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, SFB1361 and GenEvo are covered by the respective programmes.

DateEventFurther information
27.05.2020Stress competence

Trainer: Janice Williamson

Date & Time: 27 May 2020, 9:00 – 17:00;

Follow-up meeting 23 November 2020, 09:00 - 13:00 

Target group: PhD students


The course supports participants in increasing their stress resilience. It helps them to cope with daily hassles more calmly, thereby promoting their performance and health in the long term. Participants learn to identify and expand their individual repertoire of resources for coping with their stress load. The initial one day seminar will be followed by a half day workshop approximately 6 months later.

Please register by 17 April 2020

Fee for external* participants: EUR 300


09.06.2020Conflict Management

Trainer: Dr Matthias Mayer

Date: 9 + 10 June 2020

Time: 10:00 - 18:00 day 1; 08:30 - 16:30 day 2


Throughout your professional career you will encounter conflicts, for example due to different interests, goals, estimations or expectations. Conflicts can originate from structural aspects like distribution of resources, from intrapersonal (individual) or from interpersonal (social) reasons. Many people avoid addressing conflicts or feel unsatisfied by the way they handle them. Rather than reacting on a purely emotional level, you can learn how to manage disputes and disagreements constructively and proactively, and to control your emotion and deal with the emotions of others. You will learn about different conflict types and the related dynamics and have a chance to think about your own behaviour.

Apply by 30 April 2020

Fee for external* participants: EUR 300


15.06.2020Self-initiated job application

Trainer: Barabara Hoffbauer (KEPOS)

Date and Time: 15 June 2020, 9-17

Target group: Postdocs and senior PhD students


The type of job you are looking for might not be advertised. It might not even exist. One way of increasing one’s chances to find the perfect job is to send a speculative application.

Whilst this workshop is about speculative applications, it is not a simple “how to” guide. Instead, the participants of this workshop will understand how they can actively shape the process of finding a job away from usual job portals and how they can create and advertise their own job. Topics dealt with are:

- Career goals – setting priorities

- Use and extension of one’s network

- Developing messages about yourself

- Type and sources of helpful information

- How to address potential employers

The participants should have already developed an idea of the type of career they want to pursue and bring a personal case to practice on.

Please register by 20 May 2020

Fee for external* participants: EUR 200


19.06.2020Foundations for Successful Scientific Presentations

Trainer: Amanda Habbershaw, Orlando Schenk 

Date & Time: 19 + 29 June 2020 (10:00 - 18:00)

Target group: Young researchers in Life Science


The aim of this workshop is for participants to learn key repeatable communication skills, enabling them to enhance their scientific presentations and market their research more effectively. The workshop is facilitated by two trainers – a specialist in scientific communication and a speech and rhetoric trainer – and therefore provides participants with a unique opportunity to receive input and feedback from trainers with different backgrounds and specializations. The content includes:

• Crafting a message-based presentation, selecting content and complex data accordingly

• Planning an effective introduction and conclusion

• Organizing and linking

• Improving eye contact, movement and gesture

• Projecting your voice, optimizing articulation and melody

Fee for external* participants: EUR 300


16.09.2020Cross-Disciplinary Cooperation and Communication

Trainer: Sanin Hasibovic

Date and Time: 16 September 2020, 9-17

Target group: Postdocs and senior PhD students


This course enables you to better cope with different forms and degrees of cross-disciplinary cooperation. It makes you aware of your disciplinary background and how it possibly influences your behaviour in multidisciplinary settings. It gives insights into what it takes to foster excellent cooperation in cross-disciplinary research groups. You …

•  are aware of your own disciplinary background

•  get insights into specific traits of other disciplines

•  know different forms and phases of cross-disciplinary cooperation

•  know typical pitfalls and keys to success in cross-disciplinary research

•  understand what principles (should) govern cooperation across disciplines

•  know methods and techniques of cross-disciplinary cooperation

•  broaden your skills to design cross-disciplinary research settings

Please register by 18 August 2020

Fee for external* participants: EUR 150


09.11.2020Proposal Writing - Key factors for success

Trainer: Dr. Wilma Simoleit

Date & Time: 9 November 2020 (10:00 -18:00)

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 30 September 2020

Fee for external* participants: EUR 220