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.
True data – how to produce high quality research results

The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to a) generate high-quality, reproducible and robust data and b) better understand published data. Specific topics to be covered include: origins of poor data robustness, sources of bias beyond study design, false discovery rate, reproducible data analysis.

Datum 01.+12.4.2022, 9.30 am - 6 / 5 pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (14 March 2022)

Scientific Presentation

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.

Datum 20.+21.04.2022, 9am - 12am and 1pm - 4pm / 9am-12am
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (14 March 2022)

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

Datum 19.+20.+23.05.2022, 9am - 2.30pm (online) or 19. + 20.05.2022 9am-5pm (onsite)
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (18 April 2022)

Data Visualisation for Scientists

Scientific audience relies on visual proof of your data, and the majority of researchers judge a paper solely by the figures. This means good figure design is what can make or break your publishing chances. In this workshop you will learn the basic principles of design-thinking and how to put them to practice. You will learn which questions to ask yourself before you begin, how to start designing and edit your work based on feedback. 

Datum 30.05. (9am - 4pm) + 08.06.2022 (9am - 12am)
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (06 May 2022)

Scientific Presentation

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.

Datum 12.09. (9am - 12am / 1pm - 4pm) + 13.09.2022 (9am - 12am)
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (15 August 2022)

Think before you write: Properly representing your research in the online age

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!).

Datum 31.10.+ 07.11.2022, 10am - 3pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (30 September 2022)

Scientific Presentation

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.

Datum 28.+29.11.2022, 9am - 12am and 1pm - 4pm / 9am-12am
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (31 October 2022)

Proposal Writing - Key factors for success
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.

Datum 12.12.2022, 10am - 6pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (14 November 2022)

Stress Competence
The course supports PhD students in increasing their personal resilience. It helps participants to identify and manage the challenges of their doctoral journey with a view to protecting their health and boosting their performance. Participants learn to identify stress-inducing thoughts and habits and to develop mental and practical strategies to better cope with their heavy workload. The initial one day seminar will be followed by a full day workshop approximately 6 months later.

Datum 24.05.2022, 9am - 5pm, Follow-up meeting 02.11.2022, 9am - 1pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (25 April 2022)

Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome
The imposter-syndrome describes the feeling in individuals that their success and status are due to chance or luck. It often goes along with the fear of being exposed as a fraud. This is a common phenomenon among PhD students (as well as academics in general). It is helpful to recognize this tendency and to address it early on. Mindfulness and especially mindful self-compassion are helpful techniques to deal with this syndrome. In this workshop, theoretical inputs on the imposter syndrome are provided and results from research on mindfulness and self-compassion are given. Multiple techniques are offered that can be used in everyday life or in situations that trigger an imposter feeling. Also, there is room for reflection as well as exchange with peers.

Datum 19.09. + 05.12.2022, 11am - 6pm / 9am - 1pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (22 August 2022)

Adobe Illustrator for beginners
This beginners' course aims at PhD students and junior scientists who want to learn how to make figures and drawings for scientific publications / posters using Adobe illustrator.

Datum 04.10.2022, 9am - 5pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (05 September 2022)

Critical Reasoning and Logic
The course 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 course is to use these concepts as a toolbox which provides 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.

Datum 11. + 12.10.2022, 9am - 5pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (28 August 2022)

Resilience Training
Academics have to meet multiple demands in their professional lives ( for example working on a PhD project, managing other work commitments, publishing articles and often also tending to personal commitments like family or care work). At the same time, they need to work with precision and high professionality. At the moment, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic with all its consequences for our health and our stress-levels. A feeling of strain or overwhelm can become a constant companion. If this feeling stays, it can lead to problems with mental and physical health. Therefore, assessing our capacities honestly and strengthening our individual resilience is
helpful. A mindfulness practice can help to structure our working days in a sensible way, to work according to our capacities and to strengthen our individual resources.
This workshop provides theoretical impulses on the topics of resilience, mindfulness and the perception of the body. Also, participants have the opportunity to get to know different body-oriented mindfulness tools and have time for reflection and exchange with peers. Individual resources and strengths are highlighted and at the same time a healthy distance towards everyday-life challenges is cultivated. All exercises are designed to be applied in everyday life.

Datum 14.11.2022, 9am - 4pm
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (14 October 2022)