Upcoming Events

Information on additional lectures and events:

  • Calendar listing all lectures, seminars and events on the campus Großhadern/ Martinsried: link
  • Neuroscience calendar listing all lectures and seminars in Munich related to neuroscience: link


 

CANCELED - IMPRS-LS Lecture Series

 

Speaker: Miguel Angel Penalva-Soto  | MCIB, Madrid, Spain

Location: Main Lecture Hall, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Date: Thursday 26th March 2020 at 5 pm

The IMPRS-LS Lecture Series is open to the public. We are looking forward to welcoming all those who are interested in attending.

 
Program of the IMPRS Lecture Series


 

CANCELED - IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Tuesday 31th March - Wednesday 1st April 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Markus Ackermann

Description: This workshop will be useful both for people looking into patenting their inventions, as well as those interested in the patent-related careers.

You can read a lot about patents and other industrial property rights. However, there are two fundamental problems for young professionals in life sciences trying to find out about a possible career in the field of industrial property. First, it has been extremely hard to get an idea of what a patent attorney’s daily work looks like. Second, there has been no training or workshop material specifically tailored for people with a background in life sciences.

This workshop offers the unique opportunity to explore a patent attorney’s daily work by means of a case study that is based on a real patent case. It is conceived in a way to mimic the training experience of a trainee in a patent attorney’s office. Thus, the workshop is hands-on training and you will have to jump in at the deep end. Moreover, you will work on a life-science case throughout the workshop and get insights into the various legal aspects (including case law) that a patent attorney must be knowledgeable about. Finally, you will learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between different jurisdictions (such as European, German, and U.S.).


 

 

CANCELED - IMPRS-LS Lecture Series

 

Speaker: Émilie Macé  |  MPI of Neurobiology

Location: Main Lecture Hall, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Date: Thursday 2nd April 2020 at 5 pm

The IMPRS-LS Lecture Series is open to the public. We are looking forward to welcoming all those who are interested in attending.

 
Program of the IMPRS Lecture Series


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 20th - Tuesday 21th April 2020

Location: L25/L26

Trainer: Karin Bodewits

Description: Do you find yourself at conferences drinking coffee alone or only with your own colleagues?

Do you seem to miss every chance to network?

Or do you have the feeling you can’t keep the conversation going or can’t even start it in the first place?

No matter if you answer one of those questions with a clear “yes” or you simply have the feeling that you could perfect your self-presentation skills, then this seminar might be just right for you!

From the first impression you leave, the conversation that follows to a successful or friendly follow-up… we will cover it during this workshop. This is an interactive course with role-playing, exercises and real-life examples. There is a special emphasis on communication, networking and body language and how to make your colleagues and superiors aware of your qualities.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Monday 27th - Wednesday 29th April 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description: This workshop enables life scientists to effectively and rapidly analyse their data using the R software package.

Participants learn how to:

  • operate R using variables, functions, indexing, and packages.
  • import their own data regardless of size or format.
  • perform standard statistical tests on large data-sets.
  • produce plots and highlight specific data-points.
  • begin programming in R using the apply functions.
  • use split-combine-apply strategies for calculations and data manipulation.
  • begin to adopt a bioinformatician’s perspective.

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th May 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: Do you have data to publish, but keep putting off writing that paper because you don’t know where to begin? 

How to get started and keep going as well as what goes where and in which tense will be the starting point of this workshop. We will also review key scientific sentence structures as well as strategies to keep your text concise and precise. Issues such as how to create flow and generate the correct level of emphasis will also be discussed. Together we will explore how to make scientific writing understandable and readable and begin the process of integrating these factors into your own scientific writing style. Finally, we will formulate a plan on how you can improve your scientific vocabulary and writing style for future writing tasks. The Scientific Writing Workshop is ideal for non-native English-speaking early-stage research scientists


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop


Date: Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th June 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description:  This workshop enables life scientists to understand the purpose and uses of classical statistics as an integral part of the scientific method. 

The workshop consists of three sections: Collecting, Describing & Inferring. Practical tools and the theoretical background to understand how they work will be introduced. Mathematical equations will be used when helpful and are provided in the reference book, but they will not be the focus of the workshop. Our goal is to enlighten via intuitive understanding, not confuse via math.

