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News #50 // Lecture on R / Git Course / Advisory services / Info event on innovation and transfer / Department's summer party / RoKoCon 2023 / FUB-ContinuEd

Jul 04, 2023



Build your research compendium as an R package – Lecture by Dr. Selina Baldauf // July 20, 1-2 pm


A research compendium is a collection of all the digital parts of your research project (data, code, documents) which is often required to be published alongside a scientific paper.

The structure and tools of R packages provide a standard workflow for building such reproducible research compendia. In this lecture, you will learn how to build, test and publish your research compendia in the form of an R package. This lecture is mainly aimed at people that have some experience with R, R-Studio and Git. But even if you are new to these topics, you will still get a valuable overview of key concepts for reproducible research compendia and tools to build them.


When? Thursday, 20th July 2023, 1-2 pm

Where? Online on Webex


Further information and the Webex link can be found here: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/graduiertenzentrum/promovierende/veranstaltungen/workshops/lecture-SB/index.html



Git Crash-Course by Dr. Selina Baldauf // 18 - 19 September 2023,  2.30-4 pm


Learning to use Git is an essential skill if you use any programming language. It allows you to keep track of changes to your project over time, collaborate with others, and maintain a clear and organized project structure.

The main goal of this crash-course is to give you the basic skills you need to start using Git for your own research projects both individually and in collaboration with your colleagues. You will learn a complete Git workflow including remote repositories on Github both in theory and practice.


Who is the course for? Doctoral researchers registered at the BCP department, Postdoctoral researchers at the BCP department

When?                             Monday, 18 September, to Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 2:30 – 4 pm

Where?                            Webex Online Course (Please note that a video camera and a microphone are necessary for this course.)

Registration:                   If you would like to attend the course, please register here by 15 August 2023.


The registration is binding. Participation in the course is free of charge for all (post-)doctoral researchers at the BCP department. Please find more information in the workshop description attached to this email.



Advisory Services and NEW FAQ Webpage


The Graduate Center offers advice and support during your doctoral studies.

Please feel free to contact me for e.g. the following topics:

  • Dr. rer. nat. vs. PhD - Which title should I aim for? What are the requirements for the title PhD?
  • Difficult situations and conflicts during the doctoral studies
  • Advice on career, application documents, job interviews



We have also created a FAQ page for frequently asked questions about the doctorate procedure (e.g. admission, standard time to completion, thesis submission, etc.). Feel free to check it out!




Information event ‘How to benefit from the culture of innovation and transfer at Freie Universität Berlin?’ // 13 July 2023


At Freie Universität Berlin, new ideas emerge every day that can make our lives better in the future. For years, Department VI A: Knowledge and Technology Transfer / Profound Innovation has been sustainably strengthening the culture of innovation on campus so that knowledge and technologies from research can be applied and applied to society more quickly.

In this event, the path of an idea from research to the market and the current funding opportunities and offers of Department IV A will be shown using examples from the department.

Further information: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/termine/2023/20230713-profund-innovation.html


When? Thursday, 13th July 2023| 12-2 pm 

Where? Großer Hörsaal, Arnimallee 22, 14195 Berlin



The department's summer party // 13 July 2023


The department's summer party will take place on 13th July, 2023 from 4 pm on the lawn between Arnimallee 22 and Fabeckstr. 34/36.


The day of celebration will be opened at noon with a presentation on the topic "How to benefit from the culture of innovation and transfer at the Free University" (details). From 2.30 pm you are invited to get to know our newly appointed professors in the context of short presentations in the large lecture hall at Arnimallee 22. Before you go out to eat and drink, be sure to attend the presentation of the prizes for good teaching from 4 to 5 pm


In addition to the Family Service games, there will also be a small program for our little guests.

Further information: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/termine/2023/20230713-sommerfest-preis-fuer-gute-lehre.html



RoKoCon 2023 // 17 and 18 October


Dear junior scientists and fellow (PhD-)students,


We invite you to this year’s RoKoCon 2023 on the 17th and 18th of October (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin!

You don’t know the RoKoCon yet?

The RoKoCon is a 2-day event organized by and for doctoral and master students. It is thus free of charge. We aim to connect young scientists from diverse fields within the Robert Koch Institute and partner postgraduate colleges. Students will have the possibility to present their work with either a poster or an oral presentation. The RoKoCon is an excellent chance to practice your presentation skills in a relaxed environment, share your research with fellow students, and get to know them! Of course, we also warmly welcome your conference participation if you don’t present anything.


This year’s focus topic: climate change, environment, and health

In this year’s edition, we would like to highlight the interplay of climate change, environment, and health. We believe this is an interesting and important research field. Four keynote presentations from invited speakers will give you insights into this subject. Should your research include climate-related projects, we strongly encourage you to submit it as an oral presentation. However, you are also welcome to present any work from (social-)epidemiology, virology, immunology, microbiology, bioinformatics, or artificial intelligence.


Your turn

To join the RoKoCon2023 (17.-18.10.2023) at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin (Nordufer 20, 13353 Berlin)

•             submit your abstract using the attached template to rokodoko@rki.de by 31.07.2023

•             and register using the following link by 31.07.2023: https://survey.lamapoll.de/Registration_RoKoCon2023

                (if there are any problems with the registration, please contact us via rokodoko@rki.de)

•             Please notice: early bird registration (first 10 persons to register) will receive a special gift!


Social event

Like every year, we want to have the opportunity to get to know each other personally and to network. Therefore, a social event will take place on the 17th of October evening. We will announce the place and time as soon as possible! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us (rokodoko@rki.de).

We’re already looking forward to seeing you in October!


Many regards,

Your RoKoCon2023-Team

Ana Ordonez Cruickshank, Michael Porst, Ramona Moosburger, Roxana Müller-Eberstein and Silvan Wehrli





(Almost) done with your PhD – and what’s next? In order to prepare you to (re-)enter the job market, FUB-ContinuEd, Freie Universität Berlin’s international Continuing Education Program, offers online certificate courses this summer and fall that can be taken while you are still studying or already working. Stand out from the competitive crowd and complement your academic qualifications with practical skills in areas such as communication, leadership skills, and project management – essential in any professional context (even in academia!).


Please visit our website www.continued.fu-berlin.de for all important information about the courses, registration and fees or contact us by email at info@continued.fu-berlin.de.