Lead Your Lab!

November 1, 2023 and November 2, 2023
8:45 am

Lead Your Lab!
Management Skills for Scientists

(Registration has reached capacity. However, you may register to be added to the waitlist.)

Date: Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2, 2023

Time: 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM

Location: MCC 1404 (first floor)


This two-day workshop is specifically designed for junior faculty who lead research teams.

The workshops are based upon Dr. Carl M. Cohen’s popular book “Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists” and distill the key lessons for managing and leading a scientific team and for dealing with challenging situations and people in the scientific workplace. These are not generic workshops – they are specifically focused on situations that academic scientists face every day — discussing data, negotiating budgets or project plans, receiving and giving scientific criticism and dealing with interpersonal conflicts in the lab.

All workshops are highly interactive using ‘learning by doing’ and make extensive use of role-playing and team exercises. Learn more at www.sciencema.com.

Workshop Leader: 

Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D., President of Science Management Associates, provides coaching, consultation and training to scientists and science executives in both the public and private sectors.

Carl has more than 30 years of biomedical research and management experience, including Chief Operating Officer of Biovest International focused on cancer immunotherapy and Vice President for Research and Develop-ment at Creative BioMolecules. Carl served as Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Acting Chair of the Depart-ment of Biomedical Research at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston and was Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Along with his wife Suzanne, L. Cohen, Ed.D., a psychologist, Carl is co-author of “Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists” Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 3rd Ed. 2018. Carl was the founding Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory workshop on Leadership in Bioscience, which he ran from 2011 to 2019.

November 1, 2023 | 8:45 am – 12:15 pm CST | MCC 1404 (first floor)
Difficult conversations and interactions in the research workplace: Fundamentals of negotiation

The fundamentals of negotiation. Practical approaches to managing conflict in the research workplace. You will learn how to turn disagreements into productive problem solving exercises and how to manage difficult behaviors including win/lose, hostile, and passive-aggressive personalities. Examples and case studies are real-world situations that research scientists encounter every day.

November 1, 2023 | 1:00 – 4:45 pm CST | MCC 1404 (first floor)
Leading scientific team and project meetings

The key elements of productive and interactive team or project meetings in the science workplace. You will learn what makes scientific meetings work, and what can hamper their usefulness. You will practice helping a group through the key stages of decision making, and will learn how to identify and counteract the most common impediments to effective meetings.

November 2, 2023 | 8:45 am – 12:15 pm CST | MCC 1404 (first floor)
Hiring and retaining your science team: Interviewing, selecting and orienting

Interviewing, selecting and orienting scientists and technical staff. How to organize the selection and hiring process so that you get the data you need to make informed hiring decisions. You will learn why over-reliance on selecting for technical qualifications can lead you to make poor hiring decisions and will use a simple question-based approach to assess a candidate’s all-important “personal characteristics,” such as their ability to hear and use feedback, to navigate set-backs and adversity, and to manage disagreements and conflict.

November 2, 2023 | 1:00 – 4:45 pm CST | MCC 1404 (first floor)
Managing and mentoring your science team: Goal setting, feedback and performance review

You will learn how to set meaningful goals for scientists, how to give effective and useful feedback and how to conduct performance reviews that help keep projects and people on track. The workshop is structured as three instructional modules (goal setting, feedback and performance reviews) followed by team exercises in which participants will practice using the tools provided.

Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Promotions & Career Development

Registration has reached capacity. However, you may register to be added to the waitlist.

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