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Tress Academic!

We teach key academic competences to enhance researcher’s performance at universities and institutes.

Learn with us ONLINE how to increase efficiency and quality in your academic work, projects and communication! Let us help you to write papers, present at conferences, supervise PhD students, complete a PhD or get a job in academia.

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For over one and a half decades, we have advised people like you – researchers, PhD students and academic leaders. Face-to-face and online, we instruct you how to maximise your personal potential and lead you to achieve extraordinary results. We help researchers worldwide, from all fields of research, while receiving top marks from our participants.

We strongly believe that good academic performance is the result of systematically applying know-how to research, projects, and teaching. However, you do not need to start from scratch and without advice. You can capitalise on our long-standing expertise and experience to show you the short-cuts to success. Our advisors and instructors all share academic backgrounds, and love to show you how to achieve your greatest academic potential.

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8,500+ Academics participated in

650+ Courses held for

75+ Universities & research institutes with

55+ Nationalities participating over

16+ years in the business of helping academics succeed!

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I took TRESS ACADEMIC’s PhD and paper-writing  courses during the first year of my doctorate and they were absolutely essential in setting my project onto the right track. One of the key skills to master is definitely academic writing as publishing several papers within the limited time of a doctorate is a real challenge. Thanks to the excellent hands-on courses on peer-review publishing, the enormously scary and seemingly unconquerable monster of a task transformed itself into a clear and smooth process that has resulted in successfully and painlessly publishing first-author papers in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. The lessons learned about academic writing are useful beyond the doctorate, and I am looking forward to improve my academic skill set even further by taking part in future TRESS ACADEMIC courses! (Connect on ResearchGate)

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Dr. Arttu Jutila

Postdoctoral Researcher, AWI Institute for Polar and Marine Research / Germany

Five years ago, the University of Basel developed the antelope career program, which aims to assist highly qualified female junior researchers. To date, we have supported over 220 participants in their careers through funding, training, and coaching activities. Choosing competent trainers and coaches is particularly important for our program because they bring their expertise, their advice and their wealth of experience to prepare the scientists for their future careers. TRESS ACADEMIC was a very important partner for us from the beginning. Not only are they professional and communicative, but they are also always willing to find individual solutions. This has made our cooperation very effective, uncomplicated and extremely pleasant. Bärbel and Gunther Tress have become an integral part of the antelope family.

The TRESS ACADEMIC training courses, “How to apply for an academic job”, professionally guides our postdoctoral researchers on their way to professorships. We are proud that many of them have already moved beyond the application process and now hold professorship positions. With the other training courses, such as “How to publish in peer-reviewed journals”, “How to present at international conferences” or “How to become a more efficient researcher”, TRESS ACADEMIC has also provided the participants with important knowledge and has significantly optimised their output.

We can highly recommend TRESS ACADEMIC and look forward to further highly professional and cordial cooperation with them.”

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Dr. Andrea Flora Bauer

Coordinator / antelope Career Programme / University of Basel / Switzerland

I am Ana Antic, a PhD student at TUM Munich and my field of research is genetics factors influencing complex diseases. As with many other students, I am excited to publish my work, and in order to do so in a best possible way, I decided to take the course ‘How to publish in peer reviewed journals’ held by TRESS ACADEMIC. Gunther was very positive which helped make the course easy to follow. Thanks to his great work and dedication, I gained a lot of knowledge and practical strategies about scientific writing and the publishing process, but also, how to cope with problems and find ways to solve them. I feel more confident and more prepared to share my research with the scientific community. It is a very useful course, and I very much recommend taking it.”


Ana Antic

PhD Student / Centre for Environmental Health Munich / Germany

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), during the last seven years has used the service of TRESS ACADEMIC to increase the publication rate of our scientific papers. In total, 120 researchers and PhD students have participated in the courses. The aim for NIBIO has been to increase the capacity of younger researchers especially to reach a higher likelihood of getting their papers accepted for publication in highly rated international peer-review journals. The courses, led by Bärbel or Gunther at TRESS ACADEMIC have always received very good evaluations by the participants, entailing NIBIO to order a new course for 2018.”


Dr. Per Stålnacke

Director of Research / Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research / ÅS

Every course from TRESS ACADEMIC is an exciting event. The seminars are full of valuable information and exercises to develop and improve your academic skills, delivered with clarity and ease by the instructors. Attending their various courses has increased my skills in academic writing, presenting, and communicating, and has helped me to lift my work to the professional level. I am much more confident in presenting my academic work to colleagues, as well as to larger audiences now. These workshops feel like a fast-track to future career success in your chosen academic field.”


Maria-Elena Vorrath

PhD Student / Marine Geology / Alfred-wegener-institute Bremerhaven / Germany

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a research institute that operates in remote areas where support-lines are absent. We expect our early-career researchers to deal with unforeseen situations, cope with challenges and solve problems in a creative way. To a certain extent, we expect this attitude also from our trainers. We require not only a perfect curriculum that guarantees training success, but also a willingness and ability to deal with heterogeneous groups, strong individual characters, institutional constraints and the very special atmosphere every research institution has.

