Courses and Workshops

Courses offered jointly by the IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms” and the International PhD Program in the Biological Sciences

The Summer course schedule will become available mid April 2017.

Courses listed here are open to doctoral candidates of both programs. Others may register, but will have lower priority for a slot.

To register for a course, write to Opens window for sending emailcourses(at)tuebingen.mpg.de. State the course title in the subject line and copy the email to your advisor. Send a separate mail for each course.

Please check that your advisor is in agreement before registering. Register only if you fully intend to participate for all sessions and plan your schedule accordingly.

Once you have received an email confirming your place, we assume you will attend.



Basic Skills Workshops Spring 2017

Basic Skills Courses are only offered in the spring term

Advanced Skills Workshop Summer 2017

Thesis Writing

Date:                29 May, 12, 19 June, 2017, 1pm-4pm lectures, plus three personal tutorials on Thursday or Friday each week

Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:               Derek Lundberg, Stanley Neufeld

Register by:      19 May, 2017

 

Level: advanced

The aim of this course is to strengthen your scientific writing skills while helping you prepare your doctoral thesis. We will focus on effective writing strategies for the different parts of your thesis, with three afternoon workshops and one-on-one tutorials. You will have the opportunity to practice writing parts of your thesis as in-class exercises and take-home assignments and receive feedback from the teaching team. If you participate in this course, you will be on your way toward finishing your thesis.

Requirements:
This course is designed for students who are planning to write their thesis in the next 12 months, independent of their current scientific English writing skills. We require that students be in the final stages of data collection and have at least one figure already prepared.

Please come to all workshops with your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

 

Your Final Year as a PhD Student

Date:                29 June 2017, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Location:          Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir

Register by:      15 June 2017

 

Level: advanced

The final year of your PhD, when finishing up in the lab, getting your research published, writing your thesis and planning your career all need to be dealt with at the same time, can become easier when you apply standard project and time management techniques. We will identify requirements, investigate resources, define deliverables and set time lines. Also included is detailed information about the formal requirements for the thesis and defense.

Advanced Scientific Courses Summer 2017

Using the Rosetta Algorithm for Predicting Protein Structure

Date:                19 May 10am-12noon and 1pm-5pm +  20 May10am-1pm, 2017 (yes, 20 May is a Saturday)

Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:               Hongbo Zhu, Andre Stiel

Register by:      May 15, 2017

 

Level: beginner, basic Linux knowledge is required

This course will start with a general introduction to Rosetta software. Then we will demonstrate Rosetta programs for 

1)     Protein optimization/design with rigid backbone structure

2)     Protein backbone optimization

3)     Enzyme design and ligand docking

4)     Protein loop modeling

Participants will learn to run simple Rosetta tasks using these programs. Bring your laptop, basic Linux knowledge is required (contact instructors if you are not sure). If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

 

Unix Basics and Applications for Scientists

Date:                23 May (10am-noon), 1,8,13 (10am-noon), 1pm-3pm

Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology except June 8 seminar room 0.A.01

Tutors:             Julian Regalado, Vikram Alva, Christian Roedelsperger, Johannes Woerner

Register by:      19 May 2017

 

Level: beginners
IT Intro Course or equivalent knowledge is required, for questions send email to
courses(at)tuebingen.mpg.de

Content:
- Unix basics
- Command Line utilities
- Sun Grid Engine
- Git distributed revision control system
The course consists of lecture segments and in-class exercises.
Please bring your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

 

 

Basic Light Microscopy

Date:                26-28 June 2017, 9am-4pm

Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:               Christian Liebig, Aurora Panzera

Register by:      15 May 2017

 

Level: beginners

Content In the light microscopy courses you will get knowledge about microscopy related topics with the aim that you understand the principles behind microscopic techniques and are able to
a) plan and perform experiments and
b) interpret and analyse your data correctly.
This will be achieved by a mixture of lectures, demos and hands-on practical sessions. However, to be able to practically work with a specific instrument you need to ask for a personal introduction/ training on that instrument.

The basic light microscopy course is an introduction to light microscopy. It covers standard transmitted light techniques like brightfield, phase contrast and DIC as well as fluorescence and confocal microscopy. Apart from that, people will be introduced to the basics of digital image acquisition and analysis. For more detailed information please click here

 

 

R for Bioscientists

Date:                6, 13, 27 July, 9am-12noon (lectures), 1pm-3pm (exercises)

Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutors:             Ilja Bezrukov, Paul Blinski, Talia Karasov, Jukka-Pekka Verta

Register by:      15 June, 2017

 

Level: beginners

IT Intro Course or equivalent knowledge is required, for questions send email to courses(at)tuebingen.mpg.de

This course will cover a basic understanding of R programming and statistical analysis. We will begin with basic command line/ Unix experience, and by the end, you should be able to perform standard analyses, create publishable figures, and have the skills to gain independent expertise in the tools applicable to your field. The first two sessions involve introductions at the more basic level to both R and statistics, while the last session will be more advanced, and driven by your suggestions.

 

This Statistics + R workshop consists of morning lectures followed by afternoon exercise sessions. The instructors will be available during the exercise sessions to help you get a start on your homework assignments, which are due before the next course day.

Please come to all workshops with your own laptop on which R is installed. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

 

 

In vivo biophysics (FCS/FRAP)

Date:                6 July, 2017, 9am-6pm

Location:          Mueller lab, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory

Tutor:               Patrick Mueller

Register by:      15 June, 2017

 

Level: any

What are the biophysical properties of signaling molecules, and how is their transport affected by the properties of the environment through which they move? In lectures and hands-on lab sessions, you will be introduced to the following approaches that can help address these questions: FCS (Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy) and FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching) analysis of biomolecules.

Career Training Summer 2017

Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs

Date:                3+4 August 2017, 9am-5pm

Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House

Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir

Register by:      15 July 2017

 

Level: any

Content: In this workshop we will first analyze what a Bioscience PhD means outside the academic world. Then you will discover your professional strengths and personal preferences, create career visions, do a reality check and come up with the next steps you can take to make your career dream come true.

Overview Summer 2017

Date

Course

Registration Deadline

19, 20 May

Using the Rosetta Algorithm for Predicting Protein Structure

15 May

23 May, 1, 8, 13 June

Unix Basics and Applications for Scientists

19 May

29 May, 12, 19 June

Thesis Writing

19 May

26-28 June

Basic Light Microscopy

15 May

29 June

Your Final Year as a PhD student

15 June

6, 13, 27 July

R for Bioscientists

15 June

6 July

In vivo Biophysics (FCS/FRAP)

15 June

3,4 Aug

Career Planning

15 July

Outside Courses