Soft skills

Academic Year 2020-2021
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 .

Lessons are temporarily delivered through the Microsoft Teams platform. Further indications are sent by e-mail from the competent office.

PhD Programme - 36th cycle

This course is aimed at providing the basic tools and strategies to bear in mind when writing in English for academic purposes in order to organise and structure the test effectively as well as to make a correct use of grammatical and syntactical structures together with punctuation.

Lecturer: SLAM - Dr. Arman Fadaei

Language: English

Editions

GROUP I:        PART I: 12 January 2021 4:30 – 6:30 pm         

           PART II: 14 January 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

GROUP II:       PART I: 19 January 2021 4:30 – 6:30 pm          

           PART II: 21 January 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

GROUP III:      PART I: 26 January 2021 4:30 – 6:30 pm          

            PART II: 28 January 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

GROUP IV:       PART I: 2 February 2021 4:30 - 6:30 pm         

            PART II: 11 February 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Given the importance of effective and clear presentations / eloquence skills in the modern workplace, this language coaching course aims at exploring the language to use in order to present more clearly and effectively and be more authentic.

Lecturer: Dr.  Monika Solberg

Language: English

Editions

GROUP I (A-Ca):    PART I:  1 February 2021 h. 9:30-11.30
                                PART II: 8 February 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

GROUP II (Ce-F):   PART I:  2 February 2021 h. 9:30-11.30
                                PART II: 9 February 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

GRUPPO III (G-M): PART I: 15 February 2021 h. 9:30-11:30
                                PART II: 22 February 2021 h. 14:30-16:30

GRUPPO IV (N-Z):  PART I:  16 February 2021 h. 9:30-11:30
                                 PART II: 23 February 2021 h. 9:30-11:30

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.

Lecturer: Dr. Paola Galimberti, Office for Organizational Planning and Assessment of the University of Milan and Head of the Institutional Research Repository (Air)

Language:  Italian / English

Scientific area (IT)

PART I: 25 March 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

PART II: 26 March 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

Medical Area (IT)

PART I: 30 March 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

PART II: 31 March 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

Humanities, social, political, economic and juridical studies (IT)

Part I: 12 April 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Part II: 13 April 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

English edition (all areas): Date to be defined

The course aims to make young researchers aware of what intellectual property is, how it is generated and how it is protected, with a focus on IP arising from research activities. We will therefore concentrate on inventions and know-how and on the paths devised by the University (as well as in the private sector) for verifying the degree of innovation and potential protection strategies.

Lecturers: Chiara Soncini and Federica Marinoni - Intellectual Property Office, Deployment of Intellectual Property and Innovation Division, University of Milan.

Languages: Italian/English.

Italian:           PART I: 10 March 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                      PART II: 11 March 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

English:          PART I: 10 March 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

                       PART II: 11 March 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

A lecture and an exercise session on how to prepare a dissemination plan and how to manage an epic fail

Lecturer: Prof. Eberini – University of Milan

Language:  Italian / English

Italian editions

GROUP I:

                       PART I: 10 June 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                      PART II: 23 June 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

GROUP II:

                         PART I: 16 June 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                       PART II: 24 June 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

English edition:

SINGLE GROUP:

            PART I: 17 June 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                       PART II: 30 June 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

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.

Lecturer: Dr. Paola Galimberti, Office for Organizational Planning and Assessment of the University of Milan and Head of the Institutional Research Repository (Air)

Language:  Italian / English

Italian editions:

  • Scientific area

Part I: 5 July 2021 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Part II: 6 July 2021 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Medical area

Part I: 8 July 2021 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Part II: 9 July 2021 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Humanities, social, political, economic and juridical studies

Part I: 12 July 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Part II: 13 July 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

English edition (all areas): Date to be defined

PhD Programme - 35th cycle

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.

Lecturer: Oxford University - Epigeum

Language:  ENGLISH

Delivery month: November/December 2020

The course will introduce the concept of integrity in research, that is 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.

Lecturer: Members of the University Ethics Committee

Language:  English

  • English edition, Medical / scientific area: 8 January 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm
  • English edition, Humanities area:  15 January 2021 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

This course is aimed at improving your skills at writing research papers in English through learning linguistic strategies and moves to help you organise, articulate your ideas and make your point effectively.

Lecturer: University Language Centre - SLAM

Language: English

Editions

GROUP I (A-Ca): 

PART I: 12 april 2021 h 15:00 - 17:00

PART II: 15 april 2021 h 15:00 - 17:00

GROUP II (Ce-F):

PART I: 15 april 2021 h 17:00 - 19:00

PART II: 19 april 2021 h 17:00 - 19:00

GROUP III (G-M):

PART I: 19 april 2021 h 15:00 - 17:00

PART II: 26 april 2021 h 15:00 - 17:00

GROUP IV (N-Z):

PART I: 14 april 2021 h 17:00 - 19:00

PART II: 21 april 2021 h 17:00 - 19:00

After the initial delight of being invited to an interview, it's no surprise that our inner critic then starts making itself heard!

