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Information for first semester students of the master programs

Dear first semester students of the biology / biodiversity master at Free University Berlin,

A very warm WELCOME at the Institute of Biology to all of you!

Here, we would like to provide you with all the important information about specific challenges and important dates and deadlines of the 2nd "Online-Corona-Semester". We will furthermore explain all the details and the unusual circumstances and will offer you the opportunity to ask all your questions and express your concerns in a specific online event for which we will give you a date and a time here as soon as possible.

Everybody should keep in mind the following dates: 12.Oct-23.Oct 2020!

Those are the most important days for you pre-semester, because within these 2 weeks, Dr. Zacher (office of study affairs) will distribute all the classes. That means you will have to carefully read your e-mails on a daily basis and you will please have to send certain information to us until a certain deadline! This will enable us to distribute the master classes to you and is therefore essential.

For everybody who is allowed to pre-book his or her courses, because you are a parent for example, you will be able to do so, most probably from September on already until October 2020. This will depend on many other organizational issues that we will have to plan before and we will publish the specific dates here as soon as we can.

In general, all lectures and seminars will take place online only. For practical trainings, we can only tell you so far that many PIs will offer whatever possible, but we are afraid to tell you that it will not be the same as usual, as you can imagine.

The Introduction Modul might have some so-called on-site days in October 2020, most of the class will be held at the end of the semester. Details will also appear here, as soon as possible.

We will offer online exams, for example E-Examination@Home, Webex-talks, oral exams or written reports or essays. Taking a certain exam for a specific course will very often require registration until a specific deadline that will be published by the teaching staff at the beginning of the course.

Being able to successfully complete your classes will be the main focus of our organizational concepts. That means, especially for "Lehramts-master students", we will try to avoid overlaps as much as anyhow possible and will therefore plan with sometimes unusual, maybe odd hours like having class from early in the mornings or sometimes even on a Saturday.

We will adapt to the ongoing changes together with you and will try to help you cope as much as possible including staff working for you at the office of student affairs (Dr. Zacher), the student counselling office (students at the FUB) and the mentoring office (Dr. Petri and mentors).

Let’s make the best of the current situation by working all together for a great winter semester 2020/2021 at the Institute of Biology at Freie University Berlin.

Office of study affairs (Dr. Zacher), Mentoring BCP (Dr. Petri), student counselling office biology, and Prof. Jens Rolff, executive director of the institute of biology at FUB