WS 01 - Alternative Careers in Science

Host: Dr. Christina Ada Anders, Dr. Sacha Hanig

Content: Those who want to get to know and embark on alternative careers in science should familiarise themselves in advance with occupational fields, the necessary competencies, corresponding networks, but also with their own interests. In the workshop the participants are invited to reflect their own interests and to transfer them to a competence profile. On this basis, insights will be provided into different areas of science management and beyond.

More info: Website Dr. Christina Anders

WS 02 - Argumentation in Scientific Writing

Host: Dr. Romy Jaster

Content: Scientists have to be able to present their arguments in a precise and convincing way. However, when writing their papers, many scientists rely on intuition rather than on concrete methods. This course provides participants with all the techniques they need to know in order to state their arguments precisely, correctly and convincingly.
The course starts with the basic concepts of reasoning and logic: validity and soundness of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning, common types of logical inferences. From these basics, we derive useful techniques for argumentation in scientific texts. Throughout the course participants get the chance to apply the acquired skills directly to their own work, to get feedback on already existing manuscripts and to produce new texts on their research topics.

WS 03 - Blockchainify your Research!

Host: Friederike Kleinfercher, James Lawton, Una Sokcevic, Sandra Vengadasalam

Content: In this workshop you will be introduced to Blockchain technology and how it cannot only be used for Bitcoins, but for the benefit of science. Therefore the basics of the technique will be introduced together with common established blockchains and their applications. Furthermore the principle of consortium blockchains will be explained and why this is the future of Open, Scientific Publishing and an approach to tackle the reproducibility crisis in science. The underlying consensus algorithms will also be a topic to illustrate the functionality in an accessible way. Building from these basics, you will discuss and work out applications and benefits of Blockchains for Science, exemplified by the new start up bloxberg. As moderators you will find technology experts and founders of Bloxberg as well as members of the Max Planck Digital library: Sandra Vengadasalam, Friederike Kleinfercher, James and Una Sokcevic. Altogether you will get an introduction into the emerging blockchain technology, which has the potential to change the way we do science, in a way that is accessible without prior knowledge.

More info: Website Max Planck Digital Library
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WS 04 - Business Consulting

Host: Dr. Matthias Vennemann

Content: In this workshop you have the unique opportunity to learn from the Vice-president and Head of Strategy Pharmaceuticals at Bayer. He will give insights into how strategic consoulting works in a big R&D dependend company. He will give hands on examples and advise from his own experiences at Bayer.

WS 05 - CV Writing

Host: Simon Chaplin

Content:In this workshop participants learn the essentials of applying for new jobs. The content includes
- SWOT analysis for participants
- What makes a good covering letter?
- What are the differences between the German and English CV (dos and don'ts)?
- The psychology of job applications
- How to answer difficult interview questions

WS 06 - Data Science Career Paths out of Academia

Host: Dr. Chris Armbruster

Content: Data Analytics, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence constitute the fastest growing job market for the very highly qualified. This workshop intends to give you guidance on how to find out if a career in data analytics or data science is right for you. In addition, a customizable roadmap for completing the transition in 6 to 9 months is given. Furthermore, tips and tricks on approaching the labor market and hiring managers are shared.

WS 07 - Data Visualisation

Host: Philipp Jordan

Content: A conference poster is much more than your latest data compressed into figures that are spread on an enormous white surface with text far too small. A poster is your billboard for the scientific world, telling your story with your data about your science. It helps you to engage, inform, and inspire your audience. An inspired and informed audience gives better feedback, helping you in return with your scientific work.
But how does a poster work? What makes it diferent from a talk or a paper? How do you tell your story?
This workshop will guide you from your raw data to a finalised poster telling your own story. Starting with the diferences between a poster, a talk, and a paper, you will learn how a poster is structured, which stories science can tell (fairy tale, criminal writing, etc.), what the pros and cons of each story type are, which story type matches your data best. And how illustrations, colours, and arrangement help you to communicate your story. Afterwards you have the opportunity to incorporate the newly learnt skills in your own poster and to discuss them on a one-on-one basis.
This workshop is aimed to scientists (PhD students and postdocs) and to everyone who is interested and has already created their own posters or plans to do so soon and wants to improve their style. This workshop will give you a guideline to set up posters ready to print. No previous knowledge about graphic programs is required.

More info: Website Phillip Jordan

WS 08 - Grant Writing

Host: Prof. Artemis Alexiadou

Content: In this workshop we will focus on the process of grant writing and discuss what it takes to successfully obtain a grant. Tips and tricks will be provided and advice on how to deal with success and overcome difficulties along the way.

WS 09 - N2: Who are we?

