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HBIGS PhD Core Course

The HBIGS Core Course is the central element in the structured training concept of the Graduate School. At the start of the PhD, all graduate students will attend a mandatory, intensive and all day introductory course in molecular and cellular biology, consisting of research lectures, tutorial/seminars and practical courses. In addition, the graduate students will receive training in soft skills and attend lectures in professional standards. The PhD core course consists of obligatory and elective modular training units. It takes place twice a year, starting in April and September, respectively. Some of the teaching modules are being offered in cooperation with the industrial partners of HBIGS such as GE Healthcare, Wiley, or Becton Dickinson.

Every HBIGS PhD student is to collect at least 6 CP within two consecutive Core Courses at the beginning of the PhD program. Booking of courses is possible exclusively through the HBIGS online system (accessible for HBIGS members only).
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Records of Core Courses

PhD Core Course 2020
PhD Core Course 02/2019 (Fall 2019)
PhD Core Course 01/2019 (Spring 2019)
PhD Core Course 02/2018 (Fall 2018)
PhD Core Course 01/2018 (Spring 2018)
PhD Core Course 02/2017 (Fall 2017)
PhD Core Course 01/2017 (Spring 2017)
PhD Core Course 02/2016 (Fall 2016)
PhD Core Course 01/2016 (Spring 2016)
PhD Core Course 02/2015 (Fall 2015)
PhD Core Course 01/2015 (Spring 2015)
PhD Core Course 02/2014 (Fall 2014)
PhD Core Course 01/2014 (Spring 2014)
PhD Core Course 02/2013 (Fall 2013)
PhD Core Course 01/2013 (Spring 2013)
PhD Core Course 02/2012 (Fall 2012)
PhD Core Course 01/2012 (Spring 2012)
PhD Core Course 02/2011 (Fall 2011)
PhD Core Course 01/2011 (Spring 2011)
PhD Core Course 02/2010 (Fall 2010)
PhD Core Course 01/2010 (Spring 2010)
PhD Core Course 02/2009 (Fall 2009)
PhD Core Course 01/2009 (Spring 2009)
PhD Core Course 02/2008 (Fall 2008)
PhD Core Course 01/2008 (Spring 2008)

Additional Scientific Courses and Trainings

In addition to the Core Course, HBIGS offers to its PhD students scientific courses and training opportunities throughout the year. HBIGS PhD students are invited to subscribe to these courses at any time. If the required number of interested parties is reached the courses will be organized in accordance with the respective lecturer. There is a weekly update of the course database. Click here to view the courses which are currently on offer. HBIGS PhD students who wish their participation in courses, trainings, scientific meetings etc. to be accredited are requested to fill in the External course sheet which can be downloaded from the HBIGS Forum. Fill in form and send document by e-mail to r.lutz(at)hbigs.uni-heidelberg.de

Animal handling course
HBIGS PhD students who wish to participate in the Animal handling course ("Versuchstierkundliche Grundlagen und tierexperimentelle Methoden") offered by the Interfakultäre Biomedizinische Forschungseinrichtung (IBF) at Heidelberg University are requested to register directly at the IBF. -> Contact

Thesis advisory committee (TAC)

Annual thesis advisory committees (TAC) offer expert advice to each PhD student. The TAC consists of the main supervisor and two additional members. The additional members of the TAC should cover expertise relevant to the student’s project. Additional members can be faculty members of the Graduate School or external experts from academia or industry. As a rule, not all TAC members can be affiliated to the same institute. The graduate student, in consultation with the main supervisor, suggests appropriate TAC members for approval by the Graduate School. The TAC will monitor the student’s scientific progress on an annual basis and recommend future directions and strategies, as well as the structure of the curricular activities. The student will present a short written progress report (4 pages) describing accomplishments and problems encountered within the past year and propose solutions to these problems. In addition, the student will give a 20 minute oral presentation of their work. The TAC will discuss the progress of the PhD work with the student and will advise the student on the future research direction. In confidential and closed-door discussions with the supervisor and PhD student, respectively, the two additional members will assess the supervisor-PhD student relationship. The two additional members will intervene should problems between the student and the supervisor arise. The TAC will further take an active role in the development of an individual career development plan. The TAC will prepare minutes of the meeting to be submitted to the Graduate School. The first TAC will meet within the first eight months post commencement of the PhD. During the first meeting, the TAC, together with the student, will define provisional benchmarks that will later help judge the progress of the work. Both the supervisor and the PhD student can ask for additional TAC meetings. TAC documents (Form A and B) can be downloaded from the HBIGS Forum.

HBIGS Kamingespräche

The HBIGS Kamingespräche are informal informative events which bring together HBIGS PhD students and potential employers from outside academia. They include jointly organized round table discussions, presentations, plant visits etc. Read more about the Kamingespräche.

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