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Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)

Sorted by categories, you will find all courses and workshops of the GGL offered over any one-year period. Click on the respective category to directly access the corresponding course schedule.


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Research Environment

Research Management

Communication Skills

Networking and Teamwork

Computing and Software

Career Management



CategoryTopicNext/Past DateAim/Contents of the course
Research Environment Induction
Past: October 24 2016
  • introduction for new GGL 
  • presentation of and information on the GGL
Introduction into the JLU library and its services Past: October 25 2016
  • demonstration of how to use the JLU Library
  • focus on use of electronic resources (e-journals and databases)
Searching for scientific literature in JUSTfind
Next: November 09 2016
  • What is a bibliographic database?
  • How to use JUSTfind to search for scientific literature
  • Options to get an article’s full-text
  • Getting citation-counts and journal impact factors from Web of Science
  • Advanced search-strategies in PubMed and the MeSH-thesaurus
Dos and Don'ts in the Lab: Introductory Lecture on Maintaining the Lab Note Books and Lab Safety Measures
Next: November 21 2016
  • essentials of lab book writing
  • comprehensive and innovative approach to safety for all scientific and support staff
  • rules and regulations for working in S1 labs
Open Access Publishing and the Open Access Policy of the JLU Next: December 06 2016
  • overview of different ways to Open Access publication and its advantage
  • raising of awareness for funds available at the JLU for Open Access publishing

Research Management

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Project and Time Management for first-year GGL Members Past: October 31 2016
  • enable doctoral students to plan their dissertation project and other academic projects
  • introduction of tools for effective time management
  • elaborate on work-life balance
Reference Management with Citavi

Next: November 21 2016

  • introduction of the reference management software Citavi
  • importing references from databases and adding them directly
  • using Citavi for full-text retrieval
  • using the Publication Assistant with MS Word
  • formatting and editing papers in different citation-styles
Project and Time Management for Industry and Academia To be announced!
  • project management on the job
  • the "Project Management Phase Model"
  • the role of the project manager
  • managing multiple projects
  • 10 tips for being a better project manager
Introduction into Methodology of Scientific Thinking and Logic:
Use your creativity and learn how to make a valid scientific conclusion
To be announced!
  • What is science?
  • What is the crucial difference between science and knowledge?
  • A brief history of the philosophy of science
  • Scientific thinking (deductive and inductive) and reasoning
  • The criteria of truth (theories of coherence, correspondence and pragmatism)
  • How to create a scientific hypothesis
  • How to make a valid scientific conclusion from investigation of the nature phenomena
  • What is a scientific method and how to create/design an experiment (choosing the correct sample sizes and the correct controls)

Communication Skills

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Conference Coaching for the GGL Conference 2015: Presenting posters successfully
(2-day workshop)
Past: August 18/19 2016
  • preparing the GGL doctoral students for their poster presentations during the Annual Conference
Conference Coaching: Point out powerfully with PowerPoint
(2-day workshop)
Past: August 24/25 2016
  • preparing the GGL doctoral students for their PowerPoint presentations during the Annual Conference
Conference Coaching: Chairpersons who share their knowledge and coordination professionally Past: August 31, 2016
  • preparing the GGL doctoral students on how to behave as a chairwoman or a chairman during the Annual Conference
Conference Coaching: Rehearsal
(obligatory for participants of all three Conference Coaching Courses)
Past: September 16, 2016
  • how to communicate successfully
  • how to communicate when presenting a poster
  • handling professionally technique like light, sound, and noise
  • present finished presentations in the real location
Writing Lab


October 14 2016 

October 28 2016

November 11 2016

November 18 2016

December 02 2016

January 20 2017

February 10 2017

February 24 2017

  • introduction to the basics of good paper writing and the requirements of journals
  • reasons for publishing, how to get started and best and worst practise
  • proof reading and discussion of your own abstract
Communication and Negotiation Skills Next: November 01 2016
  • practising interactively personal communication styles in difficult situations (e.g. negotiations)
  • learn how to respond professionally under pressure
  • learn how to effectively conduct conversations
  • introduction of methods to getting oneself better understood, achieving personal goals and keeping a respectful atmosphere at the same time
Writing Papers and Theses in the Life Sciences Next: November 07 & 08 2016
  • How to prepare the writing phase
  • Concepts as decisive writing tools
  • The “Word Flow” method
  • The “center” of your manuscript
  • The “Big Three”: Introduction, Results, Discussion
  • Showcase of your manuscript: Title and Abstract
Presentation Skills – Who Is Presenting: the Projector Or You? & How to create memorable presentations!
(2-day workshop)
To be announced!
  • raise participants' awareness of importance of their own presentation skills
  • show how to connect and successfully convey messages
  • demonstration of learning curve through video and audio feedback

Networking and Teamwork

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Networking for young Scientists

