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IPODI Fellows can register for up to three workshops offered by the programme Career Development for Female Scientists in Collaborative Research.



Previous Events

23 June 2017: Workshop 'Science 2.0', 9 am-5 pm

Digital tools offer a variety of opportunities for maximizing research communications. These can be utilized to reach a wider audience for your recent publications, to optimize visibility and perception of your online presence or to engage and network with scientists in your own or a related discipline, to mention a few. This course highlighted and discussed some of the benefits of the digital era for the advancement of Science and what aspects to be aware of.

- Applying Online-Marketing Tools for Scientific Purposes
- Using Social Media Channels like Facebook, Twitter & Co. in a Research Context
- Options for Science Blog Writing
- Social Networks designed for Scientists
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Develop your own Digital Strategy
- Privacy and Security Settings
- How to protect Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

TRAINER: Dr. Johanna Havemann, Berlin

TARGET GROUP: (International) Female Postdocs at TU Berlin

In cooperation with the project 'Akademische Karriereentwicklung' (ZFA)

15 June 2017: Publishing Open Access and Securing Research Data, Information Event for Researchers and Research Administrators, 2:00-4:30 pm

After an introduction to the topic by Prof. Vera Meyer, TU Berlin’s Open Access Representative, different publication strategies were presented by Michaela Voigt (UB, Dept. University Press/Theses/Open Access) as well as several ways to secure Open Access to publications (the so-called Golden Road and Green Road). Pascal Becker (UB, Servicezentrum Forschungsdaten) then showed why researchers and project managers should care about their research data, how to safeguard and publish research data and how to plan one’s research data management.

8–10 May 2017: Workshop 'Advanced Leadership Skills', 9:30 am–2 pm

This three-day advanced training is designed for female researchers in leadership positions. It is construed as an interactive workshop and will examine what it takes to build, develop and lead a successful team, motivate others, recognise and address (potential) conflicts and work effectively in a highly competitive, often male-dominated academic environment. The participating researchers will reflect on their own leadership styles and communication patterns as well as intercultural differences in leadership expectations and they will assess their own efficiency in a leadership context. Through interactive exercises they will increase their awareness about what it means to be a successful leader in a university setting. Selected examples introduced by the researchers themselves will be an important element of the training. The workshop will build on the two-day leadership training for IPODI scholars held in 2016, but attendance of the first training is by no means a prerequisite for the advanced training scheduled for May 2017.

THEMES: What leadership means to me and what it takes to be a good leader; team building and working with teams; setting goals and motivating teams; leading a team consciously and with confidence; recognising conflicts, dealing with and resolving them; identifying my own and others’ interests; negotiating outcomes; addressing issues and conducting difficult conversations; delegating; giving feedback.

TRAINER: Mary Carroll, Berlin

24 April 2017: The European Research Council (ERC), Information Event for Female Researchers, 1:00–3:00 pm (in cooperation with the EU Office of TU Berlin and NKS ERC/KoWi)

The European Research Council (ERC) supports innovative frontier research in Europe through open competition. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence both of the project and of the Principal Investigator. The ERC's funding schemes cover all scientific fields across all established disciplinary boundaries. In particular, interdisciplinary or pioneering proposals addressing emerging fields and introducing unconventional ("high risk – high gain") approaches are encouraged. The ERC is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The event addressed all female researchers (doctoral students about to complete their PhD, postdocs, (junior) professors) who are interested in applying for an ERC grant in the future.

Agenda (PDF, 77,6 KB)

The event was part of the International Week at TU Berlin.

14 December 2016: IPODI Christmas Market Visit

IPODI Fellows and IPODI Alumnae have visited the Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg (http://www.wvdsc.de/).

30 November 2016: Workshop 'Intercultural Competence: How to Avoid Misunderstandings and Benefit from Differences', 9 am–5 pm

Academia and industry increasingly act on a global scale. How nice, if this brings together the knowledge and competencies of people of different background and facilitates synergies. But intercultural communication leads often to typical misunderstandings or even conflicts which could be avoided. Therefore intercultural competence forms an important key qualification. It strengthens the awareness of cultural differences and helps to reflect or, if necessary, to correct one’s own perceptions and patterns of action. Intercultural differences can thus be bridged and a basis for an improved collaboration develops.Through simulations, case studies and other interactive methods this workshop links theoretical knowledge with practical approaches. The participants will learn how intercultural conflicts develop, how they can be prevented – and how intercultural cooperation can prosper; organized by the Gender Equality Office of TU Berlin.

22 November 2016: Workshop 'Career Structures – Career Networks – International Careers', 9 am–5 pm

Strategic network analysis for international researchers pursuing a career in German academia, industry, commerce and politics and German researchers reaching out for an international career; organized by the Gender Controlling Unit of TU Berlin.

23 November 2016: President's Reception for International Guest Researchers

All fellows from the third call for applications were invited to the President's reception for international researchers.

