2018 Summer School

"Molecular Mechanisms of Aging Associated Diseases"

When and where?
August 27th - 31st 2018
CECAD Excellence Cluster of the Unversity of Cologne, Germany

Why should you participate?             
In order to introduce the CECAD Research Center and the University of Cologne as a unique research location in the field of aging research to young and highly motivated students of Life Sciences and Medicine, we will offer a 5-day Summer School including key components and exciting activities.

Summer School Program:

  • Interesting key lectures by CECAD researchers on the most important research questions in the field of aging research
  • Insights into technical facilities and short lab visits
  • Beneficial workshop on “Effective Scientific Presentation“
  • Supervised Journal Club based on the significant findings
  • Networking opportunities with current CECAD PhD students
  • Cultural activities such as guided tour of Cologne Cathedral and dinner at a brewery

Who can apply?                                     
Excellent and highly motivated international students as well as students of the University of Cologne. You have to be enrolled in a discipline of Life Sciences, such as e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Medicine. B.Sc. students must have reached the 5th - 6th semester and M.Sc. students the 1st - 2nd semester. Up to 20 participants will be accepted.

How to apply?                                         
Please submityour letter of motivation (not longer than 1 page), your CV, transcripts, as well as your proof of enrollment as one PDF file to:
Dr. Alexandra Zukazuk[at]uni-koeln.de

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Up to €200 travel expenses will be reimbursed for international students. Accommodation will be provided free of charge for international students.

2018 Summer School Workshop

"Effective Scientific Presentation"

Focus:          Communication and Presentation skills
Methods:    Presentation skills, Flow, Science (neuroscience, embodiment), storytelling, resilience training, applied improvisation
There is hardly any better tool than applied improvisation to improve your presentation skills. In presentation-oriented and agile exercises the group is taught how to work autonomously, goal-oriented and experience flow states. Each participant increases their awareness toward their presentation style, their emotional state and their focus on the story of the presentation.
You will learn to avoid communication pitfalls and to deliver each message more clearly. The communication and presentation exercises are based on scientific findings, which are discussed during the workshop. It is my goal to deliver a system that helps you to present your work more effectively in the future.
Benefit: Improved communication, presentation skills, increased productivity, awareness of individual communication strategies and conflict management.


InnoDiaCare Summer School

InnoDiaCare (part 2)- the EIT Health summer school on digital innovation in Diabetes care was held at the “Cluster of Excellence: Cellular Stress responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD) at the University of Cologne. The entrepreneurial international summer school was opened by a key note lecture presenting an overview on the “CECAD” and the multidimensional challenges globally faced by aging societies. During the event an international group of 26 students from different faculties and countries collaborated with mentors from pharmaceutical companies, healthcare, research, and business consulting in elaborating the diverse perspectives on current challenges in diabetes management and the value proposition of digital products and services. Supported by partners associated with the EIT Health Knowledge and Innovation Community including: EURICE, Profil GmbH, IESE Business School, the Medical University of Łódź, Bayer AG, Roche Pharma, Miltenyi Biotech GmbH, and Cologne University, the students were guided to adopt an entrepreneurial attitude when continuing to develop their very own solutions directed at people with diabetes. Adopting cutting edge knowledge about the protection of Intellectual Property, the conduct of clinical trials, and the diversity of aging traits as well as delving into new collaboration schemes greatly supported the students when refining their business cases and presenting them during a business plan competition at the end of the Summer School. Different social activities helped to even increase creativity and team spirit.

Five interdisciplinary groups of students were trained on collaboration skills as well as project and business development. The results were impressive and presented to a jury composed of people from the CLOSE project (Prof. Dr. Magda Rosenmöller. Prof. Dr. Beata Mianowska, Prof. Dr. Freimut Schliess) and the University of Cologne (Dr. Pauline Schumacher).  The business projects were evaluated along the lines of innovative potential, business conception and implementation, team culture, and impact generation. The first winning group – the SweetBelly team which is going to develop a digital diabetes management support specifically targeting pregnant women – was awarded a prize of 4 000€ and the runner up with a prize of 2 000€. 

InnoDiaCare (part 1) was held at the Medical University of Łódź in cooperation with Air Liquide Sante Internatinational, IESE Business School, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Profil  GmbH, the University of Cologne and EURICE European Research and Project Office GmbH. InnoDiaCare is partnering with the CLOSE EIT Health Innovation Project, which is going to implement an Artificial Pancreas-based product and service package for the improvement of chronic care of severely ill people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Together with EIT Health Campus and Accelerator the CLOSE partnership will guarantee a sustainable follow-up of the student's most excellent business ideas at the crossroads of patients, healthcare professionals and physicians.

2018 Summer School Poster

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2018 Summer School - Presentation Training


Dr. Ben Hartwig, Cologne