Upcoming Events

Below please find a list of upcoming training events held at IMB for members of the International PhD Programme (IPP) on "Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and Genome Stability", the IMB Postdoc Programme (IPPro), the RTG GenEvo and the iRTG of the SFB1361. Courses are open also to other young scientists for a fee covering the costs of trainer and course organisation.

If there is no other information in the course description, all courses are taking place at IMB, Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz (University Campus).
* Costs for members of the IPP, IPPro, SFB 1361 and GenEvo are covered by the respective programmes.

Date Event Further information
14.03.2023Think before you write

Trainer: Andrew Moore

Date & time: 14 + 15 March 2023, 9:00-15:00

Venue: tentative: onsite

Target group: advanced PhD students and postdocs



  • Find out about the most important rule of communication (any communication).
  • Learn about how readers find and read your work, so that you can write better for your intended audience.
  • Get some interesting insights into cognitive psychology that are highly relevant for writing good scientific English.
  • Learn how to structure your writing for maximum effect.
  • Submit a short piece of writing, and benefit from group feedback and editorial input in real time.
  • Find out how editorial works, how to avoid common pitfalls (typical reasons for rejection), and how to react to rejection letters.
  • Understand the journal world better, and improve your ability to choose an appropriate journal in which to publish (and to avoid "predatory" journals!).


Please register by 14 February 2023


To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de


16.03.2023Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome

Trainer: Taiya Mikisch

Date and Time: 16 March + 26 May 2023, 9:00-18:00 / 9:00-13:00

Target group: PhD students, Postdocs

Venue: tentative 1st day onsite, follow up online


The imposter-syndrome describes the feeling in individuals that their success and status are due to chance or luck. It often goes along with the fear of being exposed as a fraud. This is a common phenomenon among PhD students (as well as academics in general).


The focus of this workshop is to support participants in transferring the workshop content into their everyday life and to use the provided methods in challenging situations. Therefore, after the first part of the workshop, participants are provided with regular reminders and small, accessible exercises (e.g. reflections, mindfulness exercises) so that the methods from the workshop can be practiced in everyday life. Also, regular meetings with peers from the workshop are scheduled to support each other.

Approximately 3 months after the workshop, there will be a follow-up meeting to discuss questions and enable participants to reflect on their current experience of the imposter syndrome.


Please register by 16 February 2023


To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de



Trainer: Fridolin Kielisch in cooperation with IMB core facilites

Date & Time: 19 April - 24 May 2023, 9:00 - 10:30 (6 weekly units of 90 minutes each, always Wed)

Venue: tentative onsite; exception: 10 May online!!

Target group: 1st year PhD student + young researchers aiming at repetition


This module focuses on statistics as an important instrument of scientific work. Students will take a 'probabilistc point of view' on scientific experiments and familiarize themselfes with statistical tools like confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, ANOVA, etc. The course mainly uses the statistical computing framework R, but due to the general nature of the topics any statistical software can be used you are familiar with. 

The module consists of seven units. Between the sessions, the students will do small exercises at home. Tutors will be available for questions and answers.


Participants must be familiar with a software allowing statistical analysis prior to the course. For beginners, we recommend and support a self-learning course in R (ideally in the second half of September).



Please register by 17 March 2023


To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email p.mohr@imb-mainz.de


20.04.2023Adobe Illustrator for beginners

Trainer: Christian Nuber

Date and Time: 20 April 2023, 9:00-17:00

Venue: tentative: onsite

Target group: Postdocs & PhD students


This beginners' course aims at PhD students and junior scientists who want to learn how to make figures and drawings for scientific publications / posters using Adobe illustrator.


Please register by 17 March 2023


To receive information on course fees for external* participants, please email training@imb-mainz.de