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How to start your own lab. Funding, science and people

Topic area: (Self-) management

Format: Online or in-house workshop

Workload: 4-6 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 2-3 workshop days

Trainer: Philipp Gramlich and Max von Delius or Sven Hendrix

Target group: Postdocs and junior group leaders

“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 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

'People' is all about leading; yourself and your team. Topics can include:

  • Situational leadership
  • Staff selection
  • Conflict management
  • Setting targets
  • Feedback

'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

Course flow online


About making notes during the course

All participants receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course.


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