How to start your own lab- The toolkit for academic success: Funding, Science and People

Seminar PDF

Duration: 2-4 days

Course type: Interactive seminar

Trainers: Philipp Gramlich, Max von Delius and Alexander Schiller

Number of participants: Max. 12

“I was trained to do everything but run a lab…”

This workshop aims to show you all the tools you need to start your own academic research group.

Funding will show you how to pick the right funding type for your plans and how to effectively write applications and proposals.
– Funding opportunities in Germany, Europe and worldwide
– Stipends and faculty positions: pros and cons
– Planning and managing my start
– Planning my career

Science will enable you to structure your own group and position it within the environment at your institute and beyond.
– Scientific exchange between peers: other participants face the same challenges as you
– Finding good collaborations
– How to get independent from your supervisor
– How to perform interdisciplinary research
– How to find mentors

People is all about leading; yourself and your team. Topics can include:
– Situational leadership
– Team structures and hierarchies
– Hiring and firing staff
– You lab “constitution”
– Feedback
– Conflict management
– Time management

The workshop is highly interactive, mostly based on discussions and interactive exercises. We aim to bring together the skills and experiences the two trainers have gathered in academic and industrial settings.

Our collaborator

Dr. ès sc. habil. Alexander Schiller was a junior professor for inorganic chemistry at the University of Jena (Germany). As inorganic chemistry professor he broadened his portfolio in 2012 with the project „Schiller & Mertens“: teaching advanced research skills, such as communication in science, team building and leading competences and didactics and methodology in university teaching. As former researcher and group leader Dr. Schiller knows the challenges of natural scientists and addresses them in an interactive setting.

Dr. Susanne Hennig, Managing Director Center for NanoScience, LMU Munich
“Great workshop with a well-balanced mixture of knowledge transfer and interactive tasks. The trainers were very enthusiastic and close to the target group, and they did a great job in addressing the audience’s specific questions.”


Karin Bodewits ( or Philipp Gramlich ( )/ Tel: +49 (0)89 99 016 971