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

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, h 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

The course is temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform. The instructions for registration are sent by e-mail from the competent office.

Dates:

Italian language edition: 25 February 2020, h 9:00 am - 1: 00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21 (suspended: the new date will be communicated as soon as possible)

English language edition: 25 February 2020, h 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21 (suspended: the new date will be communicated as soon as possible)

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.

Language: Italian/English

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

Classes: max. 80 people. Registration required as instructed on the website and notified by e-mail.

The course, temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform, is divided into two lessons of two hours each. Instructions for registration are sent by e-mail from the competent office.

Scientific area (ITA)

  • Part I: 7 April 2020, h. 09:30 - 11:30
  • Part II: 8 April 2020, h. 09:30 - 11:30

Medical area (ITA)

  • Part I:  20 April 2020, h. 14:30 - 16:30
  • Part II:  21 April 2020, h. 14:30 - 16:30

Humanities, sociology, political science, economics and law (ITA)

  • Part I 22 April 2020, h. 14:30 - 16:30
  • Part II:  23 April 2020, h. 14:30 - 16:30

English language edition: 22 May 2020, h. 10:00 - 13:00 (all areas)

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 (Air)

Language: Italian/English

Classes: max. 80 people. Registration required as instructed on the website and notified by e-mail.

The course is temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform.

  • Scientific area (ITA): 7 May 2020, h. 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Humanities (ITA): 13 May 2020, h. 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Medical area (ITA): 18 May 2020, h. 2 pm - 5 pm
  • English edition for all areas: 3 July 2020, h 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Given the importance of effective and clear communication skills in today's international workplace, the course aims to provide Language Coaching/ Transferable skills as well as developing cultural awareness.

Teacher: prof. Monika Solberg

Language: English

Classes: max. 75 people. Registration required as instructed on the website and notified by e-mail. The course is temporarily delivered through the MS Teams platform: all participants will receive instructions for attending on-line classes for the chosen group.

Editions:

Group (A-C surnames): 8 June 2020, h 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Group A  (A-C) Speaking: 10 June 2020, h 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Group (D-L): 8 June 2020, h 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm  

Group (D-L) Speaking: 10 June 2020, h 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Group (M-P): 15 June 2020, h 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Group (M-P) Speaking: 17 June 2020, h 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Group (R-Z): 15 June 2020, h 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Group (R-Z) Speaking: 17 June 2020, h 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Please note: course material was uploaded in Team 35° ciclo Competenze trasversali > Generale > sezione File > Language Coaching.

The seminar aims to provide baseline knowledge of intellectual property recognition, assessment and management in line with the objectives of academic research and relations with industry.

The lectures will focus on the following topics:

  • regulatory framework for inventions in the academic field
  • protection of research results, with a focus on patents
  • tools for assessing the originality of an invention
  • technology transfer pathways.

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

DeliveryMS Teams on-line platform. Instructions for on-line participation will be sent by e-mail.

Languages: Italian/English.

Italian edition: 13 July 2020, h. 9 am - 12 pm
English edition: 20 July 2020, h. 9 am - 12 pm

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.

Teacher: prof. Francesca Ripamonti

Language: English

Delivery mode: online via the MS Teams platform (35th-cycle Team)

How to register: UNIMIA page, Section "Other educational activities and workshops"

Dates:

23 September 2020 (A-L) part I: 9 am - 1 pm  

23 September 2020 (M-Z) part I: 1.30 - 5.30 pm                      

30 September 2020 (A-L) part II: 9 am - 1 pm  

30 September 2020 (M-Z) part II: 1.30 - 5.30 pm

PhD Programme - 34th cycle

Teacher: prof. Giovanni Ziccardi, University of Milan

Language: Italian/English

Month: April 2020

The course, temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform, is divided into two lessons of two hours each, according to the following dates. Details for registration will be sent by e-mail.

Italian language edition

Part I: 9 April 2020, h 10:00 - 12:00

Part II: 9 April 2020, h 14:30 - 16:30

English language edition

16 April 2020, h 10:00 - 13:00

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

The course is temporarily provided through the Ms Teams platform. Registration directions are sent by e-mail.

English edition, Humanities: 12 May 2020, h 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

English edition, Medicine and Science: 20 May 2020, h 2:30 - 4:30 pm

PhD programmes and the labour market: employment opportunities and the skills to be enhanced. A reflection on 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

Notes: registration required at https://lastatalenews.unimi.it/eventi/self-branding-dottorato-mercato-lavoro-prospettive-professionali-competenze-valorizzare .