Topics Covered:

  • good experimental design and sources of bias.
  • systematic versus random error.
  • the distinction between samples and populations.
  • the most appropriate ways to describe samples.
  • estimation and the principle of hypothesis testing.
  • the standard error of the mean and confidence intervals.
  • understanding and reporting uncertainty.
  • power, type I and type II errors.
  • standard parametric tests and their interpretations, including p-values, test statistics, and associated distributions.

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Tuesday 16th - Thursday 18th June 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Jan Brocher

Description: This workshop aims to teach scientists from different areas how to handle and process digital images starting from image acquisition on until the incorporation into the final publication figure. This includes important theory about high-quality digital images in general as well as a broad spectrum of methods for correct image processing and specific analytical purposes according to high scientific standards. 

You will learn how to extract the most information from your images and how to quantify regions of interest. Additionally, the workshop includes a lot of hands-on sessions and demonstrates methods to ease repetitive image processing steps as well as save time while building your publication figures in a way that preserves image quality and stores processing data. You will be able to revisit the learned material using the provided exercises and script also later on. The workshop content is generally of interest for all scientists working with digital images and their analysis but has a focus on microscopic imaging. Optional topics will be adjusted to meet the participants’ needs as good as possible.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Friday 10th - Saturday 11th July and Friday 17th or Saturday 18th July 2020

Location: Small Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: In the Career Mentoring and Management: Applying for Jobs on the Wider Market workshop, you will receive comprehensive career mentoring about the wealth of alternative career paths that are open to you as well as advice on how to best find and access these jobs. You will also be armed with key communication skills that will prove to be a prerequisite for career success on the wider market. You will be given advice on how to optimally build your CV and resumé as well as on how to write convincing personal career mission statements and strong core competencies summaries that will be attractive to a wide range of future employers. You will also learn how to best present your skills and talents in attention-grabbing application letters. Finally, we will role play questions that regularly come up during interviews to ensure that you gain the competitive edge over other application candidates.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 13th - Wednesday 15th July 2020

Location: Small Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description:The Presenting with Confidence Workshop helps you to improve your PowerPoint presentation performance by learning how to optimally design and professionally deliver your talk. In the safety of the training environment, we will assess the content and structure of your own talk as well as your body language and overall delivery style. Together we will analyse your slides and develop strategies to optimally explain them. Special emphasis will also be placed on how to avoid or cope with common problems associated with the question and answer session. Finally, you will also learn how to enhance your delivery style and establish strong rapport, thereby ensuring professional and confident presentation of your talk and an enjoyable and informative experience for your audience.
The Presenting with Confidence Workshop is ideal for early stage research scientists with little or no presentation experience.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 24th - Friday 25th September 2020

Location: S30-31, IT training room, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Andreas Binder

Description: This two-day workshop is „hands-on“, i.e. you will directly practice the course contents at the computer during the workshop. It will start from scratch and teach you the basics of vector graphics until you will be able to draw your own schematics and data figures. The trainer can flexibly adapt to your needs if you would like to have special topics covered. It can also include basics of Adobe Photoshop. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply your new skills to create and design advanced graphics and data representations for talks, posters, and your publications.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th September 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description: This workshop enables life scientists to effectively and rapidly analyse their data using the R software package.

Participants learn how to:

  • operate R using variables, functions, indexing, and packages.
  • import their own data regardless of size or format.
  • perform standard statistical tests on large data-sets.
  • produce plots and highlight specific data-points.
  • begin programming in R using the apply functions.
  • use split-combine-apply strategies for calculations and data manipulation.
  • begin to adopt a bioinformatician’s perspective.

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 15th - Friday 16th October 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description: This two-day workshop enables life scientists to effectively create figures based on quantitative data that add impact to their publications. The workshop is divided into two one-day modules: Principles and Applications.

Participants learn how to:

  • use figures and tables to effectively tell the story of their research.
  • decide whether text, tables, or plots are most appropriate to convey the message of each result.
  • choose the most appropriate plot type for their data.
  • understand the science of perception and apply design principles to communicate their message clearly.
  • use aesthetics to relate sensory attributes (color, shape, etc.) to abstractions (enrichment, change-over-time).
  • distinguish between graphics for publication and for data exploration. 

