Workshops and Courses for PhD Students
PhD students of our program automatically have access to a wide variety of courses and workshops. Either locally, organized at the MPIPZ or by our local partner programs at the University of Cologne, or non-locally, organized through the Planck Academy:
Based on our PhD students' feedback, we organize selected courses and workshops at the MPIPZ or online. They are open to all students of the program and you can contact the PhD Office
for further information.
The Graduate School for Biological Sciences (GSfBS) is our umbrella program at the University of Cologne and organizes local or online courses tailored to PhD students in the life sciences. Students must be enrolled at the University of Cologne and be members of the GSfBS to participate. Please visit the GSfBS homepage
for details on the training options and the GSfBS registration.
The Albertus Magnus Center (AMC) of the University of Cologne organizes more general local or online courses for PhD students. Students must be enrolled at the University of Cologne and you can find further information on the AMC homepage
The Planck Academy offers training and personal development courses for all employees of the Max Planck Society. Training is available in a wide range of topics and delivered through different formats, such as interactive online training, webinars, and self-paced online training. Training can be booked through the MAX Intranet
and you can contact the PhD Office
if you need further information on the booking process. A basic introduction is available here
Employed PhD students can be subsidized for online training which is approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee. Click on the link below to learn more on the Online Training Approval form.
More external training resources
- The EMBL organises an annual course program on a variety of topics, e.g. imaging and *omic data acquisition and processing.
ecSeq is a Leipzig-based company that offers courses on analysis of high-throughput sequencing data.
GWDG Academy. Training offered by the GWDG is free for associates of the Max Planck Society. The Academy offers courses on IT topics.
Physalia, a Berlin-based company that collaborates with international experts and focuses on courses in bioinformatics, genomics, and related fields.
- The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics organizes courses that range from statistics to life science programming to NGS data analysis.