May 14 – 17, 2024
AllgäuSternHotel - Sonthofen
Europe/Berlin timezone

Summer School: Program Details

Details regarding the tutorial talks and the soft skills workshops open to IMPRS-QST students at the Summer School. 

Soft Skills Workshops

Career Development 

In this workshop we will have a look at the transition phase between academia and industry and the different kinds of possible positions. We will discuss how you can prepare already during the PhD time and how the job entry works. The goal is to learn more about the transfer of the skill set, that you've already gained and to get more clarity, on where you want to go with your career. The workshop will include knowledge impulse from the trainer, some group work, discussion rounds and time for questions.

About the trainer
Dr. Lisa Steinhauser studied chemistry at the University of Tübingen and then did her doctorate. Since starting her career twelve years ago, she has gained experience in various companies and positions in industry and the private sector. Lisa has been a part-time freelance coach and trainer for PhD candidates and students since 2017. 

Explaining Science with Images – Theory and application of visual science communication 

This interactive workshop teaches the basics of graphic design, visual communication, and the use of images in science, and provides insight into how to analyze and create scientific illustrations.

About the trainer
Dr. Johannes ‘Jo’ Richers, based in Tübingen, Germany, holds a doctorate in chemistry and a master's in science marketing. Through his work blending science, art, and design, he's become known for his impactful journal covers and creative contributions to the scientific landscape. Jo shares his expertise through seminars and workshops, focusing on visual science communication and storytelling.

Plan and Follow Through: Goal Setting, Time Tracking and Project Management for PhDs

This workshop is designed to empower early career researchers with the practical skills to successfully plan their research. It focuses on three key aspects: goal setting, time tracking, and project management. Gain clarity and set meaningful goals aligned with your aspirations and research objectives. Learn proven time management strategies to optimize productivity and create a realistic schedule. Develop project management skills to break down complex tasks, set priorities, stay organized and meet deadlines. To tailor this workshop to the participants’ needs and the shorter training format, participants will be asked to choose two out of six possible learning outcomes: 

  • Set goals that are aligned with your motivations and research objectives, 
  • Get a realistic estimate on the time you have available, 
  • Break down your goals into manageable projects and tasks, 
  • Plan over the short, medium, and long term using digital or analogue tools, 
  • Keep track of your progress, follow through on your plan, and adjust it if necessary, 
  • Bounce back and pivot when nothing goes according to plan. 

Participants get to practice their organizational skills through several exercises during the workshop. Join us to gain the skills needed to plan and achieve your research goals.

About the trainer
Dr. Emma Geoffray, founder of Grow into your PhD. I have experience in international research (particularly in Switzerland and Germany) in the field of theoretical particle physics. Following my graduation in early 2023, I have conducted successful training programs on the topics of mental health, planning and presentations for researchers. Known for my engaging teaching style and my ability to create an inclusive learning environment, I am dedicated to supporting the academic growth of junior scientists. My goal is to weave together my research background, with my writing skills and years of acting, to deliver high-impact and entertaining workshops.

3D Computer Generated Images

In this course, we will step into the world of Computer Generated Images (CGI). After we familiarized ourselves with the Software "3D Studio Max", we will model objects, assign textures, set up lights and cameras and of course render out the final image. 

Tech. Requirements: Windows Laptop (no Mac OS / Linux), Mouse, min. 4GB RAM, 10GB Disk Space. A dedicated Graphics Card and 8GB + RAM is recommended.

About the Trainer
Christoph Hohmann studied Media Technology at the TH Deggendorf and is working as a media designer for scientific content since 2011 at the LMU München Physics Faculty. His work focuses on visual science communication, through which he has created over 100 cover images for journals such as Nature, Science, or Advanced Materials. 


Tutorial Talks

We will have two tutorial speakers, Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University) on Quantum Information and Atac Imamoglu (ETH Zurich) on Quantum Materials. 

Each tutorial will be 2.5 hours in total. The speakers will first give a very general introduction to the specific topic, refreshing the basics, for about 1 hour. After this, we will have a 30-minute break with group rooms and coffee, where small groups (with a student expert per group) can discuss the topic. After this, we would give the speaker a chance to speak for another 30 minutes (first: answering questions, second: presenting current research in the specific topic). 

Each tutorial session will finish with another 30-minute question session/break.