University of Würzburg Graduate Schools - Graduate School of Life Sciences



    In the light of the recent reductions of constraints regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to make the Welcome Week a hybrid event.

    Due to the high number of new doctoral candidates in combination with the current COVID-19 regulations in place, we will this time offer 2 Welcome Weeks.

    The first one took place on October 25-27, the second one will take place from November 22-24 and is itself divided into two groups (see the detailed programmes below).

    The week’s activities begin on Monday with a virtual welcome and to get to know the GSLS better, we will continue with an introduction to the GSLS covering the following topics: 

    • The different phases of a PhD: what to expect, challenges and opportunities
    • Your benefit from a structured training  programme
    • Introduction to the Doctoral Researchers’ Symposium
    • Introduction to the Doctoral Researchers' Council

    Afterwards Group 1 will have a lecture IN PERSON on "Good Scientific Practice" – detailing the conduct expected from every scientist at our university. This is a mandatory course and must be attended before you can graduate, so this is a good opportunity to aleady fulfill this requirement!

    Group 2 will stay ONLINE on Monday and have their Project Pitches - a great opportunity to get to know each other and network with your peers.

    On Tuesday, 9:00am - approx. 4:00pm we will be offering a range of one-day workshops which count towards the requirements of the structured programme.


    On Wednesday Group 1 will have their Project Pitches ONLINE and Group 2 will have the lecture on "Good Scientific Practise" IN PERSON.

    In the afternoon we offer a City Tour of Würzburg for both groups to give you an insight into the history and culture of the city you are living in.

    To round off the Welcome Week in a relaxed fashion the DRC offers a pub crawl starting at the Alte Mainbrücke at 5:00pm.