Curriculum 2020

08. – 09.04. Postponed IRTG module: Biomarkers in Obesity
27. – 28.04. Postponed CRC retreat I in Leipzig, Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ)
29.04. Postponed Prospective: Starting a Career at the Institute of Food Hygiene
04. - 06.05. Postponed Summer school- Monastery Drübeck
14.05. IRTG online class: Future Career Options in Academia and Beyond
07. - 08.07.
IRTG skilling course: Interview training
IRTG online class: The digital scientist
22.07. Postponed Mentoring cafe
10.09./09.10. IRTG skilling course: Speed reading
28.-29.09. IRTG module: Statistics and Bioinformatics
16.,17.,19.11. Online Autumn School 
Nov IRTG module: Therapeutics Targeting Obesity
30.11.- 04.12 CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop
December IRTG module: Principles of Clinical Studies


IRTG module Biomarkers in Obesity

The number of biomarkers related to obesity and to associated diseases is still growing. This module will provide information on current laboratory chemistry, analytic methods, metabolic profiling and diagnostic strategies.

Principal investigators:

- Prof. Uta Ceglarek (CRC1052/A9), topic: quantitative mass spectrometry

- PD Dr. Jürgen Schiller (CRC1052, Z3), topic: (MALDI) Mass spectrometric and NMR spectroscopic Analysis 

- Prof. Martin von Bergen (CRC1052/Z3), topic: Mass spectrometry in proteomics 

Date   April 8-9, 2020
Venue - Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (ILM)
- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig
- Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics
Time  9:00-17:00

The preliminary program is under development.

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Prospective: Starting a Career at the Institute of Food Hygiene


A strong path in life science leads to a focus on academic careers. The day at the Institute of Food Hygiene is designed for the doctoral students in career related matters and in order to produce a tailored career development program focusing on obesity-related research areas.

Date: April 29, 2020

Venue: Institute of Food Hygiene, An den Tierkliniken 1, 04301 Leipzig

Time 9:30-12:00

Content: Research introduction to nutritional development of cardioprotective food especially presentation of the Competence Cluster NutriCARD including laboratory tour and practical part.


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IRTG online workshop: Interview training

How to write a persuasive job application - how to convince it in the job interview

First planned in presence we changed the conditions and and provide the seminar in a digital version.


Scientists make a lot of mistakes as soon as they start to apply outside science. This workshop will help you to write a convincing application and to be successful in the job interview.

Topics we deal with:

  • Written application I: standards in Germany for applications outside of academia. How to write them? What are typical mistakes and how to avoid them? How to develop a storyline? How to show you competencies?
  • Written application II: how do I apply unsolicited?
  • Written application III: new trends in application procedures.
  • Written application IV: what is different in other countries – some hints.
  • How to prepare the job interview? Training of interview situations.
  • Other ways of recruitment: assessment centre etc.
  • How to negotiate salary?

Please bring with you a job ad that fits you.

Workshop takes place via Zoom. Use of webcam is necessary. An integrated webcam in your laptop or phone is enough.

You receive the link to Zoom before the workshop.

Date: 7. and 8. July 2020

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Format: Online-Workshop via Zoom

Lecturer: Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf counsels students and scientists in all relevant questions concerning their careers. He has founded together with colleagues out of public administration and private businesses.

Registration is open:

Please register by sending an e-mail to  until 29 June 2020 at the latest.

Mentoring Cafe


We invite the doctoral students of the Integrated Research Training Group IRTG "Obesity Mechanisms" of the CRC 1052 to attend our "Mentoring cafe".
Guest: Georg Teichert, equal opportunity commissioner of the Leipzig University
Date: July 22, 2020
Venue: Rudolf Schoenheimer Institute of Biochemistry, Seminar room D301/302
Time: 2 p.m.
IRTG skilling course: Speed reading
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How to read fast and efficiently – Improved Reading crash course 

Date: 10.09./09.10.2020
Course aims:
- Increased reading speed
- Better text comprehension
- Variation of different reading techniques and strategies
- Higher level of concentration and motivation
- Special approaches towards scientific texts

Course structure:

1. Pre-course Webinar session - Sept. 10th 2020, 10.30-12.30h
– Introduction & Advice on reading scientific texts

2. Speed Reading Online Course
– 10 units (45-60 minutes each)
– Flexible training during 2-4 weeks, no fixed times/dates

3. Videochat (ca. 1h) during Speed Reading Online
– Half of the online course should be finished
– Date will be established via Doodle poll

4. After-Course Webinar session  - Oct 9th 2020, 10.30-12.30h
– Feedback & futher advice on reading scientific texts

Trainer: Friedrich Hasse, M.A., Improved Reading Trainer since 2003 in German and English, co-author of the best-selling book “Schneller lesen - besser verstehen” ("Read faster with better comprehension”, 80.000 sold copies since 2008). More information in German see:


Please register by sending an e-mail to  until 20 August 2020 at the latest.

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop
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CRISPR (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats) is a defense mechanism in bacteria that degrades invasive viral DNA and other exogenous DNA. We offer an one-week training course to get familiar with the powerful technology. We have designed a comprehensive CRISPR workshop comprised of both lectures and hands-on laboratory work.


Trainer: Dr. Angela Schulz

Date: 30.11.- 04.12. 2020

Time: 09:00-16:30

Venue: Rudolf Schoenheimer Institute of Biochemistry

Number of participants: max. 10


Further workshops on transferable skills are offered by the Research Academy Leipzig.