Upcoming Events

Information on additional lectures and events:

  • Calendar listing all lectures, seminars and events on the campus Großhadern/ Martinsried: link
  • Neuroscience calendar listing all lectures and seminars in Munich related to neuroscience: link

Please note that IMPRS-LS workshops and IMPRS-LS seminars are closed events for IMPRS-LS predocs only.

Application to IMPRS-LS

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The application portal of IMPRS for Molecular Life Sciences: From Biological Structures to Neural Circuits will be activated on September 1st, 2022.

Deadline of registration is November 12th, 2022. Deadline of application submission is November 15th, 2022.

For more information, please visit the application pages.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Wednesday 7th - Wednesday 14th September 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description: This workshop enables life scientists to effectively and rapidly analyse their data using the R software package.

Participants learn how to:

  • operate R using variables, functions, indexing, and packages.
  • import their own data regardless of size or format.
  • perform standard statistical tests on large data-sets.
  • produce plots and highlight specific data-points.
  • begin programming in R using the apply functions.
  • use split-combine-apply strategies for calculations and data manipulation.
  • begin to adopt a bioinformatician’s perspective.

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 12th - Wednesday 14th September 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Jan Brocher

Description: Learning the ImageJ Macro scripting language from scratch to automate anything in Fiji (no prior programming knowledge necessary):

  • In-depth Analysis Automation via Macros
  • Statistical Co-Localization Analysis
  • 3D Visualisation and Quantifications
  • 3D/4D Tracking & Tracing
  • Semi-Quantitative Western Blot Analysis
  • Image Shift Correction & Stitching
  • Automating Measurements in Histological Stainings
  • Correct Resolution & Prerequisites for Intensity Analysis

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 19th September - Friday 18th November 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Nadine Sinclair

Description: Build your stress resilience and boost your mental wellbeing over the course of 9 weeks:

1. Discover your current level of resilience with the Personal Resilience Indicator (PRI)
2. Learn how to make conscious lifestyle choices that support your physical and mental health
3. Uncover your limiting core beliefs that drive your thoughts and behaviours
4. Create emotional self-awareness and develop your ability to regulate your emotions under pressure
5. Understand what gives you meaning and a sense of direction in your life
6. Learn how to maximise your ability to solve problems and to create insights
7. Learn techniques to help you push through personal and professional challenges without exhausting yourself
8. Understand how to use your intuition and trust to build mutually supportive relationships
9. Measure your progress with the PRI and build your personal resilience game plan

 


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 26th - Tuesday 27th September 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Programming is a highly desirable and applicable skill in science. With the open-source and universal programming language Python, you can acquire, analyze, and present your data easily without leaving one programming environment. In this introductory course, students will learn how to write small Python scripts using Jupyter notebooks. We will cover why Python is an ideal programming language to learn, the Python syntax, data types, conditional statements, loops and file I/O. We glance at scientific Python packages and version control.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Wednesday 28th September 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Programming is a highly desirable and applicable skill in science. With the open source and universal programming language Python, you can acquire, analyze, and present your data easily without leaving one programming environment.

A lot of daily tasks are easy to reasonable difficult to automate or simplify. In this one-day workshop, students will learn how to batch process files, interact with CSV and Excel files easily and create paper quality plots with ease. Further, part of the course is dedicated to the needs of the students and we will work us through some issues course participants are faced with.

Course aim:
Learn to rename, read and process files dynamically, use the pandas and seaborn package for data mining, statistics and plotting.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 29th - Friday 30th September 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry (link is external)

Trainer: Andreas Kist

Description: Programming is a highly desirable and applicable skill in science. With the open-source and universal programming language Python, you can acquire, analyze, and present your data easily without leaving one programming environment.

This workshop focuses on scientific image processing using Python. We discuss different file formats and origins, how to open different file formats and deal with metadata. We cover basic image processing principles such as histogram equalization, (local) thresholding, alignment and segmentation. For each topic, we will use real data to showcase the applicability of the learned functions. On the second day, we will further emphasize functions that fit the students’ needs and invite one to two speakers that show briefly where they use Python in image processing. The course also highlights strategies how to tackle an image processing pipeline.

This course will be adjusted according to the participants’ background.

