EMBO Lab management course


Lab management courses are designed to help researchers prepare for a life as a group leader and to teach junior investigators how to increase the efficiency of their lab. Skills as leadership, social competence and conflict resolution are essential for every successful project leader.

We highly recommend postdocs who are at the end of their second year and beyond to apply. Up to 2 postdocs will be selected based on: your motivation and CV.

Selection committee: Groups leaders and the programme coordinator from the PCP committee.
The chosen postdocs themselves then afterwards have to apply for acceptance to the EMBO course. Hence this application round is purely for funding, and BRIC cannot guarantee acceptance at the EMBO course.

Note that the funding includes both the participation fees as well as transportation cost.
Deadline: June 1

Quote from Constance Alabert (Groth lab)

At first, I was sceptical because I thought that all the proposed topics cannot be covered in two days BUT it worked! During the course:

  • You do so many exercises that you learn from and will remember.
  • You get a lot of feedbacks.
  • You learn a lot about yourself and re-think about why you are repeating the same mistakes again and again.
  • You meet 15 other postdocs or PIs and learn a lot from each other’s experience.
  • They give you great tips on how to prepare job interviews.

Overall, I can highly recommend this course!

Quote from Kasper Rasmussen (Helin lab)

I participated in the EMBO laboratory and management course in 2016 in Heidelberg and can highly recommend it. The course is made specifically for researchers and it deals with issues that has a direct relevance to everyday life in the lab. After coming back, I feel that I know myself better and that I am more confident in taking on a leadership role and the responsibilities that follows. Highlights in my experience:

  • We did LOTS of practical exercises to put the rather complex theory into practice
  • I learned to recognize different personalities (both in my colleagues/PI as well as myself) and how to interact more productively.
  • I learned how to be a better supervisor (setting goals and motivate)
  • Meeting postdocs from all over the world that were willing to be open and share their everyday problems and getting feedback on how to deal with them.

This course is definitely worth a couple of days spend outside the lab.