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, 9 am - 2 pm

Course language: English

Location: Berlin Institute of Health at Charité
Conference room "Atrium", 5th floor
Anna-Lousia-Karsch-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Registration is no longer possible.


Silke Kniffert, MSc

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin – DECIDE


Telefon:+49 30 450 543 013