Journal Clubs and Progress Reports
Journal clubs and progress reports are weekly courses within each student's research group. We strongly encourage students to attend other research groups' journal clubs in order to stimulate close scientific communication and cooperation. Journal clubs are the time and place to critically read and discuss scientific articles as part of the process – for students and for lectors. Understanding and ability to relate to and interpret clinical trials and experimental work fosters the students' independent scientific writing skills.
At the journal- and progress-clubs, students compile scientific articles in their field of study in such a way, those members of other scientific groups – whether working on clinical trials or on basic research projects -- may understand the topic and gain some insight into this research area. In this course there will also be regularly presentations of the research-groups' results.
Every week a journal club and progress report will be held in combination with the basic lecture (with focus on the progress report). One research group will organize the journal club and determine the respective topic by turns; students from all other research groups are invited and expected to join! The main goal is a lively and open discussion of scientific work attracting as many participants as possible. What journal clubs aim at is to prepare students for future presentations of experimental results in front of a critical audience.
Once a year students are to submit formal progress reports on their dissertation for evaluation reasons; these progress reports will be showcased after public announcement.
Journal clubs and progress reports (12 hours, will be continuously held)