Due to the current Corona-related restrictions, all kick-off seminars in Raitenhaslach are cancelled until further notice. Participation within the first six months of your dissertation is recommended. We have developed an online based solution to assure your getting ahead with this compulsory part of your doctorate at TUM. In urgent cases, please contact us at kickoff@gs.tum.de.

Dates and Registration


Please check the announced dates in DocGS.

We have scheduled the dates until the end of March 2021. Depending on how the situation further develops, more dates might follow.

Opening of registration

Registration will open gradually. Please visit DocGS on a regular basis to find the most recent updates.


You can register for the Kick-off seminar via DocGS where you will find the section "Kick-off seminar" in your DocGS profile. Please register for a transferable skills course (Module 2). With the registration for Module 2, you are automatically registered for the corresponding Module 1. Please check your availability for all dates.

Please note the special general terms and conditions for your participation in the online Kick-off seminar

Procedure of the Online Kick-Off Seminar

Each Online Kick-Off Seminar consists of two modules:

Module 1 comprises a 3 hour interactive video call. Two members of the TUM-GS Management Office will guide you through the Poster- and Good Scientific Practice-Session. The video call will be conducted with Zoom.

Please note that an individual preparation for the live session is required. We have set up a virtual classroom on the TUM moodle platform. There are videos that you can watch and documents to read. You will find detailed instructions for the individual preparation on the moodle platform. We will send you all necessary information and access codes two weeks prior to the video call.

Module 2 is a transferable skills course with a workload of 14 hours conducted by an external trainer. Those 14 hours can be spread over 2-4 days, depending on the trainer. The trainers use Zoom or comparable online meeting tools. They will send you all necessary information and access codes in time. You have to choose one course out of a list of several topics.

Technical requirements

In order to access the TUM moodle platform, you need a TUM ID (or an LMU account). In case you do not have such an ID, you can contact the person responsible for TUM Online at your chair or department to get a “Guest ID”. Ideally, you have the TUM ID before registering, because the setup usually takes some time.

For the video call we use Zoom. Please make sure, that you can use this tool on your laptop or mobile device. You also need a stable internet connection, a camera and microphone.