English Courses

English Courses

PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

A Graduate Education Program of Universität Hamburg in Cooperation with DESY

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English Courses

All courses are a cooperation of the PHGS with IMPRS-UFAST, CUI and EMBL.

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 partners CUI and 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.


Communication skills for scientists
Mondays, 5 February - 30 April 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m., seminar room 116, building 61

In order to be successful in your PhD, not only do you need to be able to manage your project and yourself but also your environment. This course focuses on this last challenge: communicating effectively with your colleagues, supervisor, peers and other parties in a language that is not your mother tongue.

Registration: http://indico.desy.de/indico/e/communication2018

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Writing and presenting in academia
Teacher: Louise Kennedy

Tuesdays, 5-6:30 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


Proofreading for Scientific Articles

An excellent linguistic, correct work is not only easier to read, but also increases the chance of publication in a peer review journal. The MIN graduate school International offers to cover the costs for proofreading of your scientific text. All doctorate students of the MIN faculty with current enrollment at the University of Hamburg can apply for the coverage of the costs: More information.


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.

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.

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


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Event Calendar
23 Apr. 2018 to 27 Apr. 2018
Today - 14:00
Speaker: Leticia Gonzalez (University of Vienna, Institute of Theoretical Chemistry)
Location: seminar rooms II-III
Today - 14:30
Location: build. 2a, SR2
Today - 14:30
Speaker: Laurent Freidel (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Location: Room 2, Building 2a
Today - 16:00
Speaker: Torben Ferber (DESY)
Location: Room 2, Building 2a
26 Apr. 2018 to 27 Apr. 2018
Location: CSSB Auditorium
26 Apr. 2018 10:00
Speaker: Aleksandra Anna Lelek
Location: building 1b, seminarroom 4a
26 Apr. 2018 to 27 Apr. 2018
Location: CSSB Auditorium
26 Apr. 2018 14:15
Speaker: Noppadol Mekareeya (Milano-Bicocca)
Location: SR2
27 Apr. 2018 14:00
Speaker: Eugene S. Polzik (Niels Bohr Institute, Kopenhagen, Denmark)
Location: CFEL SR I-III (Bldg. 99)
27 Apr. 2018 14:30
Speaker: Gregor Kasieczka (Institut fuer Experimentalphysik / UHH)
Location: Room 2, Building 2a
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