This course aims at preparing and empowering candidates for different types of interview as well as handling their verbal and non verbal language skills in order to perform for the best possible outcome.

Lecturer: Dr.  Monika Solberg

Language: English

Registration required to optimize the course organization.

How to register: from the UNIMI Home Page access the menu “Studiare”, “servizi on line (ex Sifa) > Servizi didattici per studenti iscritti > iscrizione esami corsi e laboratori" (Study", "online services (formerly Sifa) > Academic services for enrolled students > register for exams, courses and laboratories)

Editions

GROUP I (A-Ca):  PART I: 1 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

                              PART II: 8 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

GROUP II (Ce-F): PART I:  2 March 2021  h. 9:30-11.30

                              PART II: 9 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

GROUP III (G-M): PART I: 15 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

                              PART II: 22 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

GROUP IV (N-Z):  PART I: 16 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

                              PART II: 23 March 2021 h. 9:30-11.30

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.

Lecturer: University Research Office

Language:  Italian / English

Italian edition:

Part I: 10 May 9:30 - 11:30 am

Part II: 13 May 9:30 - 11:30 am

English edition:

Part I: 1 June, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Part II: 3 June, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

The course will provide the tools for writing a competitive and successful proposal.

Lecturer: University Research Office

Language:  Italian / English

Italian edition:

Part I (2 hours): 22 June, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Part II (2 hours): 24 June, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

English edition:

Part I (2 hours): 13 July 9:30 - 11:30 am

Part II (2 hours): 15 July 9:30 - 11:30 am

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

Lecturer: 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

Language:  Italian / English

Registration required to optimize the course organization.

How to register: from the UNIMI Home Page access the menu “Studiare”, “servizi on line (ex Sifa) > Servizi didattici per studenti iscritti > iscrizione esami corsi e laboratori" (Study", "online services (formerly Sifa) > Academic services for enrolled students > register for exams, courses and laboratories)

  • Italian edition:

GROUP I: September 2021

GROUP II: September 2021

GROUP III: September 2021

  • English edition:

SINGLE GROUP: September 2021

PhD Programme - 34th cycle

A look at the mechanisms of publishing. The characteristics of a paper that scientists and editors consider important, the review process, ethical issues, the reasons for acceptance and rejection: all these aspects are addressed with the aim of improving the acceptance rate of articles submitted to journals by young researchers.

Lecturer: Prof. Francesca Cappitelli and Prof. Flaminio Squazzoni - University of Milan

Language: English

  • English edition, Medical / scientific area: 13 October 2020 2:30 - 5:30 pm
  • English edition, Humanities area: 20 October 2020 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

A lecture and an exercise session on how to prepare a dissemination plan and how to manage an epic fail

Lecturer: Prof. Eberini – University of Milan

Language:  Italian / English

Italian editions

GROUP I:

                       PART I: 3 February 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                      PART II: 11 February 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

GROUP II:

                         PART I: 4 February 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                       PART II: 17 February 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

English edition:

SINGLE GROUP:

            PART I: 10 February 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

                       PART II: 18 February 2021 9:30 - 11:30 am

The course will focus on the path of innovation. We will illustrate the players, steps and challenges of innovation, to raise awareness that an innovative outcome is a starting point, not an end point. We will specifically deal with technology transfer activities and different types of development agreements. Considering the maturity of the participants, we will try to work on specific cases of their research path.

Lecturers: Chiara Soncini and Federica Marinoni - Intellectual Property Office, Deployment of Intellectual Property and Innovation Division, University of Milan.

Languages: Italian/English.

Italian:      PART I: 24 March 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

                      PART II: 26 March 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm

English:       PART I: 8 April 2021 - 9:30 - 11:30 am

                       PART II: 9 April 2021 - 9:30 - 11:30 am

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.

Lecturer: Intellectual Property Office, Deployment of Intellectual Property and Innovation Division, University of Milan

Language: Italian / English

Italian edition (8 hours)

PART I: 28 April 2021, h 4pm - 7pm

PART II: 5 May 2021, h 4pm - 7pm

PART III: 19 May 2021, h 4.30pm - 6.30pm

English edition (8 hours)

PART I: 6 May 2021, h 4pm - 7pm

PART II: 12 May 2021, h 4pm - 7pm

PART III: 19 May 2021, h 4.30pm - 6.30pm

How to write your CV and approach company recruitment processes

Lecturer: 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

Language:  Italian / English

Registration required to optimize the course organization.

How to register: from the UNIMI Home Page access the menu “Studiare”, “servizi on line (ex Sifa) > Servizi didattici per studenti iscritti > iscrizione esami corsi e laboratori" (“Study”, "online services (formerly Sifa) > Academic services for enrolled students > register for exams, courses and laboratories)

  • Italian edition:

GROUP I: June 2021

GROUP II: June 2021

GROUP III: June 2021

  • English edition:

SINGLE GROUP: June 2021