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Practical courses

The practical courses usually run one or two weeks and will provide an opportunity for the PhD candidates to learn specific methods or techniques. Faculty members offer these courses but also external courses can be attended.

5 day equivalents per week

Lectures and seminars

The lectures and seminars serve to sharpen the PhD  student's conceptual understanding of specific topics in evolutionary biology. They are offered by IMPRS members and can change over years. This is complemented by participation in ongoing group seminars and journal clubs.

2 day equivalents per 1 hour/week/term

Soft Skill Training

Soft skill courses should train transferable or personal skills, which will improve the fellow’s employment opportunities and future career performance in or outside academia. Possible topics are presentation skills, grant writing, paper writing, teamwork, time management or job application. They are mostly coordinated by the Graduate Center of Kiel University but also by the IMPRS. Each student should visit several such courses.

1 day equivalent per day

Lab exchange

Lab exchanges within the IMPRS are meant to offer PhD students the option to get an insight into another project or a new technique. They are organized on an individual basis between students who are interested in this. They should usually last one week.

5 day equivalents per week

Conference visits

Starting in the second year of the thesis, each IMPRS student can apply for internal funds to visit an international conference, under the condition on presenting a talk or a poster. Students in the first year can apply for funding to go to a workshop or course.

4 day equivalents for preparing a poster or a talk

Organisation of workshops and conferences

The IMPRS students are invited to organize a small conference or workshop once per year. The aim of such an event is to invite international speakers to give lectures and coaching modules. Each student of the school should participate at least once in an organization committee.

5 day equivalents for working in the organization committee

IMPRS retreats

Each year IMPRS students organize a retreat out of town for all faculty members, researchers and doctoral candidates. During two days, the students present their work in short talks and/or posters. An additional social program can be organized. Two guest speakers are always invited to present their research and to serve as opponents for the students.

2 day equivalents per retreat, 5 day equivalents per organisation

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