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


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Responsible Research 2021
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Symposium | March 25-26, 2021 | REGISTER NOW!

 

Thursday March 25th - Friday March 26th, 2021


Time: 9:00 - 14:00  -  virtual event

For more information please visit "Responsible Research"  with details about the program

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IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 4th - Friday 5th March 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Matthias Merkelbach

Description: What are my unique abilities and interests critical in determining the right career path for me? Can I combine my ideas about a fulfilled life with a university career?

You will discuss about that and develop a strategy for embarking on an academic career path or other career choices. This seminar helps to answer this – and other - questions for all those who want to plan their career to develop strategically. It focuses on supporting young scientists and researchers. It offers them possibilities to reflect upon future career choices whether you are leaving the academic field or not. Based on their individual profiles, participants develop their own vision for their future personal and professional lives.


 

 

IMPRS-LS Lecture Series

 

Speaker: Émilie Macé  |  MPI of Neurobiology

Date: Thursday 11th March 2021 at 5 pm (CET)

Location: online event

Link to meeting: https://mpi-biochemistry.zoom.us/j/99259023225

Meeting-ID: 992 5902 3225

Password: 456947

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

 

Confrimation of lecture attendance:
Due to very high numbers of external students, a confirmation of lecture attendance can only be issued for students who are enrolled at one of the universities located in Munich, Germany.

Details about "Proof of attendance" & "Lecture netiquette"

 
Program of the IMPRS Lecture Series


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th March 2021

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

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Intelligent machines are used to be found in science fiction. However, especially recently with the advent of “deep learning”, many tasks that have been doomed impossible are now approachable. In this three days lasting, intense course, we learn the basics of Machine and Deep Learning. We start from linear regression and work our way to convolutional neural networks to classify data and to find region of interests (ROIs) in images. We use the established TensorFlow (from Google) framework and use Keras to interface the TensorFlow backend.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Wednesday 17th - Monday 22nd March 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Amani Said

Description: The Career Booster Program Workshop Series has been specifically designed to support PhD candidates, Postdocs and other academics to leverage their PhD by making a successful career transition, whether within or outside of academia.


The main challenges PhDs struggle with when it comes to career development are:

  •     lack of clarity, not knowing what the next career step should be
  •     not knowing where to start and the strategies to use
  •     not understanding their own value, skills and the results they can create and more importantly how they can transfer their research training to another field
  •     not having a long-term plan or career vision
  •     fear of the unknown (especially if outside of academia)
  •     where to find positions and how to network

 

As a result of taking the Career Booster Program, candidates experience clarity on their career path, they gain the confidence and learn the tools to create their desired careers. The programs 4 workshops and group coaching help scientists tackle the main challenges mentioned above.


 

 

IMPRS-LS Lecture Series

 

Speaker: Rüdiger Klein  |  MPI of Neurobiology

Date: Thursday 18th March 2021 at 5 pm (CET)

Location: online event

Link to meeting: https://mpi-biochemistry.zoom.us/j/99259023225

Meeting-ID: 992 5902 3225

Password: 456947

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

 

Confrimation of lecture attendance:
Due to very high numbers of external students, a confirmation of lecture attendance can only be issued for students who are enrolled at one of the universities located in Munich, Germany.

Details about "Proof of attendance" & "Lecture netiquette"

 
Program of the IMPRS Lecture Series


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop


Date: Tuesday 23rd - Monday 29th March 2021

Location: online

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 Lecture

 

Speaker: Hannes Mutschler  |  MPI of Biochemistry

Date: Thursday 25th March 2021 at 5 pm (CET)

Location: online event

Link to meeting: https://mpi-biochemistry.zoom.us/j/99259023225

Meeting-ID: 992 5902 3225

Password: 456947

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

 

Confrimation of lecture attendance:
Due to very high numbers of external students, a confirmation of lecture attendance can only be issued for students who are enrolled at one of the universities located in Munich, Germany.

Details about "Proof of attendance" & "Lecture netiquette"

 
Program of the IMPRS Lecture Series


 

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IMPRS-LS Seminar

 

Date:     Thursday 8th April 2021  |  time tba
               Friday 9th April 2021       |  time tba

Location:  online |  closed event, open only for IMPRS-LS students

The IMPRS-LS Seminar is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their innovative research to their peers in a friendly environment. IMPRS-LS students will have the chance to present their projects in either talk or poster format.

