Focus program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers
INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH

Focus program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH
Focus program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH

Focus program for April - June 2021

Webinars

Effectuation: Lessons from Expert Entrepreneurs

Effectuation: Lessons from Expert Entrepreneurs

The webinar will take place on April 22nd, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

Chair: Annette Janz, Innovation Management

What lessons have entrepreneurs who have at least fifteen years of full time experience starting and running multiple companies learned that you too can learn and use? What would you like to ask these entrepreneurs who have experienced everything from failure to taking at least one company public?  Come learn from someone who did exactly that!
 

Saras Sarasvathy is a Paul Hammaker Professor at University of Virginia’s Darden Business School.  A leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship, Sarasvathy serves as an advisor to entrepreneurship programs in Europe, Asia and Africa. Her award-winning research explained in Effectuation has engendered new research and education materials from around the world that can be found at www.effectuation.org.  Babson College recognized her contributions to entrepreneurship education with an honorary doctorate and Fortune Small Business magazine named her one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors. Sarasvathy received her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, working with Herbert Simon, 1978 Nobel Laureate in Economics. 

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Communicating your Science in the ‘Post-Truth’ World

Communicating your Science in the ‘Post-Truth’ World

The webinar will take place on May 04th, 2021 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

Chair: Carolin Daniel, Group Leader Immunological Tolerance

Giles Yeo is from San Francisco, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1994, he came to Cambridge joining the lab of Prof Sydney Brenner (Nobel Laureate 2002) for his PhD studies. In 1998 he began his post-doctoral training with Prof Sir Stephen O’Rahilly in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, working on the genetics of severe human obesity.  He was the first to report that mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor(MC4R) and in the neurotrophic receptor TRKB resulted in severe human obesity. In 2007, Giles became a group leader at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Labs. Giles is also a graduate tutor and fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and honorary president of the British Dietetic Association.

His group is interested in studying the brain control of food intake and bodyweight, and how these might be dysregulated in obesity. Giles is also an author and broadcaster, presenting science documentaries for the BBC. His first book ‘Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity & the Truth About Diets’ was published in December 2018, his second book “Why calories don’t count” will be released in June 2021. Giles was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2020 birthday honours for services to ‘Research, Communication and Engagement’.

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And Off You Go! Discover your Opportunities for Awards in the Scientific Community.

And Off You Go! Discover your Opportunities for Awards in the Scientific Community.

The webinar will take place on June 17th, 2021 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

Chair: Sylvia Heinke, SPR - Strategy, Programs, Resources

Awards have a positive effect on scientific careers. But aren’t awards just for the big shots? Discover how awards play a role in the scientific community from early on and how they can support your scientific career, even if you don’t win. When compiling an award application, you will reflect on your skills and career progress and it will support you in filling gaps in your CV. By setting up support structures for your application to other colleagues, you will strengthen your network.  Independent of the outcome of your application, you will receive useful feedback about your work and how you are perceived in the community. 

Carolin Daniel studied Nutrional Sciences at Justus Liebig University Giessen and completed her undergraduate dissertation at the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim. From 2003 to 2007 she completed her doctorate in immunepharmacology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. In 2008, she moved to Harald von Boehmer’s laboratory at the Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston, for a Post-Doc in immunology with the support of a Leopoldina Scholarship. Since March 2012, she has headed the Young Investigator Group “Immune Tolerance in Diabetes Research” at the Institute of Diabetes Research of Helmholtz Zentrum München. This leadership function was consolidated in 2016, and in recognition of her scientific excellence, the Helmholtz Association granted her research funding for a W2 professorship on immune modulation at the LMU. Carolin Daniel and her team are partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). She has received numerous awards and distinctions for her research work, including the Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Prize from the German Diabetes Association (DDG), the Georges-Köhler Prize for outstanding junior scientists by the German Society for Immunology (DGfI), the Nils-Ilja-Richter Prize of the “Deutsche Autoimmun-Stiftung”, the Research Award of the Heinz-Bürger-Büsing Foundation and the Ferdinand-Bertram-Prize 2021 of the DDG.

Isabelle Serr did her doctoral project at the Helmholtz Zentrum München on “Antigen-specific generation of human regulatory T cells in vivo” and received her degree from the TUM in 2018. She continued her research at the group of Carolin Daniel as postdoctoral researcher. She has received the Hans-Hench Thesis Prize for Clinical Immunology of the German Society for Immunology (DGfI) for her doctoral thesis as well as the Silvia-King Prize from the German Diabetes Association (DDG) for her publication on miRNA-mediated impairments in Treg induction during islet autoimmunity, published in Science Translational Medicine in 2018. Recently, she received first independent funding for her research by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Workshops

Starting 12.04.21: "Storytelling for Scientists" - K. Bodewits

Storytelling for Scientists

The workshop will take place on April 12th and April 19th, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration.

