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Fundamentals of project management for research (315)


30 September and 3 October 2022

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Thomas Teichler


A good understanding of project management is essential in an academic setting, where researchers are dealing with a wide range of diverse tasks. Fundamentals of project management provides a comprehensive introduction to the management of projects executed by a single person. The course will provide an overview of the theory and principles as well as how to apply these principles to a PhD project. Participants will learn simple and effective tools to define goals, structure objectives and milestones, anticipate setbacks and track their progress. As part of the course, participants will engage in hands-on activities that will guide them to draw up a project plan for their current PhD project and collect feedback from the group. Additionally, they will acquire strategies to address the main challenges and risks involved in a project.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define what a project is and frame their PhD thesis as a project
  • Implement key concepts of project management in a research environment
  • Formulate a project goal
  • Plan their project, define milestones and set realistic deadlines
  • Identify interdependencies and risks, as well as ways to mitigate them

During the workshop participants will experience a trustful and engaging environment, where they will feel comfortable to open up and share their experiences, while being challenged to stretch and take some action. Thereby, participants will have a chance to not only learn new techniques but also build confidence.




University of Fribourg


Date: Friday 30th September and Monday 3rd October 2022

Schedule: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: University of Fribourg



Dr Thomas Teichler is a certified Co-active coach, trainer and consultant on leadership, team development, and change management. After a few years with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants he set up his own market research and coaching business, before writing a PhD about science cooperation in the high-tech and security sector at the European University Institute in Florence. As a policy consultant Thomas worked for the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School in the UK and for Technopolis Group in Germany. He advised the European Commission, national governments and international organizations on research and innovation policy. He trains doctoral students and post-docs at universities in Switzerland and Germany, as well as the Max Planck Society.



Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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