M.MM.104 Current Topics in Molecular Medicine
Director of Department
The primary aim of this module is that a maximum of participating students achive the "learning targets" (see below) after successfull participation in this module.
this module is a seminar for all students who participate in our Master program of Molecular Medicine. Participation is mandatory to all students in the first year of the Master program. The idea is to create a forum where each of you can let the others know about scientific projects that you have been pursuing during one of your lab rotations, including general concepts and relevant literature.
We will try to divide up the available dates among all participants – each of you should cover one seminar. If possible, it would be highly appreciated if the advisors of the presented lab rotation – both the group leader and your direct supervisor, or at least one of them – could kindly attend the seminar and be ready to provide additional information when needed.
For each date, we suggest that one of you will prepare a seminar talk that covers one of your two-months lab rotations. Would you please introduce the general topic, the specific questions that you were trying to address, as well as methods, results, interpretation, and future perspectives. All this should be presented in English and supported by a MS Powerpoint (or similar) presentation. You should try to present this in a way that allows a general audience to understand what you did and why you did it. So please provide a more extensive introduction than you would for other occasions. The general concept behind your project is most interesting to others.
Your performance will be judged based on the quality of the introduction; your ability to explain your project to a general audience; a logical and critical evaluation of the results; your ability to answer questions; but NOT on the results as such. So please do not be shy to give a work-in-progress presentation – everybody knows that you can’t complete a project within two months. If you need any assistance in the preparation of your talk, you are more than welcome to contact one of us. After the seminar, the student who gave the talk should stay with us for a few more minutes for some feedback.
You are free to choose a format for the introductory part, but one way of doing so would be to present a piece of literature (original or review article) that formed a basis for your current work. It would be appreciated if you could provide a pdf of such literature to all participants by e-mail.
Both parts of your presentation, together, should not exceed 45 minutes (but 30 minutes are ok, too), to leave enough time for discussion.
Any questions and suggestions to make this a successful seminar will be appreciated at any time.