zdi Academy

Training for quality assurance - the zdi Academy 

The zdi-Akademie offers regular training courses for employees in zdi networks and zdi students: indoor laboratories. This is intended to support the zdi networks. The free offer ranges from seminars on organizing 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 regional 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 of them online and on-demand.

Current dates of the zdi Academy

Note on registration: Registration for all seminars is currently via email. Please use the registration button below the seminar for which you would like to register.  

Moderation of events and workshops

In this workshop, the participants learn the basics of moderation, experience different moderation methods and find out possible fields of application for the relevant techniques. In this seminar, theoretical input and practical group and individual exercises alternate, so that the participants actively participate and practice the methods taught.

The face-to-face seminar takes place on Monday, October 23.10.2023, 10 from 00:16 a.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m at the zdi center Cologne, Learning Region - Network Cologne eV, Julius-Bau-Str. 2, 51063 Cologne.

Sandra Casier, communication trainer
The seminar will also be accompanied by Simone Stangier from zdi-LGS.

The number of participants is limited. The date of receipt of the registration applies.

zdi robot competition – advanced training for team coaches from primary schools and extracurricular learning venues

This academy at the start of the new season is aimed at (new) coaches of teams in the zdi robot competition for children of primary school age. The participants get to know the procedure of the robot competition and learn how to program Lego Spike robots with two different software solutions:

  • OpenRoberta
  • lego spike

Robots and laptops are provided for the academy. Two participants will always work together.

The  face-to-face seminar takes place on Thursday, October 26.10.2023, 10 from 00:16 a.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m at ZENIT GmbH, Bismarckstraße 28, 45470 Mülheim.

dr Birgit Koch-Sickmann, long-standing speaker and jury member at the zdi robot competitions.
The seminar will also be accompanied by Simone Stangier from zdi-LGS

The number of participants is limited. The date of receipt of the registration applies.

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 topic of press and public relations, Gwendolyn Paul and Katharina Glowalla from the communications department of the zdi regional office teach the basics of modern press and public relations, give practical tips on how to deal with journalists and explain the various instruments of public relations.

Contents of this zdi academy:

  • Face-to-face event with interactive exchange
  • Practical examples
  • Short inputs and group exercises

The face-to-face seminar takes place on Thursday, 09.11.2023/10/00 from 16:00 a.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. in which matrix GmbH & Co. KG, Rittergut Haus Morp, Düsseldorfer Straße 16, 40699 Erkrath.


Gwendolyn Paul and Katharina Glowalla, zdi regional office
In addition, the seminar by Lara-Madeleine Luska will be accompanied by zdi-LGS.

On Demand Courses

On-demand courses are available to you on the zdi community platform available for processing at any time. You can use the content exactly when it suits you or when you need it - i.e. around the clock directly in your everyday work.

Time management

Would you like to plan your tasks to be completed in such a way that a realistic and effective time management is created and you use your available time 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.

All seminars of the zdi Academy can also be found on the zdi community platform

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

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

On Demand Courses:

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


Registration for all seminars is via the MINT community. 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 persons (the other two documents are for information). If you do not want to appear in the recording with image, sound, video and/or verbal contributions, we would ask you to leave them switched off during the online seminar or not to use them. You can ask questions using the chat function instead.