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

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

Webinars (partly open for external researchers)

Communicating science: How the art of rhetoric can help

Communicating science: How the art of rhetoric can help

The webinar will take place on June 27th, 2022 at 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.

Trainer:
Julia Rupprecht

For scientists it’s essential to present their own work and their research results effectively in order to be part of the scientific discourse. Therefore it is important to support researchers in presenting themselves and communicating their scientific projects effectively. In this informative webinar, you will learn the basics of rhetoric in a scientific context. You will gain insights on how to use your linguistic expression as well as your vocal and your body expression to establish a self-confident effect and communicate your proposal or your research results in an understandable way.

Julia Rupprecht is a trainer and coach for rhetorics specialised in science communication. She supports research groups as well as single researchers in presenting their work for conferences, applications for grants and fundings as well as professorship. She works as a scientific staff member at LMU Munich.

The webinar is limited to 30 participants.

The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you in a separate E-mail whether you have registered successfully for the webinar or if you are on the waiting list.

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Preprint publishing and evolving the peer-review process"

The webinar will take place on July 14th, 2022 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

Speaker: Iratxe Puebla and  Sumeet Pal Singh 


Chair: Luke Harrison

Part 1: Introduction on preprints

In the presentation we will provide a brief introduction about preprints and their use in the life sciences. We will discuss the place of preprints within open science and the benefits preprints bring to researchers and to research communication. We will also share a brief five-step guide to help researchers have a positive experience when posting a preprint.

Iratxe is Director of Strategic Initiatives & Community at ASAPbio. In her role, Iratxe supports initiatives to raise awareness about preprints and their productive use in the life sciences, Iratxe also manages the ASAPbio Community and the ASAPbio Fellows program. Prior to ASAPbio, Iratxe held editorial roles within open-access journals, initially in the editorial team for the BMC-series journals and then PLOS ONE where she was Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Iratxe is involved with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and co-leads the FORCE11 Working Group on Research Data Publishing Ethics.

Part 2: Experiences with preprint publishing - Benefit of preprints to a scientific career

In this talk, you will hear an author’s perspective on posting preprints . We will describe the journey of a manuscript from a preprint to a peer-reviewed article, including the details related to the timing of posting a preprint and its relationship to the peer-review process. We will highlight a new path provided by Review Commons that allows the authors to receive peer reviews for their manuscript prior to a journal submission, as well as post the reviewer’s comments and the authors’ response on preprint server (bioRxiv).

Sumeet Pal Singh is a group leader at IRIBHM, ULB and a former ASAPbio fellow. He did his PhD at Duke University, USA under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Poss, working on bone regeneration in the zebrafish model system. For his post-doc, he focused on pancreatic beta-cell regeneration in the lab of Dr. Nikolay Ninov at Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), Germany. In 2019, Sumeet was awarded a starting grant by Le Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) to start his research group at ULB in Brussels, Belgium. The lab focused on regenerative and stress response.

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Career Center - "Diversity on Stage"

Reclaiming Power

Reclaiming Power

The interactive webinar will take place on June 20th, 2022 at 9:30 - 11:30 am.

Speaker: Sharon Elliot, Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership


Part 2 of the webinar series Gender in research and academia - Reclaiming Power: Using tools and processes to claim and ensure our rights and power - Gender Audits, Gender Analysis and Gender Budgeting. Challenging bias, calling out inequality, building our knowledge base, strength & safety in research and Higher Education.

In order to be able to benefit as much as possible from this webinar, we ask you to anonymously submit questions in advance that are of interest to you via AhaSlides (
https://ahaslides.com/STCD).

The Trainer:
Sharon Elliot is a Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership.  Sharon currently provides consultancy advice, training, workshops and programme-design to UK and International Higher Education Institutes in gender and inclusion.  She works as a consultant gender and inclusion adviser to the British Council, providing recommendations on their Global HE programming as well as designing toolkits and guidance to support international partners to deliver gender-sensitive and gender-transformative initiatives.  Sharon is passionate about equality and works to create transformation for both individuals and institutions.

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Feminism

Feminism

The interactive webinar will take place on July 04th, 2022 at 9:30 - 11:30 am.

Speaker: Sharon Elliot, Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership


Part 3 of the webinar series Gender in research and academia - Feminism: A history, an explanation and a call to identify. Why feminism is misunderstood but increasingly relevant and vital.

