Information for participants


The first day features a keynote speech, a series of informative presentations and a poster session. The day is completed by either a science slam, a guided city tour, or music-based team-building. We invite interesting figures from the fields of industry, research and science management to be our keynote speakers.

You will receive information about offerings at the TUM-GS that are relevant for you, and about good scientific practice. During the poster session, you will have an opportunity to present your research project and get to know other doctoral candidates and their respective topics.

Depending on the Kick-off Seminar you have selected, the final element of the first day will consists of either a science slam, a guided city tour, or a music-based team-building workshop:

  • At the science slam, 9 groups of doctoral candidates have 10 minutes each to introduce the audience to a research project in the most creative and entertaining way.
  • During the guided city tour, you will dive into Burghausen's over 1,000 years of history and explore one of the longest castle sites in the world.

  • The music-based team-building offers doctoral candidates to experience community and communication without words. Reinhold Bauer, Suse Haase and Frank Wendeberg will take you on a fun tour to the multicultural world of history.

On the second and third day, you will take part in one of the transferable skills courses. You will see descriptions of the courses when you register, where you can choose one from a menu of several courses per Kick-Off Seminar. Spots will be assigned on a "first come, first served" basis.


1. Can I request vegetarian/vegan/lactose-free or other special food?
In most cases, we can take special food requirements into account, whether due to worldview, religious convictions or food sensitivities. Please specify your requests in the provided field when you register. For instance, each seminar location can easily make meals that are vegetarian, vegan, pork-free, suitable for Ramadan, lactose-free, without eggs, etc., as long as we are informed in advance.

2. Are the seminar rooms and accommodations handicap-accessible?
Yes, the TUM Science & Study Center Raitenhaslach is accessible. If you have any further requests or concerns, you can tell us about it in the comment field during registration or contact us via phone.

3. Is childcare available?
It is possible to take part with your child. Please contact us before you register. There are various options: either you can bring your childcare provider with you (for instance a grandparent) and we will provide them with accommodations on site, or you can contact an agency to provide at-home care.

4. What are the accommodations like?
All participants will be accommodated in 2- or 3-bed rooms in the newly refurbished Hostel Burghausen. When you register, you can specify your preferred roommates. We can only provide single rooms in exceptional cases (e.g. because of special personal circumstances).

5. I can only take part during the school holidays. Are there any Kick-Off Seminars during the school holidays?
Yes, some of the Kick-Off Seminars are scheduled during school holidays. You can find an overview of the schedule on the Dates page.