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

IMPRS-LS Workshop

Date: Tuesday 24th - Wednesday 25th July 2018

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

Trainer: Ulrich Weilnhammer

Description:  Progress in science is based on Intellectual disagreement, however using this approach in our working and personal lives will sometimes lead to conflict. In a science community like ours, there are often different sources of and reasons for conflict to arise. Successful collaboration in science and at the workplace is key to professional growth and development. This is why conflict resolution skills are so essential.

What you will get from the 2-day program
- self-awareness and confidence in your own ability to avoid and handle situations that could cause conflicts
- the ability to stay calm and work through a conflict situation in an appropriate manner
- the ability to understand other peoples personal and cultural triggers, while being able to manage and resolve conflict within a team situation



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Career Symposium


The InPharma Career Symposium will take place at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry on 5. - 6. September 2018.

This career event aims to amalgamate pharmaceutical industry and academia enriching both the sectors with an experience that would help each one to find the best fit.

InPharma is a platform founded at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in 2015. The aim of InPharma is to promote the flow of expertise from academia to industry. The InPharma career conferences pursue this aim by introducing the landscape of job perspectives in pharmaceutical and biotech companies to young life scientists from the Munich area.

InPharma has established fruitful partnerships with the IZB (Innovation and Start-Up Center for Biotechnology) and five Graduate Schools from the Munich area, as well as with DGPharMed.

Join us and get inspired by learning from the experience of young entrepreneurs and representatives from the industrial sector about the scope of advancement and development in the field of healthcare industry and biotechnology.   


Highlights of InPharma

1. Talks from former life scientists

2. Developing professional contacts through mingling and lunch with speakers

3. Job opportunities for non-German speakers

4. Learn more about companies at their booths



IMPRS-LS Workshop


Date: Monday 24th - Tuesday 25th September 2018

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.



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Methods Symposium


Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018               Time: 13:00 - 18:00

Location: LMU, Biomedical Center, Small Lecture Hall N02.040

Target audience: students, doctoral candidates and junior scientists who are interested in seq-analysis and/or being literate in seq terms, open to the whole scientific community. All are welcome!

Preliminary program:

  • Welcome and introduction - Wolfgang Enard, Anthropology and Human Genetics, LMU Biocenter
  • Technology - Helmut Blum, LAFUGA Genomics Unit, LMU Gene Center
  • Genome Seq - Jochen Wolf, Evolutionary Biology, LMU Biocenter
  • RNA Seq - Wolfgang Enard, Anthropology and Human Genetics, LMU Biocenter
    • Coffee Break and Poster Session
  • Chromosome Mapping - Tobias Straub, Core Facility Bioinformatics, LMU BMC
  • Case example of data analysis: Maria Colomé Tatché, Computational Epigenomics, ICB, Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • Case example of data analysis: Julien Gagneur, Computational Biology, TUM Department of Informatics
  • Closing remarks
    • Happy Hour and Poster Session with open discussion

Registration is required: www.seq-spotlight.de


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IMPRS-LS Workshop


Date: Thursday 8th - Friday 9th November 2018

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 10th November 2018

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.



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Have a look behind the scenes!


On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Max Planck Institutes in Martinsried are arranging their next Open Day.

During guided tours through laboratories and service units as well as in lectures of the scientists, everyone interested in science can catch up on latest research activities of the institutes.

In the hands-on laboratory "MaxLab", young and old are permitted to slip into a laboratory coat and to conduct different experiments.

When the guests need a break, they can relax in our Science Cinema and watch short movies about different research projects in the Max Planck Society.

In the exhibition "What my body actually consists of", all paintings of the competition for elementary schools will be presented.

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IMPRS-LS Workshop


Date: Thursday 29th - Friday 30th November 2018

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: Friday 7th - Saturday 8th December and Friday 14th or Saturday 15th December 2018

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 10th - Wednesday 12th December 2018

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