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News #32 // Holiday close-down / Networking Workshop / networking day postponed / R Workshops / survey on research data / academic writing in German - scholarship / Wissenschaftliches Publizieren




Hinweise zum Betriebsurlaub an der FU Berlin zum Jahreswechsel 2021/2022 // University-wide holiday close-down

Alle Einrichtungen der Freien Universität Berlin sind in der Zeit vom 23.12.2021 bis
einschließlich 02.01.2022 geschlossen. Ab Montag, den 03.01.2022 sind wir wieder für Sie da.

Please note the dates of Freie Universität Berlin's university-wide holiday close-down:

Due to holidays and annual leave, all the offices and facilities of Freie Universität Berlin will remain closed from 23 December 2021, through 2 January 2022.

As of Monday, 3 January 2022, work will resume as usual.


Online-Workshop ‘Successful Networking as a scientist’ – 2 places left!

For all (post-)doctoral researchers who are interested in answers to the questions: “How to build up a network? What do I want a network for? What can I offer my network? How do I maintain and intensify my network? Where are the people I am looking for?” this halfday workshop might be helpful.

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

When?                            Friday, 14 January 2022, 9 am – 1:40 pm

Where & What?              Interactive online workshop. Please find attached a brief course description.

To register, please send an e-mail by 13 December to graduate-center@bcp.fu-berlin.de providing the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Working group you are affiliated at the department BCP
  • FU email address (if applicable)

The registration is binding. Participation in the course is free of charge for all (post-)doctoral researchers at the BCP department. Please note the number of participants is limited. The places will be given on a first come, first served basis to those who registered correctly :-)


Networking Day of the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy – postponed to June 2022

The networking day of the department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy will not be held in January 2022. Due to the severe pandemic situation, it will be postponed to the end of June.

We will inform you in time. Please spread the word in your working groups as well.


Introduction to data analysis with R and Reproducible documents with {rmarkdown} – save the dates

We will offer two workshops for you next spring:

  • four days introduction course to data analysis with R on 14. – 17.3.22
  • 2 (3) afternoon sessions on writing your own reproducible documents with {rmarkdown} on 29. & 30.3. + 31.3.22 optional

You can find more information in the attached documents.

Please save the date/s if it resonates for you.


FU-wide online survey about the handling of research data

We would like to invite you to take part in an FU-wide online survey about the handling of research data. The survey is conducted as part of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) project "Concept Development for Collaborative Research Data Management Services," which develops ideas for advancing and improving services for research data management (RDM) with attention to both site-specific and cross-institutional needs. In order to align these concepts closely with the requirements of research, we kindly ask for your feedback. All four partner institutions are conducting similar surveys at the same time.

What role does the management of your data play in your research practice? What needs and wishes do you have regarding research data management tools and services? Which aspects are particularly relevant for your research context?

The results of our survey will help the four BUA partners Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin to develop perspective joint research data management services.

  • The survey is open now and will run until 15.12.2021

Link to the survey: https://umfrage.hu-berlin.de/index.php/517594?lang=de

  • The survey takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete

The survey is aimed at all researchers at the university, amongst them employees in joint projects (e.g., Clusters of Excellence, Collaborative Research Centers), as well as to research support staff (e.g., technical staff). Participation is voluntary.

The survey is fully anonymized and it will not be possible to trace any answers back to you. The results will be published together with those of the other surveys conducted within the BUA.  

Please share the link with your colleagues as to enable feedback from a variety of approaches, research contexts and departments.

Thank you for taking part!


LAST CALL for SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS for “Academic Writing in German” Online Course

FUB-ContinuEd, Freie Universität Berlin’s Continuing Education Program, offers a special opportunity:

Interested students, alumni and/or staff members can still apply for one of our full scholarships (covering the Course Fee of 650 € and the Registration Fee of 75 €) to participate in our online certificate course Wissenschaftliches Schreiben auf Deutsch (“Academic Writing in German”).

The application deadline is December 10, 2021.

More information about the application process and requirements can be found here.

The following documents need to be submitted through our online application form:

  • Motivation letter (max. 1 page) including the following information (in English or German):
    • Why would you like to participate in this course?
    • Please explain why financial support would be crucial for your ability to participate in this course.
    • What is your current German level? (please note that you need to possess abilities on the Upper Intermediate/B2 level or beyond to join the course)
    • How will the course contribute to your own personal and professional development?
    • Which perspective(s), competences and experience(s) would you in turn contribute to this course, adding to a fruitful and rich exchange with other participants?
    • Are you active in any networks or groups that would benefit from your newly-gained knowledge and skills after you have taken the course?
  • CV (Curriculum Vitae)

The course runs for 9 weeks (Jan. 13 until March 10, 2022) and consists of weekly live sessions combined with offline self-study and writing activities. It can be taken parallel to a job, in between jobs, or in combination with a course of graduate or postgraduate studies. Language of instruction is German.

This is the perfect course for people who are…

  • looking for a compact introduction to writing elegant and interesting academic texts in German
  • a non-native speaker of German aiming to study, do a PhD, conduct research, teach, or work administratively at a university in a German-speaking country
  • planning to work as a specialized journalist in German or publish their academic work in German-language journals
  • collaborating with German-speaking academics

What participants will gain from this course:

  • confidence in text production in German through practical tips and helpful phrases
  • familiarity with the German scientific style and academic conventions in writing scientific papers
  • maximum flexibility for continuing education alongside studies or a job
  • a certificate of continuing education from Freie Universität Berlin

FUB-ContinuEd is a continuing education program for international young professionals, graduates, and postgraduates as well as life-long learners. We want to provide participants in search of additional qualification with high-quality, easy-access, affordable and flexible certificate courses at one of Germany’s most renowned academic institutions.


Online-Workshop 'Wissenschaftliches Publizieren' für Promovierende, Staatsbibliothek: Januar 2022

Herzliche Einladung zu einer kostenfreien, von der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin organisierten vierteiligen Reihe von Online-Workshops zum wissenschaftlichen Publizieren für Promovierende.

Neben allgemeinen Aspekten des konventionellen wie auch des Open Access-Veröffentlichens sollen in diesem Zusammenhang u.a. Strategien zur Akquise von Druckkostenzuschüssen, zur Gestaltung von Verlagsverträgen, zur Klärung von Bildrechten sowie zum Management von Forschungsdaten thematisiert werden.

Die vier auch separat belegbaren, jeweils zweistündigen Veranstaltungen (in deutscher Sprache) finden in der Zeit vom 19. Januar 2022 bis 26. Januar 2022 statt – jeweils zwischen 14:30 Uhr und 16:30 Uhr. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.

Weiterführende Informationen sowie die Zugangslinks zu den einzelnen Workshops finden Sie bitte unter:  https://blog.sbb.berlin/promovierende-jan-2022/ oder http://sbb.berlin/promovierende