Extra-curricular activities

JGU and its partners offer a variety of courses that support young researchers to further develop their transferable skill set. Those courses are meant as an additional qualification during the scientific qualification of young researchers.

Only courses in English are listed. Workshops in german can be found on the German MPA website.
Scientific Presentation (online)

This module helps students to improve their personal online presentation skills. This session is a combination of a lecture followed by a practical part with exercises, which turn the acquired knowledge into personal experience. Topics are, among others: how to structure a presentation so that the audience can it follow easily, designing slides, making the best possible use of visual aids and technical equipment, dealing with interruptions, handling questions, keeping an eye on the time and the best way of finishing in a hurry, common mistakes, what to do when nervous, how to give proper feedback, etc. Furthermore, non-native speakers of English are given tips on spoken language and a number of phrases they can use e.g. for transition. Exercises deal with posture, breathing, voice and body language. Special focus is laid on online appearance, as in camera and face, mouth, and hair, as well as hand movement, but also background and microphone usage.
The most important part, though, are the individual presentations given by the students. The students are given individual feedback. Every student prepares a 3-min talk.
Please register by 1 August 2021

Datum 23., 24. + 25.08.2021, 9am - 12am
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (1 August 2021)

Scientific Writing

Three-day interactive online event with trainer input and exercises to introduce academic writing in English.

  • Course content: Good and bad scientific texts / Messages - formulating main statements clearly / Presenting results: Figures and legends / Writing exercises followed by feedback, working with own texts / Parts of a paper / Writing English texts / Writing strategies / Publication process.
  • Preliminary work by the participants: Analysis of a paper, definition of question and message, development of an illustration for a result, incl. legend and text describing the illustration.
    Please register by 6 August 2021
Datum 06., 08 + 09.09.2021, 9am - 1.30pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (6 August 2021)

Writing and Publishing Research Articles

This workshop covers the specific requirements of writing and publishing scholarly research articles in
English. Through a mix of lectures and exercises, participants learn the process of writing and getting
published from the first steps of considering a publishing venue; through drafting, revising, and polishing
the text; to communicating with editors and dealing with reviews

Datum 06., 08 + 09.09.2021, 1.30pm - 6.00 pm via Zoom
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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Professional Presentations at Conferences and in the Academic World

This online workshop focuses on how scholars can best convey the value and significance of their work through oral communication, emphasizing not only typical structures of thought and expressions in English, but also an audience’s expectations. The focus of the workshop is on the formal conference panel presentation and the question-and-answer session, and includes sections on the presentation structure, take-home messages, attention-getting openers, and linguistic cues for the audience (signposting language).

Datum 27., 28 + 30.09.2021, 1.30pm - 6.00 pm via Zoom
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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Presenting in English

Presenting in your own language is difficult enough, but in today’s global environment more and more post‐graduates are required to attend international events and/or present their research in English. This 2 day online-seminar will look at what makes an effective presentation, focussing on language skills, non‐ verbal communication and intercultural issues.

Datum 13.09.2021, 10.00am - 6.00 pm, 16.09.2021, 9.00am - 2.00 pm via Zoom
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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Getting your paper “through the hoops”: Writing for greatest success, from submission to publication
Find out about the most important rule of communication (any communication).
Learn about how readers find and read your work, so that you can write better for your intended audience.
Get some interesting insights into cognitive psychology that are highly relevant for writing good scientific English.
Learn how to structure your writing for maximum effect.
Submit a short piece of writing, and benefit from group feedback and editorial input in real time.
Find out how editorial works, how to avoid common pitfalls (typical reasons for rejection), and how to react to rejection letters.
Understand the journal world better, and improve your ability to choose an appropriate journal in which to publish (and to avoid "predatory" journals!).
Please register by 8 October 2021

Datum 08. + 15.11.2021, 10am - 3pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (8 October 2021)

