EPE-Program - Science meets Market

Workshop "Project Management for Scientists"

Many scientific projects suffer from an insufficient planning, unclear goal definitions and consequently a bad time management. This leads to project delays, inefficient use of resources and often to frustration on the side of the scientists working on the bench. This workshop is designed to improve this situation by supporting young researchers in the acquisition of the necessary skills for an effective management of their research project. It is based on the classical project management tools which are adapted to the need of exploratory scientific projects.

In extensive hands-on exercises participants will define goals and milestones for their individual project, create project definitions and work structures and will practice to organise their working time by setting priorities, planning their workloads, delegating tasks and motivating themselves and their teams.

The workshop encompasses the following topics:

  • Definition of Aims and Objectives and project definition documents
  • Structuring the work: Work breakdown structures, definition of tasks and of milestones
  • Planning of project resources
  • Effective time planning and time management
  • Delegation
  • Team and self- motivation

 Workshop profile

Target group
PhD students & Postdocs
Methods Interactive seminar composition with inputs, exercises and discussions
Workshop duration 16 Arbeitseinheiten (9.30 - 17.00)
Participants max. 12 Persons

Trainer profile

"Dr. Valeska Russo studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen and the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg. She did her PhD in the group of Prof. Robert Schlögl at the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin working on inorganic reagents in surface chemistry. For 10 years she worked for Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks as project manager for IT projects and as trainer of collaborating groups all over the world. Her second interest is teaching and training in the nutritional sector. In 2010 she started a series of projects teaching school kids how to take care of themselves by cooking natural food.

In her project management courses she focuses on goal setting and concentration on the things that are really important for the current working phase. Managing skills but also communication skills, which are essential for a good project management will be taught. Dr. Russo also teaches methods to achieve a good work-life-balance, enabling people to do their best in all life situations. This includes prioritization techniques but also techniques to reduce stress by i.e. body awareness."

More informationen is available at:  www.ProSciencia.de

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