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, the RTG 4R, the iRTG of the SFB1361 and the iRTG of the SFB1551. 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, SFB1551, 4R and GenEvo are covered by the respective programmes.

Date Event Further information
05.02.2024Conflict Resolution

Trainer: Dr Gaby Schilling (KEPOS)

Date and Time: 5+6 February 2024

Target group: Postdocs & senior PhD students

Venue: tentative: onsite


In this workshop, participants will learn about practical tools to address conflicts and to handle them in a constructive way. We will analyse conflicts in teams, (international) collaborations and with supervisors/ superiors and we will practice resolving issues or problems between two or more people. We will have a look at individual styles in dealing with conflicts and work on how to handle also emotionally difficult situations. Participants can bring own cases from their work life. In a trustful atmosphere they will have the chance to discuss own issues and experience each other’s support. You will:


  • Understand how conflicts arise and what happens if not addressed
  • Know how to represent and enforce your interests
  • Address conflicts in the team and to work towards a solution
  • Use communication tools to facilitate constructive conversations
  • Developing awareness of how different (e.g. cultural) backgrounds may influence conflicts/communication styles


Please register by 5 January 2024

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


19.02.2024Writing for the public

Trainer: Christoph von Eichhorn

Date & time: 19 + 26 February 2024

Venue: tentative: onsite

Target group: PhD students, postdocs, junior scientists


This two days workshop focuses on writing about scientific content aiming at non-scientist readers. In the first part the basics of media and journalist language are explained and categorised by text types.

The participants learn, based on examples, about typical mistakes in text writing and about the basics of editing text that has been written by others. In the bigger practical part participants focus on writing their own texts, based on their research. First drafts will be discussed and optimised. A few examples, after polishing, should be ready for publication at the end of the workshop.


Please register by 26 January 2024

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


28.02.2024Successful Communication

Trainer: Imke Lode (ProSciencia)

Date and Time: 28+29 February 2024, 9:00-17:00

Venue: tentative: onsite

Target group: PhD students & Postdocs


This is a 2-day highly interactive workshop with trainer input, exemplary critical situations, plenary reflections and discussions, individual and group exercises as well as trainer feedback. The aim of this seminar is to gain professional competences for everyday academic life.

The following topics will be covered:


  • What constitutes a successful diverse, multi-national scientific team?
  • Your critical experiences with multi-national scientific teams
  • Circle of Causes of Conflicts and the 4 Dimensions of Diversity
  • Our Diversity, Perception, and Cultural Imprints as an Orientation System
  • Iceberg models of Culture and Communication
  • Key Cultural Imprints: their impact on cooperation & communication, working relations, and learning & teaching by and in multi-national scientific teams
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Building intercultural bridges
  • Team development and collaboration in successful diverse scientific teams
  • 4 Sides of Communication
  • Non-violent Communication as interculturally aware form of communication
  • Flower-Model: Diversity- and Intercultural Competences for your teamwork


Please register by 30 January 2024

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


06.03.2024Think before you write

Trainer: Andrew Moore

Date & time: 6 + 7 March 2024, 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 5 February 2024

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