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R for Biologists II: Visualisation and analysis of spatial information

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Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
IMPRS Coordinator
Phone: +49 7531 88-4916
Fax: +49 7531 88-4917
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Evi Fricke
Technical Assistant
Phone: +49 7531 88-4790

About IMPRS Events

All seminars, symposia, and workshops organized by the IMPRS for Organismal Biology are free of any charges for IMPRS fellows. Please, register latest 2 weeks in advance via email.

 

Upcoming IMPRS Events

Grand Challenges on SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION Symposium

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Grand Challenges on SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION Symposium

Thursday 24.09.15: Telmo Pievani (U Padova), Sharing Discoveries: New Frontiers and Projects in Communication of Science / Henning Krause (Helmholtz Association): Research Communication 2.0 / IMPRS Best Student Paper Award. Friday 25.09.15: Carin Bondar (‘Biologist with a Twist’; independent writer & presenter) / Kees Moeliker (Improbable Research / Natural History Museum Rotterdam): The Duck, his Mate and (other) Improbable Research / Daniel Mertens (Schillermertens): “Silent Post” - Scientific Communication / and presentations from the IMPRS faculty and PhD candidates. [more]

Teaching Week

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Teaching Week

The teaching week addresses the new IMPRS students to give an insight into the different labs and research groups, their research focus and methods, and to give the new students the opportunity to get to know each other, exchange experiences and to discuss possible collaboration with other labs. The teaching week is obligatory for all incoming graduate students, everybody else interested is warmly welcome to join! In 2015, research groups and labs from the MPIO Seewiesen will present their research topics and methods, in a mixture of lectures, experiments, and tours through their facilities. 26.09.15 "Intro in our IMPRS" by the IMPRS coordinator Mäggi Hieber Ruiz; 28-30.09.15 presentation of the research groups; 28.09.15 "Student life: hurdles and difficulties that can arise during a PhD", by the PhD candidates; 29.09.15 presentation of the Officers for Equal Opportunity + for Conflict Management; 29.09.15 workshop "Scientific Ethics + Integrity" by the MPIO Ombudsperson Henrik Brumm; 01-02.10.15 workshop "Mastering your PhD" by Valeska Russo, ProSciencia. [more]

Mastering your PhD

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Mastering your PhD

The workshop aims to support PhD students during their first big research project. Generally a PhD student is well adapted to conduct his/her research but encounters difficulties with i.e. time management, lack of coordination/cooperation with others, insecurities if and how to ask for support and is maybe also not prepared to fulfil the different roles which are expected by him/her. This workshop will strengthen the management and communication skills of the participants and help them to deal with unexpected and frustrating situations. Participants will learn management and communication skills by: - defining goals and objectives in a smart way - planning their workload with efficiency and effectiveness - being clear about their different roles during a PhD project - improving their collaboration ability - learning techniques for a successful delegation. First day: Planning a project: Setting goals + Time management Introduction to project management, Defining aims and objective according to SMART principle, Planning and Structuring the workload of a project, Using time management to be more efficient, Defining different roles Second day: Delegation and communication Dealing with the supervisor, Successful delegation, How to prevent and avoid risks, How to deal with stress and frustration, Communication exercises Dr. Valeska Russo holds a PhD in inorganic Chemistry. After 10 years as project manager and trainer at Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks, she started to teach project management and science related soft skills for PhD students, Postdocs and young group leaders in 2009. She focuses on management, communication and presentation and also teaches methods of awareness and stress reduction to reach a good work-life balance. [more]

Introduction to statistics using R

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Introduction to statistics using R

Day 1: Introduction to R (work with console and editor, read data, save data, basics in programming R, graphics); Basics in statistics (refreshing descriptive statistics (mean, sd, se, median, quartiles), hypothesis testing, classical statistical tests using R) Day 2: Introduction to simple linear models using R (One-way/two-way ANOVA, simple linear regression, ANCOVA, R lm function / General Linear Models) [more]

