Advanced skills courses

 

 

Introduction to Molecular Visualization with PyMOL

Course category: 
Target group: 
General
Level: 
Beginners
Capacity: 
8
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
Visualization is a key aspect in structural biology to study and present 3D molecular data. PyMOL is a powerful molecular visualization tool for making high quality figures and movies. This course covers the basic concepts of PyMOL like the graphical user interface, how to make publication quality figures and how to do structural alignments.
About the tutor: 
Daniel Cappel and Tatjana Braun, Scientists, Schrödinger

Scripting and Moviemaking with PyMOL

Course category: 
Target group: 
General
Level: 
Beginners
Capacity: 
8
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
This course teaches you how to automate figure generation, use third-party scripts and eventually write your own extensions using Python. It will also cover molecular animations with PyMOL and playing through trajectories.
About the tutor: 
Daniel Cappel and Tatjana Braun, Scientists, Schrödinger
Requirements: 
Participants need to be comfortable using PyMOL and should have some experience handling script files and/or the Unix command line. Python skills are beneficial.

Your Final Year as a PhD Student

Course category: 
Target group: 
PhD students
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
8
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
The final year of your PhD, when finishing up in the lab, getting your research published, writing your thesis and planning your career all need to be dealt with at the same time, can be very challenging. This workshop takes a twofold approach to tackling these challenges. First, it provides detailed information about the formal requirements and practical strategies for the thesis and defense at the Faculty of Science of the University of Tuebingen. Second, it introduces project and time management techniques specifically geared towards to the challenges of the final year of your PhD.
Methods: 

In this workshop you will

  • Create a personalized list of what it will take for you to formally graduate
  • Come up with a plan to tackle one of the common projects in the final year
  • Develop a personal “Final Year” plan

 

About the tutor: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir is the coordinator of the Tuebingen International PhD Program at the MPI for Developmental Biology.
Requirements: 
All PhD students in their 3rd year or above are welcome. This workshop is mandatory for TIPP students.

Communication & Negotiation (B)

Course category: 
Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
4
Coordinator: 
Sibylle Patheiger
Description: 
Difficult conversations with those above and below us in the hierarchy are inevitable, particularly during periods of challenge and change. This workshop is designed to help participants to constructively engage with difficult situations rather than avoid or escalate them unnecessarily. It will offer applicable, relevant confidence building tools to handle this difficult arena more effectively. This workshop is being offered twice: the content of workshop A and workshop B is identical.
Content: 

Most of us try to avoid an open conflict, because we feel that we need to prepare to handle disagreements as we often associate them with uncomfortable and threatening emotions.
But without resolution, conflict merely becomes an opportunity to recycle old arguments, it destroys relationships and negatively impacts cooperation and productivity.

With resolution, conflict can be rewarding and exciting and can move things forward. During the group session you will be introduced into some general approaches in conflict management. The individual sessions provide the opportunity to look more deeply into each person’s specific conflict situations, practice tools and approaches and start developing appropriate resolution strategies.

All participants are invited to contribute to the workshop by bringing their own questions and examples. A questionnaire will be provided beforehand to describe case studies and define personal interests for the workshop.

Methods: 

The workshops consist of two parts:

Part 1: 14 November : 14.00-17.00 – group session with short theory lessons, discussions and small-group exercises

Part 2: 15 November: You can book a time slot with the trainer for a one-to-one coaching sessions for more intense and individual work. 

We will  contact you to agree a time once you have booked your place.

 

 

About the tutor: 
Sabine Lerch has 17 years of experience working in technical-scientific companies in various positions. As Human Resources Manager she was responsible for the professional development of technical experts and leaders. In 2003 Sabine Lerch founded “Soft Skills for Science” and since then she is self-employed as Trainer, Systemic Coach and Business Mediator. For many years she has given workshops and provided individual guidance for PhD students and PostDocs as well as for Coordinators and Supervisors at MPI’s, Helmholtz-Institutes, Universities and Graduate Schools/Centres all over Germany.

Communication & Negotiation (A)

Course category: 
Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
4
Coordinator: 
Sibylle Patheiger
Description: 
Difficult conversations with those above and below us in the hierarchy are inevitable, particularly during periods of challenge and change. This workshop is designed to help participants to constructively engage with difficult situations rather than avoid or escalate them unnecessarily. It will offer applicable, relevant confidence building tools to handle this difficult arena more effectively. This workshop is being offered twice: the content of workshop A and workshop B is identical.
Content: 

Most of us try to avoid an open conflict, because we feel that we need to prepare to handle disagreements as we often associate them with uncomfortable and threatening emotions.
But without resolution, conflict merely becomes an opportunity to recycle old arguments, it destroys relationships and negatively impacts cooperation and productivity.

With resolution, conflict can be rewarding and exciting and can move things forward. During the group session you will be introduced into some general approaches in conflict management. The individual sessions provide the opportunity to look more deeply into each person’s specific conflict situations, practice tools and approaches and start developing appropriate resolution strategies.