Past:April 26 2016

  • introduction to existing networking structures
  • learn how to establish individual formal and informal networks
  • learn how to use personal abilities and interests
  • exercise on how to effectively present oneself
Team Competence for Young Academics Past: April 27 2016
  • raise awareness of formal and informal research communities and their hierarchies
  • make participants understand team dynamics by analysing personal roles
  • definition of personal roles in a team, development and implementation of communication strategies
  • practical exercise on how to lead meetings
Conflict and Solutions
Next: November 02 2016
  • introduction of tools to understand and solve conflicts in a competent and solution-oriented way
  • introduction of techniques for successfully negotiating with colleagues, partners, customers and superiors
Intercultural Training
(organized by the International Office, funded by DAAD)
To be announced!
  • raise awareness of other cultures
  • preparation for stay abroad
  • learn how to successfully cooperate with foreign colleagues
  • showing foreign students how to cope with every-day life in Germany

Computing and Software

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Applied Statistics with SPSS (6-day workshop)


February 3-5 2016, February 10-12 2016

  • provide participants with solid basis in SPSS
  • enable participants to further explore SPSS on their own
  • time independent and dependant models
  • factor and cluster analysis
Biostatistics & "R" Course
(11-day workshop)
July 18 2016

July 19 2016

July 20 2016

July 25 2016

July 26 2016

July 27 2016

August 01 2016

August 03 2016

August 08 2016

August 10 2016

August 15 2016
  • on the Nature of Statistics
  • first steps with R
  • descriptive statistics for univariate and bivariate metric data
  • inferential statistics
  • principles of estimation and statistical testing 
  • comparing locations and variations of two independent univariate samples
  • tests for two dependent samples
  • comparing k ≥ 3 independent univariate samples
  • linear regression
Methods of Protein Analysis
(2-day workshop)
Past: July 21/22 & July 28/29 2016
  • introduction to methods of protein analysis
  • practising the newly acquired methods of protein analysis
Reference Managers - Make your choice! Next: November 10 2016
  • Basic functions of reference managers
  • Comparison in (plattforms, prices, import options, fulltext management, integration in word processors, editing citation styles, working in teams)
  • Highlights, strengths and weaknesses of the individual programs
Reference Management with Mendeley

Next: November 21 2016

  • introduction to the reference management software EndNote X6
  • formatting of papers in different citations styles
  • editing citation styles with the style editor
Scientific Image Processing and Analysis
(2-day workshop)
To be announded!

  • image acquisation and incorporation into the final publication figure
  • extract information and quantify the regions of interest
  • image formats and quantifications, labeling, 3D reconstructions, ethics and savin time

Introduction to Applied Bioinformatics

(2-day workshop)

To be announced!
  • how to use the major programmes and databases in the area of Bioinformatics
    (for nucleotides, proteins, enzymes, 3D structures, and derived databases)
  • theoretical background to understand the applications

Career Management

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Leadership Skills Past: April 12 &13 2016
  • strengthen participants' leadership skills by interactive teaching, practical exercises and course feedback
  • raise awareness of individual leading and communication styles

Exploring the Company World

(2-day workshop)

Next: October 06 & 26 2016
  • step into specific roles inside a company during role playing games
  • see how employees in different departments interact and depend on each other
  • get ideas for your future career and figure out which positions in an enterprise would suit you best
Fit for the German Job Market (2-Tages-Kurs) Past: October 11 and 12, 2016
  • Overview of the German Job Market

  • Analysis of Interests and Competences

  • Possible Job Profiles
  • Methods to explore Access Pathways

  • Setting Aims for your Personal Development
Get that job! November 16 2016
  • preparation of an individual job application according to the current standards
  • conveying techniques for a successful job interview
Development and Production of pharmaceutical products Next: November 28 & 29 2016
  • Introduction in Regulatory Affairs
  • Development of Pharmaceuticals
  • GMP Manufacturing
  • Product and Process Risk Management
  • Audit Management
  • AUDIT-Simulation
BWL für Nicht-BWLer
Next: January 31 2017 & 01 February 2017
  • Ökonomische Grundbegriffe
  • Produktionsfaktoren
  • Betrieb, Unternehmen, Firma, Konzern
  • Rechtsformen
  • Grundzüge der Bilanzierung
  • Gewinn- und Verlustrechnung, Jahresabschluss
  • Unternehmensbewertung
  • Betriebswirtschaftliche Analyse
  • Break-Even-Analyse
  • Controlling und Marketing
Successful Grant Proposal Writing
(2-day course)
To be announced!
  • successful grant applications
  • funding opportunities for researchers
  • convincing project proposal in the eyes of reviewers and grant commissions  
  • essential writing components and key questions 
  • feedback on your application draft

Project Management in Biotech Industries
preparing for leading positions in pharmaceutical industries
To be announced!
  • Introduction in Regulatory Affairs
  • Production of Biopharmaceuticals under GMP conditions
  • Research in industry – a difference to academics
  • How to ensure safe production processes
  • Risk manager in life science companies
  • Big pharma´s management strategies
  • Contract manufacturing
  • AUDIT-Simulation
GGL Career Day
To be announced!
  • presentation of possibilities of gaining international experience as a doctoral student, PostDoc and afterwards
  • presentation of two funding institutions
  • emphasising opportunities and support structures for stays abroad within Europe
  • offering GGL members the chance to have their CVs revised by an expert