7 November 2016: Third Public IPODI Colloquium, 3 pm–6 pm


From methane molecules drinking beer in pubs to the reproducibility of science: At the Third IPODI Colloquium on November 7th, the IPODI Fellows of the third call for applications presented their research topics to the other fellows, mentors and other TU Berlin members. After the fellows were introduced by Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Vice president for international relations and teacher education, the audience listened to the sound of waves and cars, discussed the importance of the subject in qualitative and quantitative research and learned why drinking beer in a pub can be compared to catalysts for chemical reactions. Afterwards, audience and fellows did not have beer, but wine and pretzels, while further discussing the IPODI projects.

27/28 October 2016: Workshop 'Career Development through Research Funding', 9 am–5 pm

Researchers are increasingly faced with expectations to raise 3rd party funds if they want to pursue a successful research career. Yet, applying for 3rd party funds is not an end in itself and could even be detrimental to research careers, if disconnected from own scientific or life plans or scientific goals. This workshop, thus, aims to clarify which kinds of funding opportunities are suitable for the participants’ respective purposes. In addition, it offers insights into the objectives and practices of research funding institutions and peer review procedures. Individual short coaching sessions during the second day will help the participants to pave their way towards successful applications in view of their needs and ambitions.

1) Individual self-positioning and look ahead: Analysis of current status and (career) goals
2) The research system in Germany and Europe
3) Typology of research funding and career development schemes
4) Basics of grant applications & peer review perspectives
5) Essential elements of successful project proposals and the review process
6) Short individual coaching sessions

21 September 2016: Sailing Trip on the "Pinguin"

The third round of fellows were invited for a sailing trip on the beautiful Wannsee on the TU Berlin's historical sailing ship "Pinguin".

13 July 2016: 'Funding Opportunities in Horizon 2020 - Information for Female Researchers'

In cooperation with the Contact Point Women into EU Research (FiF) of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) the IPODI Office of the TU Berlin organized an event on funding opportunities in Horizon 2020, the EU’s current framework programme for research and innovation. The event addressed all female researchers who are interested to learn more about Horizon 2020.

11 July 2016: Welcoming of the New IPODI Fellows

On 11 July we gave the new IPODI Fellows from the third selection round a warm welcome at the TU Berlin and said goodbye to the seven fellows from the first selection round.

8 June 2016: Sailing Trip on the "Pinguin"

The second round of fellows were invited for a sailing trip on the beautiful Wannsee on the TU Berlin's historical sailing ship "Pinguin".

1/2 June 2016: Workshop 'Leadership Skills for Researchers'

This two-day training was designed for female researchers in leadership positions. It was constructed as an interactive workshop and examined what it takes to lead a team, motivate others, recognise and address (potential) conflicts and build successful teams in a highly competitive, often male-dominated academic environment.

24 May 2016: Informal Career Talk with Prof. Dr. Janina Maultsch, 2–4 pm **cancelled**

Janina Maultzsch, professor of Physics at the TU Berlin, will talk about her academic career and the challenges she faced on her way to a full professorship. During this informal event the IPODI fellows will also be able to discuss with her the particular challenges for female researchers. More information on Prof. Maultzsch can be found here.

26 April 2016: Presentation of IPODI at the International Week

IPODI presented itself at TU Berlin's International Week 2016 to students and other interested university members. The International Week took place from 25 to 29 April and offered information stands, events and discussions about going abroad and internationalization. It was organized by the International Office of the TU Berlin.

4 December 2015: Second Public IPODI Colloquium

At the second IPODI colloquium on 4 December 2015 the new fellows from the second selection round presented their research to the other fellows, the IPODI mentors and to other members of the university. All fellows were introduced by Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Vice president for international relations and teacher education. The research projects of the nine new fellows are quite diverse: From Iberian artists to cars in Russia, from education for democracy to methods for removing CO2 from the atmosphere. After the presentations the members of the audience continued discussing the fellows’ research projects while having a glass of wine.

19 November 2015: Workshop 'Product Propeller' by the Centre for Entrepreneurship

This workshop presented the support services of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and explored different opportunities for commercializing research results using the Business Model Canvas developed by Alexander Osterwalder.

9 November 2015: President's Reception for International Guest Researchers

All of the new fellows were invited to the President's reception for international researchers.

28/29 October 2015: Training to Prepare for Appointment Processes at Universities

The workshop was a systematic preparation for the application process for professorships at universities in Germany and abroad. Participants received information about the legal framework, the procedure from start to finish as well as tips on how to optimally prepare for the international academic job market. Topics covered in the workshop: (i) Different academic systems and requirements for appointment, (ii) The hiring process, (iii) Developing an application strategy, (iv) Cultures of scholarship in different countries / possible roles of university professors, (v) Preparation of application documents, (vi) Training for interviews, (vii) Preparation for appointment negotiations.

19 October 2015: Welcoming of the New IPODI Fellows

On 19 October 2015 we celebrated the kick-off of the second year and gave all of the IPODI newcomers and their families a warm welcome at TU Berlin. After welcoming speeches by Prof. Angela Ittel, Vice-president for international relations and teacher education, and Barbara Engel, gender equality officer of TU Berlin, the fellows and mentors had the opportunity to get to know each other while enjoying the wonderful food from the international potluck buffet, to which all fellows had contributed.

