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    University of Würzburg Graduate Schools - Graduate School of Life Sciences

    Workshop Plus Program

    While principal investigators as well as participants of the PostDoc Plus program are welcome to participate in the regular GSLS Transferable Skills workshops, this program is tailored to the needs of a doctoral researcher. The Workshop Plus program offers workshops for experienced researchers. Potential topics might include (but are not limited to) grant writing, interview training, project management, leadership, conflict management, financial management or career building. If you have a suggestion for a specific workshop topic, please contact the scientific coordinator of the GSLS Franz-Xaver Kober.

    In order to register for a course, please use our online registration form. Please take notice of our Rules & Regulations why apply for all registrations.

    Currently, the following workshops are planned:

    October 23rd - Computational skills for researchers

    While computer literacy has become a basic skill in science, only a minority of scientists have programming literacy. Modern scientists spend a large amount of their time at the computer gathering, structuring or analyzing data. In the absence of basic programming skills, a lot of time is spent on menial tasks such as data formatting that can be automated with only little effort.

    The workshop focuses on basic programming skills introducing the participants to Python, a flexible and powerful general purpose language. Using Python, you will learn how to write small pieces of code to perform bulk tasks, data analysis and small-scale automation of processes.

    The UNIX shell with it's automation capabilities and the Git repository round out the program.

    For more information visit the course page.

    Time: 9:00 am to 5:00pm
    Venue: Seminar Room 00.047 or the RVZ/ZINF/IMIB building (Josef-Schneider-Str. 2 - Building D15)

    November 10th 2017 - Time & Self-Management

    The Workshop supplies you with the tools you need in order to plan and execute your research-project(s) as effectively and efficiently as possible. You discuss and test basic strategies and techniques of a good project- and time-management. This allows you to organize yourself and your workload in better ways. Based on your existing working habits, you will learn more about which type of worker you are and how you can further improve your working situation. We address a tension that all researchers have to deal with, namely the tension between the ideal of science (i.e. knowing everything) and the need for pragmatism (i.e. self-limitation). Another important topic especially for researchers is how to plan in advance when the future is uncertain. Most research projects need flexible project-management that takes into account unexpected developments.

    Contents of the course:

    • Project scheuling: How to draw up a realistic project schedule
    • Iterative incremental planning
    • Basic strategies and tools for an efficient Time- and Self-Management (i.e. Pomodoro Technique, Phases of Productivity, Implementation intentions …)
    • Setting Priorities
    • My working attitude: Pragmatism and Productivity


    • Input and discussion
    • Individual and group work
    • Coaching techniques


    Dr. Jan Stamm has studied Philosophy, Linguistics and Economy before graduated summa cum laude from the Berlin School of Mind and Brain on the topic of "Autonomy and Assertiveness". In addition, he is a DCV certified coach (Communication & Behavior) with years of experience coaching in an university environment.

    Time: 9:00 am to 5:00pm
    Venue: Seminar Room 00.047 or the RVZ/ZINF/IMIB building (Josef-Schneiderstr. 2 - Building D15)



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