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Summer 2017 Course List

Date

Course

Registration Deadline

19, 20 May

Using the Rosetta Algorithm for Predicting Protein Structure

15 May

23 May, 1, 8, 13 June

Unix Basics and Applications for Scientists

19 May

29 May, 12, 19 June

Thesis Writing

19 May

26-28 June

Basic Light Microscopy

15 May

29 June

Your Final Year as a PhD student

15 June

6, 13, 27 July

R for Bioscientists

15 June

6 July

In vivo Biophysics (FCS/FRAP)

15 June

3,4 Aug

Career Planning

15 July

These courses are designed for PhD students. Post-docs, 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]tuebingen.mpg.de. 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 25 - October 13, 2017
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

Basic Skills courses will be offered again in spring 2018

Advanced Scientific Courses

Using the Rosetta Algorithm for Predicting Protein Structure
Date:                19 May 10am-12noon and 1pm-5pm +  20 May10am-1pm, 2017 (yes, 20 May is a Saturday)
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Hongbo Zhu, Andre Stiel
Register by:      May 15, 2017
 
Level: beginner, basic Linux knowledge is required
This course will start with a general introduction to Rosetta software. Then we will demonstrate Rosetta programs for 
1)     Protein optimization/design with rigid backbone structure
2)     Protein backbone optimization
3)     Enzyme design and ligand docking
4)     Protein loop modeling
Participants will learn to run simple Rosetta tasks using these programs. Bring your laptop, basic Linux knowledge is required (contact instructors if you are not sure). If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.
 
Unix Basics and Applications for Scientists
Date:                23 May (10am-noon), 1,8,13 (10am-noon), 1pm-3pm
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology except June 8 seminar room 0.A.01
Tutors:             Julian Regalado, Vikram Alva, Christian Roedelsperger, Johannes Woerner
Register by:      19 May 2017
 
Level: beginners
IT Intro Course or equivalent knowledge is required, for questions send email to
courses[at]tuebingen.mpg.de
Content:
- Unix basics
- Command Line utilities
- Sun Grid Engine
- Git distributed revision control system
The course consists of lecture segments and in-class exercises.
Please bring your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.
 
Basic Light Microscopy
Date:                26-28 June 2017, 9am-4pm
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Christian Liebig, Aurora Panzera
Register by:      15 May 2017
 
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 to
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:                6, 13, 27 July, 9am-12noon (lectures), 1pm-3pm (exercises)
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutors:             Ilja Bezrukov, Paul Blinski, Talia Karasov, Jukka-Pekka Verta
Register by:      15 June, 2017
 
Level: beginners
IT Intro Course or equivalent knowledge is required, for questions send email to courses[at]tuebingen.mpg.de
This course will cover a basic understanding of R programming and statistical analysis. We will begin with basic command line/ Unix 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 session will be more advanced, and driven by your suggestions.
 
This Statistics + R workshop consists of morning lectures followed by afternoon exercise sessions. 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 on which R is installed. If you do not have a laptop, you may request one for use during the course.
 
In vivo biophysics (FCS/FRAP)
Date:                6 July, 2017, 9am-6pm
Location:          Mueller lab, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory
Tutor:               Patrick Mueller
Register by:      15 June, 2017
 
Level: any
What are the biophysical properties of signaling molecules, and how is their transport affected by the properties of the environment through which they move? In lectures and hands-on lab sessions, you will be introduced to the following approaches that can help address these questions: FCS (Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy) and FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching) analysis of biomolecules.
 
 

Advanced Skills Workshops

Thesis Writing
Date:                29 May, 12, 19 June, 2017, 1pm-4pm lectures, plus three personal tutorials on Thursday or Friday each week
Location:          Teaching lab 0.A.06, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Derek Lundberg, Stanley Neufeld
Register by:      19 May, 2017
 
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. If you participate in this course, you will be on your way toward finishing your thesis.
Requirements:
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:                29 June 2017, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location:          Seminar room 0.A.01, MPI for Developmental Biology
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:      15 June 2017
 
Level: advanced
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:                3+4 August 2017, 9am-5pm
Location:          Conference room, Max Planck House
Tutor:               Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Register by:      15 July 2017
 
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.