MAINZ Complementary Skills Workshop: "Project Management for successful researchers"

How to successfully plan and manage your PhD research network

Recommended for the first year of your PDH time with MAINZ – for this workshop specially months 6 to 18!

PRE E-learning, start August 1st
Intensive 2 day workshop
Exercise based learning
12 participants maximum

7th and 8th of September 2017
12:00 noon until 6 pm on 7th
08:30 am until 3:10 pm on 8th
MAINZ seminar room

Blended PRE e-learning from August 1st on

This very practical course allows students to learn project management (PM) methods and tools that can be immediately applied in own research projects.

What you will learn

  • To define an innovative project
  • To establish the scheduling of (research) projects
  • To define a budget
  • To mitigate potential risks
  • To establish a communication concept
  • To lead your project successfully

How you will be able to behave after the workshop

  • Your will possess all necessary tools to assure a positive outcome of your PhD project
  • You will increase the motivation and the performance of all project members
  • You will know how to plan and control an innovative research project
  • You will improve your communication with the project partners

What makes it important?
Why is Project Management (PM) named a professional competence?

The number of projects in and out of academia is growing exponentially worldwide.
PM is a discipline whose visibility increased tremendously during the last 30 years and that is always more required, especially in industry.
PM skills can be applied in any field, for professional as well as for private Projects

This will be major topics during the Workshop

This course contains an e-learning session followed by two days on-site. Because project management tools can only be learned by applying them, the online sessions gives the opportunity to apply them individually, whereas the on-site session will give you the opportunity to exchange your experiences and to apply the next tools in group.

The content for both sessions is the following:

  • E-Learning Session
    Basics of PM, system analysis, stakeholder analysis, project objectives, project structure
  • On-site Day 1
    Planning the project, searching for funding, contracts
  • On-site Day 2
    Risk analysis, project controlling, project organization, communication, Kick-Off meeting, PM success factors

For the blended e-learning session, each participant will get access to a platform containing videos.
8-10 hours will be necessary to complete this entire session. After viewing the videos, the participants are asked to apply the new methods to their own research project and to send their results to the trainer. Participants will get a personal feedback during the on-site session.

During the two on-site days, the next topics of project management will be presented. All exercises will be performed in groups.

How you will be working during the Workshop - Workshop Framework

  • Throughout the workshop, professional input from the trainer will alternate with practical written exercises and group discussions of relevant issues. There will be plenty of room for your questions and you will be working on own real publishing projects.
  • The basics of project management targeted to PhD students, as well as methods and tools will be presented and illustrated by examples and deepened in various personal and group exercises.
  • Participants will have to share experiences from their own research projects

Who should attend - Workshop Participants

  • No prior knowledge of project management is required for this course. Nevertheless, the participants should more or less know their research environment (people involved and research topic). This is generally the case after 6 months of research work.
  • During the workshop, participants will be required to bring project examples, issues and problems, which are of interest to other scientists. Procedures and working methods applied in this course require participants to tackle problems in depth and to show an interest for the questions and needs of the other participants.
  • MAINZ Recommendation:
    Ideally month 6 to month 11of your doctorate

Your trainer – Profile + Experiences

  • Dr. Carine Galli Marxer studied Physics in Switzerland and Germany (1998), has a postgraduate master in teaching as well as in Project Management (MAS).
  • During her career, she never stopped exploring new topics in interdisciplinary and intercultural environments, successfully leading innovative projects: PhD work about bio-implants and biosensors (CH), Postdoc about cell membranes (USA), Project manager of a EU research project in surface science (CH), Program manager of the Swiss Knowledge and Technology Transfer Initiative (CH), Project manager of a new Swiss strategic project in the field of radioprotection in medicine (CH).
  • Since 2011 she is training and coaching researchers to successfully manage and/or supervise projects.
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