Below is a list of upcoming IPP training events held at IMB for students of the International PhD Programme on "Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and Genome Stability" from June 2017 onwards. 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
13.06.2017 Introduction to Biostatistics

Referent: Dr. Antje Jahn
Date & time: 13 + 14 June 2017 (1.5 days), 13:00 - 18:00 + 09:00 - 18:00
Target group: PhD students, junior scientists
Module A will introduce the first steps with R:
•         Importing data files and organizing data into data frames
•         Installing packages and finding help
•         Initial data processing
Module B will provide an introduction into descriptive and univariate statistical analysis:
•         The use of summary statistics to describe data (mean, median, skewness, histograms, boxplots, standard deviation, standard error, confidence intervals)
•         The concept of statistical testing / p-values
•         Statistical tests for two-group-comparisons (chi-square test, t-test, rank tests)
•         Exercises to descriptive and univariate statistics using R
Module C will introduce more advanced statistical methods. This will cover
•         ANOVA and post-hoc tests
•         Multiple testing
•         Correlation, scatter plots and linear regression
•         Survival analysis (censored observations, Kaplan-Meier and logrank test)
•         Exercises using R
Please apply by 15 May 2017
Fee for external participants: 80€

06.09.2017Convincing Scientific Presentations

Referent: Matthias Mayer, Berlin
Date & Time: 6 + 7 September 2017 (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 1 August 2017
Fee for non-IPP participants: 300 EUR

18.10.2017Professional Communication Skills

Referent: Dr Matthias Mayer
Date: 18 + 19 October 2017
Time: 10:00 -18:00 / 09:00 - 17:00
Target Group: PhD students
To be successful in your PhD, postdoc or any other professional context in future, excellent communication skills are indispensable. It applies to discussions with supervisors, project members, colleagues, to scientific presentations or job interviews, to dialogues with superiors, subordinates or clients. You will learn how to prepare and conduct difficult conversations. You will experience the effects of different behaviours. You will find out how you come across to others and how you can further improve your current communicative skills. - How can I communicate clearly? The four-sides-model by Schulz von Thun

- How do I respond to a message? The four-ears-model
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback (essential skills during a PhD)
- Self-Image versus Public-Image – how to learn from differences
- How to communicate empathically: The art of active listening
- How to apply criticism constructively: I- versus You-messages
- The importance of body language
- Guidelines to prepare a difficult conversation
- Controlling a conversation using questions
- Dealing with emotions

Apply by 1 September 2017
Fee for non-IPP participants: EUR 300

22.11.2017Time & Self-Management

Referent: Matthias Mayer, Berlin
Date & Time: 22 + 23 November 2017 (10:00 -18:00; 9:00 - 17:00)
Target group: PhD students in Life Science
  Fundamental Requirements for good time management during your PhD
• Making decisions and developing initiative
• Topic of the dissertation: What exactly do I want to examine in my dissertation?
• How can I motivate myself on the path to completing it? What does this path look like?

Strategies for efficient and effective use of time
• Time planning and the dissertation: master plan, weekly and daily planning
• Setting priorities (Eisenhower method, Pareto principle)
• Finding your balance: dissertation – job – private life
• Getting rid of time-killers
• Working efficiently: performing research, reading, writing, archiving
• Achieving highest concentration: the Pomodoro technique
• Controlling your inner state through relaxation and concentration techniques

Please apply by 1 October 2017
Fee for non-IPP participants: EUR 300