The European Journal of Clinical Investigation recently published a study listing over 400 highly influential biomedical researchers. The list was generated using metrics such as the h-index and the total number of published papers from the years 1996 to 2011.
SystemsX.ch is a highly successful, collaborative research initiative for Systems Biology in Switzerland with an impressive scientific output: Over 250 scientific papers were published under SystemsX.ch grants in the last five years. The initiative comprises more than 250 researchers from 12 partner universities and institutes, currently working on some 100 projects.
In out last article, we presented some scientific evidence that women are disadvantaged in academic science environments. Other than implementing often controversially discussed quota policies, surprisingly little is done to counteract this gender imbalance, particularly found among leaders.
It is an often cited fact that despite equal proportions of male and female undergraduate students in science, female scientists are underrepresented at higher career stages. For example, in Europe only about 20% of all full professors are female. In addition, women in science earn less money for the same work, they are less likely to get research grants, are less likely to be promoted and hence, are more likely to leave science than equally … Read more “Female leaders in science”
A more recent development in research institutes and science faculties bundles important analysis methods, such as microscopy, microarrays or proteomics in central facilities. The advantages are clear cut. Expensive technical equipment is located at one central spot and maintained by dedicated and knowledgable technical staff. The services of these facilities can then be offered to several local laboratories at a competitive rate.
Usually, our courses are organised in collaboration with institutes and universities. However, we also receive independent requests from individuals for our courses. Therefore, we decided to offer an additional and open leadership and management skills training course in July this year.
Becoming a groups leader of a scientific lab comes with a lot of challenges. You need to acquire funds, set up all the necessary infrastructure, establish collaborations, hire the right people at the right time, create a productive work environment, comply with administrative obligations, keep space for creativity, deal with crises and continue publishing. Mind you, this list is still incomplete.
Just a quick note. All our leadership courses organized by EMBO are booked out for this year. If you are interested in any of our training events, maybe at your annual retreat or directly at your institute, please drop us a line and we might be able to fit another course or workshop in.… Read more “EMBO leadership courses booked out”
Gavin Lucas (on the right on the photo) participated in two hfp consulting leadership courses. He recently founded a manuscript review service together with Alex Gomez-Marín (left), another postdoc he met at one of the courses. Here is a short interview with Gavin.
hfp: Gavin, you participated in two leadership courses from us, the course for postdocs and a refresher course a couple of years later. How did you benefit?
We mentioned in our previous post that it all began with leadership courses organised by EMBO. Well, those leadership and laboratory management courses were and still are are a cornerstone of our course portfolio. The list of open courses for 2013 was recently published on the EMBO website and most of them are already closed. So, do hurry if you want to still have one of few remaining open spots.