Course aim:
Use the skimage and OpenCV package to process imaging data.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 17th October - Friday 2nd December 2022

Location: online

Trainer:  Nadine Sinclair

Description: FastForward is the productivity system for researchers. It is helping early-stage researchers lead projects with more confidence, more focus and less stress in just 7 weeks. It includes seven modules:

  1. The 12-week vision
  2. The project charter
  3. The results generator
  4. The sprint planner
  5. The productive day
  6. The sprint
  7. The improvement engine

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 20th - Friday 21st October 2022

Location:  online

Trainer: Andreas Binder

Description: This two-day workshop is „hands-on“, i.e. you will directly practice the course contents at the computer during the workshop. It will start from scratch and teach you the basics of vector graphics until you will be able to draw your own schematics and data figures. The trainer can flexibly adapt to your needs if you would like to have special topics covered. It can also include basics of Adobe Photoshop. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply your new skills to create and design advanced graphics and data representations for talks, posters, and your publications.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 24th - Tuesday 25th October 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Michael Gordian

Description: More than ever, the ability to develop fresh ideas, to formulate new questions and to explore uncharted scientific areas are vital to one's professional career. True creativity is key to success in academia and, of course, beyond. The main goal of this practical webinar is to familiarise you with some of the best-practice techniques of creative thinking for your scientific work and research. We will focus mainly on the concepts and exercises developed by Sir Edward de Bono, one of the greatest experts on the subject worldwide (who, however, is largely unknown in Germany). We will also explore some other famous creative techniques, for example 'oblique strategies' which David Bowie has famously used while composing one of his albums. You will get to try out and practice these techniques in various individual and group exercises, applying them to your own work. Furthermore, you will learn about the do's and don'ts of creative thinking, discussing and reflecting on key concepts such as the 'inner censor' and the 'diamond of creativity'. At the end of this workshop, you will have a 'toolbox' with various techniques which you can use independently in your daily work and research.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Wednesday 2nd - Tuesday 15th November 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Rick Scavetta

Description: This workshop enables life scientists to effectively create figures based on quantitative data that add impact to their publications. The workshop is divided into two modules: Principles and Applications.

Participants learn how to:

  • use figures and tables to effectively tell the story of their research.
  • decide whether text, tables, or plots are most appropriate to convey the message of each result.
  • choose the most appropriate plot type for their data.
  • understand the science of perception and apply design principles to communicate their message clearly.
  • use aesthetics to relate sensory attributes (color, shape, etc.) to abstractions (enrichment, change-over-time).
  • distinguish between graphics for publication and for data exploration. 

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 
Date: Fridays 25th November - 9th December 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Elena and Martin Lichtenthaler

Description: Are you at a point in your career, where you wonder what comes next? Are you curious how to effectively network and best leverage working remotely? Look no further. During this highly interactive workshop series, you will learn how to successfully build, grow and maintain your professional networks, conduct informational interviews and proactively take the lead on your career.

This workshop series won’t be your regular online meeting. You will find yourself 100% engaged and leave every session energized, with a sense of newly found community and a clear plan of what comes next. Workload-wise, we kindly ask you to reserve an additional 30 minutes per week to revisit the content of each session and to get into the doing – the most effective way to learn.

 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd December 2022

Location: online

Trainer: Kai Hüwelmeyer

Description: Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in grant applications, in lab meetings and in conference presentations. Nevertheless, the bases for strong and correct arguments are not always fully clear to them. Logic provides extremely helpful tools for scientists to develop their arguments in a coherent, well-structured and convincing way. The seminar gives an introduction to 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.

Contents:

  • basic concepts of logic (validity and soundness of arguments etc.)

  • inductive and deductive arguments

  • common types of fallacies

  • reconstructing arguments from texts

  • tips and exercises for written argumentation

  • tips and exercises for oral argumentation


 

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IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Friday 9th - Saturday 10th December and Friday 16th or Saturday 17th December 2022

Location: Small Conference Room, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: In the Career Mentoring and Management: Applying for Jobs on the Wider Market workshop, you will receive comprehensive career mentoring about the wealth of alternative career paths that are open to you as well as advice on how to best find and access these jobs. You will also be armed with key communication skills that will prove to be a prerequisite for career success on the wider market. You will be given advice on how to optimally build your CV and resumé as well as on how to write convincing personal career mission statements and strong core competencies summaries that will be attractive to a wide range of future employers. You will also learn how to best present your skills and talents in attention-grabbing application letters. Finally, we will role play questions that regularly come up during interviews to ensure that you gain the competitive edge over other application candidates.


 

IMPRS-LS Workshop

 

Date: Monday 12th- Tuesday 13th December 2022

Location: Small Lecture Hall, 1st floor, T-building, MPI of Biochemistry

Trainer: Ruth Willmott

Description: Knowing how to design a well-structured, visually attractive poster is a must for every researcher. However, due to insufficient know-how and inexperience, you may fail to get your message across and also not present your poster optimally.

To overcome these problems, the Designing and Presenting Posters Workshop focuses on the key dos and don’ts of strong poster design using your own poster as material. In addition, you will be coached on how to effectively make your key points and convey your message as well as on how to make the best impression on interested parties. This workshop will, therefore, enable you not only to design and present a poster competently but also to represent yourself and your Institute more professionally.
The Designing and Presenting Posters Workshop is ideal for early-stage research scientists with no or little poster designing and presenting experience.