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

23 - 25 April

Basic Light Microscopy

10 April

8 May

IT Introductory Course

15 April

4, 11, 18 June

Thesis Writing

15 April

5, 7, 12, 14, 19 June

R for Bioscientists

15 April

28 June

Your Final Year as a PhD student

1 June

3,4 Aug

Career Planning

1 June

Basic Skills Workshops

IT Introductory Course – Essential Knowledge for Programming Courses

Date:                8 May 2018, 9am-12:30pm

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

Tutor:               Johannes Woerner, Derek Lundberg, Alba Gonzales, Bridgit Waithaka

Register by:      15 April 2018

 

Level: beginners

Content: In this course you will discover why, when and where writing simple programs can facilitate bioscience 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 R for Bioscientists and Python courses offered later this year.
·       Advanced students may leave after passing a test after the first hour

Advanced Scientific Courses

Basic Light Microscopy

Date:                23-25 April 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm

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

Tutor:               Christian Feldhaus, Aurora Panzera

Register by:      10 April 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

 

R for Bioscientists

Date:                5, 7, 12, 14, 19 June 2018, 9am-12:30pm

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

Tutors:             Ilja Bezrukov, Talia Karasov, Carolin Kohlmeder, Joana Pereira, Jacobo de la Cuesta, Eugen Netz, Bogdan Sieriebriennikov

Register by:      15 April 2018

 

Level: beginners

This course will cover basic understanding of R programming and statistical analysis. We will begin with the basic R 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 three sessions will be more advanced, the final session being driven by your suggestions.

The class consist of homework discussion and 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.

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

Advanced Skills Workshop

Thesis Writing

Date:                4, 11, 18 June 2018, 1-5pm lectures and exercises, plus 3 personal tutorials on Thursday/Friday each week

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

Tutor:               Derek Lundberg, Stanley Neufeld, Layla Hiramatsu

Register by:      15 April 2018

 

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

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:               28 June 2018, 1pm-5pm

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

Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir

Register by:      1 June 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:               12-13 July 2018, 9am-5pm

Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House

Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir

Register by:      1 June, 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.