Rising Managers Academy

The goal of the Rising Managers Academy (RMA) section is to provide mid-career researchers with practical skilled leadership potential to apply, run and coordinate research projects. Rising Managers RMA is established to increase the number of sustainable sources of manpower capable of applying, running, and leading high-quality research projects in the region. RMA will provide participants with the competencies needed to prepare grant applications, manage cooperative research projects, lead high-technology research activities, and social skills via relevant courses and lectures. RMA will allow training the early-stage researchers equipped with advanced research leadership and management skills, including the development of grant applications. The Academy will also provide trainees with expertise in research management, leadership and grant applications skills, communication, negotiation, conflict solving, staff selection, and team development.

Recruitment for the 2nd edition of Rising Managers Academy is now open!

Scientist, do you want to become a good leader? Sign up for free training at Rising Managers Academy!

Do you conduct scientific research, create and develop innovative solutions, and wonder how you can develop to become not only a good researcher, and innovator but also a manager or project manager? We have a free course for you as part of the 2nd edition of the Rising Managers Academy – the Academy of Science Leaders, created by the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. You will learn how to skillfully submit grant applications, how to be a good leader of a research team, and how to effectively communicate your achievements to various groups of recipients.

What is RMA – Science Leaders Academy?

Training for scientists as part of the Academy of Science Leaders is a new initiative that is intended to support researchers in their development, primarily in terms of leadership skills, effective application for grants and communicating their ideas to the public.

For whom?

Scientists, project managers, innovators, employees of innovative companies, and innovation departments dealing with research

What’s on the agenda?

The educational path at the Academy of Science Leaders was designed according to the design thinking concept. Scientists will train in soft skills, i.e. team building, grant writing, project management, negotiation, pitching, and others. The classes will mostly be practical workshops using design methods and tools. Work using design methods and tools will take the form of a practical workshop, during which participants will work on a practical design challenge – from the research stage to the prototype creation phase. The implementation of the designed solution will involve preparing a grant application, the content of which would be the solution designed during the design thinking process. In this way, RMA participants learn practical skills that will be used during the design workshop and when preparing a grant application.

Finally, it will be assessed by stakeholder representatives during a pitching session.

The classes will be conducted in Polish and English by respected practitioners with extensive experience in career management in the science sector.

How to sign up?

If you want to apply, please send us your CV to: k.wilczek@pan.olsztyn.pl

We are waiting for applications until December 4 this year. The number of places is limited. The first classes start on January 17, 2023. Participation in the training is free!

Career coaching for scientists, Joanna Kaniewska, 8-10 February 2023

Senior HR, Talent & Capacity Development Manager​. She works in EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) since September 2021 after gaining research and science communication experience in academia, industry and the NGO sector. She graduated from the University of Huddersfield and got a Ph.D. degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Aberdeen.

Professional career coaching can be an excellent strategy for changing the career path of researchers who want to improve their current professional situation. This training, conducted in the form of a workshop, will be aimed at defining the goals of the professional career of researchers based on the available resources and determining the ways to achieve them.

Self-leadership for scientists, Tomasz Cichocki, 23-24 March 2023

Consultant, trainer, facilitator, coach. 10 years of professional experience as a Project Manager and development manager in the media and telecommunications industry. Since 2003, he has been working as a consultant, primarily in the field of changing organizational culture and implementing innovations.

The training will be in the form of a workshop, and its main goal is to understand what leadership is and how to become a leader in the process of career development and making everyday decisions, including personal ones.

Grant Writing for scientists – intermediate level, Joanna Bosiacka-Kniat, PPNT, 16-18 May 2023

Head of the Research Programs Department at the Poznań Science and Technology Park. European Commission expert evaluating applications in framework programs since 2009. Experienced in writing applications in the 6th, 7th EU Framework Program and Horizon 2020. On a daily basis, she advises on obtaining funds for research and innovation for scientific institutions and enterprises.