Intercultural Communication

“Academics around the world share the same aims so working together should not be a problem...” “If we speak the same language we can work with each other...” “We live in a global village...” Phrases we hear every day and have learnt to accept. However, why then does working internationally cause so many problems? Why is it so difficult to work with my German/Mexican/Chinese colleagues? more information

Datum 14. + 15.09.2021 via zoom
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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Applied Project Management

Successfully managing a PhD-project is a demanding task that involves more skills than “just” writing or carrying out experiments. It is a project in the sense that it often involves several stakeholders (e.g. fellow PhD-students, professors, technicians), it has a beginning and an end, and the outcome is a unique product. It therefore demands the application of basic project management methods. These methods are not only key to successfully managing research projects but also vital to any other complex project. In this online-course participants will get familiar with basic methods of project management. They will solidify the learned methods by applying them to their own PhD-projects. Hence, this course will help participants to get a grip on their PhD-project.

Datum 22., 23. + 29.09.2021, 06.10.2021
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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CV-Workshop

You’ve spent the last few years deeply involved in academia and research. Now you’ve finally got your PhD and have to enter the real world. Congratulations! Finding a job in the private sector working for an international company is a dream for many. However, understanding job adverts and knowing what the company actually wants is not as straight forward as you might think. This online-workshop discusses the language of adverts and what should be included in your CV to make you as attractive as possible. There’s much more to it than just stating your PhD title...

Datum 17.09.2021, 9am - 5pm via Zoom
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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What to Do with a PhD? Professional Orientation for PhD Students

The participants in this online workshop obtain information on and an overview of the requirements for various career paths outside of the academic field. The career options presented will relate both to career paths that require subject-specific knowledge and to careers focusing rather on intellectual abilities and soft skills. In learning about their own competencies, personality traits and motivators, the participants may find out more about which careers fit their respective skill sets and reflect upon their own ideas of their career goals. As a result, the participants shall be able to plan their application process strategically and efficiently.

Datum 07.10.2021, 9.30am - 5.30pm via Zoom
Veranstalter General Postgraduate Program / Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ)

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Strategic Application (online)

This workshop will teach the participants to translate their career goals into concrete pitches to potential employers. Participants will learn how to taylor their application for different career goals. Differences between academia and the private sector, as well as country-specific aspects can be addressed if and when participants wish. Self-initiated applications play a role, as well as responses to advertisements. In the second part, participants practice their own self-presentation and the dealing with typical and difficult interview questions.

Datum 14. + 21.10.2021, 1pm - 5pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (15 September 2021)

Adobe Illustrator - Intermediate Level

This training conveys the advanced techniques in using Adobe Illustrator. After repeating the basics, complex graphics, special diagrams and graphs will be produced. The mixture of photos and drawn graphics and the export in various saving options completes the training. Interactive exercises deepen the techniques. Topics include among others:

  • Creating complex graphics, using paths and anchor points
  • Vectorization of different kinds of pixel images
  • Understanding Color models (RGB, CMYK) for usage on monitors and for printing
  • Creating individual color swatches and swatch groups
  • Creating scientific graphics and posters
  • Creating individual pencils and brushes
  • Using and formatting by style sheets
  • Using patterns and graphic styles

Participants should have already attended the Adobe Illustrator Beginner Level course, or have previous experience working with the software.

Datum 07.09.2021, 9am - 5pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (13 August 2021)

Building resilience in challenging times (online)

Building resilience in challenging times is a webinar that aims to support academics in these uncertain and possibly stressful times.
The webinar offers methods and tools to help you
identify your own main difficulties in relation to work and daily life
identify your main psychological resources and supporting structures, making them available in everyday life and linking them to your difficulties so those become less prominent
define your future goals and find a positive outlook
broaden your capacity to deal with uncertainty and chaos
get to know various mindfulness tools that help you structure your day and cope with stress (simple movement exercises, breathing exercises, support meditation, gratitude practice, learning to honestly assess your energy level)
develop your own daily structure that is most supportive to your health and productivity

Datum 20.09.2021, 9am - 1pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (20 August 2021)