Graduate School Graubünden

3. November 2017 – 23. November 2017


Projects are all around us. Specifically, in science the planning and management of projects is complex and requires a set of tools and techniques to perform successfully. Simply speaking, project management includes allocating, using, and monitoring resources to achieve a goal in a desired time frame. In a scientific setting, goals may include the set-up of experiments, the allocation of grants, publishing a paper, or even achieving tenure.
In order to develop a common language, this comprehensive workshop imparts a toolbox of project management skills for doctoral candidates and postdocs of all disciplines. It will provide basic project management concepts and principles from project planning to the final execution. The workshop will help the participants to develop highly valued transferable competencies to enhance their professional portfolio.

TRAINERDr. Sina Henrichs
DATEFriday, November 3, 2017 & Thursday, November 23, 2017
LOCATIONWSL- Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung SLF, Room C157, Flüelastrasse 11, Davos Dorf
TIME08:00-16:00 (Friday, November 3)
08:00-17:00 (Thursday, November 23)
Define and prepare
• Understand what`s a project and what is not.
• Define project goals and objectives (SMART/SWOT analysis)
• Set priorities and develop a time management strategy
• Get an introduction into the project life-cycle

Develop plans
• Make a work breakdown structure (WBS) (time line, tasks, milestones and resources)
• Define dependencies and relations (design matrix / network diagrams)
• Schedule and estimate project plan durations
• Consider a rolling approach: changes, project crashing and common mistakes

Day 2:
Identify risks
•Learn the dimensions of uncertainties
•Develop a risk management plan

Execution of projects
• Transfer theories to daily academic routine
• Make an Earned Value Analysis
• Consider the technical and human factors
• Track progress and update a project plan

• Reflection on individual working style

What we don't do
• Learn PM software in detail
TARGET AUDIENCEResearchers and scientific staff from the member institutions of Academia Raetica.
CONTACT Course coordinator Daniela Heinen
phone 081 410 60 80
CREDIT POINTSThe work load including preparation and homework will be approximately 20 hours. Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.
REGISTRATIONSign up here. You will receive a confirmation e-mail within a few days after your registration.
CANCELLATION POLICYWe expect you to be present for the full duration of the course. Please see our Terms of Participation for details. (Terms in German)

About the Trainer

Sina Henrichs has broad professional experience in implementation and development of project outlines in the academic environment. She holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Zurich as well as an MBA in Academic Management form the University of Basel. Dr. Henrichs combines her extensive research experience in the life sciences and in-depth understanding of process development and project management to provide interactive and professional training experiences. Dr. Henrichs is head of the Graduate Center GRACE, the professional platform for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the University of Basel.

01-17 Project Management (PDF)