What is the ITSC-IC Seminar about?
The “Introduction To the Scientific Community – Inorganic Chemistry” (ITSC-IC) Seminar aims at research-related education to promote the integration of students into the scientific community. Skills for writing short communications and for creating posters about research projects are conveyed to them.
Part of this teaching process is the participation in the Student’s Poster Symposium (presenting detailed practical examples from all research areas), partaking in the ITSC-IC procedure (organising short communications and the peer review process) and finally, designing or creating content for ITSC-IC website (collecting and implementing reports about lectures, interviews with the group leaders of inorganic chemistry and more).
Each student that does a research internship in inorganic chemistry has to participate in the ITSC-IC Seminar, to obtain the credits for the course. After completion of the internship, every student is obliged to write a short communication, which is reviewed by two other students during the peer review process. Therefore, every participant of the seminar needs to anonymously review two short communications from other students. Shortly after submitting their short communications to their respective group leaders of the Editorial Office (EO), the EO Board decides on which research internship project has to be presented at the Poster Symposium. The participants of the Symposium need to create a Poster regarding the chosen research internship, which the author then presents during the event. The Poster Symposium is consequently a result of a joint effort from all students of the module. Research activities within the faculty of chemistry at the Technical University of Munich are being illuminated from different perspectives.
One of the aims of this seminar is for the students to individually develop self-confidence, independence, and efficient communication, as well as teamwork, responsibility and the self-organisation of large groups in complex situations, mimicking authentic scientific working practices as far as possible. The organisation of the students is monitored and guided by the elected student executive board (SEB) and supported by advisory and training workshops run by external experts and academic staff. Another aim of the spin-off is to form a strong identity and a self-organised student community as an integral part of the department’s academic culture.
In conclusion, the seminar wants to promote each individual student by conveying different soft skills and by preparing them as best as possible for their future academic career.
The ITSC-IC Seminar is mainly managed independently by the students of the Master of Science in chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. Each student can either apply for regular participation in one of the three boards or to be part of the Student Executive Board. The boards work independently on their tasks over the period of two semesters. The highlight of the seminar is the poster symposium at the end of the summer term.
At the beginning of the course, the Editorial Office (EO) is responsible for the organisation of the Abstract Seminar. The first task is to divide the participants into different groups under the guidance of at least one member of the EO. In the Abstract Seminar the different abstracts of the bachelor’s thesis from the participants are being discussed and the group leaders write a guideline for writing abstracts, based on the seminar. Subsequently, the EO organises the submission and dispersion of all short communications for the peer review process. The EO provides guidelines and templates for writing the short communications as well as for their evaluation by two anonymous peer reviewers. Those guidelines are also found on this website. For the poster symposium, the EO decides which of the submitted short communications each participant has to present. The most important task of the EO is the setting of deadlines for all submissions (abstracts, short communications, peer reviews and posters).
Symposium Organising Committee
The Symposium Organising Committee (SOC) organises the Poster Symposium and deals with all tasks related to the event. These tasks include the invitation of guests and providing the infrastructure, which contains amongst other things catering, location and movable walls. Furthermore, an advertising poster must be designed to attract attention to the poster in the department. Additionally, the SOC provides poster guidelines and templates and a printing service. More information about the symposium itself are found here.
Web Appearance Board
The Web Appearance Board (WAB) is responsible for the design and the content of the ITSC-IC homepage. The website should provide information about lectures, research internships, news and events for the students of the master of science in chemistry. Additionally, individual reports from the students about lectures, seminars or even studies abroad are being published to give other students deeper insights into these topics. The website is kept up to date by the members of the WAB. Therefore, the committee is divided into a design and content team. The tasks of the design team are to implement the content, that has been collected and translated into the opposite language by the content team. Furthermore, the website evolved into being the platform for the poster symposium due to the current pandemic. Therefore, the digitalisation of the symposium and the implementation of it and the posters of the symposium are important tasks as well.
Student Executive Board
The Student Executive Board (SEB) consists of the representatives of each board. This can be up to two persons for each board. The role of the SEB is to monitor the progress of each board and to organise the upcoming meetings and events. Additionally, the SEB is in close contact with the other boards and with the ITSC-IC office. They collect feedback from the participants and are responsible for what is going on in the boards. After successful completion of the seminar, the representatives will get a certificate for responsibly leading their boards.
Symposium Organising Committee
Web Appearance Board
STUDENT EXECUTIve BOARD