B) Complementary Skills

The section B) Complementary Skills summarizes formal and technical aspects and offers language courses. Due to the close interaction and cooperation with various research institutes and the Dahlem Research School Berlin the IMMUCO students gain the opportunity to use a multifaceted program of courses, lectures and seminars.

Basic Techniques in Immunology

about 6 appointments per semester, 60-90 min
These lectures focus on the one hand on certain cell- or molecular biological techniques for instance flow cytometry, cell sorting, transfection and gene targeting, histopathological tissue analysis, RNA interference. To avoid beginner´s mistakes the students get on the other hand the opportunity to discuss technical problems or to exchange their experiences with different methods.

Laboratory Animal Course

about 2 appointments per semester in cooperation with the ZIBI Graduate School, FEM and others
Many projects within the IMMUCO program are based on animal models and therefore knowledge about the handling of laboratory animals is mandatory. The German animal protection law regulates the participation in advanced training courses to qualify for an appropriate implementation of animal experiments. Approved seminars are provided by the ZIBI Graduate School and by the Forschungseinrichtungen für Experimentelle Medizin (FEM) in Berlin Steglitz.

Statistical Evaluation of Data, Scientific Writing, Scientific Presentation...

about 3 appointments per semester
These courses give an overview about different statistical procedures and their application. Secondly, students learn to present and visualize their results in an optimal and clear way and to consider certain rules in writing of scientific publications. These courses will be offered in cooperation with the Opens external link in current windowDRS.

Good Scientific Practice

1–2 appointments per semester in cooperation with the Opens external link in current windowDRS and others
Science is subjected to a strict self control by the scientific community. In agreement with the recommendations of the Commission on Professional Self Regulation in Science, published on the undefined homepage of the DFG, these seminars familiarize the students with the basic rules of good scientific practice. The seminars will be organized in cooperation with the DRS and other collaborative research centers and programs.

Science and Entrepreneurship

about 1-2 appointments a year in cooperation with the IPAL, IBB and TSB
Results of the translational research should be applicable in a fast and transparent way. The founding of a company provide an excellent opportunity to turn the previously collected knowledge into an own economic and financial basis. In this course students get an insight into the main features of company and patent law, of business studies and the evaluation of financial concepts (government aid, venture capital etc.). The course is organized together with the DRS in cooperation with Innovation Patente Lizenzen (IPAL), Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) and the Technologiestiftung Berlin (TSB).

Language Courses, Scientific English

In cooperation with the DRS and in addition to their project-related work foreign students can participate in German language courses. Non-native English speaker can attend courses to improve their active scientific-English for later publications.