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Young Investigator PhD Course 


Organized by EMBO Young Investigators, this PhD course provides students working in the Young Investigators' labs with a broad overview of the biological sciences alongside training in skills required for a scientific career. The international scientific experience of the course organizers and the diversity of both teachers and participants – in terms of scientific interest and nationality – help shape the students' future perspectives.


A major focus is on soft-skills including training in scientific writing and communicating science to a lay-audience. Participants have the chance to practice presenting a poster and giving a short talk, receiving constructive feedback on their talks. An intensive training session provides the opportunity to further improve presentation skills. Practical exercises on grant proposals and reviewing papers are included in the programme, as well as scientific lectures.


The programme from 2013 can be downloaded from the "downloads section", along with information for students outlining each component of the course in more detail. Details of the final 2014 programme will follow soon.


The 2014 course will take place from 1 - 6 December 2014.



The deadline for applications to attend the course was 4 July 2014. The course is oversubscribed, we can therefore not accept any late-applications.



Please note, participants (or their labs) must cover their own travel costs. For advice on travel to Heidelberg please see travel to EMBO. EMBO covers course participation, accommodation and meals. 



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Gerlind WallonGerlind Wallon
Deputy Director
Programme Manager
T. +49 6221 8891 112

Rachel CoulthardRachel Coulthard
T. + 49 6221 8891 110