Please note, our Summer workshops are now complete.  Keep an eye out for our Autumn workshops which will be added here shortly! All future workshops will now run online via Zoom. 

Workshop Options

The below workshops took place in Summer 2020. Our Autumn 2020 offering will be added here shortly.

Research Project Management

Date/Time: Monday 22nd June 2020 at 09:30 – 12:30
Format: Interactive Zoom Workshop (includes 20 minute break)
Aimed at all postdoctoral levels

Project management plays a key role in the delivery of research from the development of robust project plans to enable grant capture through to the eventual delivery of the project.   This participative workshop explores how project management approaches can be used throughout the research process.  The workshop will specifically focus on the context of postdoctoral researchers and new PIs working in life science contexts.   Topics that will be explored throughout the workshop will include:

  • Identification of project success within the life sciences context.
  • Project definition including defining working relationships with stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Definition of project scope.
  • Planning processes including the development of timelines, risk management, structures to enable delegation, and budget development.
  • Project reporting and resolving project issues.
  • Project close out to build research capacity and capability.

Developing your Research Strategy

Date/Time: Monday 15th June 2020 at 09:30 – 12:30 
Interactive Zoom Workshop (includes 20 minute break)
Aimed at all postdoctoral levels

What opportunities to take? Which opportunities to ignore?  Within the research environment there are many opportunities which you can take but deciding which activities should be prioritised for longer term benefits can be challenging – it is all too easy to focus on the short-medium term.  This workshop will explore the process of creating a research strategy using a strategic planning framework. Within the workshop we will explore:

  • What is meant by research strategy
  • Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your current research portfolio
  • How the external research funding environment is changing and how this impacts on strategy
  • Developing clear goals for research
  • Developing a prioritisation and filtering process for opportunities
  • Developing a communicable research narrative

The workshop will take you through a number of strategic thinking processes – be prepared to leave the workshop with a strategy for moving forward with your research career.


Building Effective Collaborations

Date/Time: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 09:30 – 12:30 
Interactive Zoom Workshop (includes 20 minute break)
Aimed at all postdoctoral levels

Nearly all high quality scientific research involves collaboration – and indeed beyond academic research many jobs require collaborations both within and beyond organisational boundaries.  This workshop explores how you can become a highly effective collaborator – one that people wish to work with repeatedly.  Within the workshop we will discuss:

  • How to initiate effective collaborations
  • Moving collaborations from initial discussions to long-term productive collaborations
  • The behavioural skills of effective collaborators

During the workshop we will explore these issues through a number of activities exploring how to collaborate with others attending the workshop – be prepared for the possibility of finding a new collaborator during the workshop.


Working Effectively with Industry

Date/Time: Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 09:30 – 12:30
Interactive Zoom Workshop (includes 20 minute break)
Aimed at all postdoctoral levels

Understanding how to engage with industry can provide the edge in today’s competitive environment whether you are an academic looking to collaborate for funding, a job seeker looking for opportunities or an entrepreneur building your own business.

Gain a working knowledge of the critical business issues that impact commercial life science organisations. Find out what’s important to industry and learn to articulate your research in a business-centred manner to show how you can add value. 

We’ll cover topics including:

  • Understanding the context organisations work in the bioeconomy
  • Understanding how organisations work
  • Networking and collaborating with industry
  • Communicating your research in an industry friendly way
  • Cultural difference between business and academic environment
  • Identify and creating opportunities
Course Information and Requirements

You must be a postdoctoral researcher at a SULSA institution to attend a course.

There will be a maximum of 20 participants per course.

How to Apply

How to Apply:  once launched, you can apply for a position on our workshops by e-mailing