Coaching and training for scientists

My coaching and training (also: online training courses) for scientists supports doctoral candidates and postdocs in finding their own role in the science system, enhancing their profile and pursuing their path in an organised and intentional manner.

In the balancing act between independent research and dependent employment, publication pressure and raising third-party funds, teaching assignments as well as private life, it is not easy to keep cool. I support you in staying healthy and in balance.

Topics in our cooperation

My work focuses on the three core areas:

  • Reconciling family and work: combining children AND scientific careers
  • Mastering the scientific routine: overcoming procrastination, time & self-management, dealing with stress, decisions and conflicts, communicating successfully
  • Self-marketing & career planning for women in science: enhancing your profile, becoming visible, communicating in a self-confident manner

I also offer my coaching and workshops in English. The workshops can be held both on-site or virtually.

Training courses for scientists

Bunte Bleistifte übereinander

Young scientists are all too often lone fighters. The need for exchange with “adepts of the system” is therefore great:

How do doctoral candidates and postdocs work from other contexts? What challenges are they facing? How do they organise their work routine? How do they master family and work? What can I learn and adopt?

The 1- to 2-day workshops (on-site or virtual workshop) are designed for six to twelve participants from different specialist areas. Alongside professional input on the respective topic, the honest, appreciative exchange of experiences is a key component of all workshops.

My task is to give impulses and to control the interaction and reflection processes in such a way that, at the end, every participant takes home tangible results for their individual career.

A workshop for you or your employees?

If you are interested in a workshop on one of the above topics, I’ll be happy to send you a concept. Of course, I can also develop a workshop format that is tailored to the specific needs of your institution with you.

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Coaching for scientists

Coaching for scientists is always useful when it comes to:

  • realigning and repositioning oneself,
  • gaining clarity about your own roles and goals,
  • planning the next career move,
  • making decisions,
  • resolving crises, upheavals and conflicts masterly,
  • getting into action,
  • breaking with destructive ways of thinking and behaviour patterns.

As a neutral sparring partner, I reflect with you upon your concerns. I help you to define concrete, manageable steps.

Coaching für Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen

Coaching für Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen

Are you interested in coaching?

Then I look forward to hearing from you. I offer coaching in Hamburg as a face-to-face coaching as well as coaching sessions held online or via phone for clients outside Hamburg. Coaching in English is also possible. Please feel free to contact me for an informal initial consultation.

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Lecture & Keynote

Are you planning an event on the issues of reconciling family and work, women and career or work-life balance and are looking for a speaker? I would be happy to enrich your event with a lecture or an impulse.

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What my clients say

Many thanks to Antje Rach for the inspiring seminar on „reconciling children and career“, it was an eye-opening experience which left a distinct mark: As soon as you have children, it is clear what „family“ means to you. However, questions associated with the compatibility of children and „career“ can only be answered intentionally, if the meaning of the term „career“ is clearly defined. The numerous exercises throughout the course on my own values and goals helped me to assure my definition of them. The exchange with fellow doctoral parents of the challenges of a doctorate with children was very helpful. Since there are very few doctoral students with children, we only rarely have this opportunity during the doctorate.


Elisa Hofmann, M.A., doctoral candidate, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Further testimonials can be found here.


Why Antje Rach as a trainer and coach?

I am Antje Rach, media and communication expert, trainer and systemic coach (DBVC certified). Since 2013 I have been working with Worte & Wandel for science, business, self-employed and private individuals.

I am truly passionate about the topics diversity, reconciliation of family and work and work-life integration. From real life experience for practice: being a working mum myself, I am familiar with the challenges of work-life balance and career planning.

I have 15 years of professional experience in various organisations and contexts, especially in the areas of creative and media industry, travel and tourism as well as science and research. My significant industry knowledge allows me to evaluate the situation of my clients according to their environment. In this way, we can develop solutions together that meet both their needs and the needs of the environment.



A science coach? But she doesn’t have any scientific background! You might think. You are absolutely right. Why you should work with me for precisely that reason?

After seven years as a trainer and coach in teaching and research, intensive coaching processes along with many case studies, I am well acquainted with the challenges of the scientific system.

With an outside view on the system and more than ten years of experience in the economy, my pragmatic external perspective has proven beneficial in many cases.

Especially young scientists who want to (or must) leave science, I can provide valuable impulses and also dispel their reservations.


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Antje Rach, Coach and Trainer for Scientists

Antje Rach, Coach und Trainer for Scientists