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Make sense of the mess: how to keep your research project on track for easy reporting
Convener: Luisa Cristini  | Co-Convener: Sofia Alexiou 
Tue, 10 Apr, 10:30–12:00

Research projects can be very messy. They start from an idea which then becomes a proposal and (hopefully) turns into a funded project which needs to be implemented and reported to the funding agency. Some when along the project lifetime it’s easy to lose track of the tasks and then get buried in paperwork when reporting time comes, especially if you are an early-career scientist with little or no experience in project management.
In this short course, experienced research project managers will share tips and tricks on how to successfully manage your scientific project like a pro. Topics of the course will cover relevant knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute (PMI) standard specifically tailored to scientific projects. The course will also offer an overview of some popular freely available tools to keep track of deadlines, budget, risks and communications. Finally, the short course will also provide guidelines on how to prepare a high-impact report for your funding agency.

Why attend?

In this interactive short course, you will learn about a professional project management standard and how you can apply it to your research projects. You will also learn how to manage several tasks at a time like a pro with some of the most popular tools freely available. Finally, you will get lots of templates for your meetings, plans and reports.

Who is this training course for?

If you’re a scientist with no background in business and administration this course is for you, as you will learn a professional methodology applicable to a wide variety of research projects from field-trips to large international collaborations.
If you’re an early-career scientist this course is great to get a good grasp of the effort necessary to run scientific projects and learn how you can make your academic life easier from the start with smart, easy-to-use tools and templates.
If you’re an experienced research project manager we’d love to hear about your work and for you to share your tips and lessons learnt with us.


Luisa Cristini, PhD, PMP (Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research): With background in physics and climate sciences, Luisa completed her academic education with a professional project management training and has over 10 years’ experience in managing and contributing to international scientific projects.

Sofia Alexiou, BSc (National Oceanography Centre Southampton): Sofia has a background in marine sciences which she combined with a 10+ years’ corporate experience to become an expert in business development and research impact.

To prepare in advance:

- what do you expect from the course?
- faculty / affiliation
- stage of your career / position (early-stage researcher, postdoc, senior scientist, support staff)
- are you currently managing/contributing to a project? (yes, no)
- have you received any training in project management? (yes, no)
- what project management tools do you know/use?