Courses and Workshops

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

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.

Overview

Date

Course

Registration Deadline

12 Jan Intro meeting
25 Feb – 6 March

Electron Microscopy Techniques in Cell Biology, Microbiology and Virology 10 Jan
17 Jan IT Introductory Course 10 Jan
28-29 Jan Images and Figures for Publication 15 Jan
5 Feb – 12 Mar (weekly) Intro to Python Programming 15 Jan
7-8 Feb Application Skills for Jobs in Industry 15 Jan
11-15 Feb Scientific Writing 1: Thesis Proposal A 15 Jan
11-13 Feb Basic Light Microscopy 15 Jan
25 Feb - 1 March Scientific Writing 1: Thesis Proposal B 15 Jan
11-12 March Scientific Presentation A 15 Jan
13-14 March Scientific Presentation B 15 Jan
19 March Your Final Year as a PhD student 15 Feb
26 March General Concepts and Applications of NMR 15 Feb

Basic Skills Workshops

IT Introductory Course – Essential Knowledge for Programming Courses

Date:               17 January 2019, 9am-3:30pm

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

Tutor:               Johannes Woerner, Derek Lundberg, Alba González Hernando, Adrián Contreras, Fiona Paul

Register by:      10 January 2019

Level: beginners

Content:

Part 1: Introduction to the campus IT Infrastructure

            How simple programming facilitates biological research

Part 2: Command line basics

Part 3: Unix applications and tips for Bioscientists

Note:

  • Successful participation in this course, or passing an exam covering the material taught in the course (Part 2), is a prerequisite for participating in the Unix, R and Python courses offered later this year.
  • Advanced students may leave after passing a test after the first hour and can join the Part 3 for more advance material.

 

 

Images and Figures for Publication

Dates:              28 – 29 January 2019, full days

Location:          Practical room 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:              Serge Paulus

Register by:     15 January 2019

Level: beginners

Content: This workshop will teach you to prepare images effectively for presentations and publications. We will focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, given that these tools represent the current industry standard. The workshop will however include tips on transferring the taught skills to other programs. You are encouraged to bring along your own data to work into figures during the workshop.

Day 1: Photographic images. Introduction and basic skills; colors and color correction; images for print and web; working with layers; image organization with metadata.

Day 2: Creating figures. Introduction and basic drawing skills; understanding layers; creating figure panels and exporting graphics.

Serge Paulus is a tutor at the Center for Data Processing (ZDV) at the University of Tübingen.

 

 

Scientific Writing: Thesis Proposal

Dates:             Workshop A 11 - 15 February 2019, mornings OR

                       Workshop B 25 February – 1 March 2019, mornings

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

 Workshop B Seminar room 0.A.01 (Mon, Tues, Thurs), Glass room (0.A.11) (Wed, Fri), MPI for DB

Tutor:              Deborah Bennett

Register by:     15 January 2019

Level: beginners

Content: This workshop 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 and receive individual feedback. This workshop is being offered twice: the content of workshop A and workshop B is identical.

Deborah Bennett is a native of the UK and holds a PhD in Mathematical Biology from the University of Surrey, England. She has worked as a freelance academic writing trainer since 2010.

 

 

Scientific Presentation

Dates:            Workshop A  11 - 12 March 2019, full days OR

                        Workshop B  13 - 14 March 2019, full days

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

Tutor:              Melanie Conrad, GOLIN WISSENSCHAFTSMANAGEMENT

Register by:     15 January 2019

Level: beginners

Content: Presentation skills in the academic context. In this workshop you will learn to identify the goals for your presentation, get prepared (with tips on creating well-designed academic slides to support your oral presentations), then through exercises and role-plays you will be familiarized with established presentation techniques. Dealing with tricky situations will also be covered. During the workshop you will give a short presentation of your PhD topic and get feedback (including use of video-taping) on the structure and delivery. This workshop is being offered twice: the content of workshop A and workshop B is identical.

Melanie Lynn Conrad was born in Vancouver. She holds a PhD in immunogenetics from the University of Victoria, Canada and is presently working as a junior group leader at the Charité, Berlin, studying reproductive immunology.

 

 

Advanced Scientific Courses

Electron Microscopy Techniques in Cell Biology, Microbiology and Virology

Dates:              12 January 2019, 9am Introductory Meeting

                        25 February – 6 March 2019, 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), P. Fallier-Becker (University of

                        Tuebingen)

Register by:      10 January 2019

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, 12 January at 9am.

 

Introduction to Python Programming for Bioscientists

Date:                5 Feb – 12 March 2019,  every Tuesday, 9am-12:30pm

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

Tutors:             Estienne Swart, Joana Pereira, Guillermo Luque, Mikel Martinez

Register by:      15 January 2019

Level: any

Content: The goal of this course is to introduce Python programming as a versatile tool for scientific data analysis. Individual topics covered include

1.     Tell your computer what to do (he's quite gullible)

2.     Work with data — read that CSV!

Note:

The course consists of alternating teaching sessions, exercises and homework. You must be prepared to spend at least a few hours every week doing exercises on your own. All homework is due before the next session.Successful participation in this course or passing an exam covering the material taught in the course, is a prerequisite for participating in the Python Applications courses offered in the summer.

 

 Basic Light Microscopy

Date:                11-13 February 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm

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

Tutor:               Christian Feldhaus, Aurora Panzera

Register by:      15 January 2019

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
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.

 

General Concepts and Applications of NMR Spectroscopy

Date:                26 March 2019, 10:00am-12noon

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

Tutor:               Vincent Truffault

Register by:      15 February 2019

Level: beginners

Content: 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.

Advanced Skills Workshop

Your Final Year as a PhD Student

Date:19 March 2019, 9am-1pm
Location:Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:

Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:        15 February 2019

Level: advanced

Content: 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.

Career Development

Application Skills for Jobs in Industry

Date:                7 + 8 February 2019, 9am-5pm

Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House

Tutor:               Yvonne Brockhaus

Register by:      15 January, 2019

Level: any. You should, however, have a pretty clear idea of the type of job you are looking for. You can develop this idea by attending the Career Planning Workshop or the Campus Career Day.

Content: You are an academic about to make a career switch into the business world? In this two-day workshop we will discuss the opportunities of the international labour market for academics, and how to best apply. You will discover how to “translate” your skills both into German and English business language. In addition, you will learn common pitfalls when applying as an academic in a private enterprise. Last not least, you will get to know the relevant players and help desks for your job search as well as possible employers in our region and beyond. As this workshop is very hands-on, we will optimize your CV individually and practice mock job interviews, so afterwards you are ready to start your own job hunt and find your dream job in the industry.