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
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€

23.01.2020Convincing Scientific Presentations

Trainer: Matthias Mayer, mmsc.de, Berlin
Date & Time: 23 + 24 January 2020 (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 December 2019
Fee for non-IPP participants: 300 EUR

24.02.2020Time Management

Trainer: Dr Renée Niessen - RCN Advies & Training http://www.rcnadvies.nl/

Date & Time
: 24 February + 16 March 2020 (2 full but separate days)
In order to participate in the course, you must be available on both days.

Target group & abstract: PhD students at any phase of their PhD 


Managing your PhD and your own working behaviour is not always easy. You have to manage your projects and experiments, write your articles, teach students, participate in meetings and presumably you have to do lots of other things that may not even be related to your PhD project.

You may find it difficult to decide what to work on, to plan your day or week, or maybe you are procrastinating a lot, not working on the important stuff. 

In this two-day training you will be invited to reflect on various aspects of (time) management of your PhD project. Which goals or milestones do you have? Which aspects in your work are essential to achieve these goals? Do you spend your time and energy on the right things? If the answer to this question is no, take action and get back on track.

You will get tools to work more efficiently. You will discover where your inefficiencies are and how to manage yourself in order to become more productive and to finish your PhD in time. 

After this course you…

will spend less time on email and can achieve inbox zero every day
will have a better overview over the PhD project and the to-do’s
can plan and prioritize your project PhD more effectively
can recognize and deal with your procrastinating behaviour
will have tools for optimizing your working style to work with more focus
know how to organize efficient meetings 
can achieve a better work – life balance
can relax and enjoy working on your PhD project

Please apply by 25 January 2020.

Fee for external* participants: 300 EUR

(*you are not part of IPP, IPPro or SFB1361)

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