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InGrA Program 2024

5. Feb 2024

Clear at glance – Designing Effective Academic Posters (April 9, 2024)

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Poster sessions are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. Their purpose is to highlight research results, visualize them, and stimulate discussion. To draw your audience in, you need a crystal-clear message, 
a text format optimized for best legibility and well-chosen graphics. And above all, you need to think well through how to organize, arrange and illustrate your research content for a printed or digital poster format.

Basic rules of graphic design and layout technique will help you to present your work in a visually well-structured and compelling way. The training shows you how to present your research efficiently and provides time to put directly into practice what you have learned. 

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15. Jan 2024

Introduction to Statistics and R (March 11-12 and 18-19, 2024)

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Content

R has become a leading statistical programming language in data science and statistics. The R software is free, highly extensible, and allows to easily produce publication-quality plots. The aim of this course is to equip participants with the basic skills to effectively use the software R, embedded in the user interface RStudio. These skills will cover data import, processing and data exploration, graphical representations with ggplot2, basic concepts of statistical inference and linear regression. All topics will be demonstrated in working examples and practiced with hands on examples.

In the first two days we are going to teach the basic functionality of R, RStudio, and ggplot2. Day three and four are dedicated to the application of statistical tests, which will be extended to linear mixed-effects models.

Specific Topics

Part I (March 11 and 12)

  • Introduction to R and RStudio
  • Data types (vectors, data frames, matrices, lists, factors)
  • Explorative data analysis
  • Creating functions and data manipulation
  • Creating and customizing plots with ggplot2

Part II (March 18 and 19)

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15. Dec 2023

Good Scientific Practice (February 21 and 26, 2024 | online)

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“Scientific integrity forms the basis of trustworthy research,” states the preamble to the DFG’s Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice. 

In his interactive workshop, Dr. Michael Schöner will address what scientific integrity or scientific misconduct means in this context and show that there are gray areas between the two extremes, using the most common problems in questions of authorship, research data management (also related to diversity and gender variables) and supervision. 

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13. Dec 2023

Successful Networking for Personal Branding (March 6, 2024)

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As a scientist, your reputation is your personal brand. You’re going to have one whether you choose to influence it in a particular direction or not. How others perceive you stems largely in part from your research results, your behaviors, and your overall actions. Just as in the business world, your personal brand is what defines how successful you can become, and it’s vital that you spend a portion of your resources to cultivate and protect it. In this workshop we will explore networking as an important aspect of those efforts. 

Take-aways

  1. Exploring your ‘presence’ and receiving feedback from the group
  2. Developing a workable elevator pitch
  3. Increasing your self-awareness
  4. The opportunity to examine critically both your professional identity and your value proposition
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12. Dec 2023

Push Your Career in Germany’s Industry (2) – Salary, Interview, Work Permit and Culture (February 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024 | online)

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Leaving academia and looking for a job in the industry is an important and sometimes difficult step. This intensive course enables you to go through a quickly and successful job search process. It consists of live webinars and self-learning videos.

Content

The seminar provides knowledge on:

  • Determination of salaries
  • Preparation and phases of interviews
  • Answering interviewer questions
  • Salary negotiation procedure
  • Self-presentation practice in small groups
  • Typical working conditions for academic job starters
  • Visa conditions for job search and employment (only for foreigners)
  • German cultural rules at work (Germans are welcome)

Specific Topics

Subject “Salaries”

In a live webinar we will talk about typical salaries for job starters and criteria which can influence the salary. We practice a salary calculation method you can use to determine a salary for a specific position. At the end various research options are introduced which you can use to find out more about a company’s internal salary structure.

Subject “Job Interviews“

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11. Dec 2023

Push Your Career in Germany’s Industry (1) – Job Search and Application (January 18 and 25, February 1, 2024 | online)

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Leaving academia and looking for a job in the industry is an important and sometimes difficult step. This intensive course enables you to go through a quickly and successful job search process. It consists of live webinars and self-learning videos.

Content

The seminar provides knowledge on:

  • Ideas for possible positions
  • Active and passive job search strategies
  • Content and design of an application
  • Individual application feedback in small group

Specific Topics

Subject “Job Search”

In the first seminar session, we discuss which competences are often acquired during a doctorate and their relevance for companies. You find out more about job profiles in the industry which might be interesting for you and how you can find other possible jobs. In a following self-study course, you get to know various options of active and passive job search strategies, incl. job databases and activities to come into contact with employers. Furthermore, you understand how to plan and organize your individual search for future employments.

Subject “Application Documents“

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11. Dec 2023

Overview of workshops 2024

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Here you find an overview of workshops of InGrA and HR department Ref 3.2 in 2024. These workshop are shaped to the needs of doctoral students and postdocs at MLU. Workshop language of InGrA and Ref 3.2 is English and German, respectively. InGrA workshops are designed for all doctoral students independent of their mother tongue. With English workshops most of scientists in an early career phase can be addressed. Please feel free to choose the workshops you are comfortable with and follow the links for further details and registration.

January

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