Upcoming Events

Below please find a list of upcoming training events held at IMB for members of the International PhD Programme (IPP) on "Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and Genome Stability", the IMB Postdoc Programme (IPPro), the RTG GenEvo and the iRTG of the SFB1361. Courses are open also to other young scientists for a fee covering the costs of trainer and course organisation.

If there is no other information in the course description, all courses are taking place at IMB, Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz (University Campus).
* Costs for members of the IPP, IPPro, SFB 1361 and GenEvo are covered by the respective programmes.

Date Event Further information
23.06.2023Stress Competence

Trainer: Janice Williamson

Date & Time: 23 June 2023, 9:00 – 17:00; Follow-up meeting 31 October 2023, 09:00 - 13:00 

Venue: tentative onsite

Target group: PhD students


The course supports PhD students in increasing their personal resilience. It helps participants to identify and manage the challenges of their doctoral journey with a view to protecting their health and boosting their performance. Participants learn to identify stress-inducing thoughts and habits and to develop mental and practical strategies to better cope with their heavy workload. The initial one day seminar will be followed by a full day workshop approximately 6 months later.


Please register by 23 May 2023

To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de


26.06.2023Resilience Training - Building Inner Strength through Mindfulness

Trainer: Dr. Taiya Mikisch

Date & Time: 26 June 2023, 9:00-16:00

Venue: online

Target group: all scientific and non-scientific staff interested


Academics have to meet multiple demands in their professional lives ( for example working on a PhD project, managing other work commitments, publishing articles and often also tending to personal commitments like family or care work). At the same time, they need to work with precision and high professionality. At the moment, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic with all its consequences for our health and our stress-levels. A feeling of strain or overwhelm can become a constant companion. If this feeling stays, it can lead to problems with mental and physical health.

Therefore, assessing our capacities honestly and strengthening our individual resilience is helpful. A mindfulness practice can help to structure our working days in a sensible way, to work according to our capacities and to strengthen our individual resources.

This workshop provides theoretical impulses on the topics of resilience, mindfulness and the perception of the body. Also, participants have the opportunity to get to know different body-oriented mindfulness tools and have time for reflection and exchange with peers. Individual resources and strengths are highlighted and at the same time a healthy distance towards everyday-life challenges is cultivated. All exercises are designed to be applied in everyday life.


Please register by 26 May 2023

To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de


04.07.2023Adobe Illustrator for intermediate level

Trainer: Christian Nuber

Date and Time: 4 July 2023, 9:00-17:00

Target group: Postdocs & PhD students

Venue: tentative onsite


This training conveys the advanced techniques in using Adobe Illustrator. After repeating the basics, complex graphics, special diagrams and graphs will be produced. The mixture of photos and drawn graphics and the export in various saving options completes the training. Interactive exercises deepen the techniques. Topics include among others:

• Creating complex graphics, using paths and anchor points

• Vectorization of different kinds of pixel images

• Understanding Color models (RGB, CMYK) for usage on monitors and for printing

• Creating individual color swatches and swatch groups

• Creating scientific graphics and posters

• Creating individual pencils and brushes

• Using and formatting by style sheets

• Using patterns and graphic styles

Participants should have already attended the Adobe Illustrator Beginner Level course, or have previous experience working with the software.


Please register by 5 June 2023

To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de


05.07.2023Effective Communication

Trainer: Imke Lode (ProSciencia)

Date and Time: 5 + 6 July 2023, 9:00-17:00

Venue: tentative: onsite

Target group: PhD students & Postdocs


This is a 2-day highly interactive workshop with trainer input, exemplary critical situations, plenary reflections and discussions, individual and group exercises as well as trainer feedback. The aim of this seminar is to gain professional competences for everyday academic life.

The following topics will be covered:


  • What constitutes a successful diverse, multi-national scientific team?
  • Your critical experiences with multi-national scientific teams
  • Circle of Causes of Conflicts and the 4 Dimensions of Diversity
  • Our Diversity, Perception, and Cultural Imprints as an Orientation System
  • Iceberg models of Culture and Communication
  • Key Cultural Imprints: their impact on cooperation & communication, working relations, and learning & teaching by and in multi-national scientific teams
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Building intercultural bridges
  • Team development and collaboration in successful diverse scientific teams
  • 4 Sides of Communication
  • Non-violent Communication as interculturally aware form of communication
  • Flower-Model: Diversity- and Intercultural Competences for your teamwork


Please register by 7 June 2023

To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de


10.07.2023Proposal Writing - Key factors for success

Trainer: Dr. Wilma Simoleit

Date & Time: 10 July 2022 (9:00 -17:00)

Venue: online

Target group: PhD students 2nd year and up and Postdocs


To attract funding for the own position or the realization of project ideas is a major basis for success in science. In this workshop the participants train to write a convincing proposal. The design of the workshop is such, that you will work with your current or a future scientific subject in order to apply the content of the workshop directly to your specific needs. Major focus of the proposal writing will be a strong title, a convincing summary and strategic considerations to develop a project plan with an adequate budget. We will discuss the concept and content of proposals, their evaluation and principles of the funding system with relevance for proposal writing. You also get to know unwritten rules you should keep in mind, when applying for extramural funds. Optional, participants, who are currently writing a proposal can bring their summary for analysis and further development. 


Please register by 12 June 2023

To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de


03.08.2023How to make your next job application a success

Trainer: Dr. Prateek Mahalwar

Date and Time: 3 & 4 August 2023, 09:00-17:00

Target group: Postdocs; senior PhD students

Venue: IMB


During the workshop the participants will have a chance to learn about the following topics:


  • How to make a professional CV and cover letter
  • How to identify potential fitting jobs
  • Tailoring CV and cover letter to specific applications
  • Individual feedback on CVs
  • How to prepare for interviews outside academia
  • Most common pitfalls at interviews
  • How to answer standard and difficult interview questions
  • Interview practice in small groups


Please register by 23 June 2023

To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de