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: Thursday 20th - Friday 21st May 2021

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: 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 7th June - Tuesday 8th June 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Brian Cusack

Description: This two-day workshop enables life scientists to communicate their research clearly and effectively. Through numerous writing examples and relevant exercises as well as class discussions, participants learn how to describe their research findings in a publication containing a flowing narrative with a clear “take home message”. The interactive nature of the workshop means participants benefit not only from the extensive experience of the instructor but also from the ideas of other participants.

The workshop teaches participants not only to target their publication to a specific audience but also to direct their day-to-day research using the writing process.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Wednesday 9th June - Friday 11th June 2021

Location: online

Trainer:  Karin Bodewits

Description: Conflicts are a normal part of our daily communication. Why does this term have such a neg-ative 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 par-ticipants.

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 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: Thursday 17th June - Monday 21st June 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Viola Kraus

Description: This course, comprised of online group workshops and brief self-study, aims to equip you with skills for your future work life.


In our evening online sessions you can expect short lecture sequences followed by break out sessions and moments of reflection around the following topics:
•    Insights on how the work environment is due to change (“Future of Work”) based on technology and innovation
•    What are „new work“ methods: how are you potentially using already these methods  
•    Skills to be adaptable and flexible for an ongoing change in the workplace


 

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: 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: Monday 5th July - Wednesday 7th July 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Karin Bodewits

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: 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 12th - Wednesday 14th July 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 July 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Viola Kraus

Description: Knowing yourself, your skills and what you can offer in the work environment is an essential step towards navigating your career. In our half-day workshop we spend time on revisiting your skills and then, with the help of the branding canvas (a „Design Thinking tool“), you will put it on paper. Through mini-presentations with your peers and iteration, this tool will be a living and breathing document you can take away after the workshop (as a hardware tool or digital format) and continue to work with it.
By the end of this workshop you will have a clearer understanding of your brand and you will have practiced to present yourself.


 

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IMPRS-LS Seminar

 

Date:     Thursday 26th August 2021             

Location:  tbd  |  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 Workshop

 

Date: Monday 13th September 2021

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

Trainer: Karin Bodewits

Description: As a scientist, we often work in a cross-cultural setting. Our research groups are interna-tional, we collaborate around the globe, and most of us will spend part -or even all- of our career abroad. We can and should feel privileged to work in such a diverse and intercultural work environment. But these cultural and -of course- also individual differences can lead to all sorts of misunderstandings. These misunderstandings can lead to a broad variety of unde-sired consequences, such as failed collaborations, frustrations, feelings of hurt, anxiety and anger, culture shock and missed opportunities for knowledge transfer.


Cultural awareness is the first step in sidestepping these undesired consequences. We can improve our cross-cultural relations, and tap from the full potential of your intercultural teams.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 27th - Wednesday 29th September 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Viola Kraus

Description: Our evening workshop series on virtual work will explore three critical aspects. Our evening sessions are comprised of mini-lecture sequences, break-out groups and moments of self-reflection.


1) how to ensure that you can still work well and collaborate and meet efficiently as a team
    - the psychology of virtual teams
    - missing communication cues in a virtual team context
    - practical tools for effective teaming and meeting virtually
2) how to better manage yourself while you feel more detached from your peers and teams
    - analyse your habits
    - receive tools for changing hindering habits
    - practice how to foster good self-management habits
3) how to better present in the virtual context
    - what is missing when presenting in a virtual context, what do we have to make up for?
    - how to still convince your audience through voice and preparation of content


 

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: Monday 4th October - Friday 19th November 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 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: Monday 8th - Tuesday 9th November 2021

Location: online

Trainer: Kristina Popova

Description: In this workshop the participants are introduced to the storytelling elements and formulas applied by the entertainment industry, and learn how to use them to effectively communicate scientific research. The workshop focusses on storytelling as applied to science talks, however the same tools and structures can also be applied to writing. Throughout the workshop we build upon the prepared presentation drafts, introducing the storytelling elements and structure into each of them. Towards the end of the workshop, we put the acquired knowledge into context and look at how scientists can use the same techniques in their day to-day life.


 

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.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Saturday 13th November 2021

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: Wednesday 24th - Tuesday 30th November 2021

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.