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English Courses

All courses are a cooperation of the PHGS with IMPRS-UFAST.

Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

There are currently three regular English courses for PhD students on the Bahrenfeld campus. The courses are reserved for doctoral researchers of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and its coorperation partner IMPRS-UFAST. Postdocs and PhD students from other graduate programmes in the PIER reserach fields may also participate upon request.

The English courses are part of our language module "Negotiation and networking in English" that is specifically designed according to the needs of researchers in science. Our teacher is a native speaker with many years of experience in teaching scientists and graduate students.


Writing and presenting in academia
Teacher: Louise Kennedy
Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., SR 1b, building 1

At a basic level, a PhD is about developing the skills of a professional academic researcher. However, without a set syllabus to follow, how do you develop those skills? In this course, we will focus on the vitally important and challenging key skills of writing and presenting in your second language. You will explain the concepts and/or key parts of your research and then structure them in formal written and spoken English. Through active drafting and speaking practice followed by direct feedback, you will be able to produce clear academic texts and also present your research with improved levels of fluency.

Registration: Via e-mail to graduateschool@pier-hamburg.de

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Rhetoric and pronunciation for scientists
Teacher: Louise Kennedy
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m., SR 116, building 61
 

This course is for scientists whose mother tongue is an East Asian language, and it is the pronunciation part that is specifically geared at native speakers of East Asian languages. Moreover, participants improve their skills in verbal presentations of scientific results with an emphasis on conferences and expert discussions. The focus is on rhetoric, strengthening vocabulary and effective pronunciation for successful information exchange.

Registration: Via e-mail to graduateschool@pier-hamburg.de


English at DESY Education

There are also various English classes for basic, intermediate and advanced learners, organised by DESY Education (DESY-F). Courses take place on the DESY campus, and they are not exclusively for PhD students. The fee for all language classes at DESY-F is usually 15 €. You can start at any time. Overview: Languages at DESY-F.


English at University of Hamburg

Hamburg There are also tailormade English classes on the city campus. Price is between 42-82 € for PhD students. A placement test is mandatory. More information: English at Hamburg University.


DESY Language Café

Do you need to strengthen your languages skills in e.g. German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (e.g. Mandarin or Cantonese), Swedish, Norwegian or any other language in the world or you just simply miss speaking your own mother tongue? Then please join us every two weeks at the DESY Language Café!

The key idea of this Language Café is: "Learn a language well for free while helping others learn another language well for free." UPDATE: So far we have had 8 very successful Language Café meetings with around 25-30 participants each time, who participated at either the German, French, Italian, English, Mandarin, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian or Spanish speaking table. The Language Café will be held every two weeks, on Fridays around lunch hour.

More information: DESY Language Cafè


Contact:
Mirko Siemssen
Phone: +49-40-8998-5506
E-mail: mirko.siemssen@pier-hamburg.de


Fellows
Chu Wang
Infection and structural Biology
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Christian Nweze
Photon Science/Nanoscience
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Alumni
Parisa Bayat
Nanoscience
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Jhilik Majumdar
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
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Event Calendar
10 Dec. 2019 to 11 Dec. 2019
Chaired by: Alexander Schiller
Location: SR4a, building 1b
10 Dec. 2019 10:00
Location: building 61 (PIER Office), room 116
10 Dec. 2019 10:30
10 Dec. 2019 13:15
Speaker: Giulio Monaco (University of Trento)
Location: 109
10 Dec. 2019 15:00
Speaker: Peter Niksa (UHH)
Location: SR2
10 Dec. 2019 16:45
Speaker: Emma Ona Wilhelmi (DESY)
Location: Auditorium
10 Dec. 2019 18:00
Location: Foyer
11 Dec. 2019 to 13 Dec. 2019
Location: Lobby
11 Dec. 2019 10:00
Location: building 61 (PIER Office), room 116
11 Dec. 2019 14:00
Speaker: Jörn Behrens (Department of Mathematics and CliSAP, Universität Hamburg)
Location: seminar room IV, first floor
11 Dec. 2019 14:30
TBA
Speaker: Thomas Grimm (Utrecht University)
Location: build. 2a, SR2
12 Dec. 2019 to 13 Dec. 2019
Location: 4a/c
12 Dec. 2019 10:00
Chaired by: Jochen Küpper
Speaker: Martin Centurion
Location: SR I+II
12 Dec. 2019 12:00
Speaker: Pablo Quilez
Location: Library
12 Dec. 2019 14:15
TBA
Speaker: Junchen Rong (DESY)
Location: SR2
12 Dec. 2019 15:30
Location: CMS meeting room
13 Dec. 2019 09:30
Chaired by: Andreas Voss
Location: SR IV
13 Dec. 2019 13:00
Speaker: Ole Brandt
Location: Gebäude 1b, Seminarraum 1
13 Dec. 2019 13:30
Speaker: Afiq Aizuddin bin Anuar
Location: CSSB, Gebäude 15, Hörsaal
13 Dec. 2019 14:00
Speaker: Nirit Dudovich (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
Location: CFEL SR I-III (Bldg. 99)
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