zdi Academy

Training for quality assurance - the zdi Academy 

The zdi Academy regularly offers training courses for those involved zdi networks and zdi student laboratories at. This is intended to support the zdi networks. The free offering ranges from seminars on how to organize a zdi center to acquisition training and media seminars in which employees learn, for example, how Facebook works. The zdi Academy seminars are organized by the zdi state office. Both people from the zdi community are used as seminar leaders, as well as external experts.

In order to reach as many zdi coordinators as possible, some seminars are offered several times a year at different locations, many now also online and on-demand.

Current dates of the zdi Academy

LEADER+ information event for zdi networks and zdi student laboratories in rural areas

zdi networks and zdi student laboratories in rural areas can benefit from further EU funding! The LEADER program promotes the implementation of regional development strategies the recognized LEADER regions within the framework of individual measures. The projects are intended to contribute to increasing economic strength and quality of life in rural communities. There are no limits to the creativity of the measures, as a practical example from the zdi community will show.

At the beginning there is a short introduction to the regulations of the funding program. Afterwards, Philipp Mülheims, head of the zdi student laboratory at Science College Overbach, reports on how they used the funds to set up a student laboratory in a rural area.

The online seminar will take place on Monday, March 04.03.2024th, 10, from 00:12 a.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m. via Zoom (you will receive the access data after registration).

Canva for advanced users

zdi networks and zdi student laboratories in rural areas can benefit from further EU funding! The LEADER program promotes the implementation of regional development strategies the recognized LEADER regions Are you already using Canva and want to go even deeper? Building on the zdi academy “Getting started with Canva”, you can further develop your Canva skills and receive practical tips in this academy. 

You can actually do anything with Canva: from graphics to videos to composing your own songs with AI. That's why we would like to base this academy closely on your wishes and know from you: What do you need most in your everyday life? Where would you like to improve in Canva? What do you want to learn? After registering, please send us your wishes by email luska@matrix-gmbh.de.

  • Landscape and portrait
  • video Editing
  • Transitions and animations
  • Posts
  • perfect transitions for posts with multiple slides
  • Flyers and posters
Canva apps and AI tools
  • compose your own music
  • Create AI photos
  • Design QR codes

Note: Some features require the use of a Canva Pro account (paid).

Lecturer:Isabell Stollenwerk, zdi-LGS

The online seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 16.04.2024, 10, from 30:12 a.m. to 30:XNUMX p.m. via Zoom (you will receive the access data after registration).

Basic seminar newsletter

This seminar covers the technical basics of sending newsletters, including the various tools and a short excursion into the world of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will also discuss the requirements for sending the newsletter. You will also find out what is important when it comes to the content of the newsletter - including suitable topics, the structure of the newsletter, your project management, image formats and the inclusion of call-to-actions. The seminar offers plenty of space for your questions.

Lecturers: Jens Peters, zdi-LGS and Leo Jarkov, matrix gGmbH/MINT-Campus

The online seminar will take place on Wednesday, May 22.05.2024nd, 10, from 00:11 a.m. to 30:XNUMX a.m. via Zoom (you will receive the access data after registration).

ESERO – From space to the zdi networks and zdi student laboratories

ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) is a joint project between ESA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Various actors from zdi.NRW have been part of the Germany-wide ESERO consortium from the start. The common mission: to bring space travel into the minds of students in an exciting and innovative way and to promote the skills of children and young people in MINT subjects, including geography.

In the past, the consortium has created many interactive learning units to integrate one of young people's favorite topics - space - into lessons. These are freely available and usable for everyone, including zdi networks and zdi student laboratories!

As part of this exchange of experiences, the zdi network MINT.BOchum will present selected, innovative learning units and their possible uses in the zdi context.

LecturerRaphaela Meißner, zdi network MINT.Bochum

The online seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 04.06.2024, 10, from 00:12 a.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m. via Zoom (you will receive the access data after registration).

Basics of press and public relations

How can journalists be made aware of their own events and offers? How does a press release have to be structured and what do you have to do to get it published? What are important communication channels and which groups can I reach with which tools?

In the zdi academy on the subject of press and public relations, Gwendolyn Paul and Katharina Glowalla from the communications department of the zdi state office teach the basics of contemporary press and public relations, give practical tips on dealing with journalists and explain the various public relations instruments.

What this academy offers:
  • Face-to-face event with interactive exchange
  • Practical examples
  • Short inputs and group exercises 

Lecturers: Gwendolyn Paul and Katharina Glowalla, zdi-LGS

The face-to-face seminar will take place on Thursday, August 22.08.2024nd, 10, from 00:16 a.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m. The place will be announced. 

On-demand courses

On-demand courses are available to you zdi community platform available for editing at any time. You can use the content exactly when it suits you or when you need it - around the clock, directly in your everyday work. In order to access the courses, you need an account on the zdi community platform.

Time management

Would you like to plan the tasks to be completed in such a way that a realistic and effective time allocation is created and you can use the time available to you sensibly and optimally?

After the training, the participants know
• why they should keep track of their time.
• how to prioritize tasks.
• What is the benefit of planning tasks.
• which timing really helps.
• why they should know their performance phases.

After the training, the participants can
• Distinguish between external and self-determined time shares.
• do the right tasks at the right time.
• Optimally combine task and time planning.
• plan their time so that they don't lose sight of goals.
• make maximum use of their high-power phases.

Successfully design online workshops and meetings

A lot has changed as a result of the corona pandemic: people often work from home and teaching has also shifted to the digital world. Many have become accustomed to the corresponding software. 83% of the participants in a survey stated that they would continue to use platforms for online formats after the end of the pandemic. This creates new challenges for lecturers:
• How do I make online workshops or meetings interesting?
• What are the pros and cons? How do I balance these?
• Which tools and methods can I use?
• How does digital group work work?
• How and through which channels can I market my online format?

This course is interesting for all those who offer online workshops for further education, are active in online consulting or are looking for tips and tricks to make their workshops more interactive and to market them.

Development of a social media strategy with a focus on Instagram & TikTok

In order to get young people excited about things, social media has become indispensable. It is important to reach young people where they are. This applies offline, but also online.

Topics of this course:
• What is social media?
• Instagram & TikTok
• How do I create a strategy?
• Tips & Best Practices

This course is of interest to anyone who wants to create a youth-focused social media strategy and is looking for tips and tricks on how to do so.

You can also find all zdi Academy seminars on the zdi community platform.

In addition to the (online) seminars that have already been scheduled, the following topics are being planned: 

  • Seminar series: Personnel for networks
  • AI in press work
  • Girls and STEM
  • Sports and STEM
  • Management of heterogeneous learning groups and supervision of international groups
  • Knowledge transfer: How do I translate current scientific findings into great zdi courses?
  • Tools on the zdi community platform: MINTmachCLUB.Lippe & FabStore KaLiFo

On Demand Courses:

  • zdi community platform tutorials
  • Basic course zdi.NRW - overview of the zdi community offensive


Registration for all seminars takes place via the zdi community platform. If you don't have access yet, please contact us:

Note for online appointments:

The online seminars are recorded in order to make them available to all participants and interested parties from the zdi community afterwards. For this purpose, the recording is uploaded to YouTube in a non-public area and made available on the zdi community platform.  

Therefore, when you register you will receive three documents regarding data protection. 

We would like to ask you to fill out the consent form and send it back to the contact person (the other two documents are for information purposes). If you do not want to appear in the recording with images, sound, video and/or verbal contributions, we would like to ask you to leave your camera and/or microphone switched off or not to use them during the online seminar. You can ask questions using the chat function instead.