Lecture Hall

Event Calendar

Carolyn Rasmussen: Division plane orientation in plant cells

Barbara McClintock Lecture

Catherine Curie

Teva Vernoux: Shoot patterning dynamics: space, time and specificity in hormonal responses

Farewell Symposium for Jiji Chai: Structural Views of Immunity in Plants and Animals

Academic Writing in English for Doctoral Candidates in the Life and Natural Sciences

This workshop is ideal for those doctoral candidates who already have experience in writing in English but are not native speakers of English. The course addresses the main challenges in writing an academic text for publication and offers tips and techniques to help you write more clearly. After attending this course, you will feel more confident in structuring your academic texts as well as being aware of typical mistakes in academic writing and how to fix them.Seminar contents:• The writing process• General style and structure of academic papers, paragraphs and sentences in the Natural and Life Sciences• Punctuation• Academic vocabulary - words and phrases used to structure papers and improve the written style• Learning from native speakers• Abstracts• Classic mistakes• Improving texts - writing and feedback on your own work• Reflections and next stepsPlease note:As the second day focuses on participants’ writing you are asked to bring a current writing project to the workshop. In addition, you should bring a copy of a native speaker paper from the Natural and Life Sciences area.Also, our training programme is designed for the interaction of the participants. Comparable to face-to-face seminars, we ask you to turn on your camera during online events for an exchange at eye level. [more]

Academic Writing in English for Doctoral Candidates in the Life and Natural Sciences

This workshop is ideal for those doctoral candidates who already have experience in writing in English but are not native speakers of English. The course addresses the main challenges in writing an academic text for publication and offers tips and techniques to help you write more clearly. After attending this course, you will feel more confident in structuring your academic texts as well as being aware of typical mistakes in academic writing and how to fix them.Seminar contents:• The writing process• General style and structure of academic papers, paragraphs and sentences in the Natural and Life Sciences• Punctuation• Academic vocabulary - words and phrases used to structure papers and improve the written style• Learning from native speakers• Abstracts• Classic mistakes• Improving texts - writing and feedback on your own work• Reflections and next stepsPlease note:As the second day focuses on participants’ writing you are asked to bring a current writing project to the workshop. In addition, you should bring a copy of a native speaker paper from the Natural and Life Sciences area.Also, our training programme is designed for the interaction of the participants. Comparable to face-to-face seminars, we ask you to turn on your camera during online events for an exchange at eye level. [more]

Xiaoqi Feng

Wednesday Seminar

Getting Funded (GF) - follow-up from previous course

After participating in the introduction 1,5 days 23. - 24.03.2023, you may decide to participate in the follow up 2 x 1 day course 27.03. or 28.03.2023 [more]
What would you tell lay persons, media representatives or politicians about your work? Which kind of communication is best for your own issues? And how can you elaborate your own communication profile? This module introduces to the basics of (good) science communication. Intended Learning Outcomes: You will …• Receive an introduction to media work: With which topics and methods can you attract attention? What do media professionals and what does the public pay attention to? • Get a brief overview of the different channels of science communication and how to use them profitably. This ranges from the classic print media and broadcasting, to the most common online services and social media channels.• Learn how professionals set up a communication concept.• Receive ideas for customized measures for your own topics and interests.• Find out who and what can support you in your science communication and, last but not least, • Discuss the ethical demands for good science communication. [more]

Leadership Starter Kit

As young scientists you often take on first leadership tasks after graduating with a PhD or already supervise students and/or non-academic staff during your doctoral phase. In order to successfully manage initial leadership situations and at the same time advance your own doctorate, solid knowledge of central leadership instruments and practical experience are helpful to fulfil the tasks and to shape your new role.The workshop "Leadership Starter Kit" will support you in mastering these first leadership steps. You will learn and experience in which areas your own leadership skills are already developed, and you will deepen your skills and knowledge in areas in which you have little or no experience.The techniques introduced in this workshop can be used in a variety of contexts ranging from leading a team on a day-to-day basis to enhancing the team’s long-term productivity. Particular emphasis is placed upon enabling prospective leaders to become aware of key dynamics within a team and to adjust leadership strategies accordingly. Seminar contents:• Leadership practice: Reflection on previous experience - Leadership tasks / tools - Psychology of leadership • Successful leadership: Communication and conflict resolution - Creating incentives & motivation - Conducting talks - Dealing with conflictive issues• Delegation, assignment, supervision: - Setting goals - Evaluate and control by means of transparent criteria. [more]