In order to be able to benefit as much as possible from this webinar, we ask you to anonymously submit questions in advance that are of interest to you via AhaSlides (
https://ahaslides.com/STCD).

The Trainer:
Sharon Elliot is a Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership.  Sharon currently provides consultancy advice, training, workshops and programme-design to UK and International Higher Education Institutes in gender and inclusion.  She works as a consultant gender and inclusion adviser to the British Council, providing recommendations on their Global HE programming as well as designing toolkits and guidance to support international partners to deliver gender-sensitive and gender-transformative initiatives.  Sharon is passionate about equality and works to create transformation for both individuals and institutions.

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Redefining Power

Redefining Power

The interactive webinar will take place on July 18th, 2022 at 9:30 - 11:30 am.

Speaker: Sharon Elliot, Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership


Part 4 of the webinar series Gender in research and academia - Redefining Power: Feminist Leadership  - what it is (probably not what you think), how it works, and why we should all embrace it. Redefining the indicators of success. Exploring career pathways & opportunities.

In order to be able to benefit as much as possible from this webinar, we ask you to anonymously submit questions in advance that are of interest to you via AhaSlides (
https://ahaslides.com/STCD).

The Trainer:
Sharon Elliot is a Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership.  Sharon currently provides consultancy advice, training, workshops and programme-design to UK and International Higher Education Institutes in gender and inclusion.  She works as a consultant gender and inclusion adviser to the British Council, providing recommendations on their Global HE programming as well as designing toolkits and guidance to support international partners to deliver gender-sensitive and gender-transformative initiatives.  Sharon is passionate about equality and works to create transformation for both individuals and institutions.

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Menstruation and Menopause

Menstruation and Menopause

The interactive webinar will take place on August 01st, 2022 at 9:30 - 11:30 am.

Speaker: Sharon Elliot, Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership


Part 5 of the webinar series Gender in research and academia - We don’t speak about it: Menstruation and Menopause  - we don’t talk about it at home or in the workplace but we should.

In order to be able to benefit as much as possible from this webinar, we ask you to anonymously submit questions in advance that are of interest to you via AhaSlides (
https://ahaslides.com/STCD).

The Trainer:
Sharon Elliot is a Director at the Cambridge-based Researcher Development Partnership.  Sharon currently provides consultancy advice, training, workshops and programme-design to UK and International Higher Education Institutes in gender and inclusion.  She works as a consultant gender and inclusion adviser to the British Council, providing recommendations on their Global HE programming as well as designing toolkits and guidance to support international partners to deliver gender-sensitive and gender-transformative initiatives.  Sharon is passionate about equality and works to create transformation for both individuals and institutions.

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Professional Skills Workshops (open for Helmholtz Munich members)

Helmholtz Munich Writing Workout (postponed to autumn)

Helmholtz Munich Writing Workout (postponed to autumn)

The five-day facilitated "Writing Workout" with Matt Lane

Have you got an article or PhD chapter to write, but struggling to get on with it due to competing demands on your time and energy? Or are you distracted by Facebook or the fridge and just can’t seem to get started and stay put? Do you stay more focused and productive when you’re individually working alongside other people? Whatever your understandable reasons, join a five-day facilitated ‘Writing Workout’ – Monday-Friday, 20-24 June, 17:00-18:00 – to help you make progress in your chapter or article. To help you ‘jump start’ your writing, the first session will be a fully-structured 1 hour ‘writing workout’. From there, in subsequent sessions, participants will follow the simple writing workout structure to advance their writing.

Please note that this workshop will be postponed to autumn 2022. The new date will be announced soon.

Fundamentals of Collaboration and Leadership (postponed to autumn)

Fundamentals of Collaboration and Leadership (postponed to autumn)

Trainer: Matt Lane

Maximum Participants: 30

This workshop provides doctoral researchers with fundamental and easy-to-apply principles and practical strategies to help them collaborate and lead effectively.

Past participants’ feedback of the leadership programme has included: The course was really helpful for me to formalize my more learning-by-doing leadership experience. This framework will improve my leadership skills.

For more information please click here.

