The focus of the first year is to get settled in the lab and to identify a suitable project for your PhD.
PhD Introductory Course
In the 14-day PhD Introductory Course, first year students are introduced to the program faculty, other senior scientists at the institute and the research facilities available on campus. The course consists of a series of lectures and lab practicals to provide the students with a broader research overview and focusses on special techniques used in each department. Also included is an introduction to Responsible Conduct in Research.
First year students are required to attend the annual PhD Symosium.
Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)
PhD students assemble a Thesis Advisory Committee, which guides through their PhD career. TAC members may serve as mentors or provide references after graduation. The committee consists of the student's advisor and 2-3 other scientists and meets with the student once a year. In the first year, the TAC provides independent evaluation of the PhD project.
Basic Skills Workshops
Several short workshops provide students with hands-on training in basic skills essential for a good start in research.
- Working with Images
- Scientific Writing 1: The Basics
- Presenting Skills
- Introduction to Scientific Databases