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.
Foundations for Successful Scientific Presentations

The aim of this workshop is for participants to learn key repeatable communication skills, enabling them to enhance their scientific presentations and market their research more effectively. The workshop is facilitated by two trainers – a specialist in scientific communication and a speech and rhetoric trainer – and therefore provides participants with a unique opportunity to receive input and feedback from trainers with different backgrounds and specializations. The content includes:

  • Crafting a message-based presentation, selecting content and complex data accordingly
  • Planning an effective introduction and conclusion
  • Organizing and linking
  • Improving eye contact, movement and gesture
  • Projecting your voice, optimizing articulation and melody
Datum 29.03. + 30.03.2021, 10 - 18 Uhr
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

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

Good Scientific Practice – Protecting Scientific Integrity

The major objective of this course is to know and understand the basic rules and values of the responsible conduct of research, according to local, national and international regulations and guidelines.
- Definitions of good scientific practice and scientific misconduct
- Degrees and extent of scientific misconduct
- Examples of responsible and irresponsible conduct of research
- Data management
- Authorship and the process of publication
- Mentoring and supervision
- Conflict management: how to deal with scientific misconduct
- Reactions to scientific misconduct
- Local, national and international guidelines, rules and regulations
Course Objectives
The participants will learn to develop appropriate solutions to difficult situations in the process of science and receive advice on how to protect their own scientific work. They are encouraged to speak with their colleagues
and the appropriate institutions about their own research work and about mistakes and problems.

Datum 30.03. + 31.03.2021
Veranstalter Zentrum für Qualitätssicherung und -entwicklung (ZQ)

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Ideas for Business: your Path toward Entrepreneurship

This course will introduce PhD students and postdocs on principles of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. Topics will include:

  • How does a path in entrepreneurship start?
  • How to identify ideas that can be turned into a business?
  • How to test an idea with potential customers?
  • What is the best business model for your idea?
  • How to get money to operationalize your business idea: investors or other sources?
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to practice through group excercises
Datum 26.03.2021, 9 - 13 Uhr
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (23 March 2021)

Project management basic certification IPMA

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: Introduction to subject “Project Management” and foundations
Part 2: 2 Continuation of PM-Foundations, project simulation and intensive preparation for the exam.

We learn more project management tools and all 16 competence Elements the certification is based on, including: Project design; Stakeholder management; Goals and requirements; Risk management; Quality management; Scope and deliverables; Schedules; Cost planning; and Communication.

Additionally, networking groups of 3-4 are organized to work on test questions for exam and to practice planning (2 meetings without trainer in between the sessions).

Datum 14./15.04.2021 + 22./23.04.2021 (a mandatory 1-hour introduction meeting is planned on 30.03 at 17:00; a 1h “last questions for exam” meeting will take place 1-2 weeks prior to the exam)
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

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

How to make your next job application a success

This course will introduce you on how to prepare effectively for a job interview outside of academia.
Part1: how to make professional CVs and cover letters for non-academic job applications, including tailoring for specifinc job applications; what to do beyond applying; what are employers looking for in 2020 and beyond. Participants can also receive feedback on their own CV or resume (to be submitted before the course starts).
Part 2: how to prepare for a non-academic job interview, including dos and don'ts; how to face a phone/online interview; how to answer difficult questions; what interviewers expect from candidates. The training will include a mini-interview practice in group.

Datum 12.03. + 19.03.2021, 9 - 13 Uhr
Veranstalter Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

Registration via MPA. Please note the registration deadline of the course (10 March 2021)

New at JGU? How does this university operate?

This information event provides information about structure of JGU, important contact persons as well as offerings for employees. There will be a lot of room for your questions.

Datum 18.05.2021
Veranstalter Personalentwicklung

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Practicing Transparent Research with Open Science

“Open Science” is currently a prominent buzzword referring to different practices and principles for making all products of the research process (publications, material, data, code etc.) publicly available. Funding organizations start to require open practices for supported research projects. An additional motivation are reputation crises in several empirical sciences, triggered by lacking reproducibility of publishedresults. This leads to shifting standards reflecting a need to make scientific practice more robust. The online workshop aims at empowering participants to take the first steps in applying open-science procedures to make their own research more transparent and to face the increasing pressure to practice research transparently.

You will acquire background knowledge on the current reproducibility crisis and its causes, get an understanding of the different facets of open-science practice with an emphasis on the empirical research cycle. Most importantly, you will reflect on your own research experience and will learn to practically apply different tools for your projects.
Topics that will be covered include:
• Power analysis
• Statistical issues
• Pre-registration
• Open material/open code
• Open data
• Legal issues

Datum 01.02.2021
Veranstalter GRADE Uni Frankfurt

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