Date: 28-30 September Time: 9 am to 12.30 pm Location: Online Webinar
Dr. Peter Paul Heym about the course:
“My aim is that participants develop a positive attitude towards their research and experiments and thus are able to evaluate and communicate their data with confidence. Small exercises or even games help, since they not only allow participants to practice together, but also to produce different results despite identical tasks and the same conditions. Why is this so? – Statistics help us to understand exactly this variability and learn from it. One of the core elements of my workshops and webinars is to gather experience through play and to consolidate it through subsequent discussion. Therefore, the goal of this webinar is to give the participants an understanding of statistical thinking, safe application of statistical tests, and an introduction to experimental design.“
Our RTG colleagues Bationa Bennewitz and Ralf Bernd Klösgen who recently published in BBA – Molecular Cell Research an interesting article on Dual targeting of TatA that points to a chloroplast-like Tat pathway in plant mitochondria. Congratulations to authors and co-authors!!
The first year has passed. And it was a year of ups and downs.
Eleven young scientist started their PhD thesis in eleven promising project. Additionally, we associated four further PhD students who enrich our RTG with new input. Scientific progress and social cohesion were compromised by the pandemic lockdown, but we look forward to a productive and successful period in our second year.
Thanks to all contributing project leaders, PhD students, collaborators and friends!
During the lockdown due to Corona we especially miss our weekly RTG Seminars in the Lecture Hall of the Biologicum Greenhouse. In the past our PhD students presented their projects and recent results in a 20 min talk and got valuable feedback from colleagues and supervisors. To hear and discuss the progress of the projects was always interesting and enjoyable. So we decided, we no longer want to do without it.
But even if social life is slowly returning some how to normal status, it’s still important to prevent further Corona spreading. Having Online seminars gives us the chance to have scientific exchange without personal contact.
We’re looking forward to listening to the next speakers and their presentations (online!).
Whenever possible, the RTG works safely from home. As all our PhD students are currently in the experimental phase of their PhD, it is increasingly difficult to proceed with scientific work without entering the laboratory. Currently, the 4th regulation for the containment of the spread of the coronavirus is in force (4. SARS-CoV-2-EindV). Public RTG events are still not taking place. Seminars, colloquiums and workshops are suspended. But under strict observance of the regulations the laboratories are open and research can take place tentatively.
In order to keep personal contacts to a minimum, it is strongly recommended to work from home as much as possible (Allgemeinverfügung des Landes SA). That means that experimental research of the RTG groups is limited to obligatory processes to protect yourself and your fellow human beings at least until 5 April 2020.
To support PhD students who are now impaired in their work the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG offered the opportunity to extend projects of the RTG (DFG-Schreiben). To get more information to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the work of the DFG visit: DFG website.
The spread of the covid-19 virus impacts greatly on campus life (uni-halle.de/coronavirus/) and now also on our RTG activities. The research by PhD students is (so far) not affected. Research is going on. However, in line with the notion to minimize all social interactions to limit the spread of the virus, all group activities of the RTG, including weekly seminars and our planned Retreat, are suspended until further notice.
Claire Letanneur, a very kind PhD student from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, visited the lab of Dr. Martin Schattat for two month. Here she continued working on the host-pathogen interaction and the signaling of effector proteins. Today she will give her final report with the title “Melampsora larici-populina host-specific effector homologs: Do they have a role to play in the infection process?” to our RTG members. Two month went by too fast…. All best for the future!
Now it’s fixed: At the end of March we will have our first Retreat in the LEUCOREA – Lutherstadt Wittenberg. PIs and PhD students will present their projects and progress in talks and posters. We can look forward to a lively scientific exchange and constructive discussions.
Wednesday we had our RTG Christmas Party, our last get together this year. It was a great evening with extremely tasty selection of food and drinks. Thanks to all who contributed. Find pictures of the party in the Gallery.
Thanks to all RTG members for the good start of our RTG this year. We will continue next year!