Graduate School Graubünden

25. Mai 2018 – 8. Juni 2018

Projects are all around us. Specifically, in science the planning and management of projects is highly complex and requires a set of tools and techniques to perform successfully. Project management includes excellent techniques to allocate, use, and monitor 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/or postdocs from various disciplines. It provides basic project management concepts and principles based on international standards (PMI). During the workshop scientists will go through the full project life cycle to develop highly valued transferable competencies to enhance their professional portfolio.

TRAINERDr. Sina Henrichs/ManageScience
DATES & TIMEFriday, May 25, 2018 & Friday, June 8, 2018, 09:15-17:00 with coffee breaks and time for lunch
LOCATIONAO Forschungsinstitut, Clavadelerstrasse 8, Davos Platz
COURSE FEEThe course fee is CHF 150 total for both days. The amount is payable ten days prior to the course. You will receive an invoice and our bank details in due time.
Define and prepare
– Understand what`s a project and what is not
– Learn what`s project management in academia vs. industry
– Get an introduction into the project life-cycle

Develop plans
– Make a work breakdown structure (WBS)
– Define dependencies and relations (network diagrams)
– Schedule and estimate project plan durations
– Do cost estimations

Day 2:
Introduction to Agile Project Management
– Consider agile and iterative approaches

Identify risks
– Consider changes, project crashing and common mistakes
– Develop a risk management plan

Execution of projects
– Make an Earned Value Analysis
– Monitoring of progress (cost baseline)

What we DON`T DO
– Learn PM software in detail. This workshop gives an overview on available PM software tools, only.
TRANSFER WORKThe trainer will contact you with a short online survey at the beginning of May to understand your expectations, get an understanding of your experience/knowledge in project management.
Participants will prepare for the second day by working on their individual project life cycle. Therefore, they will be asked to send their material to the trainer in between the first and the second meeting. Details will be provided on the first day.
TARGET AUDIENCEPhD candidates and Postdocs, researchers, and scientific staff.
CONTACT Course coordinator Daniela Heinen
phone 081 410 60 80
CREDIT POINTSThe workload including preparation and homework will be approximately 20 hours. Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.
COURSE CERTIFICATEYou will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend the entire course and complete your assignments.
REGISTRATIONRegistration is now closed.
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)

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. Sina 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.
Sina Henrichs is Head of the Graduate Center GRACE, the professional platform for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the University of Basel and founder of ManageScience (

Course details 03-18 Project Management (PDF)