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Equal Opportunities during COVID-19: Course Program 'Take-Off'

Registration for courses offered as an extension of our current course programme ended on 25.09.2020. You may still register for courses listed down below by following the appropriate link.


Combining caring responsibilities as well as family and professional life is a huge undertaking for those working in research and teaching, particularly for scientists in the doctoral phase of their careers. The situation is made all the more difficult by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. It is often not possible to plan the time required to look after children and family members requiring care. To help you emerge stronger from these uncertain times, we have developed a portfolio of courses entitled Take-Off!. This is the name given to a surfing technique which allows the surfer to stay on their feet and make the right moves even when riding the highest of waves.

Goal and object

The extended Take-Off! portfolio of courses is part of the package of measures for 2020 aimed at promoting equality of opportunity during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The program offers training in self-management and time management techniques, work techniques and strategies for strengthening resources:

  • Completing a doctorate
  • Academic writing
  • Work techniques and self-management when working from home
  • Mental health

Target group

Courses are aimed at doctoral candidates and academic staff working at the University who are responsible for looking after at least one child residing with them and/or caring for family members. Depending on the availability of places, courses are also offered to student assistants looking after a child or caring for a family member.

Details of the coronavirus package of measures for 2020 and who to contact

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic confronts researchers caring for children or family members with a number of very real challenges. Often, having to assume such responsibility is something you cannot prepare for and represents an enormous challenge in terms of organization and providing care. The risk of a COVID-19 infection calls for increased protective measures and ties up additional resources for those providing care in their homes. Those looking after children cannot easily plan and face difficulties ensuring their children are looked after at all times if daycare centers and schools have to close down again as a result of infections or if their children have to isolate at home. More often than not, the responsibility for unpaid work such as household chores, childcare and caring for family members falls to women, reinforcing gender disadvantages.

To promote equal opportunities during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the Executive Board at TU Berlin has agreed a package of measures financed by funding from the Berlin University Alliance (BUA). The measures will run until 31.12.2020 and consist of three components:

  1. Financial support for care-related expenses
    Contact: Katja Müller (head of the Family Services Office), tel: +49 30 314-23332,
  2. Extended proof-reading service for junior scholars
  3. Targeted increase of course offers provided by ZEWK


Please register for individual courses on the appropriate form that is linked to your course of choice.

Please also register for courses marked as “waiting list”. If there is sufficient interest, course offerings will be extended in the winter semester 2020/21.

Should you have any questions or suggestions for additional course contents, please contact

Mental Health - Strengthening for Challenging Times
Mini-Resilienztraining: Leben und Arbeiten in herausfordernden Zeiten
Die Kunst, den Stress einfach (da) SEIN zu lassen
Hyggelig durch den Uni-Alltag

45/15: Just write (englisch)


Working from home complicates your academic writing routine? You are in need of structure or an external framework? Let's write together.

Step ahead in your academic writing with targeted concentration!

We offer Flow-Writing Workshops "45/15: Just write!" (online.

Upcoming events:

  • Tue, 06.10.2020, 09:00-11:00 am, subject line: early bird
  • Thu, 29.10.2020, 09:00-11:00 am, subject line: morning show

Please register via email and indicate your choice in the subject line: 

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Complementary Support

1.    Online course for nursing relatives included in the course portfolio at Service Unit Weiterbildung

2.    Advice for care-giving TU-Members adapted to the Corona pandemic at Service Unit Familienbüro


Wiebke Berndt
+49 30 / 314 - 240 30
FH Fraunhoferstr. 33-36
Room FH 1015

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