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Training Activities 2022-2023

PhD programmes include both transversal and specific activities in the area of each programme.

Transversal activities are useful for people who are doing their doctorate outside their area of knowledge, since they offer the opportunity to acquire transversal competences during the training period of the PhD programme. You can find the transversal activities organised by the UAB and presented by the School for Doctoral Studies in all together in this section for quick and easy access to the information.

For the specific activities, you can find the information in individual folders for each of the PhD programmes.

Within the transversal activities, the Language Service of the UAB offers language courses specifically addressed at PhD students: the course Support for writing a doctoral thesis in Catalan and the course Thesis writing in English.

The Doctoral School also offers some seminars related to the competences of Industrial Doctoral Research such as How to validate your research, Technology-based intellectual property, Leadership techniques, Home office or How to expand your network of contacts to get a job, among others. The activities offered may change each academic year depending on the trainers' availability. In the description of each activity the course language is also detailed.

For further information on how to get the attendance certificates for transversal activities, please contact Gestió Note that those activities organised by the Servei de Llengües ( and Servei de Biblioteques ( are directly certified by them.

To include these activities in your academic record, please check this video (click on the subtitle icon at the bottom right corner). Select the type of activity 65 (Transversal Activity) and write the name of the activity in the field “Description”. It is highly recommended to fill this field in the three available languages (Catalan, Spanish and English).

Below you can find the available courses. These activities are exclusively addressed to early stage researchers enrolled at UAB Doctoral School as students of a doctoral programme offered by the UABPlease bear in mind that the scheduled activities may be subject to some changes.


Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering
Date: 24/10/2022 to 28/11/2022, Mondays and Wednesdays from 17 to 19 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües

Law, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Date: 25/10/2022 to 29/11/2022, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17 to 19 h
Mode: on-site
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües

Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level and who do not have English as a native or native-like language

Issues related to academic-scientific writing, specialized languages and the conventions of formal university texts are addressed. The course is thought as a support in the writing process of the thesis. Participants can share small fragments of their text, so specific doubts can be solved. The classes for this course will be online via videoconference.

For more information visit the Servei de Llengües website.


Date: 25/10/2022 to 29/11/2022, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13 to 15 h
Mode: on-site
Venue: Room 25, Aulari Central (building J)
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level and who do not have English as a native or native-like language

The Doctoral school organises, together with the Languages Service, this course aimed at strengthening researchers’ skills for presentations in English in working sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences. Participants will learn to control anxiety and nerves before a presentation, to choose and organize contents to make an interesting and persuasive oral presentation and to adapt their discourse to the public. They will also learn to develop and use a script and other support systems for the transmission of content (PowerPoint or Prezi), to express themselves naturally and to manage the questions of the audience. The course also focuses on aspects such as register and linguistic correctness.

Registrations here.


Date 1st group: 24/10/2022 from 10 to 12 h
Date 2nd group: 24/10/2022 from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Blanca Arias Badia,
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this workshop that aims to provide answer answers to the following questions, among other: What kind of information should an abstract include? What is the clearest way to distribute information in an abstract? Why are keywords important? How can we avoid vagueness? Other aspects such as structure and style will be considered, as well as further practical matters, such as hints on how to meet today’s editors’ and reviewers’ expectations.

This practical session will be based on real examples in different fields of study. Attendants are also invited to bring their own abstracts to the workshop so their proposals can be discussed together.

Registrations morning group.

Registrations afternoon group.


Date: October-December 2022, schedule to be confirmed
Mode: on-site (Startup UB lab)
Language: Catalan and Spanish
Addressed to: master's degree and PhD students

The University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Pompeu Frabra University have launched the forth edition of 'From science to the marketplace', a 100% subsidised training course to foster scientific entrepreneurship. The programme consists of 120 hours of training on knowledge transfer and business creation. In addition, each project will have between 2 and 10 hours of individualized tutoring with professionals from the sector.

More information and registrations here.


Date: 3, 10, 17 and 24/11/2022, from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainers: Elvira Reche, PhD in Health Psychology
Addressed to: early stage researchers

Is your doctorate causing you stress? Do you feel overwhelmed by pressure? Are you worried about your relationship with your supervisor and your team? Do you find it difficult to maintain a good work/life balance? According to recent studies, earning a doctorate, although gratifying, can also be a mentally challenging process. For that reason, the Doctoral School has organised this 4-session course that, by using coaching and mindfulness techniques, will give you tools to combat the anxiety, fears and frustrations that may arise during this training phase.

Session 1: What is and what is not mindfulness. Is it useful for scientific personnel?
Session 2: Do we have an emotional profile? What is emotional regulation? Can it be measured?
Session 3: What are the main stressors of research staff? What are my time constraints during my PhD and why do I procrastinate...sometimes?
Session 4: Is a conscious communication with my research group and/or thesis director possible?

More information and registrations via Aula Moodle.


