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

Sept 20 - Oct 9

IMPRS/PhD Introductory Course

n/a

Oct 18-19

Career Planning

15 Sept

Oct 22-24

Basic Light Microscopy

15 Sept

Nov 19-20

Responsible Conduct in Research

n/a

Nov 29-30

Application Skills for Jobs in Industry

15 Oct

Dec 4

Your Final Year as a PhD student

15 Nov
Dec 7

Scripting with PyMOL

15 Nov
Dec 7

Moviemaking with PyMOL

15 Nov

Basic Skills Workshops

Basic Skills Workshops will be offered again in Spring 2019

Advanced Scientific Courses

Basic Light Microscopy

Date:Oct 22-24, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location:Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:

Christian Feldhaus, Aurora Panzera
Register by:        Sept 15, 2018

 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

 

Scripting with PyMOL

Date:December 7, 2018 9:30am-12:00pm
Location:Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:

Thomas Holder, Schrödinger
Register by:        Nov 15, 2018

Level: Advanced. Participants need to be comfortable using PyMOL and should have some experience handling script files and/or the Unix command line. Python skills are beneficial.

Content: This course teaches you how to automate figure generation, use third-party scripts and eventually write your own extensions using Python.
Material:https://pymol.org/tutorials/scripting/
Bring your laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

 

Moviemaking with PyMOL

Date:December 7, 2018 1:00pm-3:30pm
Location:Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:

Thomas Holder, Schrödinger
Register by:        Nov 15, 2018

Level: Advanced. Participants need to be comfortable using PyMOL for figure generation and interactive tasks like alignments.

Content: In structural biology, animated movies are an excellent tool when it comes to communicating a mechanism or a story to an audience. This course teaches how to create molecular animations with PyMOL. It covers camera animation, moving individual molecules around, morphing between conformations and playing through trajectories.
Material: https://pymol.org/tutorials/moviemaking/

Bring your laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.

Advanced Skills Workshop

Your Final Year as a PhD Student

Date:Dec 4, 2018 1pm-5pm
Location:Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology

Tutor:

Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:        Nov 15, 2018

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

Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs

Date:Oct 18-19, 2018 9am-5pm
Location:Conference room, Max Planck House

Tutor:

Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:        Sept 15, 2018

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.

 

Application Skills for Jobs in Industry

Date:Nov 29-30, 2018 9am-5pm
Location:Conference room, Max Planck House

Tutor:

Sanja Stevic, GolinWissenschaftsmanagement
Register by:        Oct 15, 2018

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: With the help of selected examples from practice, the participants develop the competencies needed for a successful approach to the application process. The workshop deals in particular with the following topics:

  • The labour market: Desirable and realistic career pathway
  • Job search: What exactly does it mean?
  • Application dossier: Current standardsEnglish applications [in Germany/UK/USA]: What is different?
  • The interview: From individual interview to assessment centre
  • Applications outside academia: My next steps