IMPRS-BAC Curriculum

IMPRS-BAC Curriculum

November 23, 2022

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: Statistical Literacy

Nov 30, 2022 09:30 AM (Local Time Germany) - Dec 5, 2022 11:30 AM

Transferable Skills Course for Supervisors: Inspirational Leadership

Dec 8, 2022 - Dec 9, 2022
MPI-MG, Room: Seminar room 1

Transferable Skills Course: Scientific Writing

Jan 23, 2023 - Jan 25, 2023
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

Transferable Skills Course Online: Deep Reading

Feb 2, 2023 - Feb 3, 2023

IMPRS-BAC Colloquium

Feb 7, 2023 01:30 PM c.t. - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-MG, tower 3, seminar room 1, Room: Seminar room 1

Transferable Skills Course: Data Analysis with R

Mar 23, 2023 09:30 AM (Local Time Germany) - Apr 4, 2023 11:59 PM

Nanocourse: Growth Factor Signalling Interplay with Cell Mechanics

Apr 24, 2023 - Apr 26, 2023
FU Berlin, Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry, Thielallee 63, Room: 2nd floor Seminar Room, Knaus Lab


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 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)
  • 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
  • Attending all IMPRS colloquia and presenting your results at one of them at the end of your PhD
  • Having at least 3 TAC meetings during your PhD


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