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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:
Short workshops on essential skills, ideal for first year doctoral candidates

Basic Skills Workshops Spring 2017

 
Working with Images

Date:                6-7 February 2017, full days

Location:           Practical room 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:                Serge Paulus
Register by:        15 January 2017
 
Level: beginners
This workshop will teach you to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator effectively to prepare images for presentations and publications. You will also receive guidelines regarding the proper handling of digital image data. You are encouraged to bring along your own data to work into figures during the workshop.

Day 1: Adobe Photoshop: introduction and basic skills; colors and color correction; images for print and web; working with layers; annotating images.

Day 2: Best practice in digital image data handling. Adobe Illustrator: introduction; basic drawing skills; understanding layers; exporting graphics.

Serge Paulus is a tutor at the Center for Data Processing (ZDV) at the University of Tübingen.
 
 
IT Introductory Course – Essential Knowledge for Programming Courses
Date:                16 February 2017, 1-5pm
Location:           Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Johannes Woerner, Talia Karasov, Tina Streich
Register by:       15 January 2017
 
Level: beginners
Content: In this course you will discover why, when and where writing simple programs can facilitate bioscientific research. You find out about the relevant IT infrastructure available on campus, as well as learn and practice simple applications using the command line on your terminal.
Note: Successfully participating in this course, or passing an exam covering the material taught in the course, is a prerequisite for participating in the Unix, Statistics and R and Python courses offered later this year.
 
 
Scientific Writing
Date:                20-24 February 2017, mornings
Location:           Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Deborah Bennett
Register by:       15 January 2017
                       
Level: beginners
This workshop, aimed particularly at first year doctoral candidates, studies features of academic writing such as formality, objectivity, precision and clarity and provides practical methods for improvement in these areas. To help you prepare a thesis proposal in readiness for your first TAC meeting, you will be asked to prepare a partial draft in advance (further details later) and as part of the workshop you will work on this between sessions and receive individual feedback.
Deborah Bennett is a native of the UK and holds a PhD in Mathematical Biology from the University of Surrey, England. She is a qualified teacher and has worked as a freelance academic writing trainer since 2010.
 
 
Scientific Presentation
Date:                6,7 March 2017, either mornings or afternoons (two groups)
Location:           Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Pete Moore, ThinkWrite
Register by:       15 January 2017
 
Level: beginners
Oral presentations, either within an institution, or at national and international meetings, are a key way of communicating your research findings to other people. In this ‘hands-on’ workshop you’ll learn how to create an effective slide deck, look at basic speaking skills and body language, try some voice exercises, receive feedback on aspects of your own performance based on video playback, and consider ways of combatting nerves and avoiding common hitches. You will need to bring a 3-minute presentation with two ‘PowerPoint’ slides and be ready to rework the presentation between the two sessions.
Pete Moore, a UK native, did research in physiology/biochemistry to postdoc level. He is an experienced scientific journalist and public speaker, and founder and lead trainer of the organisation ThinkWrite.
 
 

Advanced Skills Workshops:
Training in skills of benefit to young scientists

Advanced Skills Workshop Spring 2017

Your Final Year as a PhD Student
Date:                9 February 2017, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location:           Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:       15 January 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.
 
 
Scientific Writing: Quality Papers
Dates:              8 March 2017, full day
Location:           Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Pete Moore, ThinkWrite
Register by:       15 January, 2017
 
Level: advanced postgraduate researchers/postdocs
Academic research comes to life when it is published and someone else reads it. Consequently, the number and quality of your papers are often used to assess your performance as an academic researcher. This workshop provides a ten-step process to help you write with greater speed and confidence, whilst increasing your chance of getting published in your target journal. This is a practical ‘hands-on’ workshop: to make the most of your day you will need to bring an idea for a paper – preferably one that you plan to write in the near future - and two to four papers published RECENTLY in your TARGET JOURNAL (the one you want your paper in).
Pete Moore, a UK native, did research in physiology/biochemistry to postdoc level. He is an experienced scientific journalist and public speaker, and founder and lead trainer of the organisation ThinkWrite.

Advanced Scientific Courses:
Hands-on workshops on a variety of scientific techniques

Advanced Scientific Courses Spring 2017

Advanced Python Programming
Date:                10, 17, 24, 31 January, 9, 14 February 2017, 9am-12:30pm
Location:           Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:                Jens Bassler, Mateusz Korycinski, Mathew Divine (University of Tübingen)
Register by:        8 January 2017
 
Level: advanced
In this course techniques and examples of applying Python for scientific analysis of biological data are presented. The course aims to strengthen the Python skills of the participants and let them design and implement a mid-size software project to aid in their scientific work. To this end, participants will be working on a self-chosen project, closely mentored by the tutors. Three lectures will introduce advanced concepts, building on the skills and knowledge obtained in the introductory course:
  • Data visualization II
  • Regular Expressions
  •  BioPython
The remaining three lectures will be chosen to address participants’ specific project goals.
 
