Participants and speakers at the 2019 workshop in Göttingen (photo: Peter Heller)

Fulbright-Cottrell Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop, Version 4.0


*** This workshop and the affiliated science slam have been postponed. Please use the registration form link below to be added to a mailing list for updates. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and scheduling challenges, it is not yet clear whether the workshop can take place in 2021 – and if so, in-person or virtually. We will be updating this page with further information as it becomes available. ***


Cologne, May 18 - 20, 2020

Preparing university professors in the sciences for the future

Target Groups:

  • Junior group leaders, habilitated researchers (including junior professors, Juniordozenten, and Privatdozenten), and postdoctoral researchers who are working or planning to work at a German institution (university or research institute) with current or future teaching responsibilities in the fields of chemistry, physics, astronomy, or similar fields.
  • Academic leaders of German universities.

This fourth annual workshop aims to gather junior group leaders in the fields of chemistry, physics, and astronomy; their academic administrative leaders at German universities; experts in educational exchange from the Fulbright Kommission and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) for a unique opportunity to further professional development.

The workshop offers training for junior group leaders in Germany on how to best implement evidence-based pedagogies, integrate research and teaching, use new strategies for communicating science to the public, and develop skills in time management, leadership, mentoring students, and networking. The workshop also engages the academic administrative leaders in Germany in a dialogue on how to leverage professional development for future academic leaders and increase the university's impact on society.

Rigoberto Hernandez during an animated moment at the workshop (photo: Peter Heller)

The workshop has the following objectives:

  • Apply change theory to promote academic initiatives (new German tenure-track model). We will cover how junior faculty can maximize their chances for promotion by influencing change, and what skills are key for the transition to a tenure-track model.
  • Apply communication skills that convince authority figures and rally subordinates: convincing and motivating effectively in an academic environment.
  • Develop skills to optimize student learning: applying evidence-based methods on learning that transcend the classroom and aid research success.
  • Examine the alignment of the Fulbright-RCSA Cottrell-Scholar Initiative with the 1000 New Tenure-Track Professors German Initiative: debunking the myth of the research-and-teaching zero-sum game. The top researchers are often the best educators and can bring universities to a higher level.



The "slammers" and host at the conclusion of the science slam in Göttingen (photo: Peter Heller)
  • Workshop registration Complete registration form Deadline May 8
  • Workshop venue: Park Inn, Köln City West
  • Hotel accommodations with special rates for workshop participants
    • Park Inn, Köln CIty West Mention "Fulbright" for special rates (valid until April 1)
    • Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz Singles/doubles available for 59,40€/night, mention reservation no. 269035 for special rates (valid until March 22)
      • direct public transportation to workshop venue on Tram No. 1
  • Complimentary childcare for workshop participants - Important info and registration forms Must register before May 1
  • Workshop program - available soon
    Registration check-in begins on May 18 at 9:30, program begins at 10:30. Program concludes on May 20 at 16:30.
  • Workshop list of participants - available soon

All questions should be directed to the organizers, who can be reached at or or


The first evening of the workshop will feature a German-American science slam in Köln. Six young German and U.S. American scientists present their original research results in their native languages during successive 10-minute rapid-fire “performances.”

German-American Science Slam on Monday evening, May 18 - Info and registration for the slam available soon
The event will be free and open to the public.


The 2020 workshop is the fourth workshop of this series. The first workshop, "Bridges to Germany"was held in May 2017 in Mainz as part of the Cottrell Scholars CollaborativeThe Fulbright-Cottrell Second Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop took place in June 2018 in Berlin and the third workshop took place in June 2019 in Göttingen. Both latter workshops were supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

These workshops are an initiative that adapts aspects of two established programs offered by the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative to the German academic landscape: the CSC New Faculty Workshop and the CSC Academic Leadership Training Workshop.

Some feedback from past participants in the workshops:

"Absolutely excellent workshop that should be mandatory for all junior faculty."

"Every junior faculty member would find it (the workshop) useful and helpful."

"The workshop is essential for junior faculty members on their way to full professorship."

"I learned a lot about teaching, some new details related to funding, and did do some potentially helpful networking."

"The 'active teaching' lessons were very insightful. The contact with people just a few steps ahead in career were encouraging."

"I liked the emphasis on the teaching side. I find teaching an essential part as we are responsible to equip the students with the knowledge and tools they need to drive our world forward."

"I learned a lot of tricks to make the most of combining teaching and research."

"[The science slam] was exciting and interesting, and I am glad to know that such events exist - it was my first science slam and I will attend more in the future, and spread the word about them. It was also a good chance to chat with other attendees in a more relaxed setting."

"[The science slam] is another way to communicate about science, and it is ludic. It makes sense in the framework of the workshop."


The workshop is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Fulbright Commission, which administers the annual Fulbright-Cottrell Award in collaboration with the American Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Confirmed Speakers (continuously updated)

  • Penny Beuning, Northeastern University
  • Stefanie Dehnen, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Andrew Feig, RCSA
  • Carla Fröhlich, North Carolina State University
  • Stefanie Kiefer, VCI
  • Adam Leibovich, University of Pittsburg
  • Sabine Maier, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Dominik Munz, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Ilka Paulus, DFG
  • Silvia Ronco, RCSA
  • Mats Selen, University of Illinois
  • Yana Vaynzof, Technical University of Dresden
  • Olalla Vázquez, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Rory Waterman, University of Vermont
  • Hongbin Zhang, Technische Universität Darmstadt


  • Carla Fröhlich, North Carolina State University
  • Christiane Reiners, Universität Köln
  • Olalla Vázquez, Philipps Universität Marburg