Host: N2 board members

Content: In this workshop we will introduce our most recent activities with political stakeholders, research foundations and media outlets. Furthermore we will introduce the first results from our Survey among the doctoral researchers of all our member organization to be conducted in September 2019. Afterward we will put our science policy positions up for discussion and would like to discuss with you, what should change in Academia. As a basis for these claims, we can rely on the survey data available, as well as the experiences of all attendees. Key topics will include:

  • Working Conditions in the non-university sector and beyond
  • Mental Health of early career Scientists
  • Compatibility of Family Planning with an Academic Career
  • Harassment and Power Abuse in Scienc

We are looking very much forward for your feedback and ideas regarding our initiatives.

More info: Website N2

WS 10 - Presentation Skills I

Host: Alexandra Klein, Nicholas del Grosso

Content: This presentation skills workshop is highly recommended to participants in the science slam during the event but also any other further sccience slam. Nicolas and Alexandra will take into account the specific setting of a more informal presentation of a non expert audience. Throughout the workshop you will improve or develop a good pitch for a science slam.

More info: Website Munich Science Slam

WS 11 - Presentation Skills II

Host: Dr. Deborah Bennett

Content: In this interactive workshop you will learn how to identify the key points of your research story and how to deliver those points effectively. You will learn the essential elements of a well-structured presentation and discover the importance of body language and voice control. Practical sessions will allow you to put what you have learned into practice and individual feedback will help you improve your skills. Whether you wish to share your results with other researchers or convince your professor of your progress, this workshop will provide you with the tools you need to give an effective and memorable presentation.

WS 12 - Project Management in Science

Host: Dr. Christina Ada Anders, Dr. Sacha Hanig

Content: For successful planning and implementation of (coordinated) research projects, but also for cooperation with universities, companies, SMEs or public institutions, special knowledge of project management in science is required. In most cases, this is a mix of classical and agile project management methods. The requirements for the coordination of such collaborations are correspondingly high: the coordinator should not only plan strategically and master administrative project management, but must also create conditions under which project partners can play a constructive role.

More info: Website Dr. Christina Anders

WS 13 - Science Policy Making

Host: Christian Kobsda

Content: Christian works as political consultant in the president’s office of the Leibniz Association. He is scientific manager of Global Learning Council, associated researcher at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) as well as founding editor of and member of Before joining Leibniz, he dealt with Industry 4.0 and Smart Services at acatech and was scientific advisor to the Innovation Dialogue of the German Federal Chancellor.

WS 14 - Scientific Writing

Host: Dr. Deborah Bennett

Content: When it comes to communicating research, clarity is crucial. In this workshop you will learn how to identify the main contribution of your study and to express it as a clear and compelling key message. You will find out how to use this message as a foundation to develop the structure of your article, creating an outline to help you present your research coherently and convincingly. The principles you will learn during the workshop can also be applied to poster presentations and funding applications, and will help improve your written communication skills in general.

WS 15 - The effective Process behind Scientific Publishing

Host: Heather Partner, Margherita Citroni

Content: Scientific output from researchers in all disciplines and all around the world constitutes a huge amount of knowledge that needs to be organized, made accessible, and checked for technical correctness. Editors in scientific journals are behind this process, and constantly discuss how to improve it.
In this workshop we will discuss many stages through which research progresses from an initial idea to publication and dissemination, including effective planning strategies for impactful research, manuscript writing, editorial evaluation, peer review, publication, and utilization. We will also discuss some recent initiatives to improve transparency, reproducibility, data availability, and the peer review process. The workshop will be a combination of talks from editors and questions and discussion from the audience.

WS 16 - Uncovering your professional Value as a PhD Graduate and what this means for your future Career

Host: Dr. Chiat Cheong

Content: What career will you pursuit after your PhD graduation? A research career can be great. The numbers however show that there is a good chance that you will eventually (have to) continue their career outside academia/research. Perhaps you are aiming to make a transition out of academia already.
When you reach the moment where you start exploring your options outside academia, it may be puzzling how to manage career orientation and development: What kind of job to aim for? Does a career switch imply that your investment into your PhD and scientific expertise will be lost and you will have to start from scratch? How well are you actually equipped for other professions? What opportunities are there for PhD graduates if not in academia? And what can you do if you have never encountered any position that seems to suit your profile?
Often people tend to stick with their topic, look for a job that overlaps with their scientific experience and work towards getting in. Is that actually a good strategy? This workshop challenges you to do it the other way around and first do some introspection in order to answer the questions above. It will focus on what you like, what you need and your other criteria for job fulfilment. A strategy will then be provided to support you in translating your professional experience, capabilities (PhD Power!) and needs into real life positions and... possibly even job opportunities!

