Course Overview


EMBO Laboratory Management Courses

Leadership and management skills are critical for a successful career in science. EMBO, in partnership with consultancy teams, has designed this course specifically to meet the needs of researchers. EMBO Laboratory Management Courses include three day courses focused at postdoctoral researchers and four day courses focused at group leaders.



  • Introduce you to key leadership concepts
  • Develop further your own individual leadership style
  • Equip you with key communication skills
  • Learn how to effective select the right staff
  • Expand your support network for leadership issues in the lab



  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict solving strategies
  • Effective problem solving
  • Recruitment
  • Team development


Course principles

Practical exercises, in the form of role-play and discussion groups, provide hands-on experience. "As much theory as necessary and as much practice as possible" is the principle of this course.

Before becoming an independent researcher, one's primary focus is on their own research projects. As an independent researcher, one needs to be able to deal with a much broader range of challenges, without any preparation.

This course introduces key, yet simple, leadership concepts. It also gives you the chance to identify the different roles that you have to take, see where your strengths and resources lie, and identify strategies for coping with roles in which you are uncomfortable. Emotional Intelligence is the main predictor of success in positions of leadership. You will learn to use some models and instruments that will help you to understand yourself and others better, to manage yourself better and communicate more effectively. In particular, you will practice techniques improving your ability to give feedback and criticism, help your group members to learn how to solve many of their problems themselves, run meetings efficiently, and delegate tasks effectively. You will also learn how to understand the dynamics between your members in your laboratory and how you can improve the laboratory's performance. Conflicts are a part of everyday lab life. You will be shown how to recognize and manage them, before they develop into an unmanageable crisis, and deal with any conflicts you may already have.