Courses and Workshops

Courses offered jointly by the IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms”, the Tübingen International PhD Program in the Biological Sciences and the Postdoc Opportunities Coordinator.

These courses are designed for PhD students and postdocs. PhD students and postdocs from all institutes on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen are invited to register. Technicians and undergraduate students from our institutes, as well as students from outside our institutes may participate on a space-available basis

To register for a course, write to courses(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
9, 10 May Career Planning 1 May
13-15 May Basic Light Microscopy 1 May
13, 20, 27 May Thesis Writing 1 May
18 June Your Final Year as a PhD student 15 May
25 June, 2, 9, 16, 23 July Introduction to R for Bioscientists 15 May
8, 9 July Communication and Self-Presentation 1 June
18, 19 July Introduction to Teaching Science at College/ University Level 1 June

 

Basic Skills Workshops

Basic Skills workshops will be offered again in Spring 2020.

 

Advanced Scientific Courses

Basic Light Microscopy

Date:                13-15 May, 2019: 13-14 May 9am-4pm, 15 May 10:30am-5:30pm
Location:          May 13, 14: Teaching lab 0.A.06, May 15: Seminar room MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Christian Feldhaus, Aurora Panzera
Target group:   PhD students, postdocs, others
Level:               beginners

Register by:      1 May 2019
Coordinator:     Dagmar Sigurdardottir

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.

 

R for Bioscientists

Date:                June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 9am-1pm
Location:          Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutors:             Carolin Kolmeder, Jacobo de la Cuesta and others
Target group:    PhD students, postdocs, others
Level:               beginners Note: IT Intro Course or equivalent knowledge is required. For questions send an email to courses(at)tuebingen.mpg.de

Register by:      15 May 2019
Coordinator:     Dagmar Sigurdardottir

This course will cover basic understanding of R programming and basic statistical analysis within R. The 5 sessions will provide a thorough theoretical and hands-on introduction to the programming language R itself. At the end of the course you will be able to read your own data into R, to query it and create summary images. In addition, you will get familiar with two packages making arranging your data and visualizing it very straightforward. There will be a follow-up course in fall covering a deeper statistical analysis like ANOVA and regression within R.

The class consist of homework discussion, a lecture introducing the new topics followed by exercises. 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. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

 

Advanced Skills Workshop

Thesis Writing

Date:                13, 20, 27 May, 1-5pm lectures and exercises, plus 3 personal tutorials on Thursday/Friday each week
Location:          May 13: Glass room, May 20, 27: Teaching Lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Derek Lundberg, Stanley Neufeld, Layla Hiramatsu Target group:   Finishing PhD students 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.

Register by:      1 May 2019
Coordinator:     Dagmar Sigurdardottir

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. Participation in this course will help you jump-start your thesis writing.

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:                18 June 2019 1-5pm
Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Target group:   Finishing PhD students

Register by:      15 May 2019
Coordinator:     Dagmar Sigurdardottir

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.

 

Communication and Self-Presentation

Date:                8-9 July 2019, full days
Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Kathrin Keune, artsbased solutions
Target group:   Postdocs, others may participate on a space-available basis
Level:               any

Register by:      1 June 2019
Coordinator:     Elisabeth Weir

The focus of this workshop lies on self-marketing strategies and personal performance in unstructured settings such as international conferences, daily lab situations and meetings in general.

This training is particularly helpful for researchers who would like to explore their skills in a confidence-building environment, in which solutions are found for each individual style and character.

Contents:

  • Communication
  • Career landscape: Assessment and milestones
  • Setting up your network - small talk as a tool
  • Elevator pitch to introduce professional work
  • Body Language / self-confident appearance
  • Self-presentation in the lab / managing up

Kathrin Keune is an actress and opera singer with a background in natural sciences. She has been working for many years in the field of career development for scientists.

  

Introduction to Teaching at College and University Level

Date:                18, 19 July, 2019 9am-5pm
Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Target group:   PhD students, postdocs
Level:               any

Register by:      1 June 2019
Coordinator:     Dagmar Sigurdardottir

This course aims to introduce and provide practical experience with basic concepts of teaching in an advanced education setting, including what to consider when developing a content framework for a course, what to think about when designing an individual class, and how to determine if your students have learned what you wanted them to. You will be introduced to a broad range of teaching tools. The course also supplies a framework for gathering feedback on your own teaching experience and developing a teaching portfolio.

Career Development

Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs

Date:                9-10 May 2019, 9am-5pm
Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Target group:   PhD students, postdocs
Level:               any

Register by:      1 May 2019
Coordinator:     Dagmar Sigurdardottir

This workshop is will kick-start your journey towards your next career step. The following topics are covered in brief presentations and many hands-on exercises

  • What Bioscience PhD means outside the academic world
  • Finding your professional strengths and personal preferences
  • Create career visions
  • Reality check – what are jobs really like
  • Selecting the next steps