Soft skills

Academic Year 2019-2020
TEACHING SOFT SKILLS - CROSS-DISCIPLINARY ACTIVITIES

Scientific research and today's highly specialized labour market require additional technical and relational skills on top of disciplinary skills to be acquired in a three-year PhD programme.

Our University provides a wide range of cross-curricular courses, consisting of individual modules or cycles of lessons in the language and communication fields, in order to foster the understanding of research result exploitation systems, intellectual property protection and the ethical implications of research, also with a view to European funding programmes.

The courses are intended for doctoral students in all academic areas. No registration is required, unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.

For information: phd.transferableskills@unimi.it

PhD Programme - 35th cycle

A conference promoted by Assolombarda and Doctoral Schools to raise awareness of the importance of combining scientific training with the development of soft skills required for employability (link).

Teacher: See poster

Language: Italian

One edition: 3 December 2019 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Assolombarda, via Pantano 9 - Milan, Gio Ponti Auditorium

Registration is required on the Assolombarda website on the event's web page.

A lecture and a practical application in the preparation of a scientific dissemination plan and management of an epic fail.

Teacher: Prof. Ivano Eberini - University of Milan

Language: Italian / English

Dates:

Italian language edition: 6 February 2020 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono, 3 - Room 211

Italian language edition: 25 February 2020 9:00 am - 1: 00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21

English language edition: 25 February 2020 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21

The Internet has brought a sea change in research production, validation, assessment and dissemination. During the meeting we will address the issue of open science as a reaction and potential solution to the crisis of scientific communication. We will explore open science approaches, common prejudices and actual benefits. We will cover topics such as rights management, reproducibility of research, predatory journals and preprints. A part of the seminar will focus on policies and tools available at our University.

Teacher: Paola Galimberti, Office for Organizational Planning and Assessment of the University of Milan and Head of the Institutional Research Repository

Language: Italian / English

Date: April 2020

Research assessment has become a key driver of career development, promotion and funding. The meeting will illustrate research assessment approaches, their use and most common indicators. We will try to explain when to use each indicator and how to read it. More specifically, we will highlight pros and cons of peer review and bibliometric analysis, and their potential impact on researcher behaviour.

Teacher: Paola Galimberti, Office for Organizational Planning and Assessment of the University of Milan and Head of the Institutional Research Repository

Language: Italian / English

Date: May 2020

Teacher: Prof. Giovanni Ziccardi, University of Milan

Language: Italian / English

Date: June 2020

The course will provide basic knowledge of patents and other protection systems. We will focus on knowledge exploitation strategies and approaches (development agreements, licenses, transfer of know-how, special projects), and introduce patent databases.

Teachers: Margherita Chierici and Margherita Clerici - UNIMI Foundation

Language: Italian / English

Date: July 2020

The course will provide the language skills required for writing and publishing scientific articles in English, as well as for interactive participation in international academic events.

Teachers: Lecturers identified by the University Language Centre (SLAM)

Language: English

Date: September 2020

PhD Programme - 34th cycle

The course will provide basic knowledge of patents and other protection systems. We will focus on knowledge exploitation strategies and approaches (development agreements, licenses, transfer of know-how, special projects), and introduce patent databases.

Teachers: Margherita Chierici and Margherita Clerici - UNIMI Foundation

Language: Italian / English

Dates:

Italian language edition: 22 November 2019 2:30 - 6:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono, 3 - Room 211

Italian language edition: 25 November 2019 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Celoria, 20 - Room 200

English language edition: 29 November 2019 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Celoria, 20 - Room 200

Research Integrity identifies guiding principles and responsibilities throughout the research process, from planning through to publication, providing practical advice on dealing with complex issues. The course will explore the standards that all researchers should aspire to in an efficient and engaging way.

Teacher: (Online course) Oxford University - Epigeum

Language: English

Date: November / December 2019

Note: Access details will be sent by email

The course will provide insights into the opportunities available for doctoral students in the field of research. We will explain how research grants work, providing an overview of national and international grants. We will also examine the European Charter for Researchers.

Teacher: University Research Office

Language: Italian / English

Dates:

Italian language edition: 24 January 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono, 3 - Room 211

English language edition: 20 January 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21

The course will provide the tools for writing a competitive and successful proposal. Participants must have attended Part I.

Teacher: University Research Office

Language: Italian / English

Date: March 2020

The course will introduce the concept of integrity in research, i.e. the set of ethical values, deontological principles and professional standards inspiring a responsible and correct conduct for research activities, funding and assessment. The application of ethical values, deontological principles and professional standards is a guarantee of research quality and improves the reputation and public image of science, with important reverberations throughout the scientific community and society.

Teacher: Members of the University Ethics Committee

Language: English

Date: May 2020

A reflection on the skills that can be transferred beyond the academic environment.

Teacher: COSP - University Study and Career Guidance Service, in cooperation with FINDyourDOC - PhD's Talent for the Business World, an association specialising in Phd graduate placement

Language: Italian / English

Dates: June and September 2020

Notes: Registration required, details will follow

Teachers: Lecturers identified by the University Language Centre (SLAM)

Language: English

Date: September 2020

PhD Programme - 33rd cycle

The course will provide basic knowledge of patents and other protection systems. We will focus on knowledge exploitation strategies and approaches (development agreements, licenses, transfer of know-how, special projects), and introduce patent databases.

Teachers: Margherita Chierici and Margherita Clerici - UNIMI Foundation

Language: Italian / English

Dates:

Italian language edition: 15 November 2019 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono, 3 - Room 410

Italian language edition: 28 November 2019 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Mangiagalli, 31 - Room MA

English language edition: 29 November 2019 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Celoria, 20 - Room 200

Research Integrity identifies guiding principles and responsibilities throughout the research process, from planning through to publication, providing practical advice on dealing with complex issues. The course will explore the standards that all researchers should aspire to in an efficient and engaging way.

Teacher: (Online course) Oxford University - Epigeum

Language: English

Date: November / December 2019

Note: Access details will be sent by email

A lecture and a practical application in the preparation of a scientific dissemination plan and management of an epic fail.

Teacher: Prof. Ivano Eberini - University of Milan

Language: Italian / English

Dates:

Italian language edition: 6 February 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono, 7 - Room 211

Italian language edition: 24 February 2020 9:00- 1: 00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21

English language edition: 24 February 2020 2:00 - 6: 00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21

How to write your CV and approach company recruitment processes

Teacher: COSP - University Study and Career Guidance Service, in cooperation with FINDyourDOC - PhD's Talent for the Business World, an association specialising in Phd graduate placement

Language: Italian / English

Date: April / May 2020

Notes: Registration required, details will follow

The course will introduce essential tools, regulatory frameworks and managerial skills for creating spin-offs and start-ups, while encouraging individual and corporate entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Teachers: Margherita Chierici and Margherita Clerici - UNIMI Foundation

Language: Italian / English

Date: May 2020

Through Agenda 2030, Italy has committed to fighting all forms of poverty and ensuring a dignified life for all in a healthy environment. The future world of work will require an increasing awareness and knowledge of sustainable development, and the ability to deal individually and collectively with this issue. For these reasons, we will propose a lecture on sustainability with a focus on Agenda 2030.

Teacher: Prof. Stefano Bocchi, University of Milan

Language: Italian / English

Date: June 2020

A glimpse into the mechanisms of publishing. Aspects of a paper that editors and publishers feel important, the review process, ethical issues, reasons of acceptance or rejection are discussed with the aim to improve a young researcher’s successful rate of manuscript acceptance.

Teacher: Prof. Francesca Cappitelli, University of Milan

Language: English

Date: July 2020