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Heidelberg University - 626 Years of Research and Teaching. Molecular and Cellular Biology in Heidelberg - an Interactive Campus. Biochem. Center Heidelberg (BZH). Inst. of Physical Chemistry. Centre for Organismal Studies (COS, 2011) Heidelberg. Institute of Human Genetics/

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molecular and cellular biology in heidelberg an interactive campus
Molecular and Cellular Biology in Heidelberg - an Interactive Campus

Biochem. Center

Heidelberg (BZH)

Inst. of Physical

Chemistry

Centre for

Organismal Studies

(COS, 2011)

Heidelberg

Institute of Human

Genetics/

Interdisciplinary

Center for

Scientific

Computing

Bioquant Center (2002)

on Systems Biology

University Hospital

Center for

Molecular

Biology

(ZMBH, 1985)

Institute of Hygiene

Centre for

Organismal Studies

(COS, 2011)

Heidelberg

German Cancer

Research

Center (DKFZ, 1964)

Max-Planck-Institute

For Medical

Research (MPI, 1930)

European Molecular

Biology

Laboratory (EMBL, 1978)

Institute for Pharmacy

and Molecular

Biotech. (IPMB)

slide4

Present State of PhD Student Education

P. Mondrian:

Broadway Boogie Woogie

P. Mondrian:

Composition with Yellow Patch

slide5

Impact and Vision of the Graduate School

  • Highly visible center of higher education: attracts the best
  • students to Heidelberg
  • Harmonizes PhD student education in Heidelberg
  • Strong interdisciplinary education and research
  • Establishes high common standards
  • International integration
  • Full faculty rights for all members
integrated undergraduate and graduate education

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1

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BSc

MSc

PhD Thesis

Master degree

BSc

MSc/PhD Program

Medical Education

MD / PhD Thesis

Clinic

Science

Courses

Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Education

present

years

Graduate School

slide8

HBIGS Organigram

Executive Board

Prof. Elmar Schiebel (Speaker)

Prof. Michael Lanzer (Speaker)

Prof. Michael Boutros

Prof. Rüdiger Hell

Prof. Ilme Schlichting

Prof. Jochen Wittbrodt

(Student speaker)

Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Sonntag (Chair)

Prof. Hermann Bujard (Vice Chair)

Prof. Iain Hagan

Prof. Anne Spang

Prof. Valerie Doye

Administrative Office

Dr. Rolf Lutz (Program Coordination)

Manuela Arlt (Finances)

Claudia Roos (Secretariat)

Career Development

Center

Sandra Martini

slide9

HBIGS Faculty

Biochemistry & Structural Biology

14 PIs

Systems Biology

10 PIs

Neuroscience

13 PIs

Developmental Biology

9 PIs

Infectious Diseases

11 PIs

Molecular Plant Sciences

8 PIs

Molecular Medicine

21 PIs

Molecular & Cellular Biology

30 PIs

Molecular Biotechnology & Biophysics

7 PIs

  • 108 PIs in total and still growing
  • In 2010, 12 PIs became new members of HBIGS. 6 PIs were moved to
  • inactive status.
slide10

HBIGS PhD students: Numbers & Nationalities

  • number of students: 202
  • from 33 different nations worldwide
  • EU countries: 149 students
  • non-EU countries: 53 students
  • 40% international students!
  • gender: 52% female, 48% male

as of 11 Oct 2010

slide12

HBIGS - Selection process

Application

(online)

pre-selection

Skype Interview

Panel-Interview

Heidelberg

Panel Interview

5 - 7 min Presentation

13 – 15 min Discussion

Personal Interview with the PI

lab visit, scientific presentation

GRE Test

90 min

slide13

Admissions to HBIGS 2008-2010

biannual admissions

monthly admissions

10 HBIGS Fellowships

2008

2009

2010

as of 8 Sep 2010

slide14

Reasons to decide for a PhD at HBIGS

Family support

Scientific environment

Advertised position

Social Activities

Career Service

Reputation of

Heidelberg University

Group leader‘s advice

Scientific quality

of the program

(multiple answers possible)