We experienced all of this with TRESS ACADEMIC on many occasions, and have never been disappointed. Every single course, from conducting a PhD, to writing papers or presenting at conferences has proven to be well-prepared, adapted to the target audience and its disciplinary background, and yet, readily adapted to new circumstances. In a way, both POLMAR and TRESS ACADEMIC have matured together. After ten years of co-operation, we consider the courses offered by TRESS ACADEMIC as one of the cornerstones of the training program offered by the POLMAR Graduate School. In fact, while we never imposed mandatory courses on our doctoral candidates, more than 750 participants (i.e. more than 80%) have voluntarily taken part in the courses offered by TRESS ACADEMIC. Based on this success, we are now in the process of extending the courses for our Postdocs.”


Dr. Claudia Hanfland

Coordinator Polmar Research School / Alfred-wegener-institute Bremerhaven / Germany

I was accepted in the Antelope program of the University of Basel in 2017. This program allowed me to complete two classes from the TRESS ACADEMIC company. The first one was a one-day course about “How to become a more efficient researcher?” After that course, I completely re-organised how I planned my daily/weekly schedule; it helped me to prioritise tasks and create smaller tasks to be done in one day. My second course was a three-day class about “How to present at scientific conferences”. It was a concrete course, where tips were given to improve the presentation message and we were able to practice what we learned immediately. Now, for every oral presentation, I am looking to the TRESS ACADEMIC criteria for what makes a great conference presentation. Those two classes were not only theoretical, but practical, with concrete tips to be applied in daily academic life.”


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Complete Your PhD

Collaborative Learning Experience: 

PhD Mastermind “PhD Completion Club”


Completing a PhD project is a challenging yet crucial milestone in any researcher’s career. Often, issues and situations arise during this final stage that make it difficult for PhD candidates to finish. We believe in the power of a strong community of like-minded PhD candidates who can support each other. Our Mastermind “PhD Completion Club” facilitates mutual support and advice to help you get your PhD project finished soon!

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Save time on reviewing papers

On-demand course: 

How to review a paper

Have you been tasked with reviewing journal papers recently and found yourself uncertain about what to comment on and how to provide the best feedback? Crafting a review report for a submitted paper need not be a daunting task, nor should it demand an excessive amount of your time.

This course takes you through the review process step-by-step, ensuring that you don’t expend days or weeks on a single review. Completing the entire course will take no more than 60 minutes, significantly reducing the time required for your upcoming review tasks.

Ready to embark on the course and significantly reduce the time spent on delivering high-quality reviews?

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Conduct your PhD successfully

Online Mentoring Programme: 

PhD Success Lab

Are you a PhD candidate struggling to find time for your research, communicate effectively with your supervisor, and write your thesis?

We understand the daily challenges you face, and that’s why we’re here to help. Hundreds of PhD candidates have already experienced the transformative power of our mentoring programme. We’ve helped them regain control of their projects and rediscover the joy in their work. Now, it’s your turn!

Don’t let the struggles impact your well-being. There is a smarter way to navigate the PhD journey, and we are thrilled to share it with you. By joining the PhD Success Lab, you’ll gain valuable tips and guidance, connect with fellow PhD candidates facing similar challenges, and have a friendly and understanding mentor by your side.

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Get your paper published

Writing Programme: 

Paper Writing Academy

Over a period of 8 weeks, you will learn step-by-step how to prepare and write a manuscript based on your research, which will be submitted to an international peer-reviewed journal. Each week, you’ll make progress on your paper, steadily moving towards completion.

The great benefit of the Paper Writing Academy is that you can work independently at your own pace on your paper. Moreover, you can participate in live sessions with our instructor, where you can ask questions and get assistance to solve any problems you encounter. This flexibility allows you to balance your paper-writing commitments with other duties.

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SMART Academics Blog

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The one-hour seminar is relevant to any PhD candidate who may have concerns about the progression of their PhD project, uncertainties about its unfolding, or worries about meeting deadlines.

Whether you are in the initial year of your project or facing challenges in the advanced stages, our online seminar will provide valuable assistance through a quick guide that introduces PhD planning in a few easy steps.

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Expert Guides


Do you want to know what the 5 most common reasons are why PhD candidates delay the completion of their projects? Interested to learn what can be done to avoid this? 

Do you want to know what are the most common reasons why journal papers get rejected quickly and which strategies exist to avoid initial desk rejection? 

Do you want to know how recruiters evaluate academic job applications and why many application letters fail? 

Do you want to what are the 6 most common reasons why research presentations at conferences fail and what can be done to deliver a stellar talk? 

Do you want to know the 8 reasons why PhD supervision fails and what you can do to improve your supervisory style? 

Do you want to know the 5 steps to boost your productivity as a researcher and save time for the activities that really count for you? 

We created 6 expert guides that give the answers to all these questions.


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