At CEITEC, we are continuously striving to expand our training portfolio to support career development and wellbeing of our researchers. We offer courses and workshops in soft skills and transferable skills to equip our researchers with relevant and competitive skill set for successful life science career at CEITEC and beyond. To ensure best results, our well-rounded training portfolio follows best practices of recognised research institutes and reflects the needs of CEITEC scientific community. Our courses cover various areas of professional development from personal effectiveness, research management, research funding, project management, research integrity and ethics, science communication, open science, technology transfer, academic writing, and data analysis.
We put great emphasis on supporting career development of our junior researchers such as PhD students and postdocs. Our mission is to raise next generation of responsible, curious and confident scientists that will be globally competitive in academia, as well as industry.
Scientific Leadership and Learning
John F Kennedy once said that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” CEITEC MU cannot agree more with this powerful statement and invests into the development of its scientific leaders. The second round of three-day course run by experienced science leadership coaches took place at CEITEC MU in November. 15 research group leaders and principle investigators were taught how to actively listen to their group members, the factors that increase motivation, and how to effectively delegate, prioritize, and hire people for their groups. One of the course participants, ERC holder Pavel Plevka Ph.D. stated, “I believe that the new skill of active listening will enable me and other group leaders to effectively solve problems and unleash the creative potential of our colleagues.” CEITEC is striving to develop positive research group leaders that empower their people to accomplish their goals. Leadership development is an excellent way to impact a research institute since it can lead to better communication, better peer relationships, less stress, and more work satisfaction, ultimately leading to better scientific results. The group leaders enjoyed and appreciated the leadership training. They highly recommend this course to everyone, even to very experienced leaders.
Postdoctoral Training and Career Development
Fifteen postdocs participated in the Professional Development Course for Young Scientists last week. The three-day course run by experienced science leadership coaches was packed with valuable multidisciplinary content, based on models used in psychology and management, such as transactional analysis, goal setting, motivation, prioritization, delegation, and negotiation. All tools were directly applied through group exercises and practical applications into the context of a scientific institute. This course served as a foundation for the CEITEC postdoc peer committee with the aim of identifying and solving particular needs of CEITEC postdocs in supporting their professional career development and work-life balance.
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- Design of soft skills and transferable skills course portfolio for researchers at all career levels respecting global best practice standards and reflecting the needs of the CEITEC scientific community
- Organisation and delivery of courses and workshops supporting professional development of CEITEC researchers at all career levels
- Supporting career development of junior researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to secure relevant and competitive skill set for successful career in academia as well as industry on the global level
- Organisation of events for junior researchers
- Promotion of the CEITEC Life Science PhD school
- Facilitating of mentoring and knowledge sharing activities at CEITEC