Participants are required to view the material made available by the academic services office to the MS Team “34th cycle - Soft skills” prior to the course.

Groups: six groups of up to 50 participants.

Delivery: on-line through the MS Teams platform. All participants will receive instructions for attending online classes for the chosen group.

Dates: one of the following meetings at the student's choice.

10 June: 3 - 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm

15 June: 3 - 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm

19 June: 3 - 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm

English edition
21 September: 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm 

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

Teachers: University Research Office

Language: Italian/English

Month: July 2020

Italian edition: 3 March 2020, h 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono 7, Crociera room (suspended: the new date will be communicated as soon as possible)

English edition: 17 March 2020, h 1:30 - 5:30 pm - Via Mangiagalli 32, room MN (suspended: the new date will be communicated as soon as possible)

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 Services Division

Language: Italian/English

The course is temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform. The instructions for registration are sent by e-mail from the competent office

Dates:

Italian language edition
Part A: 14 September 2020, h 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Part B: 16 September 2020, h 02:00 pm  - 04:00 pm

English language edition
Part A:14 September 2020, h 02:00 pm  - 04:00 pm
Part B: 16 September 2020, h 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Teacher: Margherita Chierici, UNIMI Foundation

Language: Italian/English

Dates:

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

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

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

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.

Delivery mode: online via the MS Teams platform (34th cycle-team)

How to register: UNIMIA page, Section "Other educational activities and workshops"

Editions:

- Medicine / Science doctoral students

Instructor: Prof. Francesca Cappitelli, University of Milan, Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Microbiology. A brief presentation by a Springer / Biomed representative will follow

Language: English

Date: 13 October 2020 - h. 2.30 - 5.30 pm

- Humanities / Social Sciences doctoral students

Instructor: Prof. Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Milan, Chief Editor of JASSS (Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulations)

Language: English

Date: 20 October 2020 - h. 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

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, h 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Festa del Perdono, 3 - Room 410

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

English language edition: 29 November 2019, h 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

The course is temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform. Registration instructions are sent by e-mail.

Dates:

Italian language edition: 24 February 2020, h 9:00 - 1:00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21 (suspended: the new date will be communicated as soon as possible)

English language edition: 24 February 2020, h 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Via Golgi, 19 - Room G 21 (suspended: the new date will be communicated as soon as possible)

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

Notes: registration required at https://lastatalenews.unimi.it/eventi/cv-tecniche-selezione-compilare-buon-cv-approcciarsi-tecniche-selezione-aziendale .

Participants are required to view the material made available by the academic services office to the MS Team “33rd cycle - Soft skills” prior to the course.

Groups: six groups of up to 50 participants.

Delivery: Online through the MS Teams platform. All participants will receive instructions for attending online classes for the chosen group.

Dates: one of the following meetings at the student's choice.

10 June: 3 - 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm

15 June: 3 - 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm

19 June: 3 - 4 pm / 5 - 6 pm

English edition:

29 September 2020: 3 - 4.30 pm (no registration required, the course will be delivered on-line on the MS Teams platform (33rd-cycle team)
 

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.

Language: Italian/English

Teacher: UniMi Foundation

The course is temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform.

Italian edition

first part: 11 May 2020, h. 4 pm - 6 pm

second part: 18 May 2020, h. 4 pm - 6 pm

English edition

first part: 13 May 2020, h. 4 pm - 6 pm

second part: 21 May 2020, h. 4 pm - 6 pm

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 and prof. Valerio Bini, University of Milan

Language: Italian/English

The course will be delivered on-line through the MS Teams platform. Instructions for participating will be sent by e-mail.

Italian edition: 29 June 2020, h 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

English edition: 8 July 2020, h 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.

For PhD candidates in Social Studies and Humanities

Teacher: prof. Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Milan.

Language: English.

Date: the course is cancelled.

For PhD candidates in Medicine and Science

Teacher: prof. Francesca Cappitelli, University of Milan.

Language: English.

Date: the course is cancelled.

The course covers the topics of "ethical" use of technology and social networks in daily research activity and on research platforms. We will analyse the difference between personal and professional use of technology, University image as "portrayed" by its scholars and employees on social networks, plagiarism and proper re-use of online content. We will also explore the most effective ways to enhance research through technology.

Teacher: prof. Giovanni Ziccardi, University of Milan

Language: Italian/English

The course is temporarily delivered through the Ms Teams platform. The instructions for registration are sent by e-mail from the competent office
 

Italian edition: 21 September 2020, h 2:00 - 5:00 pm 

English edition:  22 September 2020, h 2:00 - 5:00 pm