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Workshop: Project management

[online]-Workshop on how to structure and plan the various tasks involved in qualifying as a scientist.


Aug 31, 2023 09:00 to Sep 01, 2023 04:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)


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At a Glance

  • Thursday, Aug 31, 2023, 09:00 - 04:00
  • Friday, Sep 01, 2023, 09:00 - 04:00
  • online
  •  Doctoral Candidates (little or no experience in project management)
  • English



Doctoral candidates repeatedly encounter demands from project management: Whether it is a matter of efficiently organizing their own scientific project, or planning their further career within or outside academia: project work and project management shape the working world in many areas. The workshop Managing Projects for Doctoral Candidates introduces the basic tools and concepts of Project Management, presents related IT tools and provides an insight into new trends such as agile projects. However, the main focus will be on how to use these tools to structure and plan the various tasks involved in qualifying as a scientist. Participants will be actively involved and work on different tasks throughout the workshop.

The workshops starts with the necessary definitions to clarify the scope of a project and to identify all relevant 'to-dos':

  • What is a project?
  • Order Clarification
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Target planning
  • Risk analysis

Afterwards the various tasks are systematically and temporally organized. The tools presented here can be seen as the essential tools in project management:

  • Phase planning
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Operation List
  • Gantt Chart
  • Planning Ressources

(The tool 'Project Libre' will be presented and proved. This tool is extensive and freely available.)

The workshop consistently takes up the scientific context and highlights where project management in science differs from the 'mainstream'.

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The Trainer

Dr. Jan Schmidt, PhD in humanities with experience in human resources development and science management. In his many years as head of the WWU Graduate Centre, he has acquired and managed various projects. At present, he conducts seminars and workshops as a freelance trainer and facilitator in many universities and companies at home and abroad.