About the Trainer:

Dr Matt Lane Matt is a highly-skilled, trainer and researcher developer.  With 15 years’ experience of developing researchers - nine of these at the University of Cambridge -, Matt has helped over 8000 early career researchers develop the skills and mind-sets to become leaders in their field.  He has guided research centres, universities and departments to create and deliver world-leading researcher development programmes and initiatives.  He has most recently been working creatively with research institutions to visualise ‘Future Research Leaders’, developing the programmes which will provide, create and nurture the mindsets needed to be a Research Leader of the Future.  Matt is also an Associate Facilitator, for the renowned Centre for Facilitation. 

Please note: The workshop has been postponed to Autumn 2022.

Voice and Speech Training for Researchers

Voice and Speech Training for Researchers

The workshop will take place on July 7th, 2022 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Trainer:
Julia Rupprecht

For scientists it’s essential to present their own work and their research results effectively in order to be part of the scientific discourse. Therefore it is important to support researchers in presenting themselves and communicating their scientific projects effectively. Thus, good rhetorical skills are crucial factors for success. The workshop will provide participants with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to perform confidently in decisive situations. The content to be conveyed should be optimally supported by the rhetorical expression with the use of language, voice and body expression. This underlines the competent and confident effect as a scientist. Besides theoretical input you will do some practical exercises and receive a first feedback.

Julia Rupprecht is a trainer and coach for rhetorics specialised in science communication. She support research groups as well as single researchers in presenting their work for conferences, applications for grants and fundings as well as professorship. She works as a scientific staff member at LMU Munich.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants (open only to HELENA Doctoral Researches and Helmholtz Munich Postdocs).

The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you 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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Networking Workshop - Skills to Succeed

Networking Workshop - Skills to Succeed

The workshop will take place on 2 days in July (Monday and Thursday), 11th & 14th July 2022, each day from 9:00 am - 12:30 noon.

Trainer: 
Dr. Rosmarie Katrin Neumann, Impact Dialog

Maximum Participants: To guarantee a high quality of support, the workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Networking - Is it more than a buzzword? Why networks matter in the first place and how to form professional relationships will be subject of this workshop. You will learn about the role of communication and listening for inter- and transdisciplinary relationships as well as analysing your (prospective/potential) networks and networking goals. We want to empower you to communicate impactful with your target groups and thus to build trust and credibility with potential network partners.

Day 1 – 11 July 2022:

  • Reflection and strengthening of your own motivating networking goals
  • Network analysis – status quo and network goal
  • Target group selection
  • First target specific network strategy drafts

Day 2 – 14 July 2022:

The second workshop part shall support you further develop your personal networking strategies. We check out various networking tools and inspirations to improve your own profiles according to your needs and goals, with the help of online social media, as well as offline communication tools, including active listening.

The workshop uses scientific evidence for effective communication and relationship buildung in professional networks.

About the instructor: Dr. Rosmarie Katrin Neumann, Impact Dialog

Rosmarie loves impact, communication and to connect and empower people. As a trained mediator, science communication trainer and former communication network researcher, she has countless pieces of evidence, stories, methods and tools to help you develop your networking strategies for your career success. Find out more about Rosmarie and connect via Twitter @RosmarieKatrin, LinkedIn or her website.

The HELENA Graduate School Office will inform you 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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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

The workshop is divided into 6 modules. The modules  will take place each day from 10 am - 12 noon on:

Modul 1: 27.09.22 

Modul 2: 04.10.22 

Modul 3: 18.10.22 

Modul 4: 25.10.22 

Modul 5: 08.11.22 

Modul 6: 15.11.22 

Maximum Participants: 15

Trainer: Tobias Stahl

The approach of MHFA Ersthelfer

More than 40 percent of all people in Germany experience a mental disorder in the course of their lives that should be treated. Although mental disorders are so frequent, this topic leads to uncertainty, fear and prejudices. Therefore, prevention, early recognition and destigmatization are important in this field.

MHFA Ersthelfer addresses these aspects. The MHFA course for mental health is based on the principle of physical first aid: In a 12-hour course, every adult can become a mental health first aider.

In the MHFA course, employees learn to recognize and address a colleague’s mental health problems in time. They acquire basic knowledge about various mental health problems, which they can use to provide support and information when talking to a person that may suffer from a mental health problem. An important aspect of the course is learning and practicing how to encourage others to seek professional help and to activate their resources.

