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Previous courses offered for PhD students

Workshop - Debate training for the awareness for gender related topics

2-day workshop, 20 - 21 January 2020

Instructor: Farid Schwuchow


This workshop is part of  the “Workshop Series: overcoming challenges related to diversity in science” organized by IGK CRC 1078 Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function and iRTG CRC/TRR 227 Ultrafast Spin Dynamics and is open to all genders.

Workshop "Team Dynamics" organised explicitly for the PhD students in the SFB 1078

Date: February 3, 2020, 10 am - 3 pm

Instructor: Betty Boden


A specialist grasp of the academic subject is all too frequently no longer sufficient in today’s global economic climate. The workshop can serve as an introduction to different approaches to work known as work preferences and also provide some practical simulation in giving and receiving constructive criticism.


  • Introduction to Team Management Systems
  • Eight different perspectives in approaching work — the role preferences
  • Exploration of what constitutes a balanced team
  • Theory and practice of receiving and giving constructive feedback

 Form of instruction:

  • Instructor input
  • Short presentations
  • Plenary discussions
  • Experiential exercises

Bioinformatic Tools for Biology and Biophysics

8-day course, 19 - 28 June 2019

by Prof. Rob Burnap, Oklahoma State University

Course Description

The course enables students to utilize bioinformatics approaches and software for the analysis of biomolecular structure, function, and evolution. This course aims to be a broad-scoped and "hands-on" introduction to solving common problems of bioinformatics, particularly in relation to protein structure analysis. It is primarily aimed at students of biology and biophysics wishing to receive practical training in the following topics: molecular genetic foundations of protein structure and evolution, amino acid and DNA sequence alignment scoring systems, and the utilization of existing software tools to discover and interpret molecular function and variation. Additional select topics will include protein family analysis, mapping patterns of linear sequence conservation to corresponding 3D structures, and utilizing web-based comparative genomics tools. The course will involve hands-on use of readily available software including PyMol (structure visualization), some coding (Python, file manipulation), JalView and MEGA for sequence and phylogenetic analyses, and publicly available computational resources of sequence analysis and structure prediction using homology modeling.