Experimental Design

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Experimental Design

Day 1: Introduction to experimental design theory (difference between experiment and observation, confounding, importance of randomisation, types of experimental designs, implications for data analysis); practical (randomization with the software R, simple power calculations) Day 2: Introduction to experimental design theory (power); practical (simple power calculations); exercise: students design an experiment based on a given research question. The proposed designs are discussed in class. Day 3: Applications - Each participant is asked to send a description of one planned experiment (or one running experiment if none is planned) to steffi.vonfelten@oikostat.ch until October 4th, 2015 (e.g., drawing of the spatial layout and text description, what measurements are taken and when?). Course participants will present the design of their own experiments. Each experimental design will be discussed in class and will also receive some feedback by the course teacher. Prerequisite for participation: basic knowledge of statistics (linear models and linear mixed-effects models in particular) and the software package R would be an advantage but is not absolutely required. [more]

Conference Presentation: Engaging the Listener in Your Talk

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Conference Presentation: Engaging the Listener in Your Talk

  • Beginning: 2015-10-26
  • End: 2015-10-28
  • Speaker: Julie Stearns
  • Impulsplus; Julie Stearns is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Folkwang University of the Arts and has been working for the Impulsplus team of qualified and dynamic trainers since 2011. Julie also works as a professional actress and director and produces theater and performance projects with international cooperation partners. She has several years of experience in teaching presentation skills, as well as voice and body training, self-marketing skills and performance skills. Julie offers workshops in the following subjects: “Scientific and Conference Presentation”, “Self-Marketing Skills”, “Storytelling Techniques for Scientists”, “Voice and Body Training”, “Fielding Questions: Preparing Your Audience for Discussion”, “Quick on Your Feet: Spontaneous Speaking Practice” and “One to One Training: Tailored Training for Individuals”
  • Location: Seewiesen
  • Room: Seminar Room House 4
  • Host: IMPRS for Organismal Biology
  • Contact: mhieber@orn.mpg.de

TAREGT GROUP: Doctoral candidates and postdocs with some presentation experience. OBJECTIVE: This is an activity-based workshop led by theatre professionals whose expertise is in helping the speaker effectively communicate the importance and relevance of the work and the core message in the talk. Repetition is a key aspect of the training so that participants can strengthen the narrative, the emotional tone, and the physicality of the talk in order to def ine and support the speaker’s own dynamic style. DESCRIPTION: The seminar provides participants the opportunity to perfect their public-speaking skills. Constructive feedback from the trainer and group members as well as videotaping give the speaker a healthy amount of input while perfecting public-speaking skills. Participants will be required to prepare a 3 to 5 minute pitch or overview of their work incorporating also the use of a slide. This will provide a basis for applying the practical aims of the workshop. Please note that this workshop does not cover the content or design of slides! Throughout the three day workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve nonverbal communication, improve the ability to listen and react generously, and to integrate focusing techniques which empower the speaker. There will be two videotaping sessions (on the second and third days) in this advanced workshop, as well as further in depth role play regarding the topic of dealing with challenging Q&A sessions. CONTENTS IN BRIEF: • Concisely introducing yourself: practice your “pitch” • Engaging the audience in one’s talk • Affirming the strengths and individual style of the speaker • Improving body language • Effectively promoting oneself • Develop strong tactics for effective communication • Receiving video-feedback. METHODS: • Voice and body techniques • Partner work/role-play • Language practice and analysis • Improvisation, videotaping and feedback. [more]

Follow-up - Conference Presentation: Engaging the Listener in Your Talk

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Follow-up - Conference Presentation: Engaging the Listener in Your Talk

  • Date: 2015-10-29
  • Speaker: Julie Stearns
  • Impulsplus; Julie Stearns is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Folkwang University of the Arts and has been working for the Impulsplus team of qualified and dynamic trainers since 2011. Julie also works as a professional actress and director and produces theater and performance projects with international cooperation partners. She has several years of experience in teaching presentation skills, as well as voice and body training, self-marketing skills and performance skills. Julie offers workshops in the following subjects: “Scientific and Conference Presentation”, “Self-Marketing Skills”, “Storytelling Techniques for Scientists”, “Voice and Body Training”, “Fielding Questions: Preparing Your Audience for Discussion”, “Quick on Your Feet: Spontaneous Speaking Practice” and “One to One Training: Tailored Training for Individuals”.
  • Location: Seewiesen
  • Room: Seminar Room House 4
  • Host: IMPRS for Organismal Biology
  • Contact: mhieber@orn.mpg.de