All participants are invited to contribute to the workshop by bringing their own questions and examples. A questionnaire will be provided beforehand to describe case studies and define personal interests for the workshop.

Methods: 

The workshops consist of two parts:

Part 1: 13 November : 9.00-12.00 – group session with short theory lessons, discussions and small-group exercises

Part 2: 13 & 14 November: You can book a time slot with the trainer for a one-to-one coaching sessions for more intense and individual work.

We will contact you to agree a time once you have booked your place.

 

 

About the tutor: 
Sabine Lerch has 17 years of experience working in technical-scientific companies in various positions. As Human Resources Manager she was responsible for the professional development of technical experts and leaders. In 2003 Sabine Lerch founded “Soft Skills for Science” and since then she is self-employed as Trainer, Systemic Coach and Business Mediator. For many years she has given workshops and provided individual guidance for PhD students and PostDocs as well as for Coordinators and Supervisors at MPI’s, Helmholtz-Institutes, Universities and Graduate Schools/Centres all over Germany.

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Course category: 
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Content: 
  • Identification of the right funding programme
  • Assessment of the framework defined by the funding scheme
  • Mapping the research idea to the framework to achieve a high relevance
  • Setting up a concept for the project
  • Identification of the necessary expertise and resources
  • Structuring the proposal
  • Visualisation
  • Formulation of the different parts of the proposal with regard to the framework
  • Coordination of the proposal writing and submission process
Methods: 
  • Presentation of background information
  • Applying the RaumZeit toolkit to your own idea for a research project
  • Group work
  • Feedback from trainer and peers

PhD Retreat

Course category: 
Target group: 
PhD students
Description: 
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Content: 
  • Identification of the right funding programme
  • Assessment of the framework defined by the funding scheme
  • Mapping the research idea to the framework to achieve a high relevance
  • Setting up a concept for the project
  • Identification of the necessary expertise and resources
  • Structuring the proposal
  • Visualisation
  • Formulation of the different parts of the proposal with regard to the framework
  • Coordination of the proposal writing and submission process
Methods: 
  • Presentation of background information
  • Applying the RaumZeit toolkit to your own idea for a research project
  • Group work
  • Feedback from trainer and peers

Thesis Writing (3 days)

Course category: 
Target group: 
PhD students
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
12
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
The aim of this course is to strengthen your scientific writing skills while helping you prepare your doctoral thesis. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 1st July, midnight!
Methods: 

We will focus on effective writing strategies for the different parts of your thesis, with three afternoon workshops and two one-on-one tutorials.

You will have the opportunity to practice writing parts of your thesis as in-class exercises and homework assignments and receive feedback from the teaching team.

Note:

* Homework assignments due on July 16 and 23

* Individual tutorial sessions on July 16/17 and July 23/24

About the tutor: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir is the coordinator of the Tuebingen International PhD Program at the MPI for Developmental Biology. Brandon Seah is a postdoctoral researcher at the MPI for Developmental Biology.
Objectives: 
This course is designed for students who are planning to write their thesis in the next 12 months, independent of their current scientific English writing skills. We require that students be in the final stages of data collection and have at least one figure already prepared.

Thesis Writing (3 days)

Course category: 
Target group: 
PhD students
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
12
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
The aim of this course is to strengthen your scientific writing skills while helping you prepare your doctoral thesis.
Content: 
  • Identification of the right funding programme
  • Assessment of the framework defined by the funding scheme
  • Mapping the research idea to the framework to achieve a high relevance
  • Setting up a concept for the project
  • Identification of the necessary expertise and resources
  • Structuring the proposal
  • Visualisation
  • Formulation of the different parts of the proposal with regard to the framework
  • Coordination of the proposal writing and submission process
Methods: 

 

We will focus on effective writing strategies for the different parts of your thesis, with three afternoon workshops and two one-on-one tutorials.

You will have the opportunity to practice writing parts of your thesis as in-class exercises and homework assignments and receive feedback from the teaching team.

 

 

 

Note:

 

Homework assignments due on July 16 and 23

 

Individual tutorial sessions on July 16/17 and July 23/24

 

 

 

About the tutor: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir is the coordinator of the Tuebingen International PhD Program at the MPI for Developmental Biology. Brandon Seah is a postdoctoral researcher at the MPI for Developmental Biology.
Objectives: 
This course is designed for students who are planning to write their thesis in the next 12 months, independent of their current scientific English writing skills. We require that students be in the final stages of data collection and have at least one figure already prepared.

Make up course

Course category: 
Description: 
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Content: 
  • Identification of the right funding programme
  • Assessment of the framework defined by the funding scheme
  • Mapping the research idea to the framework to achieve a high relevance
  • Setting up a concept for the project
  • Identification of the necessary expertise and resources
  • Structuring the proposal
  • Visualisation
  • Formulation of the different parts of the proposal with regard to the framework
  • Coordination of the proposal writing and submission process
Methods: 
  • Presentation of background information
  • Applying the RaumZeit toolkit to your own idea for a research project
  • Group work
  • Feedback from trainer and peers