 
PyMOL Scripting and Automation for Molecular Visualization and Analysis
Date:                16 January 2017, 10am-3pm
Location:           Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Thomas Holder (Schrödinger, Inc.)
Register by:       8 January 2017
 
Level: Intermediate (basic PyMOL skills required; experience with Python scripting beneficial)
Visualization is a key aspect in structural biology to study and present 3D molecular data. PyMOL is a powerful molecular visualization tool for making high quality figures and movies. This course teaches you how to automate interactive and non-interactive tasks, use third-party scripts, and create plugins that can be used by fellow researchers.
 
 
Electron Microscopical Techniques in Cell Biology, Microbiology und Virology
Date:                21 January, 2017 9am, 28 February – 6 March, 2017, 9am-5pm
Location:           Electron microscopy facilities at MPI for Developmental Biology, Developmental Genetics at the ZMBP,                                     Pathology, University Tuebingen
Tutors:              Katharina Hipp, Y.-D. Stierhof (University of Tuebingen)
Register by:       15 January 2017
 
Level: beginners
Content: On the first day, theoretical aspects of EM are covered in a series of lectures. This day is followed by three 2-day practicals at each of the EM facilities. The following topics are covered:
  • Introduction and basic preparation methods for biological samples
  • Chemical fixation, dehydration and plastic embedding, freeze fracture technique
  • Cryo-methods for the biological electron microscope
  • Immunolabelling for light and electron microscopy, antigens, antibodies, marker, preparation techniques
Note: The mandatory coordination meeting takes place on Saturday, January 21 at 9am in the lecture hall, Max Planck House.
 
 
General Concepts and Applications of NMR Spectroscopy
Date:                14 March 2017 10:00am-12noon
Location:           Seminar room, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Vincent Truffault
Register by:       15 February 2017
 
Level: beginners
The versatility of NMR spectroscopy has made it a widespread tool in chemistry and biochemistry. The course will first introduce the main concepts in their global form. Then NMR applications will be presented from small organic molecules up to bigger protein complexes, such as sample purity, structure determination, molecular interactions, dynamics and motions, determination of molecular weight etc.
 
 
 
Zebrafish Development and Genetics
Date:                23 March 2017 8:15am - 5:45pm
Location:           Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
Instructor:         Patrick Mueller
Register by:       2 March 2017
 
Level: All levels
Content: Do you want to know what your favorite gene is doing in a vertebrate system? The zebrafish has emerged as a powerful model organism to study all aspects of vertebrate embryonic development. In lectures and hands-on lab sessions, you will be introduced to the following concepts and approaches: Zebrafish development and embryo anatomy, mutants, mRNA and morpholino antisense oligonucleotide micro-injection, targeted mutagenesis, blastula transplantations, fate mapping, germ cell transplantations and germ line replacement to generate maternal-zygotic mutants, in situ hybridization, drug-induced phenotypes. Students are encouraged to bring their own samples (e.g. mRNA of their favorite gene) for overexpression studies.

Career Training:
Developing a vision for a career and putting it into practice

Career Training

Unsolicited Applications
Date:                12 January 2017, 9am-5pm
Location:           Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Barbara Hoffbauer, KEPOS
Register by:       8 January 2017
 
Level: advanced students who have already participated in at least one Career Development Workshop or Campus Career Day
Content: Common career advice for PhD students and post-docs is not to wait until positions are advertised but to send out unsolicited applications. Through this workshop, participants should
  • Gain an understanding the principles of human resources strategy and needs assessment
  • Practice researching potential companies of interest
  • Experience preparing and carrying out cold calls
  • Practice preparing written application materials for one specific job
 
 
Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs
Date:                23, 24 February 2017, 9am-5pm
Location:           Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:       15 February 2017
 
Level: any
Content: In this course 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:
Full course listings with dates

Overview Spring 2017

Date

Course

Registration Deadline

10, 17, 24, 31 Jan 9, 14 Feb
Advanced Python
8 January
12 Jan
Unsolicited Applications
8 January
16 Jan
PyMOL Scripting and Automation for Molecular Visualization and Analysis
8 January
21 Jan Introductory mtg 27 Feb – 6 Mar
Electron Microscopical Techniques in Cell Biology, Microbiology and Virology
15 January
6,7 Feb
Working with Images
15 Januar
9 Feb
Your Final Year as a PhD student
15 January
16 Feb
IT Introductory Course
15 January
20-24 Feb
Scientific Writing 1: Report Writing
15 January
23, 24 Feb
Career Planning
15 February
6,7 Mar
Scientific Presentation
15 January
8 Mar
Scientific Writing 2: Paper Writing
15 January
14 Mar
General Concepts and Applications of NMR
15 February
23 Mar
Zebrafish Development and Genetics
2 March

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