Scientific Laboratory Leadership and Management Course

Event date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Event venue: 
Charles Darwin House 2, 107 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8TZ, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Management skills are vital for a successful career in a scientific lab environment. As well as their research expertise, successful team leaders need to develop additional skills including the ability to support staff, manage their own team, and deal with issues within the team.

Following the success of the previous courses in 2015 and 2016, the Society continues to offer this one-day introductory course specifically to meet the needs of postdoctoral researchers in academic or industrial environments.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Laboratory team leaders and principal investigators who want to improve the way they manage their teams.
  • Postdoctoral researchers who have been selected for, or aspire to, promotion to team leadership positions.

What does the course cover?

  • How teams work and how to work in teams
  • The fundamentals of leadership - a brief overview
  • An introduction to leadership models and styles
  • Successful team management - learning leadership behaviours and dealing with potential issues
  • Case studies
  • Guidance on further study and development

The workshop will finish with a Q&A session from current laboratory team leaders, who will give practical experience and advice. Panel members TBC. Due to the interactive nature of the course, capacity is limited to 15 places, which are offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Course tutor

The course tutor is Charlie Wilson OBE MRSB. For the last six years he has been a coach and consultant in teamworking and leadership, working with industry, banks and schools. Before that he was an officer in the Royal Navy with a varied career that included everything from Defence Attaché to ship command in both peace and war. On leaving the Navy he completed a masters degree in leadership and management, looking back from an academic point of view at what he had been doing practically for years. This course will be a mixture of relevant theory and broad practical experience, with input from real-life laboratory team leaders.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance. This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training. The learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 16 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. 


BSSS Members will pay £125 + VAT for this one day course (reduced from £250 + VAT)

Further information and registration available here.