iDIv skills will be shut down on 30 September 2020. In case you would like to save a copy of your skills profile (as PDF), please go to the bottom of this page (→ “My time at iDiv is coming to an end, but I’d like to keep my skill profile. How can I do that?”) and see the instructions. Thank you and goodbye!

iDiv skills is a project of the Scientific Coordination.
If you’d like to get in contact with the iDiv skills team, please send a message to If you have a question, you may check first if it has already been answered in the FAQ below.


I (accidentally) skipped the Onboarding. How can I complete my skill profile?

You can always add or remove skills to your profile using the “Search for skills” function. In general, you can add or remove skills wherever you come across them, whether you are looking at someone else’s skill profile or browsing through the different skill categories.

How do I know if a skill has been added to my skill profile?

Whenever you click on the tick next to a skill, it will turn blue and the skill will automatically be added to your profile. If you have selected your first skill from a particular category, the category itself will be marked blue in your Overview. When you click on the tick next to a skill you have already added, the tick becomes invisible again and the skill will automatically be removed from your skill profile.

I accidentally removed a skill from my profile while browsing through the website. Is it lost forever?

No, just click on the tick next to the skill again and make sure it turns blue. The skill will automatically be re-added to your profile.

Some of my skills aren’t listed. Can they be added to the list?

You always have the option to request new skills. The “Request new skill” button can be found at the end of every skill list. Please check to be sure (probably via the Search Function) that the skill you’d like to add doesn’t already exist. Please bear in mind that the skill will not exclusively be created for your own profile but for all iDiv skills users to add to their profile, too. This means that the skill you request should not be too specific (like “Doing Yoga while watching documentaries”). Also, it is necessary to request every skill separately: “Yoga”, “Teaching”, “Dancing”, not: “Yoga, Teaching, Dancing”.

Why has my skill-request been rejected?

Every skill request we receive will be reviewed carefully by the iDiv skills team. If we have decided to reject your skill request, it could be because your skill didn’t really fit into the category you suggested, wasn’t clear enough, or seemed redundant. Our aim is to make iDiv skills as detailed as necessary and as compact as possible, while also keeping it comprehensible for our less-experienced users. In some cases (e.g. R-Packages), a very detailed list might be helpful, in others (e.g., Personal skills and interests), we would probably decide that the list is already detailed enough and assign “World of Warcraft” to “Gaming”. For more information, see our Editing Guidelines & Privacy Policy.

What does it mean that my skill has been “assigned”?

We assign a requested skill to an existing skill when we assume that the new skill (e.g. “World of Warcraft”) is covered by a skill that already exists (e.g. “Gaming”). If you don’t agree with our decision, please let us know and explain why the requested skill needs to be listed individually.

I want to check out the profiles of my colleagues. How can I find them?

We decided to have a search function only for skills, not for people. iDiv skills is not intended to be another ResearchGate or Facebook, but rather, as a tool to find and get in contact with people within iDiv who have specific expertise. Of course, you still have the opportunity to see which other skills a person has selected once you view their profile while searching for a particular skill.

How do I find people with a certain combination of skills?

See crossfilter function

What is the difference between the search function, the filter function and the crossfilter function?

1) The search function has been designed to generally search for skills within all categories. Though there isn’t a classic autofill function, the search function will show you all relevant skill results even if you typed only three characters of the skill you’re looking for or typed a word incorrectly. Please note that some skills exist more than once! For example, “English” is listed not only as a skill of the category “International Experience & Languages” but also as answer to the question “Would you be comfortable giving a public interview [and in which language]?” within the category “Outreach”. So before selecting a skill for your profile, make sure that you chose the right category.

2) The filter function will be available once you selected a certain sub-category, for example “Social Science Methods” within category “Methodological Experience”. It helps you to find skills from the list quicker. Just type three or more characters of the term you’re looking for, and the filter function will show you all relevant skills and subskills.

3) The crossfilter function will be available once you clicked on a certain skill. It is designed to find people with a certain combination of skills. For example: You’d like to find someone who is an insect expert, speaks Japanese and knows how to work with R. After picking your first skill (“insecta (insects)”), you add another skill, for example, “Japanese”. A number will appear behind the skill you added last – this is the number of colleagues with the combination of skills you were looking for. If there is more than one expert in both insects and Japanese, you may filter the results even further by adding another skill (“R”) to the crossfilter.

I’m afraid that a lot of people will contact me and ask for advice, as I’m the only one who seems to have experience with a particular method. What can I do?

Of course, no one is obliged to give advice. We know that everyone has already a lot to do, and the purpose of iDiv skills is to support your research, not to impede it. If you want to strictly avoid being asked for help, you might consider removing a specific skill from your profile, or just not selecting it in the first place. On the other hand, if you ask someone else for advice, please respect it if they don’t answer or if they let you know that they don’t have time right now.

I’m a PhD. Do I even count as an expert? Other people seem to know so much more!

Yes, of course! A PhD can be an expert for another PhD who needs help with a particular method or wants to know more about your research area. And it’s not all about research itself: Maybe you speak a language only few people at iDiv know, are a computer nerd, or have worked at an international institution someone is interested in? All of that can be very helpful, too.

I found a bug, typo, or other mistake. How can I let you know?

On every page of iDiv skills, you’ll find a little Feedback bubble at the top right. When you click on it, your mail client will open so you can write to us. A link to the page from which you’re sending the feedback will be inserted automatically.

I want to delete my profile. What do I have to do?

Please send a message to

My time at iDiv is coming to an end, but I’d like to keep my skill profile. How can I do that?

As iDiv skills is an internal tool for iDiv’ers only, you unfortunately cannot continue using iDiv skills after leaving iDiv – we well delete your profile soon after you have left. But of course it is possible to keep a copy of your skills-profile in PDF-format for your own purposes. In order to create this copy, we recommend you to use the Google Chrome browser (Download here). Just login to iDiv skills, go to “My profile”, click on the three little dots top right next to the address line and choose “Print”. Now you can either choose “Save as PDF” or directly print out a copy of your profile.