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

Please note that IMPRS-LS workshops and IMPRS-LS seminars are closed events for IMPRS-LS predocs only.

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th May 2022

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: Mondays 13th + 20th + 27th June 2022

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: Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st with follow-up on Friday 24th June 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 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: Wednesday 22nd - Tuesday 28th June 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description: This workshop enables life scientists to effectively create figures based on quantitative data that add impact to their publications. The workshop is divided into two 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: Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 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: Monday 11th - Tuesday 12th July 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Philipp Gramlich

Description: Are you dreaming of becoming a professor one day? Or, are you just not sure yet if this is the ‘right’ career path for you? Then this online workshop is the perfect way to find out more about the academic track, what universities are looking for, and how to plan your career strategically.

In this course you will learn…
• About the academic track; what is it like?
• The academic portfolio; what do you need to achieve to become a professor?
• Introspection; is this the ‘right’ path for me?
• Planning the academic career; when is a good time for what?


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th July 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer:  Philipp Gramlich

Description: Conflicts are a normal part of our daily communication. Why does this term have such a negative connotation? What keeps us from confronting conflicts head-on, before they become real problems? Most topics of this seminar will be introduced by brief and realistic examples and general principles will be showcased. A core part of the seminar are the case studies by the participants themselves. In addition, case studies by the trainer and exercises will be used in order to go deeper into the topics according to the wishes and questions of the participants.

This seminar should help to sensitise how conflicts emerge. Participants will learn to prevent conflicts. For the cases when this didn´t happen, they learn to deescalate and resolve conflicts (as conflict party or as mediator) and finally also to escalate, if there is no other solution.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th July 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

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: Wednesday 7th - Wednesday 14th September 2022

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 12th - Wednesday 14th September 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Jan Brocher

Description: Learning the ImageJ Macro scripting language from scratch to automate anything in Fiji (no prior programming knowledge necessary):

  • In-depth Analysis Automation via Macros
  • Statistical Co-Localization Analysis
  • 3D Visualisation and Quantifications
  • 3D/4D Tracking & Tracing
  • Semi-Quantitative Western Blot Analysis
  • Image Shift Correction & Stitching
  • Automating Measurements in Histological Stainings
  • Correct Resolution & Prerequisites for Intensity Analysis

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 19th September - Friday 18th November 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Nadine Sinclair

Description: Build your stress resilience and boost your mental wellbeing over the course of 9 weeks:

1. Discover your current level of resilience with the Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI)
2. Learn how to make conscious lifestyle choices that support your physical and mental health
3. Uncover your limiting core beliefs that drive your thoughts and behaviours
4. Create emotional self-awareness and develop your ability to regulate your emotions under pressure
5. Understand what gives you meaning and a sense of direction in your life
6. Learn how to maximise your ability to solve problems and to create insights
7. Learn techniques to help you push through personal and professional challenges without exhausting yourself
8. Understand how to use your intuition and trust to build mutually supportive relationships
9. Measure your progress with the PRI and build your personal resilience game plan

 


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 26th - Tuesday 27th September 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

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 28th September 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

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 29th - Friday 30th September 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

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 17th October - Friday 2nd December 2022

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: Thursday 20th - Friday 21st October 2022

Location:  online

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: Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd December 2022

Location: online

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