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 Dr. Juliane Fiebig.

    In order to register for a course, please write an email to Dr. Juliane Fiebig. Please take notice of our Rules & Regulations which apply for all registrations.

    Currently, the following workshops are planned:

    26th April 2018 - Manuscript Peer Review

    Peer review is an important component of the research process. It is designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication.

    This workshop will first discuss basic aspects – e.g. what is the role and the status of referees, what are the duties of referees, who are the referees and who chooses them. Further you will get insights into the refereeing process and identifying major and minor errors as well as trigger points. So the workshop is also of interest to you from the point of view of a researcher.

    In the practical part you will be refereeing a suitable anonymized manuscript, which will contain typical problems that a referee should identify and write a report to the editor.

    Afterwards the trainer goes over your reports and presents his report for comparison and comment on the problems identified.



    Dr. Andrew Davis is a senior researcher at the Institute of Chemical Ecology (Max‐Planck‐Gesellschaft). With a PhD in Zoology from the University College Cardiff, Wales, UK, he is now specialising in biology, ecology and environment. He has extensive experience in teaching post-graduate students  in scientific writing & publishing, manuscript preparation, experimental design & statistics.

    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Venue: Seminar Room 00.047 on the RVZ/ZINF/IMIB building (Josef-Schneiderstr. 2 - Building D15)



    11th June 2018 – Supervising PhD students

    What makes you a good Supervisor?

    At the beginning of the course, you will learn about the principles of supervision and get guidance on how to lead and motivate your PhD students even in difficult times.

    Finding the balance between independence and guidance is just as important as giving positive and negative feedback and getting your feedback accepted. This course will give you advice on how to optimize your leadership and communication techniques to achieve this.

    You will also get an overview of problems that can arise with PhD students and how to solve typical conflicts in supervision relationships, because nobody benefits if a problem is not recognized and solved. More

    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Venue: tbc



    26th & 27th June 2018 – Software Carpentry

    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.

    Time: 9:00 am to 5:00pm

    Venue: tbc

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