Our poster sessions provide the perfect opportunity for IMPRS-LS students to network with colleagues and discuss their most recent findings (no poster session due to online format). Students additionally have the chance to vote for their favorite talk, with the winners from each category being announced at the end of the seminar.

 


 

 

IMPRS-LS Lecture Series

 

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

Date: Thursday 8th April 2021 at 5 pm (CET)

Location: online event

Link to meeting: https://mpi-biochemistry.zoom.us/j/99259023225

Meeting-ID: 992 5902 3225

Password: 456947

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

 

Confrimation of lecture attendance:
Due to very high numbers of external students, a confirmation of lecture attendance can only be issued for students who are enrolled at one of the universities located in Munich, Germany.

Details about "Proof of attendance" & "Lecture netiquette"

 
Program of the IMPRS Lecture Series


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 12th - Tuesday 13th April 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Michael Gordian

Description: More than ever, the ability to develop fresh ideas, to formulate new questions and to explore uncharted scientific areas are vital to one's professional career. True creativity is key to success in academia and, of course, beyond. The main goal of this practical webinar is to familiarise you with some of the best-practice techniques of creative thinking for your scientific work and research. We will focus mainly on the concepts and exercises developed by Sir Edward de Bono, one of the greatest experts on the subject worldwide (who, however, is largely unknown in Germany). We will also explore some other famous creative techniques, for example 'oblique strategies' which David Bowie has famously used while composing one of his albums. You will get to try out and practice these techniques in various individual and group exercises, applying them to your own work. Furthermore, you will learn about the do's and don'ts of creative thinking, discussing and reflecting on key concepts such as the 'inner censor' and the 'diamond of creativity'. At the end of this workshop, you will have a 'toolbox' with various techniques which you can use independently in your daily work and research.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Friday 16th - Saturday 17th with follow-up on Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th April 2021

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

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description:  Do you want to get your own research fellowship but don’t know how to get started?

The Getting Funded Workshop addresses the needs of PhD students wanting to apply for funding for their first postdoctoral position. Together we will explore what makes a research idea fundable and a research proposal reviewer friendly. Strategies on how best to present your research idea and yourself will be discussed. You will also be given the tools and the vocabulary to better write your research plan as well as sections not encountered at the paper writing stage, such as justifying choice of lab, projecting your future career aims and promoting yourself as the ideal researcher for the job. Finally, grant scouting information and tips will be provided about major funding sources both in Europe and the USA.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st April 2021

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: Monday 19th April - Friday 4th June 2021

Location: online

Trainer:  Nadine Sinclair

Description: FastForward is the productivity system for researchers. It is helping early-stage researchers lead projects with more confidence, more focus and less stress in just 7 weeks. It includes seven modules:

  1. The 12-week vision
  2. The project charter
  3. The results generator
  4. The sprint planner
  5. The productive day
  6. The sprint
  7. The improvement engine

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Wednesday 5th - Monday 10th May 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Amani Said

Description: The Career Booster Program Workshop Series has been specifically designed to support PhD candidates, Postdocs and other academics to leverage their PhD by making a successful career transition, whether within or outside of academia.


The main challenges PhDs struggle with when it comes to career development are:

  •     lack of clarity, not knowing what the next career step should be
  •     not knowing where to start and the strategies to use
  •     not understanding their own value, skills and the results they can create and more importantly how they can transfer their research training to another field
  •     not having a long-term plan or career vision
  •     fear of the unknown (especially if outside of academia)
  •     where to find positions and how to network

 

As a result of taking the Career Booster Program, candidates experience clarity on their career path, they gain the confidence and learn the tools to create their desired careers. The programs 4 workshops and group coaching help scientists tackle the main challenges mentioned above.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 20th - Friday 21st May 2021

Location: S45, 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: Wednesday 26th May - Tuesday 1st June 2021

Location: online

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: Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th June 2021

Location: online

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: Wednesday 23rd - Thursday 24th June 2021

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

Trainer: Verena Resch

Description: This workshop teaches basics in graphic design, thus giving you the tools to create your own visual identity as a scientist and communicate your results. First module focuses on the basics of graphic design. These include colour theory and colour systems, image formats (e.g., vector and pixel format) and typography. Furthermore, we will get to the bottom of modern graphic design and break it down to the basic concepts. The goal is to learn how to apply these concepts to your daily life as a scientist.

