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Doctoral Development Programme Courses

In this calendar you can find an overview of forthcoming and past courses sorted by categories. Most of these courses will be repeated on a regular base and are core pillars of the Doctoral Development Programme. For current events in the Programme (and in the Sections) please see also our Study Calendar.

Research Environment

Research Management

Communication Skills

Networking and Teamwork

Computing and Software

Career Management

Miscellaneous regular courses



Topic Aim/Contents of the course  Date

 Research Environment

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Introduction into the JLU library and its services
  • demonstration of how to use the JLU Library
  • focus on use of electronic resources (e-journals and databases)


online workshop









Searching for scientific literature in JUSTfind
  • 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


online workshop






Dos and Don'ts in the Lab: Introductory Lecture on Maintaining the Lab Note Books and Lab Safety Measures
  • 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


  • introduction for new GGL members
  • presentation of and information on the GGL

April 2023

Open Access Publishing and the Open Access Policy of the JLU
  • overview of different ways to Open Access publication and its advantage
  • raising of awareness for funds available at the JLU for Open Access publishing


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Research Management

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Reference Managers - Make your choice!
  • 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


online workshop

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



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True data - how to produce high quality research results

Participants will learn:

  • about the concept of research rigor and its impact on society
  • to identify robust and poor data quality in publications
  • to become familiar with tools and guidelines for producing high quality publications

Research Data Management
  • introduction to the basics of research data management
  • what is good research practice?
  • storing and publishing reasearch data




Project Management with Lean Six Sigma
  • introduction to the systemic Six Sigma quality management
  • basic principles of Lean Production and Lean Management
  • practical examples and case studies
  • mode, advantages and limitations of the Six Sigma methodology



Research methods for pharmacotherapy
  • methods and techniques which are crucial for modern biomedical research
  • inspiring milieu for achieving the personal connections between researchers and for potential development of the future collaborations
  • Use of cell culture in real-life
  • Experimental approaches in cardiovascular research
  • Molecular pharmacology


Good Scientific Practice
  • develop awareness of good scientific practice
  • apply measures to safeguard good scientific practice
  • know and avoid pitfalls concerning good scientific practice
  • understand the purpose of guidelines and to discuss their topic confidently with other members of the scientific community.
Introduction into Methodology of Scientific Thinking and Logic:
Use your creativity and learn how to make a valid scientific conclusion
  • 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: Presenting posters successfully
(2-day workshop)
  • preparing the GGL doctoral students for their poster presentations during the Annual Conference



Conference Coaching: Point out powerfully with PowerPoint
(2-day workshop)
  • preparing the GGL doctoral students for their PowerPoint presentations during the Annual Conference




Conference Coaching: Chairpersons who share their knowledge and coordination professionally
  • 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)
  • 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


Scientific Writing
  • introduction to the basics of preparing good manuscripts
  • manuscript structure and format, tone and register, avoiding errors common to non-native speakers of English
  • proof reading and discussion of your own abstract












PhD and Doktorarbeit: A guideline through your thesis
  • Structuring a thesis
  • Literature Management
  • Writing exercises
  • What crises can appear? How can they be overcome?
  • Methods to overcome writing anxiety
Business English Basics for the Life Science
  • introduction to the "business side of academic activities"
  • preparation for professional business communications in academia and in the company world
  • training in business situations in writing, on the telephone, or in person




Buiness German for non-native speakers - Basics
  • support GGL students in the process of becoming familiar with the business side of academic activities
  • prepare for professional business communications in academia and in the company world
  • designed for international GGL members and Postdocs



Writing Papers and Theses in the Life Sciences
  • 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



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Abstract Writing
  • Typical phrasing in scientific texts
  • How to write concisely
  • Dealing with citations
  • Guidelines for abstracts
  • Feedback on your own abstract
  • In-class polishing of your abstract


(SoSe 2023)


Communication and Negotiation Skills
  • 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


Presentation Skills – Who Is Presenting: the Projector Or You? & How to create memorable presentations!
(2-day workshop)
  • 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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Team Management for Young Scientists
  • 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



online workshop



Conflict and Negotiation Management
  • 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



Networking for young Scientists
  • 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





Intercultural Training
(organized by the International Office, funded by DAAD)
  • 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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Biostatistics & "R" Course
(12-day workshop)
  • 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


(SoSe 2023)


Reference Management with EndNote
  • introduction to the reference management software EndNote X7
  • formatting of papers in different citations styles
  • editing citation styles with the style editor




Reference Management with Citavi
  • 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


(blended learning workshop)

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Reference Management with Mendeley
  • introduction to Mendeley and Mendeley Desktop
  • Importing references from fulltext-files, research catalog and databases
  • Using Mendeley for full-text retrieval
  • Organizing references in Mendeley
  • Editing citation-styles with the style editor
  • Mendeley as a scientific social network
  • Licence model of Mendeley






Introduction to bioinformatics focused on databases and experiment planning

(2-day workshop)

  • Introducing several databases which store and handle biologic data (NCBI, ENSEMBL, UCSC, UNIPROT and etc.)
  • Give a brief introduction to different search methods for a specific data in the mentioned databases and available tools to process the data
  • See and train how to export data from these databases and how to handle it
Applied Statistics with SPSS (6 day workshop)
  • 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







