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EMBO Laboratory Leadership - Online Course for North American Scientists

You must provide an institutional TAX ID so that the TAX can be applied in your own country.
You will need to be able to attend from a quiet place where you can work undisturbed. You will need a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone for video calling. The course uses Zoom.
The EMBO Laboratory Leadership course explores with attendees their own approach to leadership and uses this insight to define for each individual how they want to lead and manage their research groups or other teams.
The course also provides insight into how teams work best together and how to identify and resolve barriers to the efficient operation of teams.
Throughout the course, the trainers provide tools, techniques and insight tailored specifically to the laboratory/research setting for the management of teams, good communication, and the management of workloads and responsibilities.



Notes on Timings:

  1. All timings are approximate, as we will be working in a process-oriented manner. The time spent on a topic will expand or shrink to meet the needs of the course participants.
  2. We will work from 09.00 to 15.30 EST/New York time on all days.
  3. We will be taking regular 10 minutes breaks throughout the day (approx every hour), with a 1 hour break halfway through the working hours.


The topics covered over the 4 days are as follows:

Welcome, Introduction, Warming up

Give you time "to arrive" at the workshop and introduce the topics for the course. Open the "Parking Lot" for your questions and issues.

What is leadership?

You understand the difference between management and leadership and begin to identify how you can improve your leadership skills.

The leadership role

How you fill out your job comprises three factors: your job description, your expectations and those placed on you, and your personality. You learn about different aspects of your job (called roles, e.g. "the Controller", "The Negotiator", "the Friend", "Visionary) and how they impact your performance.

The impact of working environment

How can it be of use to look at your team and environment from a systems perspective and derive ideas to influence your system's behaviour?

Emotional Intelligence

Understanding the principle of Emotional Intelligence can help you to identify and manage your emotions and behaviour, and to adapt yourself to work better with other people.

The impact of personality on leadership

Your personality colours how you perceive the world and how you accordingly act, both under normal and stress conditions. Understanding this gives you clues about natural strengths and potential derailers for your leadership. Understanding our own personality and those of others can help us to work more effectively and smoothly with one another.

Working with values

You learn a simple approach to identifying and understand both your own and your organisation's values, and how to communicate these to your team.

Giving feedback and criticism

You learn how to give appropriate feedback in the lab and how to formulate criticism without hurting somebody


You practise with a model that helps you to evaluate your day-to-day communication and to learn how to influence this beneficially.

Team dynamics

Leaders need to be aware of the dynamics in their team and to respond appropriately at different stages in your team's development. You will also see how to deal with the high fluctuation rates in research teams.


You explore the factors that influence your own levels of motivation and those of your people

Conflict in the lab

By working on one or two participant cases, you will learn an approach so that you can analyse and identify solutions to conflicts.

Who's got the monkey?

You learn how to avoid taking on the monkeys (= their problems) from your team members.


You learn how to delegate effectively.

Elk Test

We give you time to develop an action plan to consolidate what you have learned and think about applying it to situations in the lab.