For more information please click
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The HELENA Graduate Student Office will inform you 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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Career Center Webinars & Workshops

Workshop Successful Interview Techniques

Workshop Successful Interview Techniques

When: June 28, 2022, 9.30 am -  12.30 pm 

Trainer: Sarah Blackford

This workshop will teach you successful interview technique and other forms of professional self-presentation need to be mastered in order to create a positive impression to potential employers, both in person and on-line.

The workshop will include confidential practice interview exercises, with the opportunity to give and receive feedback so that participants will feel more confident to present themselves in person and on-line.

In this workshop you will:

  • understand the interview process and how to create a positive impression;
  • have considered the types of interview and how to consider and answer the questions in an effective manner;
  • feel more confident about communicating their skills and strengths in an interview;
  • have had the opportunity to practice some interview techniques;
  • have formulated a personal action plan to follow up after the workshop.

Participation requires a pre-course task that will be sent to you one week prior to the workshop.

Come join us for this workshop and learn how to present yourself at your best during job interviews!

Please note: The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and registration is on a "first come, first serve" basis. Our "Workshop Participation Cancellation Policy" applies.

About the tutor

Sarah Blackford is a qualified higher education careers adviser (MA, Warwick University) and an honorary teaching fellow (Lancaster University) with a background in scientific research and publishing. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Sarah specialises in providing career development education to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and has been delivering career workshops and one-to-one coaching for over 20 years in research institutions, universities, EU consortia and doctoral training programmes. Her workshops are broadly based on her book, ‘Career planning for research bioscientists’, and much of her advice and resources are published on her blog, www.biosciencecareers.org. As a registered practitioner with the Career Development Institute and active member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Sarah adheres to a recognised ethical code of practice.  

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"Data Visualization Workshop: Best practices in data visualization and ideas beyond printed graphics" - Core Facility Statistical Consulting

Graphics are an essential part of any publication. Good graphics can improve the understanding, credibility and make an impact. In these workshops, we will discuss the importance of data visualizations, important considerations for their construction, and possibilities for animated and interactive graphics. The program consists of a series of 3 lectures and 2 exercise classes.

Coachings

Career Center One-on-One Coachings

Career Center One-on-One Coachings

Are you wondering if you should stay in academia or look for alternative careers?

Do you want to find your dream job but are not sure in which direction to go?

With the help of one of our coaches, you will discover your skills and interests, define your values, and translate all that into suitable job fields and career paths.

Our One-on-One Coaching sessions also include – but are not limited to – other topics, such as:

  • exploring your chances and opportunities in academia and beyond
  • optimizing your application documents
  • conducting mock interview sessions in preparation for upcoming job interviews

If you are interested in unlocking your potential, contact us today and schedule a one-on-one coaching session!

Learn more about One-on-One coaching services at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Career Center Online Walk-In

Career Center Online Walk-In

Do you want to have a first opinion on your CV?

Do you have a quick question on your career development?

Or do you simply want to learn how the Career Center can help you with your next career steps?

On Mondays and Thursdays, from 11:30 am - 01:00 pm, without prior appointment, the Career Center offers 20-30 minute online sessions for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers.

Some common questions covered during these walk-in sessions include:

  • CV-check 
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Professional status check
  • Career Q&A: Career-related questions

Learn more about our Online Walk-In here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Excellence in International Scientific Communication

Excellence in International Scientific Communication

Individual web-based coaching programme specifically for PhD students using digital formats for their upcoming oral defense of the dissertation.

Overview: A web-based support package for individuals with upcoming PhD defences, conference presentations or project reports which will be conducted online.

Coach: Dr. Paul Charlton

Format (all web-based):  • 10 minute intro call to test Skype (etc.) and clarify objectives.  • 45 minute planned call for first run-through.  • 45 minute follow-up call final rehearsal.  • 10 minute de-brief call after the presentation is conducted.

Coaching is conducted in English language but presentations can be rehearsed in German language if required.
 

Registration: Please contact HELENA GSO if you are interested in the coaching.
 

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Further training opportunities including the mandatory statistic courses (organized by the Core Facility Statistical Consulting) for doctoral researchers are offered by the Center's Human Resources Development.

About us

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 Talent and Career Development.

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