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Basic project management: a primer for postdocs

A crash course about principles and tools for basic project management. Including planning, monitoring and collaborating in research projects.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
Ruben Verheul  (Trainer)
Training course
The workload for this course amounts to 16 hours (8 hours training and 8 hours homework).
Start dates 2024
23 February, 3 May, 14 June, 10 October
PLNT, Langegracht 70, 2312 NV Leiden

Why this course?

Working as a postdoc is intellectually rewarding, yet also personally and professionally demanding. Are you rushing from one deadline to another, balancing this month’s targets with your longer-term career objectives, wondering why there are only 24 hours in a day? You may benefit from taking a step back and reflecting on how you plan and organise things. And why not invest in a little investigation of project collaboration?

In this course, you will acquaint yourself with some basic project management principles and techniques: planning, monitoring progress, and multitasking. There will be ample opportunity to address issues arising in your personal practice. Furthermore, you will look at some do's and tools for collaborating in research projects. 

Various aspects of planning, implementation and monitoring will be addressed, as well as the personal and organisational context of research.

  • Some basic principles of project management and their application to research projects.
  • Techniques for planning work on your research (and other tasks).
  • Collaboration tools.
  • Analysing your work habits, strengths and challenges.


This one-day crash course is for postdoctoral researchers from all scientific disciplines.

Practical information

  • You can register for this course using the registration buttons on the right side of this page. Please note the difference between Staff (employee of Leiden University) and Extern/LUmc (e.g. extern, self-funded researchers or employee at LUmc). 
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