Date: 4 & 7/11/2022, from 10 to 13 h
Mode: on-site
Venue: room 1+2, Doctoral School
Language: Spanish/Catalan. Materials: English
Trainers: Begoña Miñarro and Núria Claver
Addresssed to: early stage researchers at the beginning of their PhD project.

This seminar will introduce PhD students to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and initiate deliberation on how to make a PhD research project more responsible. Students will read about and discuss several concepts of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete case examples of R&I processes. Furthermore, participants will introduce their own PhD research projects or first project ideas and identify possibilities to make them more responsible by using various concepts of RRI.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


Date: 15/11/2022 from 9 to 14 h
Mode: on-site
Venue: room 1+2, Doctoral School
Language: Spanish
Trainer: Teresa Guix (Co-empren)

The seminar " Lego Serious Play " aims to foster creative skills and the ability to solve complex issues, individually and in a collaborative way. The Lego® Serious Play ® methodology will be taught, as well as its possible uses.

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.


Virtual self-learning course available all the academic year round.
Mode: virtual
Trainer: Ethics Committee on Animal and Human Experimentation
Language: English
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this online seminar to transmit to early career researchers their responsibilities as future scientists, including awareness of and ability to deal with issues concerning research integrity and research ethics in a wider sense while promoting responsible conduct of research. Early  career researchers will have the opportunity to learn ethical principles and apply them to problems they will encounter during their professional activities as researchers.


Date: 23/11/2022, from 14 to 16 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: David Hernández (UAB Reseach Park)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises, together with the UAB Research Park, this seminar to offer an approach to the process of transforming a simple idea into a real project by using the Design Thinking methodology. 


  • Give fundamental notions about the process of how to transform an idea in a real project
  • Strengthen research within your projects by using Design Thinking
  • Participate in processes of spontaneous creativity and co-creation
  • Provide information about the UAB Open Labs and the facilities for prototyping

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.


Date: 29/11/2022, from 11 to 12 h.
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Welcome Session of the UAB Doctoral School is specially addressed to first year PhD  candidates but it is also open to other early stage researchers that may be interested in attending. This session will combine a live conference about open science with some videos available on Aula Moodle where some practical information will be given.

More information and registrations via Aula Moodle.


Virtual self-learning course available from November to May.
Mode: virtual
Language: Catalan, Spanish and English
Trainer: Servei de Biblioteques
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The course is structured in five modules. The aim of this course is to offer a broad vision of the reference manager Zotero, that allows storing, organising and sharing information. Estimated dedication time is 4.5 hours.


  • What is Zotero?
  • Personal library
  • Organising your personal library
  • Gathering and inserting references in a text
  • Teamwork

More information via Aula Moodle.


Date: 1/12/2022 from 11 to 12.30 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Ricardo Morais (Idea Puzzle)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this seminar where the use and possibilities of the Idea Puzzle® software will be explained. This software is thought to design, diagnose and defend research projects. It constitutes an investment in life-long research skills.


  1. Research as a system of 21 decisions
  2. Theoretical decisions of your research
  3. Methodological decisions of your research
  4. Empirical decisions of your research
  5. Rhetoric decisions of your research
  6. Authorial decisions of your research
  7. Application to participants' research with the Idea Puzzle® software

More information via Aula Moodle.


Date: 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21/12/2021, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 12 h
Language: English
Mode: virtual
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level and who do not have English as a native or native-like language
Aim: to prepare attendees to explain their projects in English and in a limited time.

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Language Service, this course to create an interesting, entertaining, persuasive and attractive speech from the point of view of substance and form. The course will address aspects such as the analysis of the expectations of the interlocutor or the audience, the ability to synthesize and the communication of complex content in a simple and informative language. All attendees will produce a short speech to be presented in front of their colleagues. Feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention will be given.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


Date: 12 & 15/12/2022, from 11 to 14 h
Mode: on-site
Venue: sala Carles Perelló, Doctoral School
Language: Catalan
Trainer: Enrico Mora, Department of Sociology

The Doctoral School organises the course "Gender Perspective in Research". The course will enable researchers to embed gender equality in their own research proposals, as well as training their ability to review research proposals from a sex-gender perspective.

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.


Social Sciences and Humanities.
 13/12/2022 to 31/01/2023, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15 a 17 h
Language: English
Mode: virtual
Venue: room 25, Aulari Central (building J)
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level and who do not have English as a native or native-like language
Aim: To improve the writing of scientific papers in English
The Doctoral School organises, together with the Languages Service, this course on one of the most common sorts of discourse in scientific communication, the scientific paper. The participants develop and consolidate the necessary skills to write scientific papers in English. The course addresses aspects related to the standardized structure of papers (introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions) and the formal and discursive characteristics that these parts must have. Questions related to English vocabulary and correct grammar and syntactic structures when writing papers are also addressed.
Registrations via Aula Moodle.