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop


Date:
Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd October 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Marco Masia

Description:
The workshop will focus on core concepts in entrepreneurial capacity building, using the approach pioneered by the Harvard Business School, that is currently used by leading Business Schools worldwide. In addition to its core components, the workshop will tailor specific elements to the customer expertise, research programme, and needs. This workshop is structured to teach researchers how to navigate an entrepreneurial journey from idea generation to starting a business.

Working in teams, Researchers will be trained to identify an entrepreneurial idea, make it profitable, improve on it, start a business, and deliver a successful product. Key learning objectives are: 

  1. To understand the challenges of creating a business and how to overcome them; 
  2. To identify the risks involved in an entrepreneurial endeavor and avoid typical pitfalls; 
  3. To understand which strategies need to be followed in order to be successful in business.

The trainer, Dr. Marco Masia, is a scientist and entrepreneur. With a MSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Physics, he has worked as a Professor of Theoretical Chemistry for ten years at the University of Sassari. He has published many high impact papers (in Science, and other highly ranked journals), participated in European projects, and collaborated with diverse research teams across the world. With a Masters of Business Administration from the Frankfurt School of Business, he has founded and managed a start-up, has managed a large non-profit organization, and currently advises start-ups and SMEs. The training syllabus draws from his unique experience in research, business and entrepreneurship, and management, and is tailored specifically to researchers.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 5th - Friday 6th November 2020

Location: Small Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: Knowing how to design a well-structured, visually attractive poster is a must for every researcher. However, due to insufficient know-how and inexperience, you may fail to get your message across and also not present your poster optimally.

To overcome these problems, the Designing and Presenting Posters Workshop focuses on the key dos and don’ts of strong poster design using your own poster as material. In addition, you will be coached on how to effectively make your key points and convey your message as well as on how to make the best impression on interested parties. This workshop will, therefore, enable you not only to design and present a poster competently but also to represent yourself and your Institute more professionally.
The Designing and Presenting Posters Workshop is ideal for early-stage research scientists with no or little poster designing and presenting experience.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Saturday 7th November 2020

Location: Small Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: The Career Orientation: Shaping and Steering your Career Path workshop is aimed at providing you with (1) professional advice on what your career options are and (2) hands-on mentoring on how to make it on your chosen career path whether in academia or on the wider market or both. Such an approach will allow you to make informed strategic choices on how best to shape and steer your career path.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Thursday 26th - Friday 27th November 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Kristina Popova

Description: This 2-day workshop will cover the essential aspects of journalism for scientists, with a focus on two main types of articles – news and features. Students will learn about different stages of preparing an article – from drafting the first outline to conducting interviews, writing and editing. We will also explore some of the latest trends such as online vs print journalism, real-time reporting, and blogging.

By the end of the workshop, we will discuss career options for science writers and everyone will leave with at least one written sample which can be used in job applications.

 

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th December 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: Do you have data to publish, but keep putting off writing that paper because you don’t know where to begin?

How to get started and keep going as well as what goes where and in which tense will be the starting point of this workshop. We will also review key scientific sentence structures as well as strategies to keep your text concise and precise. Issues such as how to create flow and generate the correct level of emphasis will also be discussed. Together we will explore how to make scientific writing understandable and readable and begin the process of integrating these factors into your own scientific writing style. Finally, we will formulate a plan on how you can improve your scientific vocabulary and writing style for future writing tasks. The Scientific Writing Workshop is ideal for non-native English-speaking early stage research scientists


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 10th - Friday 11th December 2020

Location: Large Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

Trainer: Sabine Walter & Greta Wonneberger

Description: Quite commonly it is not the person who works hard or has exceptional grades who gets ahead professionally; rather, it is the person who markets themselves the best. This is not only a frustrating situation for the deserving employee, but is also detrimental to the company and the organization as top talent is overlooked.

At the end of this workshop, you will know your strengths and talents and consider them resources. You will be able to clearly communicate your goals. You will stand by what you say and will be able to convey your goals and opinions convincingly. You will have a clearer plan for your professional future and understand how to use  networking to further your goals.