Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

2015 - Courses for SAOT members

Developing an Online-Profile as a Scientist

How to present yourself online

How can scientists benefit from the active use of social media and what are the risks of online communication? The course will give an introduction by giving current examples, it will show the possibilities of scientific online communication and offer practical tipps and tricks.


  • Public Science 2.0 - shared knowledge
  • Online-Profiles of scientist and institutions - being there is just the beginning
  • Researcher-Blogs - Diversity of Style and  Form
  • Twitter, facebook, researchGate, Likedln - Building Networks and Tending them
  • Timemanagement and Monitoring - Useful Tools
  • Data Security and Copyright Laws - Knowing How


Dr. Tobias Maier is a biochemist with more than ten years of experience in research at international institutes. He directs an agency for scientific communication and writes the Blog WeiterGen on ScienceBlogs

Date: 27th June

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer: Dr. Tobias Maier, Nationales Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation
Number of Participants: 12
Language: English



Working in intercultural Teams

Cultural Diversity
Within the last decade working with other cultures got more and more normal. Sometimes we are surprised by behaviours we do not understand. This seminar will help you to get along even easier in the international world.

Understanding culture

What is culture? Where does it come from? Key terms, processes, and concepts to help you understand the general meaning of culture and how it works in our world. The central focus of this course is the relationship between "Culture in the Abstract" and "Culture in the Flesh". It is important to understand that the beliefs and behaviours of a particular culture are not arbitrary, but are part of that culture's rich history and heritage.
Breaking Down Stereotypes
Get to know the important keys to building a cross-cultural community, especially the need for breaking down harmful stereotypes. What is needed to break down stereotypes? It requires that individuals and societies make a commitment to gaining new insights and perspectives through compassion, honesty, self-control, compromise and participation with the common good in mind.
Cultural Differences in the Workplace
Explaining the characteristics and challenges of a multicultural workplace, introduces you to issues that may occur as a result of workplace diversity.
Celebrating Diversity
This seminar offers you the opportunity to learn how to celebrate cultural diversity with your peers, other employees or guests at your place property.

Date: 13th June

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer: Markus Gebhardt, Challenge Learning



How to survive in a job interview

15th May 2015, 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. , plus one hour on 16th or 17th May

The two-day-course trains the student how to perform in a job interview

  • On the first day the usual structure of and requirements in a job interview are presented and recommendations are given how to perform successfully. In small role plays the theory is put into practice.
  • On the second or third day each student will attend a real 'live' simulation of a job interview.

On the first day the whole group works together. On the second/third day individual time slots for the students will be scheduled. Therefore time required for each single student is only the first day (15th May) and about one hour on the second or third day (16th or 17th May) and the maximum number of attendants is limited to sixteen. We ask for a registration by 17th April in order to know whether one or two days for the invidual interviews are needed.

Lecturer: Franka Strietzel, Dr. Jürgen Großmann

Location: SAOT / MAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 8/10

Registration: please write to


Resilience - balance your body, mind and soul

The most effective way to boost your adaptability to stressful situations


  • Learn about the concept of resilience
  • Evaluate your status of resilience
  • Interrupt negative patterns which generate distress
  • Discover what makes & keeps you healthy
  • Learn from insights of positive psychology and happyness research
  • Practical strategies of active stress reduction and relaxation



  • Edutainmnent and discussion
  • Experiential practice individually and in small groups
  • Self reflection and feedback
  • Methods of relaxation



Dr. Cornelia Schödlbauer, Consultant, trainer and coach. Specialist for resiliance and stress reduction issues. Former professor for leadership and team development.
For more than 10 years she has been working in the field of personal resource management. She is a practioner in mindfulness meditation, yoga and the endurance sports running and bike riding.

Date: 28th February

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer: Dr. Cornelia Schödlbauer, Challenge Learning




SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.