Young Leasders in Research

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
European Institute for Academic and Professional Development
Institution website:
Monday, 2 September, 2024 to Friday, 6 September, 2024
Registration fee:
650 €
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Friday, 2 August, 2024
Accommodation not provided
Contact person details:
Dr. Jan Schmidt
+49 173 665 94 26

Young Leaders in Research

Success in research needs more than being a brilliant scientist. Since a researcher will sooner or later lead a research group, leadership skills are essential to success. The first step in your development as a leader is to take responsibility for a group for the first time.This first leadership position shapes you as a person and your personality: There’s a new role in a social system, new tasks to be done and unexpected challenges occurring e.g. in communication. For this reason we will pay extra attention to this first step in leadership careers. Quite often additional challenges are resulting from the fact that you not only are leader but at the same time you have a boss. What does it mean to lead in a sandwich position? Let’s explore in the course! Last not least we will explore and discuss topics related to supervision as this is also typical for leadership positions in science: You have to supervise. But: What is this just leading? Or more? - Three steps will help to distinguish different facettes in supervision: lead - train - facilitate.

The course "Starting as a Leader" enables young researchers to get off to a good start in their new position and to manage their tasks with confidence and awareness. With this aim, central topics such as role, communication, conflicts and upward leadership are developed together with peers and repeatedly related to leadership practice.

Whom does it adress?

Postdocs, Junior Group Leaders, Assistant Professors - Young leaders in science who entered their first leadership position in science in the past 3 years or start in such a position soon.

Course Content 

We will explore relevant topics like:

- Understanding Leadership: Definition, roles and tasks

- Communication as No 1 leadership tool: Acitve Listening, Dialogic Orientation Quadrant

- Leading in a sandwich position: Upward Leadership?

- Conflicts and Conflict Management 

- Leadership and values

- Supervising doctoral candidates

- Practice Lab: Working with real life examples!

Destination: Muenster 

The course will be delivered at the beautiful city of Muenster/Germany (LivCom Award as most  liveable city!): Long and rich history, Bicycles, many green spots - and one of the largest universities in Germany.  


We will help you to find a suitable (and affordable) accomodation!

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