BSRT Graduate School


Networking Event


The Science Forum wants to encourage exchange of ideas and discoveries among the Cranach house community.


Each month (usualy the first Tuesday of the month at 16:00, please wait for the e-mail announcements), one PI and one junior scientist will present their work in the Cranach House. The junior scientist will give a TED-like talk and the PI will present a chalk talk with no slides. This new series covers hot research topics in an understandable and interesting way even for those who are not experts in the field.


Networking Event


Tissues are complex structures and composed of an intricate network of different cells, extracellular matrix and soluble factors. This interplay of these factors as well as physical cues like sheer stress determine cellular function, tissue integrity and the ability of the tissue to regenerate. Conventional 2D cultures only partly recapitulate these physiological traits.nIn vitro 3D models, such as organotypic cultures, organoids and other advanced 3D cultures are more physiological representations of the processes in vivo, but come with their own challenges.


The goal of this monthly peer-to-peer seminar is to share knowledge and expertise on the different techniques for the generation, analysis and use of 3D tissue models as well as related areas such as biomaterials and microfluidic systems. In the first part of the seminar, recent data on the project or plans for new projects are presented by one participant. Afterwards, we will discuss the approaches and results together and provide feedback on how to advance the project. Open to everyone with an interest in 3D tissue models.


Please contact Valleria Vallone or Melanie Ort, the organisers of the club, who will add you to the members list, through which you will receive the invitatiosn to the club.


Scientific Communication - Scientific Writing in Layman's Terms


Jochen Müller is a science journalist and moderator as well as trainer for science communication. In a one day workshop, he will coach early career scientsits how to write about scientific subjects so that als a layman can understand it for instance in press releases or on websites.


1. Introduction

  • Theory: forms of communication and reader-oriented writing
  • Rules and hints for lay comprehensible communication
  • Analysis and optimisation of examples of real communication

2. Editing

  • Presentation of current professional publications by course participants
  • Partner exercise change of perspective: presentation of the publication by the partner
  • Group feedback and discussion


3. finalisation

  • Writing exercise: creating a communication from contents of the editing round
  • Correction round, group feedback and optimisation of the messages 

BioThinking Team Skills



BioThinking workshop


Coaching workshop on how to work in interdisciplinary teams to cooperate effectively including an introduction of digital tools for agile working


Trainer: Fabian Feutlinkse (BioThinking)

Scientific Communication - How to give a TED like talk


Jochen Müller is a science journalist and moderator as well as trainer for science communication. In a one day workshop, he will coach early career scientsits in story telling methods and give presentation training with the goal that participants are able to prepare a TED like talk. After a week, the participants will receive the opportunity to optimise their presentations in a follow up workshop with a feedback round for each presentation (half a day).

Scientific Communication - Advanced Scientific Writing


The Advanced Scientific Writing Workshop shows you how to organize, structure and write your conference abstracts and research papers effectively and efficiently. How to get started and keep going as well as what goes where and in which tense will be the starting point of this workshop. We will also review key scientific sentence structures as well as strategies to keep your text concise and precise. Issues such as how to create flow and generate the correct level of emphasis will also be discussed. Together we will explore how to make scientific writing understandable and readable and begin the process of integrating these factors into your own scientific writing style. Finally, we will formulate a plan on how you can improve your scientific vocabulary and writing style for future writing tasks.

Career Orientation - Shaping and Steering your Career Path


The Career Orientation: Shaping and Steering your Career Path workshop is aimed at providing you with professional advice on what your career options are and hands-on mentoring on how to make it on your chosen career path whether in academia or on the wider market or both. Such an approach will allow you to make informed strategic choices on how best to shape and steer your career path.

Career Management - Applying for Jobs on the Wider Market


In the Career Mentoring and Management (CMM): Applying for Jobs on the Wider Market workshop, you will receive comprehensive career advice about the wealth of alternative career paths that are open to you. You will also explore which skills, knowledge and experience, etc. will be needed to better position yourself to obtain your career goals. In addition, the course will also cover how to best find and access these jobs via comprehensive and proactive job searching activities.


To better align your unique constellation of skills, knowledge and experience as well as your natural abilities, talents and preferences with your future career path goals, we will work with an Individual Development Plan (IDP). This will allow us to create an inventory of your core competencies, innate abilities and achievements that will act as a guide to help you better decide on, develop and manage your strategic short- and long-term career goals – a prerequisite to better shaping and steering your career path.


To be successful on the wider market, you will need outstanding self-marketing skills. You will therefore be armed with key presentation and communication skills such as how to optimally build and present your CV. To this end, we will also work on producing convincing personal career mission statements and strong core competencies summaries. Further, you will also learn how to best present your core competencies, innate abilities and achievements in attention-grabbing application letters. Finally, we will role play, record and analyse common interview questions to ensure that you gain competitive edge over other application candidates.



13 and 14 September 2021: 1.5 day Introductory training

20 and 21 September 2021: 2 x 1 day Follow-up (small groups)

Career Management - Getting Funded


Do you want to get your own research fellowship but don’t know how to get started? The Getting Funded Workshop addresses the needs of PhD students wanting to apply for funding for their first postdoctoral position. Together we will explore what makes a research idea fundable and a research proposal reviewer friendly. Strategies on how best to present your research idea and yourself will be discussed. You will also be given the tools and the vocabulary to better write your research plan as well as sections not encountered at the paper writing stage, such as justifying choice of lab, projecting your future career aims and promoting yourself as the ideal person for the job. Finally, grant scouting information and tips will be provided about major funding sources both in Europe and the USA.


The Getting Funded Workshop is ideal for third year non-native English-speaking PhD students wanting to secure their own research funding for their first postdoctoral position. We recommend that those wanting to participate in this demanding writing workshop should have attended the Writing Scientific Papers Workshop or have proof of strong scientific writing ability.



Farzad Noubary, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Senior Statistician, Tufts Medical Center

in collaboration with Professor Mohamed Abou El-Enein, scientific coordinator of the translational track 


Day 1

Session 1 & 2: Basics of research studies, types of data, measures of location and spread, graphics, correlation Session

3 & 4: Basics of probability including conditional probability, diagnostic tests, Bayes Rule; data manipulation in Stata


Day 2

Session 5 & 6: Sampling, discrete densities including the binomial and Poisson distributions, continuous densities including the normal

Session 7 & 8: Expected value, estimation, central limit theorem, confidence intervals


Day 3

Session 9 & 10: Hypothesis tests, p-values, one and two sample comparisons of means

Session 11 & 12: Analysis of variance, F-distribution, multiple testing

Session 13 & 14: Nonparametric tests, permutation tests


Day 4

Session 15 & 16: Inference on proportions

Session 17 & 18: Contingency tables, chi-square test, Fisher’s exact test, paired data

Session 19 & 20: Correlation and introduction to linear regression