TARGET GROUP: This workshop targets PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows who have taken Conference Presentation part I, and who wish to further improve their presentation skills and focus in particular on the context of conferences. OBJECTIVES: This is an activity-based training is led by a theatre professional whose expertise is in helping the speaker effectively communicate the importance and relevance of the work and the core message in the talk. This course aims to focus on further development and special focus of key communication skills in the context of conferences. DESCRIPTION: This one-day course provides a limited number of participants who have already taken the workshop “Conference Presentation”, the opportunity to deliver a typical conference presentation and focus on the key aspects of conference presentation challenges. Attention will also be given to structural elements and language dynamics for improving overall speech and communication. The session will also include dealing with question and answer sessions as well as other peripheral details involved in the overall conference experience. CONTENTS IN BRIEF: • Engaging the audience in one’s talk • Affirming the strengths and individual style of the speaker • Improving body language • Effectively promoting oneself • Develop strong tactics for effective communication • Dealing with challenging Q&A sessions. METHODS: • Voice and body techniques • Partner work/role-play • Language practice and analysis • Trainer PPT input • Improvisation, videotaping and feedback • Tailored training for individual participants needs. [more]

Introduction in Scientific Writing

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Introduction in Scientific Writing

This two-day workshop enables life scientists to to write clearly and with impact! The participants learn how to construct a “take-home” message that tells the story of their research, choose words that communicate their science clearly, and structure their paper into a flowing narrative. [more]

Social Network Analyses

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Social Network Analyses

Social network analysis is becoming a widely used tool for studying social behaviour of animals. However, getting started with animal social networks is often challenging. This workshop will introduce the fundamental concepts that are central in using this method correctly, including: - How to define edges and construct networks - How to visualise networks - How to interpret network metrics - How to perform permutation tests - How to test hypotheses with network data - Outstanding questions and future directions in animal social networks The formal parts of the workshop will be mostly discussion-based. This will be followed by some worked examples, and plenty of time for students to work on their own data. By the end of this workshop, participants should have a better understanding of considerations and assumptions that arise from using social data, and how statistical methods can address issues such as non-independence and sampling bias. Damien Farine will be starting as a Primary Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in December. Damien specialises on using quantitative approaches for studying the evolution and maintenance of sociality. He has been involved both in the developed of quantitative tools and their application in a range of empirical studies. His research on birds (both in wild and in captive experiments) and wild baboons uses simultaneous tracking of animal groups to gain insight into mechanisms that underpin the formation of social networks and the evolutionary consequences of group living. [more]

IMPRS Student Retreat

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IMPRS Student Retreat

Annual retreat of the IMPRS PhD students 2015 program: workshops offered by the PhD students for the PhD students! Attendance at this retreat is obligatory for all students. [more]

Scientific Writing for Advanced Students

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Scientific Writing for Advanced Students

Being a scientist means one must have many skills and talents – intimidatingly so sometimes. And writing papers is one of the most important ones. It’s the currency into which we turn our research and also the most important means for the community to judge us by. Luckily, like most aspects of science it’s a skill that we can improve and this course will help you with this. We will spend a couple of very intensive days together, where we will use your own paper in progress, interspersed with other exercises and lots of discussion to help you detect your own weaknesses and work on them in a peer review approach. Together we will identify what makes a paper good and how to structure it properly. We will think about the differences between scientific language compared to other forms of writing (with a mind on mistakes non-native speakers commonly make), as well as many important details such as citing literature, picking the right journal, cover letters and dealing with reviewers etc. Our aim is to have a solid draft of your paper by the end of the course meaning we write a section a day, so the more mature your draft is when you bring it to the course the better a foundation we have to work on. Requirements: This is an advanced course, we expect you to have taken a basic writing course before. Good English language skills are a requirement. We will NOT help you analyze your data. Please bring a fully analyzed dataset including what you think are going to be your main figures and tables. Please send me an outline (not a draft) of your paper, with a brief summary for each of the major sections introduction, methods, results and discussion in bullet points latest one week before the course. Bring a draft – the more advanced the better – with you to the course. I’ll be sending more information and reading material more shortly before the course. [more]

