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News #55 // Career Talk / Lecture on AI tools for programming / Networking Day at BCP Dept. / Obsidian workshop / DFG Info Talk / DRS Open Door Talk / Una Europa Funding / RDM Seminars




Career Perspectives with a PhD in Natural & Life Sciences // 11 Jan, 5 – 6 pm


Looking for career options after your doctorate? And not sure what is “out there”? With the series "Career Perspectives with a PhD in Natural and Life Sciences", we would like to offer an opportunity for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics. You will meet former PhD candidates who will share with you their experiences including ups and downs looking for a job. PhD holders from academia, industry, science communication, politics, public and health sectors, education and more will show you the broad range of potential careers after a doctorate and give you inspiration for future career choices. We will have plenty of time after each talk for questions, discussion and networking.


In January, Dr. Dirk Ziemann, who is an alumnus of the Institute of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will be our guest. He currently works at VDI/VDE-IT and Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


All information and the meeting link can be found here.



AI tools for programming – Lecture by Dr. Selina Baldauf // 18 Jan


AI tools promise to make our programming workflows faster and more efficient. If applied correctly, such tools help us write better code, be more productive and learn new techniques easily. In this lecture, I will present some AI tools for programming (mainly GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT) and show examples of how they can be integrated into our daily workflows for different purposes. I will also briefly talk about the problems and ethical concerns that come with such tools in science. Join me if you are interested!


When? Thursday, 18th January 2024, 4 pm

Where? Online on Webex

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



Networking Day at the BCP Dept. // 18 Jan, 4:15 pm


Join the department's Networking Day and meet colleagues from other disciplines and working groups as well as students!


Find the program and more information here: https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/termine/2024/20240118-networking-day.html



Obsidian Workshop // 29 Feb, 9-12 am (Webex)


Effective digital note taking: How to organize your knowledge and streamline your workflow


Effective note-taking is an important skill for any scientist to keep track of their tasks and projects, key learnings from papers, and new ideas. In this interactive workshop, we will explore digital note-taking and I will introduce the powerful markdown-based note-taking tool Obsidian. It allows you to keep all your notes interconnected, organized and easy to find and it is highly flexible and can be adapted to your specific needs. For me, this tool was a real game-changer and I wished I had known it before I started my PhD.
The course will take place online on February 29th from 9-12. For more details, check out the detailed course description.


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

When?                             Thursday, 29 February, 9 am-12 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 28 January 2024.


The registration is binding. Participation in the course is free of charge for all (post-)doctoral researchers at the BCP department.



Online Talk "DFG Funding Opportunities for Postdocs" // 10 Jan


Germany’s largest independent research funding organisation offers funding opportunities for all career stages between doctorate and professorship. Join our online talk and get to know the DFG and its funding portfolio for postdocs. 

Date: 10 January 2024, 10-11:30 am 

Further information: https://www.dfg.de/en/research-funding/funding-opportunities/research-careers/info-talks 



DRS Open Door Talk: Career Strategies for Doctoral Researchers in Academia and Beyond // 24 Jan


Information will be provided on how to build an individual career strategy, shedding light on the aspects of self-reflection, decision-making, visibility and creating a job application. Moreover, a special focus is on networking and how to take career-related advantage.

Date: January 24, 2024 2pm - 4pm

Venue: online

Further information: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/drs/offers/drs-open-door-talks/index.html

Registration: https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/node/94971



Information Session "Funding for Postdocs within the Una Europa Alliance – France, Belgium, and The Netherlands" // 30 Jan, 2 – 3.30 pm


During this session, research managers from Leiden University, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and KU Leuven will provide brief introductions to their respective institutions and offer an overview of national research funding opportunities in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. 

Date: 30 January 2024, 2 pm - 3.30 pm CET, online via zoom 

Please register by 26 January 2024 via this link

Further information: https://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/drs/calls/current_una_europa.html



Workshops on Research Data Management // 12, 13, 14 Feb


The CeDiS of the Freie Universität Berlin offers several short workshops or seminars on the topic reseach data management.


12 February 2024: A short introduction to research data management (Online seminar)

13 February 2024: Data Management Plan step by step (Online-Seminar)

14. Februar 2024: Forschungsdatenmanagement in Förderanträgen (Online-Seminar)


More information: https://www.cedis.fu-berlin.de/services/fortbildung/workshops/E-Research/index.html