Training for PhD students and researchers

Register for the upcoming workshops

The EPFL Library offers short training sessions (2 or 2.5 hrs) on various topics at the heart of your concerns. A practical and interactive approach is privileged. We can take part in one of your laboratory sessions in order to to make a presentation on a particular problem. All training sessions are given in English.

Duration: 1h

Frequency: times / year

Signing a contract with a publisher is supposed to be a rewarding step: your work is getting published! However, the understanding of a contract is less enjoyable, between very specialized terms and ambiguous sentences.

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements of a contract
  • Understand the rights you keep and the ones you waive when you sign a contract
  • Communicate with a publisher if you are willing to negotiate

Working in groups with collaborative writing platforms will save you a lot of time! Do you use LaTeX? Do you want to be able to work offline? Do you want to save your work at different stages?

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • To choose the best fit among various platforms
  • To use one of the platforms and know its main features

Duration: 1.5h

Frequency: 2-3 times / year

The aim of this workshop is to help participants identify and eliminate text, images and codes that may be interpreted as plagiarism to the PhD supervisor, an expert or a journal reviewer. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between incorrect referencing and plagiarism
  • Use i-thenticate to correct your text in order to eliminate potential cases of plagiarism
  • Appreciate the value of learning to referencing correctly when drafting a text

Duration: 2h

Frequency: 3-4 times / year

Citing correctly requires the acquisition of the right habits. This workshop will walk you through various citation cases that you may encounter during the writing process of reports or publications. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the stakes of citation
  • Reuse different types of content without committing plagiarism
  • Cite correctly your sources, within the text and in the bibliography

Duration: 2h

Frequency: 8 times / year

This workshop is for people who want to start using Zotero, a free tool that enables to collect, organize and share bibliographic references. Zotero spares its users from spending troublesome hours on the creation of a bibliography. Very useful for anyone who writes reports or theses, Zotero will be useful all along the curriculum and beyond.

Why does the Library recommend Zotero as reference management software

Duration: 1h

Frequency: 2 times / year

In this course, you will get an introduction to the main concepts of Research Data Management to apply them to your specific situation.

Learning outcomes:

  • Know the stakes around Research Data Management
  • Discover how a Data Management Plan (DMP) can help you be more efficient in your research
  • Get an overview of good practices to work with your data at the different stages of your project

Duration: 2h

Frequency: 2 times / year

In this personalized workshop, you will check the consistency of your data management plan (DMP) and how to implement it in your lab.

Before you attend the workshop, you will need to fill a form about your current practices. If you are not familiar with research data management already, we suggest that you register to our introduction course.

Duration: 16h

Frequency: 1-2 times / year

This workshop is organized for scientists who want to learn the basics of coding with Python, for a direct application in their daily research, with the help of Bash and Git. You will benefit from this workshop the most if you are a beginner. If you are not part of EPFL, please contact [email protected] before registering.

  • Information retrieval methodology
  • Specialised information resources
  • Information tracking on a specific topic
  • Authorship and contributorship
  • Copyright and Creative Commons licenses
  • Article submissions
  • Peer-review process

Duration: 1.5h

Frequency: 8x / year

The aim of this workshop is to develop your skills in the field of information retrieval:

  • Build a search strategy for your topic
  • Get to know specialised resources
  • Automate your search to get fresh news as they are published

Duration: 2h

Frequency:  8 times / year

Do you want to create documents with the help of LaTeX ?

Come to our workshop and test LaTeX live !

This workshop will cover :

  • LaTeX principles
  • Document structure
  • Usage of text and floats
  • Citation and bibliographies
  • and how to write maths

Duration: 3h

Frequency: 3-4 times / year

Publishing to make your research available to the scientific community is a rewarding step. Do you want to understand how it works and know some tips that will help at the submission stage? In this workshop, we will address the publication process in the current context:

  • Become familiar with the context of scholarly communication and its latest developments
  • Understand the important steps leading to publication, including peer-review
  • Ensure your compliance towards EPFL and funders Open Access policy
  • Know and protect your rights as an author according to EPFL’s policy

Duration: 1.5h

Frequency: 3-4 times / year

In this short workshop, we will address visibility in the academic context. How can you manage your visibility as a researcher ? How can you ensure that your research output makes an impact ? Let’s explore some of the tools you have at your disposal.

After the workshop, you will :

  • know different ways to be visible as a researchers
  • grasp the limits and the benefits of visibility
  • learn about the steps to take and the people to contact as an EPFL researcher

As a BONUS content: we will help everyone interested to setup their ORCID account after the training.

Duration: 1h30

The aim of this workshop is for you to discover the advantages of the unique identifier ORCID and to know how to use it in the EPFL context. You will:

  • Understand how this unique identifier works
  • Discover the features in order to add information to your profile, in particular the option Search&Link
  • Link your profile to the EPFL directory in order to highlight your publications

Module 3 tailored for SpaRTaN-MacSeNet ITN workshop on November 18, 2016

course notes [source – CC BY-SA] [PDF version]

Module on Research Data Management tailored for SpaRTaN-MacSeNet ITN workshop on November 18, 2016

course notes [source – CC BY-SA] [PDF version]

Summer School “Open Science In Practice” 2017 workshops

Copyright agreement workshop [source – CC BY] [version PDF]

Data Management Plan workshop [online – CC BY-SA]

Deposit your data workshop [PDF version]


Coffee Lectures

Make the most of your morning break attending EPFL Library Coffee Lectures, from your office, or from home. During these short 15-minute sessions, practical information (tools, tips, concepts) about various topics (research data management, information retrieval, scientific publishing, or copyright issues) is presented. And don’t forget your cup of tea… or coffee!

Noon talks

Interested in talking about research over lunch? The Library team offers Noon Talks, meetings targeting particularly researchers and PhDs, but open to anyone interested. Noon Talks are moments to meet, share and discover new practices around lunch. The selected topics are directly linked to the research activity and discussed in an open and relaxed way. These meetings take place at the Library (Rolex Learning Center), between 12:00 and 13:00. Presentations are held in English, but following discussions can be in English or French. Sandwiches and drinks are offered by the Library.