Graduate School

The HZI International Graduate School for Infection Research (GS-FIRE) provides an innovative structured PhD programme within the field of Infection Research. Implemented at the campus of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig together with its partner universities GS-FIRE has created an electrifying environment where young researchers are stimulated to exchange knowledge with their colleagues, peers and leading scientists from around the world. Besides intensive scientific training the young researchers have the possibility of improving their soft skills and advancing their interdisciplinary knowledge in preparation for the job market.

HZI Graduate School courses, lectures and symposia

2020

February 3

Medical Microbiology Lecture: Mycobacterial infections
Lecturer: Dr. Ralph Goethe, TiHo Hannover

February 10

Medical Microbiology Lecture: Zoonotic infections
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Peter Valentin-Weigand, TiHo Hannover

February 17

Medical Microbiology Lecture: The influence of the microbiota on gastrointestinal infections
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Till Strowig, HZI Braunschweig

February 17 - 21

Lab course: TGE and BEVS Protein Expression in Insect cells
Aim & Content: This course will cover the theory and practical training in the baculoviral expression vector system (BEVS) and virus free transient gene expression (TGE) in insect cells. Additionally, the TGE method will be performed in mammalian HEK293 cells. Basic sterile cell cultivation, transient transfection, amplification of the virus, viral infection and protein expression screens will be part of the training. 
Course Leader: Dr. Joop van den HeuveL, HZI Braunschweig

February 24

Medical Microbiology Lecture: Phage therapy
Lecturer: Dr. Christine Rohde, DSMZ Braunschweig

February 28    

Assessment Medical Microbiology Lecture
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March 2

Immunology Lecture: The innate immune system: evasion and subversion by bacterial pathogens
Lecturer: Dr. Oliver Goldmann, HZI Braunschweig

March 9

Immunology Lecture: Innate immune defense mediated by pattern recognition receptors and viral counteracting strategies
Lecturer: Dr. Markus Stempel, HZI Braunschweig

March 16

Immunology Lecture: Antigen uptake and processing, dendritic cells; how pathogens (e.g. CMV) try to evade the immune response?
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dr. Luka Cicin-Sain, HZI Braunschweig

March 23

Immunology Lecture: T cell development, activation and effector functions
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jochen Hühn, HZI Braunschweig

March 30

Immunology Lecture: T cell differentation: a delicate balance between inflammatory and regulatory T cells
Lecturer: Dr. Stefan Flöß, HZI Braunschweig
 

April 7 - 8

Course: Good Scientific Practice
Aim & Content: Good scientific practice, data management, publication practice and authorship, responsible mentoring, cooperation in science and conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, managing conflicts.
Course Leader: Dr. Julia Verse; Institute for Systemic Medicine and Organizational Ethics, Berlin

April 20

Immunology Lecture: Fighting influenza virus within the lung
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer-Hermann, BRICS Braunschweig

April 27

Immunology Lecture: Immune defence at body surfaces - the gut
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Till Strowig, HZI Braunschweig

April 27

Immunology Lecture: B cell development and somatic evolution
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dunja Bruder, HZI Braunschweig

April 28 - 30

Course: Helmholtz Career and Leadership Course
Aim & Content: The aim of this course is to provide postgraduate research students with an opportunity to build their understanding, skills and confidence in the key areas of career planning, career development and the development of their leadership style.
Course Leader: Emma Ford and Mike Rawland, Coatching4Careers, UK

April 30    

Assessment Immunology Lecture
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June 3 - 5

First Joint Annual Retreat for all doctoral researchers, HZI Graduate School, Campus HZI Braunschweig

June 16 - 17

Course: Good Scientific Practice
Aim & Content: Good scientific practice, data management, publication practice and authorship, responsible mentoring, cooperation in science and conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, managing conflicts.
Course Leader: Dr. Michael Gommel; Institute for Systemic Medicine and Organizational Ethics, Berlin

July 21 – 23 

Course: Completing your PhD successfully on time
Aim & Content: This three-day course provides in-depth guidelines on how to cope with the most common challenges involved in researching and writing a PhD. If the doctoral researchers are feeling overwhelmed by their PhD project, over-worked, or having trouble with time-management this course is ideal. We give doctoral researchers the tools and techniques they need to complete their PhD on schedule and maintain a healthy work-life balance. They learn how to work more efficiently, how to save time, and how to identify and focus on what matters most.
We teach them to set up a project plan and to monitor your progress, as well as how to optimise supervision and get the support they need. They learn how to plan the thesis-writing process and how to incorporate writing tasks into their normal working day. This training course will help increase the satisfaction as a PhD student and to become a fully professional academic.
Course Leader: Dr. Bärbel, Tress Academic GbR, Munich

August 2 - 3

Course: Scientific Writing
Aim & Content: Learn how to write clearly and with impact:
   - Construct a "take-home" message that tells the story of your research.
   - Choose words that communicate your science clearly.
   - Structure your paper into a flowing narrative.
Course Leader: Dr. Brian Cusack; Science Craft, Berlin

October 28 - 29

Course: Good Scientific Practice
Aim & Content: Good scientific practice, data management, publication practice and authorship, responsible mentoring, cooperation in science and conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, managing conflicts.
Course Leader: Dr. Julia Verse; Institute for Systemic Medicine and Organizational Ethics, Berlin

Contact

Dr. Sabine Kirchhoff

GS-FIRE (International Graduate School for Infection Research)

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Inhoffenstraße 7
38124 Braunschweig

hzigrad.school@helmholtz-hzi.de

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