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.


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Career Symposium


The InPharma 2022 Career Symposium will take place on

23.-24. June 2022    at the

MPI of Biochemistry, T-building.


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.


REGISTRATION link and further information are published here.


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: 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.


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IMPRS-LS Seminar


Date:     Wednesday 27th July 2022          

Location:  MPI of Biochemistry, T-building  |  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. Students additionally have the chance to vote for their favorite talk and poster, with the winners from each category being announced at the end of the seminar.



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.


  • 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