Methods and soft skills

Intercultural weekend

Trainer:  p4d partnership for development GmbH

The intercultural weekend on "Working and Living in an Intercultural Context" is a joint workshop for BIGS-DR participants, the Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, the ARTS master's program from the University of Bonn, and the UNU-EHS. It is funded by DAAD and conducted by p4d during the first week of December. This workshop exposes students to the experiences of working in an intercultural atmosphere, providing theoretical and practical training.

Workshop on Ethics, Research Ethics, and Ethic Methods

Trainer:  Dr. Cordula Brand | Universität Tübingen (

Guidance on research ethics is introduced in this workshop with Dr. Günther Manske and Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast (International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities). The workshop takes place in Bonn every year, offered to students and researchers who will begin their field research. The workshop takes place over the course of three days and requires students to submit an ethical clearance form to undergo review by the Ethics Committee. Approval of the ethical clearance form means students are granted their leave to conduct their field research.

Leadership development

Trainer: Dr. Holger Nauheimer

The leadership development workshop takes place for four days in July every year. It is offered to our second and third year doctoral students, especially those who are nearing the end of their doctoral studies. This workshop exposes students to styles of leadership through theoretical, practical, and group exercises.