More info: Website Dr. Chiat Cheong

WS 17 - Using Social Media for Science Communication and Career Advancement

Host: Dr. Mirjam Gleßmer

Content: The workshop consists of a short introduction to the benefits of using social media as a scientist, followed by a hands-on phase during which participants define their personal goals for online science communication, and from that goal determine their audience and their message. Participants leave with a clear idea of what online science communication might best suit their purposes, and how they would go about were they to start using it.

More info: Website Dr. Mirjam Gleßmer

WS 18 - Voice and Body Coaching

Host: Julie Stearns

Content: Integral to voice and body training is the central idea that physical and vocal dynamics are connected to the speaker’s motivation and to the importance of the information being communicated. The trainer has a professional theatre background, which is a unique benefit for the participants to help identify the verbal challenges of each speaker, giving attention to breath, articulation, intonation, volume, modulation and tempo. Training is given to improve non-verbal aspects such as gesture, positioning, distance, eye contact and relationship with media.
Trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in effective communication and learn how to present yourself, in particular as a women scientist, more effectively and to make the best impression and strongest impact.
Participants monitor their improvement and implement feedback through active role-play exercises in which they present themselves.

More info: Website Impulsplus

WS 19 - Work, Life, Stress, and how to manage it all

Host: Síofra McSherry

Content: How do I cope with my workload? What are my priorities? How can I reconcile the demands of personal and professional life?
Doctoral candidates and early career researchers may be dealing with a large workload, financial or family pressures, and questions about job security and location. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to assess their work-life balance, learn skills for self-care and resilience, identify their personal and professional goals, and define potential next steps. Though trainer input, group discussion and self-reflection, participants will reflect on their various personal and professional roles and consider how to balance these demands.

WS 20 - Alumni Session

Host: Alumni from the Helmholtz and Leibniz Association as well as the Max Planck Society

Content: What path should I follow after my doctoral studies? Should I stick to academia or move to the industry? What skills do I require for transitioning to the industry? These are often the questions that boggle the minds of young researchers when planning what to do once they are done with their doctoral studies. To answer some of these questions, we thought who better to ask than our very own alumni.
In this workshop, we provide an informal setting to enhance communication between you and the alumni. In the first half of the workshop, you will get to hear from five alumni about their career journeys since their doctoral studies. This will be followed by an hour-long opportunity for you to personally meet the alumnus/alumni and query away your career-related questions.
To ensure that most of your questions go answered, we explicitly sought alumni who have established a foothold within as well as outside of academia. This includes science communicators, principal investigators, data analysts, consultants, entrepreneurs to name a few. We will soon publish a detailed brochure about the alumni present at the event.

More info (Pdf file): N2-conference_info_Alumni Session.pdf

WS 21 - Self and Time Management

Host: Dr. Cornelia Rahn

Content: Do you sometimes have the feeling that you’re always running short of time? You are often stressed because you don’t have enough time for an important task? In a nutshell: too much work, too little time?
During a Phd, the challenges are multifaceted, ranging from optimizing the exposé, preparing conference talks, working in the lab, conducting empirical data, teaching – and of course writing the thesis itself. Not to mention coping with one’s private life, which is almost always affected to some degree.
If you have a clear structure, it is possible to systematically plan the amount of effort you put into your work, prioritize your tasks, and manage your precious time with structured time management tools.
In this workshop, you are going to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses regarding your work behaviour, as well as analyse what your most time-consuming activities are and learn how to prioritise your daily tasks.

WS 22 - Science Communication - Comprehensible Communciation with the Public

Host: Dr. Yasmin Appelhans

Content: Scientists are frequently asked to communicate their research in a way that can be understood by the public. Be it in public talks, when communicating with journalists, on social media or when applying for awards: Being comprehensible matters. Often, however, scientists are not aware of language barriers and other obstacles keeping them from being understood. The workshop will be planned to help scientists make their work more approachable by the public. Possible workshop content (can be adjusted to needs):

  • The four characteristics of comprehensible communication
  • Formulating a core messages of research
  • Storytelling in science communication
  • Differences between scientific and journalistic writing
  • Communicating controversial topics

More info: Website Dr. Yasmin Appelhans

WS 23 - Science Communication - The Role of Scientists

Host: Rebecca Winkels

Content: Scientists are increasingly recognizing the importance of communicating to a non-scientific audience and science communication is becoming increasingly important within our research landscape. Yet few scientists are trained in communicating with non-scientific audiences.
This workshops aims to give an overview on state-of-the art science communication with a focus on the role researchers play within the field. In an hands-on approach we will answer questions like:
Why should researchers communicate? How and by using which tools can they do so efficiently? And what are possible challenges when communicating with the public?

More info: Website Rebecca Winkels