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Project management – a toolbox for scientists
General information and fee
Dates and times: November 4 and 18, 09:00-17:00, Davos
Lecturer: Dr. Sina Henrichs
Target audience: all scientists
Course fee for participants from Academia Raetica member or partner institutions: CHF 150 early bird rate until September 23, 2022. From September 24, 2022: CHF 180
External participants: CHF 250
Max. number participants: 12 (min. number participants 8)
Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 081 410 60 84
Credit points: The workload including preparation and homework will be approximately 20 hours. (Preliminary work: between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Workshop: 2 x 8 hours. Homework: between 1 - 3 hours.) Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.
Course certificate: You will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend the entire course.
Projects are all around us. Specifically, in science the planning and management of projects is highly complex and requires a set of tools and techniques to perform successfully. Project management includes excellent techniques to allocate, use, and monitor resources to achieve a goal in a desired time frame. In a scientific setting, goals may include the setup of experiments, the allocation of grants, publishing a paper, or even achieving tenure.
To develop a common language, this comprehensive workshop imparts a toolbox of project management skills for doctoral candidates and postdocs from various disciplines. It provides basic project management concepts and principles based on international standards (PMI). An important part of this training includes aspects of agile project management and how to apply flexible project management approaches into the research environment. During the workshop scientists will go through the full project life cycle to develop highly valued transferable competencies to enhance their professional portfolio.
During the workshop participants will develop their individual project life cycle based on real project cases. 10 days before the first workshop day participants are asked to fill an online survey and send feedback about their expectation with the option to submit their individual project. This information will provide the base of the workshop set-up, the selection of topics and exercises. Participants will receive a detailed feedback before the first training day.
During the first part, participants will prepare what is necessary to define a project and develop an individual project management plan. During the training participants will get theoretical introduction into the topic by the trainer combined with many interactive group exercises in virtual breakout rooms or in physical project teams.
Participants who complete this comprehensive workshop will learn how to initiate, plan, and execute a project that meets objectives on time and within the budget. In addition, the workshop addresses different techniques which are relevant for a flexible approach to project management.
Define and prepare
Understand what a project is and what is not
Learn what`s project management in academia vs. industry
Get an introduction into the project life cycle
Manage your stakeholders
Make a work breakdown structure (WBS)
Define dependencies and relations
Make Gantt chart: define a schedule and estimate task durations
Do cost estimations
Develop a risk management plan
Execute and monitor
Execution and closing of projects
Monitoring of progress including an overview of available online tools
Introduction to Agile Project Management
Consider agile and iterative approaches
Consider changes, project crashing and common mistakes
What we DON'T DO: Learn PM software in detail. This workshop gives an overview on available PM software tools, only.
About the trainer
Sina Henrichs has broad professional experience in implementation and development of project outlines in the academic environment. She holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Zurich as well as an MBA in Academic Management form the University of Basel. Sina Henrichs combines her extensive research experience in the life sciences and in-depth understanding of process development and project management to provide interactive and professional training experiences. She implemented the Graduate Center GRACE, the professional platform for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the University of Basel and is founder of Manage Science (www.managescience.ch). Since May 2021, Sina is working as a Project Manager at the Snow and Avalanche Institute in Davos.