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Summer 2018 Course List



Registration Deadline
23 - 25 April
Basic Light Microscopy
10 April
8 May
IT Introductory Course
15 April
4, 11, 18 June
Thesis Writing
15 April
5, 7, 12, 14, 19 June
R for Bioscientists
15 April
28 June
Your Final Year as a PhD student
1 June
12 - 13 July
Career Planning
1 June
These courses are designed for PhD students, postdocs, technicians and undergraduate students from our institutes. Students from outside our institutes may participate on a space-available basis.
To register, please send an email with your name, program affiliation/status and lab to courses[at] Please copy your registration email to your advisor/supervisor.
Should you be unable to attend a course that you have registered for, please send an email cancelling your participation as soon as possible, but no less than 3 days before the start of the course.

PhD Introductory Course

September 20 - October 12, 2018
Mandatory for first year students
You will be introduced to all faculty members and their scientific expertise, as well as the methods and infrastructure available within the institute. The introductory course will also let you get to know your fellow students.
Details available through the PhD program office.

Basic Skills Courses

IT Introductory Course – Essential Knowledge for Programming Courses
Date:                8 May 2018, 9am-12:30pm
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Johannes Woerner, Derek Lundberg, Alba Gonzales, Bridgit Waithaka
Register by:      15 April 2018
Level: beginners
Content: In this course you will discover why, when and where writing simple programs can facilitate bioscience research. You find out about the relevant IT infrastructure available on campus, as well as learn and practice simple applications using the command line on your terminal.
·       Successfully participating in this course or passing an exam covering the material taught in the course, is a prerequisite for participating in the R for Bioscientists and Python courses offered later this year.
·       Advanced students may leave after passing a test after the first hour

Advanced Scientific Courses

Basic Light Microscopy
Date:                23-25 April 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Christian Feldhaus, Aurora Panzera
Register by:      10 April 2018
Level: beginners
Content In the light microscopy courses you will get knowledge about microscopy related topics with the aim that you understand the principles behind microscopic techniques and are able
a) plan and perform experiments and
b) interpret and analyse your data correctly.
This will be achieved by a mixture of lectures, demos and hands-on practical sessions. However, to be able to practically work with a specific instrument you need to ask for a personal introduction/ training on that instrument.
The basic light microscopy course is an introduction to light microscopy. It covers standard transmitted light techniques like brightfield, phase contrast and DIC as well as fluorescence and confocal microscopy. Apart from that, people will be introduced to the basics of digital image acquisition and analysis. For more detailed information please click here
R for Bioscientists
Date:                5, 7, 12, 14, 19 June 2018, 9am-12:30pm
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutors:             Ilja Bezrukov, Talia Karasov, Carolin Kohlmeder, Joana Pereira, Jacobo de la Cuesta, Eugen Netz, Bogdan Sieriebriennikov
Register by:      15 April 2018
Level: beginners
This course will cover basic understanding of R programming and statistical analysis. We will begin with the basic R experience, and, by the end, you should be able to perform standard analyses, create publishable figures, and have the skills to gain independent expertise in the tools applicable to your field. The first two sessions involve introductions at the more basic level to both R and statistics, while the last three sessions will be more advanced, the final session being driven by your suggestions.
The class consist of homework discussion and a lecture introducing the new topics, followed by exercises. The instructors will be available during the exercise sessions to help you get a start on your homework assignments, which are due before the next course day.
Please come to all workshops with your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.
IT Intro Course or equivalent knowledge is required, for questions send email to courses[at]

Advanced Skills Workshops

Thesis Writing
Date:                4, 11, 18 June 2018, 1-5pm lectures and exercises, plus 3 personal tutorials on Thursday/Friday each week
Location:          Teaching Lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Derek Lundberg, Stanley Neufeld, Layla Hiramatsu
Register by:      15 April 2018
Level: advanced
The aim of this course is to strengthen your scientific writing skills while helping you prepare your doctoral thesis. We will focus on effective writing strategies for the different parts of your thesis, with three afternoon workshops and one-on-one tutorials. You will have the opportunity to practice writing parts of your thesis as in-class exercises and take-home assignments and receive feedback from the teaching team. Participation in this course will help you jump-start your thesis writing.
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.
Please come to all workshops with your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.
Your Final Year as a PhD Student
Date:               28 June 2018, 1pm-5pm
Location:          Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:      1 June 2018
Level: advanced
Content: 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 become easier when you apply standard project and time management techniques. We will identify requirements, investigate resources, define deliverables and set time lines. Also included is detailed information about the formal requirements for the thesis and defense.

Career Development Workshops

Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs
Date:               12-13 July 2018, 9am-5pm
Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:      1 June, 2018
Level: any
Content: In this workshop we will first analyze what a Bioscience PhD means outside the academic world. Then you will discover your professional strengths and personal preferences, create career visions, do a reality check and come up with the next steps you can take to make your career dream come true.