The aim of the training is to understand how to properly prepare and write a coherent and logically structured application for funding or a research grant. The training will be a workshop consisting of the transfer of specialist and practical methodological, financial, legal and administrative knowledge on the preparation of applications for funding and scientific grants. The training will consist in identifying the most crucial elements of the process of preparing an application for funding, thanks to which a young scientist will avoid making the most common mistakes and will increase the effectiveness of obtaining research funds.

Grant Writing for scientists – advanced level, Peter Jongebloed, Wageningen University & Research Centre, 12-16 June 2023

Senior advisor and manager of the EU office of Wageningen International, Wageningen UR.

Writing applications and obtaining grants from external funding sources is becoming more and more difficult due to the high competition among scientists. Therefore, the importance of using various types of semantic and psychological tools in formulating the message and influencing funders is growing. One of the key elements in the preparation of applications for funding and grants is the use of specific narrative tools that enable a better understanding of the project concept and communicating it to the potential funder. This training will be in the form of a workshop consisting in understanding by its participants’ practical narrative tools enabling targeting recipients, creating a key message (including identifying the main thesis/goal of the project) in the text of the grant application, which is important for the funder, and other elements related to the implementation of empirical data in the analysis of needs, creating a specific message structure, informing, persuading, engaging and/or inspiring a potential recipient.

Effective Collaboration in Research, Patrycja Radek, 22,23,26 June 2023

A graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry of the PWR – biotechnology and the Faculty of Information Technology and Management. She is a certified trainer and has been conducting classes with students, trainings, workshops and projects. The former director of the business development area of the Wrocław Research Center EIT+.

This training will be in the form of workshops, the main goal of which will be to understand the various forms, benefits and challenges faced by researchers implementing joint research projects. The training will enable the development of key skills useful in developing cooperation between members of research teams, such as: communication and teamwork, initiating and conducting cooperation, maximizing the value and results obtained within the project and after its completion. The training, in its assumption, is to present the key principles of conducting more effective cooperation between members of the research team.

Project Management for Scientists, Karolina Czarnecka-Chrebelska, 29-31 May 2023

Assistant Professor in Department of Biomedicine and Genetics Research areas: Molecular mechanisms underlying of the development autoimmune lung diseases, thyroid and lung tumors, epigenetic regulation of gene expression.

This training will be in the form of a workshop, and its main goal will be to understand the basics of project management methodology based on the Project Management methodology. The training will enable a practical understanding of the individual components of project management, such as identifying and achieving project goals, defining milestones, planning the schedule of activities, principles of human resource management, methods of quality management and risk management, evaluation and practical tools for the project controlling process.

Developing your emotional intelligence, Maciej Cieślik, 13-14 April 2023

HR business partner at IARFR with a 10-year of experience in the HR area in manufacturing. He develops HR policies and practices in accordance with HRS4R guidelines. The trainer in the areas of leadership, HR management, communication, public speaking or compliance.

The training will take the form of a workshop, the main purpose of which is to present the basics of psychological aspects of team functioning related to emotional intelligence understood as a set of skills that helps to recognize and manage emotions in a team. The training includes classes in building resilience, accepting unexpected change, developing critical thinking for better judgment in the workplace, effective listening, persuasion techniques, and using plain language in written communication.

Communication and pitching, Iwona Kieda, September 2023

Senior project manager and head of communications at IARFR. Her interests revolve around consumer-centric strategies that help build public understanding around the issues of food safety, healthy nutrition and innovations in the food value chain.

The training will take the form of a workshop, the main aim of which is to teach its participants the principles of conducting a coherent and effective presentation in a structured form. The training will introduce the principles of verbal and non-verbal communication, including the ability to build relationships with the recipient, the proper use of body language, listening skills, and speaking in an engaging way. The workshop will also show how to prepare an interesting written presentation consistent with the assumptions of an oral presentation. As part of the workshop, each participant will prepare their own, professional presentation of themselves.