15 June 2015: Information Event 'What is Open Access and How Does it Work?'

In cooperation with the Universitätsbibliothek of the TU Berlin (UB) and the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (SUB)/OpenAIRE the IPODI Office of the TU Berlin organized an information event on Open Access, a publishing paradigm aiming at the free and worldwide access to scientific knowledge. Michaela Voigt and Dagmar Schobert from the University Library of the TU Berlin presented the different ways to secure Open Access to one’s own publications and basic legal matters of Open Access. Dr. Birgit Schmidt from the Göttingen State and University Library/OpenAIRE focused on Open Access issues within the research framework programme of the European Union, in which Open Access to peer-reviewed publications is mandatory for projects funded within Horizon 2020. The event was attended by researchers from many different disciplines and the questions they asked the experts led to lively discussions about the possiblities and difficulties of Open Access publishing.

20 May 2015: Sailing Trip on the "Pinguin"

On May 20th, IPODI Fellows and IPODI Office went sailing on TU Berlin's historical sailing ship "Pinguin".

15 April 2015: 'Funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 - Information for Female Researchers'

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon about 50 female researchers of the TU Berlin gathered in the Villa BEL to learn more about Horizon 2020, the current framework programme of the European Commission. Ms Heller-Genath from the contact point 'Women into EU Research of' (FiF) of the EU Bureau of the BMBF introduced the new framework programme and gave an overview of the different funding possibilities within Horizon 2020. Vera Meyer, professor at the TU's Institute of Biotechnology told the participants of her own experiences with EU funding: She has been awarded EU funding twice and has also been an independent expert for the evaluation of research proposals for the EU. Finally, Elke Gehweiler gave an overview of the services of the TU Berlin's EU Office, which is the first point of contact for TU researchers who consider applying for EU funding.

The 30 January 2015: First Public IPODI Colloquium. Interesting Insights into Diverse Research Topics

When the international research fellows of the IPODI programme introduced their projects in the afternoon of Friday, 30 January 2015 in the picturesque Villa BEL on the TU Berlin campus, around 40 people where there to listen: people interested in the programme, mentors, students and researchers of the TU Berlin who had come because of a special interest in one of the topics.

Fellows and members of the audience were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Vice president for international relations and teacher education, who emphasized that the IPODI programme perfectly fitted with the concept of “internationalization at home”: By welcoming the international IPODI fellows, the TU assumed its responsibility to welcome researchers from all over the world. Dr. Petra Brzank, the main women’s representative of TU Berlin, stated that IPODI was fostering gender equality by preparing women for leadership positions in science and thus creating role models for new generations of female researchers. Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok, chair of the IPODI selection committee, stressed that not only the fellows themselves benefited from their time as IPODI fellows, but that TU Berlin also benefited from the IPODI fellows, because they brought their individual cultural backgrounds with them and thus widened the horizons of TU researchers. Dr. Elke Gehweiler, IPODI programme manager, reported some figures for the second call for applications that ended last December: This time, 60 applications from researchers from 23 different countries were submitted, of which 51 were held eligible.

After that, the fellows introduced their projects that couldn’t be more diverse:  Freight train connections between Asia and Europe, left- and right handed amino acids, rhythms and language, mathematical models for tomography data and elements of drawing – even though some of the topics were very specialized and clearly new to many of the listeners, the questions asked after the presentations showed that the audience was fascinated.  

Following this highly interesting insight into many different fields of research, audience and IPODI fellows went on discussing while enjoying pretzels and wine. This first very intriguing presentation makes curious to learn about the results of the promising projects. 

15 January 2015: Presentation of IPODI at International Days

The motto of the International Days from 14th to 15th of January at TU Berlin was “Living and creating international TU Berlin together”.  Being a programme that is fostering internationalization at TU Berlin, IPODI presented itself at a stand to students and other interested people with profiles of the fellows. In addition to the stands of different programmes, there were discussions and workshops, for example on lecturing in English and cooperation in international teams. 

12 November 2014: Guided Tour of Campus Charlottenburg

On November 12, 2014 some of the newly-arrived IPODI fellows met with Petra Schubert, head of Campus Charlottenburg Office and Elke Gehweiler from the IPODI Office for a guided tour of the TU Berlin and UdK campuses. During the next one and a half hours, Petra Schubert showed them some places that you don’t usually see when strolling over campus. Walking into the Institute for Church music at Hardenbergstraße, for example, was very surprising: Leaving the noise of the city they entered a beautiful building that was completely quiet except for the pipe organ music coming from the students’ practice rooms. Another highlight was the the experimental hall for fluid system dynamics where a researcher explained some of the experimentation facilities and pumps. The tour ended where it had begun, in the TU main building, and it left the fellows with a lot more knowledge about the place where they will spend the next two years.

21 October 2014: President's Reception for International Guest Researchers

The first seven IPODI Fellows were invited to the President's reception for international guest researchers.

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