Career Perspectives after PhD in Natural and Life Sciences

You will get an overview of various career options in the public sector, including academic research, as well as in the private sector, in non-profit organisations and, where appropriate, in self-employment. Different job profiles and the associated professional and personal entry requirements and approaches are discussed. The correct reading of job advertisements and the clarification of one's own strengths and successes help you to better assess your own fit.Seminar contents:• What does career mean?• Scientists in different fields of the public sector• Scientists in private enterprises• Use and extension of one’s network• Development of an individual strategyPlease note: Our training programme is designed for the interaction of the participants. Comparable to face-to-face seminars, we ask you to turn on your camera during online events for an exchange at eye level. [more]

Career Perspectives after PhD in Natural and Life Sciences

You will get an overview of various career options in the public sector, including academic research, as well as in the private sector, in non-profit organisations and, where appropriate, in self-employment. Different job profiles and the associated professional and personal entry requirements and approaches are discussed. The correct reading of job advertisements and the clarification of one's own strengths and successes help you to better assess your own fit.Seminar contents:• What does career mean?• Scientists in different fields of the public sector• Scientists in private enterprises• Use and extension of one’s network• Development of an individual strategyPlease note: Our training programme is designed for the interaction of the participants. Comparable to face-to-face seminars, we ask you to turn on your camera during online events for an exchange at eye level. [more]

Matthias Erb

Career Mentoring and Management

You may consider participating in this course one year before you start applying for jobs on the wider job market. [more]

Career Mentoring and Management - follow-up

After the introduction course of 1,5 days from 20. - 21.04.2023, you may want to participate in the follow up course 2 x 1 day 27.04. or 28.04.2023 [more]

Intermediate Leadership

The positions of junior research group leaders and experienced postdocs are often described as a challenging “sandwich position”. On the one hand, in these positions, you lead single researchers or an entire scientific team, on the other hand you are dependent on the heads of departments etc. This requires competencies in leading a team as well as in lateral leadership.One aim of the seminar is to introduce you to the tools needed to lead a team successfully. As a basic model, the approach of transformational leadership will be introduced. Further, you will reflect on the different expectations others have of you in your specific leadership role, and get to know instruments for clarifying such expectations in discussions. Seminar contents:• Model of team leadership, fundamentals of transformational leadership • Leadership guidelines at University of Cologne• Expectation management in a “sandwich position”• Motivation and delegation in a scientific working environment• Master difficult discussions/feedback with team members and on lateral level solution-orientated [more]

Anne Lacey Samuels: How Vascular Plants Control Lignin Quality, Quantity, and Patterning

Career Perspectives after PhD in Humanities or Social Sciences

You will get an overview of various career options in the public sector, including academic research, as well as in the private sector, in non-profit organisations and, where appropriate, in self-employment. Different job profiles and the associated professional and personal entry requirements and approaches are discussed. The correct reading of job advertisements and the clarification of one's own strengths and successes help you to better assess your own fit.Seminar contents:• What does career mean?• Researchers in different fields of the public sector• Researchers in private enterprises• Non-profit associations/societies and foundations• Use and extension of one’s network• Development of an individual strategyPlease note: Our training programme is designed for the interaction of the participants. Comparable to face-to-face seminars, we ask you to turn on your camera during online events for an exchange at eye level. [more]

Gwyneth Ingra: Inter-tissue communication during plant reproductive deveIopment

Getting ready for conferences

Any time before you want/need to write an abstract for a conference, present a poster and/or give a (short) presentation on a conference. If you had a poster workshop with Dr. Willmott already, you are not eligible for this workshop. [more]
Show more
Go to Editor View