Data Visualisation Workshop

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Data Visualisation Workshop

This three-day workshop enables life scientists to effectively create figures based on quantitative data that add impact to their publications. The workshop is divided into two one-day modules: Principles and Applications. On the first day, the Principles module focuses on understanding the purpose of a figure, choosing the most appropriate plot type, and the science of perception. The first day is primarily concerned with the art of visual communicaiton and integrates participants’ own examples into the teaching process. On the second and third day, the Applications module focuses on the practical implementation of the data visualisation principles discussed on the first day. This is done using the R statistical programming environment with the participants’ own data. Sample Submission Participants are asked to provide a sample visualisation of their own results that will be used as a teaching example on the first day. Requirements Participants should already be proficient with R. A detailed list of suggested R functions and concepts is provided in a pre-workshop self-assessment for participants. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring in their own data sets and computers for practical work on the second day and should have the following cross-platform software pre-installed: R – v3.0 or later (http://www.r-project.org/) RStudio – v0.97 or later (http://rstudio.org/download/desktop) JGR – v1.7-14 or later (http://rforge.net/JGR/index.html) [more]

Statistics Module 2: Linear Models and Linear Mixed Models with R

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Statistics Module 2: Linear Models and Linear Mixed Models with R

day 1: LM Linear Regression, multiple Regression ANOVA, ANCOVA (least-square method, parameterisation, interactions, tests (marginal and sequential), model selection, model assumptions, predictions, introduction to Bayesian data analysis); day 2: LME linear mixed models (maximum likelihood, restricted maximum likelihood, random and fixed effects, likelihood ratio test / bootstrap, random slopes-random intercept models, evt. further model types depending on the participants wishes); day 3: LME (model matrix, simulating posterior distributions of model parameters, predictions, posterior probabilities of hypotheses, preparing data for work on own data); day 4: work on own data and presentations. Prerequisite for participation: Basic knowledge in R programming is required. Particularly, it is assumed that you are familiar with working with the R Console and an editor, reading the data and producing the most common graphics (histogram, scatterplot, boxplot). [more]

Study design and sampling decisions in mixed-effect model analyses

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Study design and sampling decisions in mixed-effect model analyses

  • Beginning: 2015-12-01
  • End: 2015-12-03
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Niels Dingemanse
  • The brain and eight arms of SQuID are: Hassan Allegue + Denis Réale (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada), Yimen Araya-Ajoy + Niels Dingemanse (MPI for Ornithology), Ned Dochtermann (University of North Dakota, USA), Laszlo Garamszegi (Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain), Shinichi Nakagawa (University of Otago, New Zealand), Holger Schielzeth (University of Bielefeld, Germany), and Dave Westneat (University of Kentucky, U.S.A.).
  • Location: Seewiesen
  • Room: Seminar Room House 5
  • Host: IMPRS for Organismal Biology
  • Contact: mhieber@orn.mpg.de

This unique three-day course is given by the members of SQuID, which stands for Statistical Quantification of Individual Differences. The SQuID-group consists of a group of behavioural ecologists interested in teaching how one may empirically study variation in labile phenotypic traits (i.e. traits that have a hierarchical structure). For example, behaviour and physiology vary both among populations, among individuals within populations, and within individuals. A number of major challenges in the analysis of labile phenotypic traits will be addressed in this course. First, we detail the utility of applying a reaction norm framework, and outline how this may be achieved by estimating ‘phenotypic equations’ using mixed-effect models. Second, we discuss optimal study designs and sampling decisions, and detail how those might affect statistical power, accuracy and precision of estimated parameters. Finally, the SQuID-group has developed an educational package that allows users i) to learn to understand and use mixed-effect models, and ii) simulate and visualize hypothetical datasets from which data can be sampled. This package will therefore be used to iii) investigate how study design and sampling decisions affect parameter estimation. We will focus on population-average norms of reaction, among-individual variation in reaction norm intercepts (repeatability) and slopes (plasticity), and how unknown (temporally auto-correlated) patterns in the environment can bias such parameters in sampled data. The course exists of 6 half-day blocks, taught by (a) member(s) of the SQuID-group, where the last blocks will be reserved to applying the learnt concepts to own data. [more]

Statistics Module 3: Generalised linear models and generalised linear mixed models

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Statistics Module 3: Generalised linear models and generalised linear mixed models

Day 1: Binomial model - refreshing LM and LMM - introduction Bayesian data analysis - logistic regression, binomial model - model assumptions, overdispersion - tests, predictions Day 2: Poisson model - Poisson model - model assumptions, overdispersion - tests, predictions - depending on participants wishes: zero-inflation Day 3: GLMM - including random effects - glmer-function - depending on participants wishes: introduction to WinBUGS and more complex models Day 4: projects - work on own data and presentations Prerequisite for participation Modul 1 and 2, basic knowledge in statistics, linear models (ANOVA) and linear mixed models [more]

 
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