IMPRS-BAC Curriculum

IMPRS-BAC Curriculum

July 06, 2023

The IMPRS-BAC offers an exciting and flexible curriculum, allowing you to gain both scientific and transferable skills. Browse this page to find out about requirements for students and information about upcoming events.

Workshops and courses are open in priority to students and staff of the MPI for Molecular Genetics and the IMPRS-BAC.

Please sign up only if you will be definitely able to participate (given no major unexpected events). Please write the dates in your calendar. 'No shows' and late sign-outs will have reduced priority of access in future workshops/nanocourses. Your registration is considered a binding statement that you plan to participate.


Upcoming Events

Transferable Skills Course: Good paper - Good graphics

Fully booked
Sep 26, 2023 - Sep 27, 2023
Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik, Room: seminar room 2

IMPRS-BAC Colloquium

Oct 9, 2023 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-MG, tower 3, seminar room 1, Room: Seminar room 1

Transferable Skills Course: Proposal Writing

Oct 12, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023
Seminar Room S2, Tower 2, Ground Floor

Welcome Week 2023 for all new doctoral candidates

Nov 13, 2023 - Nov 17, 2023
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Room: Seminar room 1

Transferable Skills Course: Statistical Literacy

Nov 27, 2023 09:30 AM (Local Time Germany) - Dec 13, 2023 04:30 PM

Transferable Skills Course: Peer Review

New dates: 4th and 5th of December instead of 14th and 15th of December
Dec 4, 2023 - Dec 5, 2023
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

Nanocourse: Machine Learning

Jan 16, 2024 - Jan 17, 2024
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Room: Seminar room 1


The Dahlem Research School also offers transferable skills workshops and courses in different categories: career orientation & development; funding, managing and completing research; research integrity & skills; speaking & presenting; writing & publishing. You can find the list of the upcoming workshops here

The Planck Academy offers workshops and webinars on career planning, networking, project management, and more. You can find upcoming workshops and webinars on MAX here (you first need to log in to MAX). 


The following elements make up the curriculum of the IMPRS-BAC

  • The Welcome week lays the groundwork and introduce the breadth of our research. 
  • University lectures in mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, biochemistry and biology allow you to catch up with the areas unfamiliar to you. 
  • Nanocourses push your knowledge at the cutting edge of research in biology and computation. 
  • Otto Warburg Summer Schools provide an in-depth look at a current topic. 
  • Colloquia allow doctoral students to present their research to their peers and other local scientists. Invited guests complement these half-day events.
  • Once a year, the student association of the MPIMG organises a doctoral student retreat where participants learn about each other's research, network and gain new perspectives on their own work.
  • Transferable skills complement the academic curriculum by teaching you to write, lead, publish, network, manage, present and plan your future career. In addition to those listed below, the courses of the Dahlem Research School are also accessible to doctoral students of the IMPRS-BAC.


Curriculum requirements during your PhD

  • Welcome week, ideally in the first year of your PhD
  • Workshop on good scientific practice (at least 1 credit point). Check here for upcoming workshops offered by the Dahlem Research School and here for upcoming events offered by the Berlin University Alliance. It is strongly recommended to attend these courses already at the beginning of the doctorate, ideally during the first year. 
  • Workshop on scientific writing in English
  • Workshop on statistical literacy (not mandatory if advanced statistics courses were part of your university curriculum)
  • Three nanocourses
  • One Otto Warburg Summer School (participation is strongly recommended)
  • Attending all IMPRS colloquia and presenting your results at one of them at the end of your PhD
  • Having regular TAC meetings until the submission of your PhD thesis


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