We all enjoy a good story, whether it's during a presentation, a job interview, a conference coffee break, or simply while scrolling through social media. Why? It activates the same areas of our brain that would be activated during the actual event. Consequently, audiences feel so much more engaged when they hear a narrative about your real-life experiences as researcher or how you finally chased that superbug down. Much more than if you monotonously talk them through a list of bullet points on a power point slide. But to be understood when talking about one's own research work, let alone to share stories, is not easy for many researchers. During this seminar, you learn to enchant a wide range of audiences with science stories and to captivate a lay audience with complex research results. Because… speaking science can be magical!

For more information please click here.

Registration is closed.

Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration. The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you on 5th April 2021 in a separate E-Mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

Starting 28.4.21: "Build Your Personal Brand" - A. Said
Build Your Personal Brand

Build Your Personal Brand

The workshop will take place on April 28th, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration.

The HMGU Career Center invites you to the Online Career Training Build Your Personal Brand by Dr. Amani Said.

This Workshop will support you in identifying what makes you unique and different from the crowd of applicants on the job market. A strong personal brand clearly communicates the value you can offer to a specific target audience.

Learn how to build a strong long-lasting Personal Brand that will attract career opportunities to you!

In this Workshop you will:

  • Identify your unique value
  • Identify your target audience that will benefit from your unique value proposition
  • Develop a Personal Brand Strategy for LinkedIn

Dr. Amani Said completed her Ph.D. studies in Developmental Biology at the Max-Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany. Today, she is applying 16 years of experience as a scientist and educator to train, coach and empower scientists in achieving their career goals.

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis... so register early.

Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration. The Career Center Office will inform you on April 19th, 2021 in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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Visualising science virtually

The workshop will take place on May 19th & 29th, 2021 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am and 11 am - 12:30 noon. Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration.

Presenting results in the form of illustrations for publications, lectures and posters is an important element of scientific work. Clear, attractive visualisation of data by means of an infographic, for example, is also an excellent way of making science accessible to a broader audience. In the virtual seminar “Visualising science”, we share fundamental design principles and methods for presenting research results more simply, clearly and vividly.
The virtual seminar comprises alternating phases of interactive teaching content, compact input, practical exercises and question-and-answer sessions.

For further informations, please click here.

Registration will open on April 26th, 2021 from 9 am onwards.

Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration. The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you on 10th May 2021 in a separate E-Mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

Visibility and Networking on LinkedIn

Visibility and Networking on LinkedIn

The workshop will take place on May 26th, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration.

The HMGU Career Center invites you to the Online Career Training Visibility and Networking on LinkedIn by Dr. Amani Said.

This Workshop will give you clarity on how to leverage LinkedIn, create a profile that clearly communicates your value and learn a simple networking strategy to expand and nurture your professional network.

In this Workshop you will:

  • Improve your LinkedIn profile
  • Identify and set clear goals to use LinkedIn
  • Learn networking strategies on LinkedIn

Dr. Amani Said completed her Ph.D. studies in Developmental Biology at the Max-Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany. Today, she is applying 16 years of experience as a scientist and educator to train, coach and empower scientists in achieving their career goals.


Registration will open on May 3rd, 2021 from 9 am onwards.

Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration. The Career Center Office will inform you on May 17th, 2021 in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

Efficient Elevator Pitch Preparation with Design Thinking

The workshop will take place on June 8th, 2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration.

Using rapid prototyping methods around the classical essay structure, participants will each design the oral component of a novel talk in the space of a single workshop, continuously improving a 90-second pitch by practicing it with the other participants. Participants will practice building focused, well-supported messages using mind maps, identifying key background knowledge for their introductions, and motivating their talk with strong introductions and conclusions.

Nicholas A. Del Grosso has an academic background in behavioral neuroscience. Since 2020, he works full time as a software developer and trainer for computational science skills.

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis... so register early.

Registration will open on May 17th, 2021 from 9 am onwards.

Only HELENA doctoral and HMGU postdoctoral researchers can participate in this workshops. Please make sure to inform your supervisor prior to registration. The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you on 31st May 2021 in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the workshop or if you are on the waiting list.

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This focus program is provided by HELENA, the Postdoctoral Program and the Career Center for Postdocs and Doctoral Students within the department Strategy, Programs, Resources (SPR) - Scientific Education and Training.

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