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Methods of Protein Analysis
(2-day workshop)
  • introduction to methods of protein analysis
  • practising the newly acquired methods of protein analysis


Scientific Image Processing and Analysis
(3-day workshop)
  • 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 saving time





Scientific Image Processing and Analysis - ADVANCED
(3-day workshop)
  • this workshop is a follow-up of the basic "Scientific Image Processing" workshop
  • prerequisite: you should have taken part in the basic workshop



Graphical Abstracts
(2-day workshop)
  • visualize scientific ideas and projects
  • create simple vector graphics
  • create a graphical abtract for your project



Career Management 

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Find a Job in Germany's Industry


  • Job Search and Applications
  • Job interviews
  • Working Conditions and Work Culture


How to Get Additional Funding during Your Doctoral Studies
  • explore different types of additional funding
  • learn to search for funding in different databases
  • understand the importance of structuring and planning your application
Train the Trainer: Academic Writing in English
  • practical methods/tasks/scaffolding activities to improve students‘ writing skills
  • analyzing and practicing feedback strategies
  • strengthening students’ motivation for writing


Leadership Skills
  • 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)

  • 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-day-workshop)
  • 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
Life Science Process and Project Management (LS-PPM)
  • insight into project management as a special case of process management
  • initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing of projects



Development and Production of pharmaceutical products
  • Introduction in Regulatory Affairs
  • Development of Pharmaceuticals
  • GMP Manufacturing
  • Product and Process Risk Management
  • Audit Management
  • AUDIT-Simulation


Advanced Quality Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • GMP Tools in Quality Management (Change Control, Deviation Management, CAPA-Management)
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Setup of Quality Management systems
  • FDA warning letter analysis
  • Interactive exercises

Basics of Business Administration

2-day workshop

  • learn about different departments and functions that exist within a company
  • get an insight into the economical background behind a running company

  • learn about essential topics like management and strategy, accounting, finance, microeconomics, supply chain management, entrepreneurship and budgeting, marketing and sales


BWL für Nicht-BWLer
  • Ökonomische Grundbegriffe
  • Produktionsfaktoren
  • Betrieb, Unternehmen, Firma, Konzern
  • Rechtsformen
  • Grundzüge der Bilanzierung
  • Gewinn- und Verlustrechnung, Jahresabschluss
  • Unternehmensbewertung
  • Betriebswirtschaftliche Analyse
  • Break-Even-Analyse
  • Controlling und Marketing





Get that job!
  • preparation of an individual job application according to the current standards
  • conveying techniques for a successful job interview





GGL Career Day
  • 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

Spring 2023


CV Checks with Andrew Cerniski
  • offering GGL members who graduate the chance to have their CVs revised by an expert


Introduction to Didactics and Teaching Methodology in English
  • support of GGL students as they prepare to teach in English
  • provide general information of the fundamentals of teaching
  • improve participants´ English language skills for use in providing instruction in the lab or classroom
Basic didactic principles and teaching methods
  • teaching methods and approaches, essential for planning, preparing and delivering teaching sessions in any academic setting
  • conception of teaching and learning objectives, the integration of strategies for giving and taking effective feedback, and the implementation of digital tools for interactive teaching-learning processes
Successful Grant Proposal Writing
(2-day course)
  • 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
Industrial Pharma Management
  • Regulatory Affairs
  •  Development of Pharmaceuticals
  • GMP Manufacturing step by step
  • Product/Process Risk Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Simulation



Biotech Quality Manager & Regulatory Affairs Manager
  •  GMP Tools in Quality Management (Change Control, Deviation Management, CAPA-Management)
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Setup of Quality Management systems
  • FDA warning letter analysis
  • Interactive exercises


 Miscellaneous regular courses

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Respiratory and cardiovascular systems in extreme environments
  • Introduction into the field of ecophysiology and global climate change / concept of homeostasis

  • changes of respiratory and cardiovascular systems due to different extreme environments
  • adaptation of indigenous people (natives) to different extreme environmental conditions
  • how the unadapted people can protect themselves from different extreme environmental conditions
  • how would the climate change affect the environment and human adaptation at the given extreme environmental location?
  • create an unserstanding of personal resilience
  • dealing with your own stressors and drivers
  • grow resilience in three different ways
  • interaction


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Molecular Biology Techniques
  • DNA and RNA isolation (cells and tissues) + methods of optimization
  • Histology, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry
  • Laser-mediated microdissection (LMM)
  • PCR techniques including real-time PCR
  • Approaches for inhibition of gene expression, e.g. via small interfering RNA
  • Western blotting & ELISA



Basics of Modern Microscopy
  • basics of microscopy
  • basic technical components of microscopy
  • photon and structured illumination
  • hands-on testing



Microbial Data Analysis
  • step-by-step all necessary computation techniques
  • focus on 16S rRNA amplicon data
  • sequence- and meta-data curation, proceed with OTU / ASV picking
  • All presented techniques will be explored in interactive hands-on sessions
GGL English Test

Spring 2023