Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

2016 - Courses for SAOT members


Polishing your scientific presentation

27th January 2017, 2 – 6pm

This session gives you the ideal opportunity to practice your scientific presentation in a small group. The slides of a presentation which you have already prepared will be reviewed by an experienced native speaker before the session.

Feedback will be given on your pronunciation and delivery style so that you can present with confidence at the next conference. A video recording of your performance is also available for your own personal review.

Lecturer: Sheila Regan

Registration: please send an email  by Friday December 23th to


Fundamental of Leadership

Methods and Tools of Modern Leadership

Saturday, 10th of December

Fundamental of Leadership is a dynamic, one-day programme designed to introduce the fundamentals of effective leadership. Do you ask yourself how to move from expertise to leadership? Do you want to reflect on your own role(s) as a leader? This seminar is specifically developed to meet the leadership needs of who will be or already is in a professional role or is interested in leading people.

In this seminar, we discuss different theoretical leadership concepts and use practical examples to explore those concepts. The components of the seminar involve first looking in more detail at leadership and reflect on different situations.

Leadership basics:
Toolbox for leadership
Leadership skills
Requirements and tasks of a leader
Knowing about leadership styles
Successful delegation of specific tasks
Giving and receiving feedback
Impact on a team's performance
Building up high-performance teams
Motivational factors for teams

Clearness of roles:
Aspects of the new professional role
Gaining acceptance in the new role
Leader or friend, colleague or boss?

All about yourself:
What kind of a leader and manager will I be?
What are my strengths and where are areas for development?

This seminar will help you to:
develop your own approach to your leadership role
find out if you want to become a leader
set and achieve motivating targets
prepare for your new responsibilities as a leader
be confident even in difficult situations

Lecturer: Markus Gebhardt , Challenge Learning

Location: SAOT, Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to


Social Psychology - background knowledge for management techniques and leadership skills

Saturday, 22nd of October 2016

Workshop about the famous experiments of social psychology and the related phenomena: How to act, react and interact more anticipatorily and reach your goals naturally, easily and fast.

The human behavior is irrational, but never the less predictable:
Managers and leader who do not understand fellow humans and their way of acting cannot manage or lead effectively, neither staff nor projects nor workflow processes. Sucess begins where we start to understand mankind so that the understanding of human behavior enables wise interference.

The matter of psychology is human nature, which is the trigger of our behavior, the impact of our acting and the causes of our well-being.

In this workshop we analyze mostly original film sequences and interviews of the related scientists of some of the most famous experiments of social psychology as the Marshmallow Experiment, the Stanford Prison Experiment, "The eye of the storm" and others. The conclusions will lead us to discussing the logical patterns of natural leadership.

Course of action
In this workshop we analyze and discuss every experiment in teamwork. Hereupon we ask ourselves where in organizations and in what situations the individualized phenomena occur and how we can take action to manage and lead effectively and efficiently towards.

Lecturer: Renate Irena Mahr , Challenge Learning

Location: SAOT, Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to

Team-Building (Outdoor Experience)

Saturday, 11th of June 2016

What is it about?

This course invites you to experience first-hand what is possible with experiential training methods and see how the methods used lead to an optimized transfer into daily business life.
Experiential training methods focus on turning experiences into action. You can benefit from these methods wherever you want to propel performance - team and leadership development, effective communication, change management and organization development. You will participate actively in a variety of methods and discover for yourself how effective they are.

In a pleasant learning environment we work on three levels:

  • Experiment - try out action-oriented methods
  • Reflection - on results, success, process, communication, roles
  • Transfer - work with theories and concepts to ensure transfer on the job

The relaxed atmosphere and fun, combined with the call to apply learning in your life, make this training a positive experience for you, the participant.


Trying out methods, both indoor and outdoor.
Reflecting on exercises - supporting on findings, understandings and key learning
A complex outdoor exercise
Challenge as a key factor in the process of learning and development

Lecturer: Lothar Sippl, Challenge Learning

Location: Starting from SAOT, Paulo-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 8:30 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to

Please bring clothing for outside (rain-jacket, sun-lotion, shoes for outdoors,a small back-pack, watter bottle).


Saturday, 23rd of April

With rapid change being the by-word of today's business environment more and more work is becoming project-based. Leading and managing projects is a critical skill set.
A project is a temporary and one-time endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service or frequently to solve a particular problem.
The frist challenge of project management is ensuring that a project is delivered on time and within budget. The second, more ambitious, challenge is to optimally allocate and integrate the various inouts needed to meet the pre-defined objectives.
An efficient project management makes the difference between success and failure in business.


  • Introduction: What is a Project? What does Project Management mean?
  • Gain an Overview of a Project Life Cycle and Organization plan
  • Understand more about project Management Standards practices
  • Working with Project Management Processes
  • Discover Project Management Knowledge Areas like Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource Management, Communication and Risk
  • Avoid clash "pitfalls"
  • This training provides you with the essential tools, techniques and skills for project management to turn your current and future projects into a personal and organizational success


Achieved results

  • understanding the meaning and the consequences of projects
  • identifying the scope, limitations and expectations linked to your project
  • breaking down projects into four crucial phases
  • mastering a variety of effective tools and techniques for each phase (milestone plan, cost&capacity plan, activity list & structure and further instruments)
  • identifying traps and success factors of communication in projects
  • knowing how to use leadership skills to gain agreement and support
  • managing your time by distinguishing between project, job and daily tasks
  • handling the complexity by efficient tools


Markus Gebhardt, Challenge Learning

Location: Starting from SAOT, Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to


How to survive in a job interview

8tth April 2016, 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m., plus one hour on 9th or 10th April

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 (8th April) and about one hour on the second or third day (9th or 10th April) and the maximum number of attendants is limited to sixteen. We ask for a registration by 12th March 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


Networking and Conference Skills in English

This course will give you experience of typical conference settings in which you have to communicate effectively in English. You will learn how to create an effective "verbal abstract" and how to participate actively in seminars and discussions. In addition to communicating in formal settings, you will develop and practise small talk and networking skills.

Lecturer: Sheila Regan
Date: 12th March 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Hosting international researchers

This course will give you practice in welcoming and hosting international researchers. The workshop includes writing polite and efficient emails, intercultural issues and useful language for welcoming your guest. In the second half of the course we will have dinner in a restaurant (with German cuisine!) to practise small talk and useful language for informal interaction.

Lecturer: Sheila Regan
Date: 29th January 2016
Time: 15:00 - 20:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Focus on Scientific Writing

26th and 27th February 2016

26th February: 12:30 - 17:00
27th February: 09:00 - 17:00
Paul-Gordan-Strasse 10


  • Writing for scientists
  • Writing an outline for a paper - a step-by-step approach
  • Principles of publishing
  • What factors will ensure successful publication of a paper?
  • Style and language
  • Making posters
  • Oral presentations

Lecturer: Dr. John Carpenter, JF Training

Location: MAOT/SAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Strasse 10

Registration: Please writen an e-mail to


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.