Upcoming Events

Below please find a list of upcoming training events held at IMB for students of the International PhD Programme on "Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and Genome Stability" and/or IMB postdocs. Courses are open 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).

Date Event Further information
23.07.2019 How to build, develop and use a professional network

Trainers: Bérénice Kimpe & Dr. Melike Riollet
Date: 23 July 2019, 14:00-17:00
Target Group: PhD students & postdocs

For each of your career steps and whatever your goal is, using your network professionally is necessary to increase your chances on the job market. However, networking is made of rules and guidelines that you have to know.

This course will introduce you to the principles of networking and its benefits for career development. It will also provide you with tools and methods to develop and mobilize your network for your career plan.

You will learn:

- Building and mapping your network
- Rules of networking: practices to adopt and to avoid
- How to present yourself effectively: structure and content of a good professional pitch
- Informational interviews: how to prepare them and to conduct them
- How to overcome resistance from your contacts

The training includes practical experience in creating your professional pitch and feedback from the trainers.

Please apply by 08 July 2019

No participation fee is required

10.09.2019Writing from submission to publication

Getting your paper “through the hoops”: Writing for greatest success, from submission to publication

Trainer: Andrew Moore - Editor-in-Chief at Wiley-VCH
Date & time: 10 September 2019
Target group: PhD students and postdocs

Writing successfully starts with knowing and understanding for whom you are writing, and their expectations.

Often, getting good research through the “editorial checkpoint”, through review and into publication is not so much about radically changing the research and the core of the paper, but rather about how you can tailor your writing to engage and inform your audiences optimally: the best science in the world simply won’t be recognized as such if it’s organized and written badly.

In this workshop, we’ll explore in theory and practice the written communication in, and accompanying, your research paper from the point of screening by the receiving editor, through peer review, and ending with readership engagement. You can look forward to interactive exercises, short writing assignments, and the chance to bring along your paper-in-progress as an example if you wish! You’ll also have the chance to ask questions about editorial, peer review and decision making – the bread-and-butter of an editor’s work.

Please register by 15 August 2019.

16.10.2019Convincing Scientific Presentations

Trainer: Matthias Mayer, mmsc.de, Berlin
Date & Time: 16 + 17 October 2019 (10:00 - 18:00; 09:00 - 17:00)
Target group: Young researchers in Life Science
In this introductory session on scientific presentation skills you will receive an overview of the fundamental aspects that make a scientific talk a good scientific talk.
1. Creating Clear Content
2. Designing Proper Slides
3. Being Convincing on Stage
The training includes video taping of your own presentations

Please apply by 15 September 2019
Fee for non-IPP participants: 300 EUR

11.11.2019Find your career path

Referent: Barbara Hoffbauer, KEPOS GmbH
Date & Time: 11 November, 09:00 - 17:00 + 12 November 2019, 09:00 - 13:00 (1.5 days)

Target group:
advanced PhD students and young postdocs in life science
The participants will look back at their past professional career and analyse own motivation and skills. They will reflect their visibility in the scientific community as well as business-related competences developed during their PhD. An overview of jobs available for young bio scientists together with competence clusters required for various professional fields will give the participants an idea of career options. Matching appealing options with own competences allows the participants to find suitable career paths. Finally, we will look at how these career goals can be achieved, which networks might be useful and which qualifications and skills need to be acquired. This highly interactive workshop will provide the opportunity to discuss individual personal cases of the participants and to find creative solutions with the help of the group.

Please apply by 4 October 2019
Fee for non-IPP participants: 300 EUR

18.11.2019 Agile Project Management

Trainer: Nuno Pais
Date: 18 November 2019, 1 day
Target group: Postdocs

Are you going to manage complex, innovative projects in the future? Do you expect that the objectives of the projects might change? Will the steps towards success be unclear? Will you cooperate with multiple partners? If so, you might want to explore project management approaches that facilitate fast and efficient adaptation to unexpected challenges.

This course enables you to understand the concept of agile project management. It presents you methods which can help you to limit risk, provide transparency and adapt to changing demands through short, high value iterations in your projects.

You ...
- understand the characteristics of complex projects
- know the foundations for agility in project management
- know how to plan your agile project and what it takes to do so
- understand the success factors for your agile projects
- know how to set up a collaborative agile project team
- are aware of group development stages and what enhances team work

Please apply by 7 October 2019.
Fee for non-IMB participants: EUR 150

20.11.2019Critical Reasoning & Logic

Trainer: Dr Malte Engel - Argumentationskompetenz
Date & Time: 20 + 21 November 2019 (09:00 - 17:00)
Target group: Young researchers in Natural Science 
Abstract: Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in grant applications, in lab meetings and in conference presentations. The seminar introduces 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.

Please apply by 20 October 2019.

Fee for non-IMB participants: 300€

02.12.2019Proposal Writing - Key factors for success

Trainer: Dr Wilma Simoleit
Date: 2 December 2019
Time: 10:00 -18:00
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.
This workshop is targeted at PhD students 2nd year and up.
Apply by 31 October 2019
Fee for non-IPP participants: EUR 220

16.12.2019Strategic Application

Referent: Gaby Schilling, KEPOS GmbH Frankfurt
Date & Time: 16 December 2019 (full day), 09:30 - 17:30

Target group: advanced PhD students, young Postdocs
The aim of this workshop is to translate professional goals into how to address the potential employers. The participants learn how to design their application documents for different professional goals.
Differences between academia and the private sector as well as country-specific aspects will be dealt with if and as far as the participants wish. Self-initiated applications play just as important a role as responses to calls for tenders. In the second part, the participants practice their own self-presentation and how to deal with typical and difficult interview questions.

Please apply by 1 November 2019.
Fee for non-IPP participants: 200€

03.03.2020Project management basic certification IPMA

By registering for this course, you agree with paying the certification fee of 150 € per person (price for students, otherwise 225 €). Costs for the Training (mandatory for participating in the exam) and preparation for the exam are covered by the IPP for IPP students (value of > 400 € per Person).

Referent: Dr. Karen Dittmann
Date & Time: 03 + 04 March and 10 + 11 March 2020
Target group: The knowledge of how to apply project management to research projects is an additional competence for all scientists which are interested to work in the industry or in research institutes.

The "GPM Basic Certification (IPMA based on the new standard ICB4.0)" helps to show your skills in this management field towards future employers. The training to get the certification improves your organizational skills and helps to operate more professionally.

The course will cover the following contents:

Part 1: Project simulation
We run a 2day project simulation to learn basic project tools and to develop a common understanding of what is important to know about project work.

Part 2: 2 Day Preparation for the exam
We learn more project management tools and all 23 competence Elements the certification is based on like:

•    Project design
•    Stakeholder management
•    Goals and requirements
•    Risk management
•    Quality management
•    Scope and deliverables
•    Schedules
•    Cost planning
•    Communication
•    ...

Please apply by 30 January 2020