Second module will cover basisc of 3D-rendering. Most of you taped into this topic when using, for example, Pymol or Chem3D for rendering. These programs are perfect when you only want to create one single 3D molecule or protein. However, if you want to spoil your molecule or protein with a complete “photo shoot” including perfect lighting and a suiting surrounding, we need some advanced rendering technique.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Wednesday 23rd - Monday 28th June 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Amani Said

Description: The Career Booster Program Workshop Series has been specifically designed to support PhD candidates, Postdocs and other academics to leverage their PhD by making a successful career transition, whether within or outside of academia.


The main challenges PhDs struggle with when it comes to career development are:

  •     lack of clarity, not knowing what the next career step should be
  •     not knowing where to start and the strategies to use
  •     not understanding their own value, skills and the results they can create and more importantly how they can transfer their research training to another field
  •     not having a long-term plan or career vision
  •     fear of the unknown (especially if outside of academia)
  •     where to find positions and how to network

 

As a result of taking the Career Booster Program, candidates experience clarity on their career path, they gain the confidence and learn the tools to create their desired careers. The programs 4 workshops and group coaching help scientists tackle the main challenges mentioned above.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Friday 9th - Saturday 10th July and Friday 16th or Saturday 17th July 2021

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 4th - Tuesday 5th October 2021

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

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Programming is a highly desirable and applicable skill in science. With the open-source and universal programming language Python, you can acquire, analyze, and present your data easily without leaving one programming environment. In this introductory course, students will learn how to write small Python scripts using Jupyter notebooks. We will cover why Python is an ideal programming language to learn, the Python syntax, data types, conditional statements, loops and file I/O. We glance at scientific Python packages and version control.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Wednesday 6th October 2021

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

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Programming is a highly desirable and applicable skill in science. With the open source and universal programming language Python, you can acquire, analyze, and present your data easily without leaving one programming environment.

A lot of daily tasks are easy to reasonable difficult to automate or simplify. In this one-day workshop, students will learn how to batch process files, interact with CSV and Excel files easily and create paper quality plots with ease. Further, part of the course is dedicated to the needs of the students and we will work us through some issues course participants are faced with.

Course aim:
Learn to rename, read and process files dynamically, use the pandas and seaborn package for data mining, statistics and plotting.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 14th - Friday 15th October 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Programming is a highly desirable and applicable skill in science. With the open-source and universal programming language Python, you can acquire, analyze, and present your data easily without leaving one programming environment.

This workshop focuses on scientific image processing using Python. We discuss different file formats and origins, how to open different file formats and deal with metadata. We cover basic image processing principles such as histogram equalization, (local) thresholding, alignment and segmentation. For each topic, we will use real data to showcase the applicability of the learned functions. On the second day, we will further emphasize functions that fit the students’ needs and invite one to two speakers that show briefly where they use Python in image processing. The course also highlights strategies how to tackle an image processing pipeline.

This course will be adjusted according to the participants’ background.

Course aim:
Use the skimage and OpenCV package to process imaging data.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th October 2021

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

Trainer: Kai Hüwelmeyer

Description: Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in grant applications, in lab meetings and in conference presentations. Nevertheless, the bases for strong and correct arguments are not always fully clear to them. Logic provides extremely helpful tools for scientists to develop their arguments in a coherent, well-structured and convincing way. The seminar gives an introduction to the most important concepts of logic: premises and conclusions of arguments, validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, common types of inferences and fallacies.

The idea of the seminar is to use these concepts as a toolbox which provides very useful techniques for everyday scientific work. The participants learn how to reconstruct arguments from scientific texts, how to give well-structured and logically valid arguments, and how to avoid misunderstandings. There are two main sets of exercises: one for written argumentation and one for oral argumentation.

Contents:

  • basic concepts of logic (validity and soundness of arguments etc.)

  • inductive and deductive arguments

  • common types of fallacies

  • reconstructing arguments from texts

  • tips and exercises for written argumentation

  • tips and exercises for oral argumentation


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 11th - Friday 12th November 2021

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.