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

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Duration: 2-4 days

Course type: In-house seminar

Trainer: Philipp Gramlich and Max von Delius/ Sven Hendrix/ Alexander Schiller

Target group: Postdocs and junior group leaders

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.

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.

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 vs. 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
  • Staff selection
  • Conflict management
  • Setting targets
  • Feedback


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