(Source: HBIGS survey, February 2010, n = 46,HBIGS Classes Summer & Winter term 2009)

slide15

Scientific Programm of HBIGS

HBIGS Core Course

Extracurricular Courses

HBIGS Lecture

HBIGS Summer School

HBIGS Students Retreat

Credit Point System

slide16

HBIGS-Teaching program

Once

HBIGS

PhD Core Course

Monthly

HBIGS Lecture

Annually

Thesis Advisory Committee

Science & Soft Skills

Annually

Summer School

Annually

Annual Meeting

Host Lab

Weekly

Lab Meeting

Weekly

Journal Club

Others

Science & Soft Skills

Scientific Meeting

phd term

Doctoral Viva

PhD Term

Panel interview

Advertisement

PhD Core Course

years

-1

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1

2

3

TAC

Meeting

Annual

Meeting

Summer

School

  • Lab Meeting
  • Journal Club
  • Lectures

Career Advisor

slide18

Credit Point System of HBIGS

  • Students must collect a total of 15 credit points.
  • Min. 6 CP must be collected within the HBIGS Core Course.
  • Up to 9 CP must be collected in accompanying teaching

modules, either of HBIGS or other institutions. Modules may

include: - Method courses

- Soft skill trainings

      • - Workshops
          • - Scientific Meetings with personal contribution
      • - Summer schools
      • - Student-led initiatives e.g. Retreats
  • Scientific lecture series that are part of institutional PhD

programs can be accredited with max. 1.5 CP dependent on

the duration, frequency, attendance.

  • No CP is awarded for regular lab seminars.
slide19

HBIGS Core Course

Purpose of PhD Core Course

  • to establish high common standards
  • to teach cutting-edge technical skills
  • to teach complementary skills
  • to establish networks and collaborations
  • to coin the corporate identity
slide20

HBIGS Core Course

Topics (e.g.)

  • Yeast as a model system
  • Electron microscopy
  • Imaging, FRAP, FRET
  • Animal handling
  • Bioinformatics I
  • microRNA Analysis (Qiagen)
  • Flow Cytometry (Becton Dickinson)
  • Protein Purification & Analysis (GE)
slide21

Extracurricular Courses

  • Basic Business Administration (22 June - 11 July 2009)
  • Course Contents:
  • Introduction to business administration, sales and marketing,
  • strategic management, cost accounting, fundamentals of
  • human resource management
  • Speakers:
  • Introduction to Patent Law (23 Oct 2009)
  • Course Contents:
  • Patentability, parts of a patent application, procedural
  • aspects, prior art search, Patent Attorney – a job description
  • Speaker:
  • Dr. Uwe Preßler, Group leader "Intellectual property", BASF SE,
  • Ludwigshafen
thesis advisory committee tac
The TAC consists of the main supervisor and two additional members

The first TAC meet within the first six months post commencement of the PhD

The TAC monitors the student’s scientific progress on an annual basis and recommends future directions and strategies

Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)
slide23

Summer School

HBIGS International Summer School 2009 on Cell Cycle Regulation

  • from 18 to 21 May 2009, in Boppard
  • The concept of the Summer School is to invite internationally

renowned scientists working in distinct areas of cell cycle

regulation.

  • Participants are 20 PhD students and 10 scientist
  • Topics: - Cyclin-Dependent Kinases (CDKs)

- Mitotic Kinases, Centromere Biology

- Centrosome Biology

- Spindle Assembly Pathways

- Regulation of DNA Replication

- Chromosome Segregation /AP,

- Spindle Assembly Checkpoint

- DNA Damage Checkpoints

- Mass spec of Mitotic Regulators

slide24

Career Service

&

Family Support

slide25

HBIGS- Career Service

Information

  • Job market situation
  • vocational fields in

and beyond academia

  • Trainee Programs
  • cooperation with

industrial partners

(“Kamingespräche”)

  • compatibility of

family and career

Training

  • Job interview
  • Assessment Center
  • Basic Business

Administration

  • Project Management
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Self-Marketing
  • Soft Skills

Individualized career

advisory session

  • talk about goals and needs
  • discuss different career

options

  • analyze strenghts &

weaknesses

  • adress open questions of

job search and application

procedure

  • CV and resume review

Duration approx. 1-1.5 h

slide26

Kamingespräche

  • Springer Verlag, Heidelberg (23. April 2009)
  • Career perspectives in scientific publishing at springer
  • Qiagen AG, Hilden (05. May 2009)
  • Career perspectives at Qiagen AG
  • Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim (07. July 2009)
  • Roche Inside
  • Abbott GmbH, Ludwigshafen (03. Dec 2009)
  • “Career perspectives at Abbott”
slide27

HBIGS Family Support

Family Support

  • helps organizing childcare for infants
  • reimbursement of childcare costs
  • 5 PhD students / 9 kids supported
  • 1 technical assistant employed for 6 months to

support PhD student during pregnancy/maternity leave

slide28

Evaluation

Facts & Figures

slide29

Satisfaction with HBIGS

  • Level of satisfaction with supervision - compared to other graduate programs

and universities in the field of Biosciences:

[%]

29,6

15,4

25,0

22,2

25,4

very satisfied satisfied somewhat satisfied dissatisfied very unsatisfied

(Source: IFQ Evaluation, September 2009, n= 56)

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