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Early Career Researchers (ECR) Program: Project Management for Researchers

Note: This workshop is hosted online and will be delivered in English.

There is a large disconnect between the long and detailed project leadership and management guidance that works well for other sectors, and what is needed for innovative research and evaluation projects.

Paraphrasing Tommy Lasorda, the effective leadership of research and other innovative projects is like ‘holding a dove – you need to hold it tightly enough that it doesn’t fly away, but not so tightly that you crush it.’ This means that project management guidance that has been developed for other sectors needs to be tailored in order to be helpful and enabling for research not constraining and burdensome.

It was this gap in practical guidance for that prompted Prof. P. Alison Paprica to create training and other services focused on light-touch research project management and leadership.

The Stem Cell Network is pleased to engage Prof. Alison Paprica from Research Project Management (RPM) to deliver a research project management course tailored to Early Career Researchers. This program consists of a series of two 3-hour sessions on November 8 and November 15 with some course work in between sessions.

This workshop is the first in an ongoing series of opportunities tailored for SCN’s ECR community.

The objectives for the six-hour workshop are:

  • Introduce the project management mindset of “define then deliver”
  • Present light-touch project management tools and processes that have been tailored for research and other uncertain projects and provide participants with some time for hands-on experience applying them
  • Provide a forum for participants to share their own experience and knowledge, particularly their knowledge of risks for projects
  • Enhance participants’ skills and knowledge related to the research project planning and implementation
  • Examine case studies related to projects put forward by participants – applicants with chosen case studies will work 1-1 with the instructor to apply project management techniques to their project

About the trainer

Alison Paprica, PhD PMP, is Principal of the boutique consultancy Research Project Management (RPM) and Professor (Adjunct) at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. As a strong supporter of research, and expert practitioner of project management, Alison adapted the most relevant subset of globally-accepted project management tools and processes so that they work well for research projects and other initiatives with high uncertainty. Her courses, webinars, and workshops have been attended by over 1000 people and, in 2023, she will publish Research Project Management & Leadership: A Handbook for Everyone with University of Toronto Press.

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is designed for SCN Early Career Researchers (within five years of their first academic appointment) working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Each ECR can bring one research trainee to the workshop.

A research trainee is a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.

 Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce the project management mindset of “define then deliver”
  • Present light-touch project management tools and processes that have been tailored for research and other uncertain projects and provide participants with some time for hands-on experience applying them
  • Provide a forum for participants to share their own experience and knowledge, particularly their knowledge of risks for projects
  • Enhance participants’ skills and knowledge related to the research project planning and implementation

Workshop Format and Dates:
Both sessions will be held from 12:30PM – 3:30PM ET.
Session 1: November 8, 2022
Session 2: November 15, 2022

Workshop Location: Hosted online. A link to the online sessions will be provided to successful applicants.

Application Procedure & Registration Fees:

  1. Apply online at this link. Due to the interactive nature of this training event, spaces on this online workshop are limited. All those interested in participating must submit a completed application form to attend the Project Management for Researchers workshop by September 20, 2022 at 5PM (sender’s time). As part of the application process, we are seeking at least two applicants who volunteer to have their projects fictionalized and integrated into the training as case studies. Applicants who are chosen to assist in developing these case studies will spend 1-2 additional hours with the instructor in advance of the workshop and applicants who volunteer to participate will be prioritized for acceptance to the workshop.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by October 7, 2022.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be an early career researcher (ECR) within five years of their first academic appointment working on a research project in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab. Each ECR may bring one trainee/highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e. a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working on a research project in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine).
  • If you’re unsure whether you are eligible, please email Ellie Arnold at earnold@stemcellnetwork.ca for confirmation.

Workshop Requirements:
Note that participants in this course are required to use their own laptop computers with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel (or google equivalents) installed and a head-set for audio and webcam for video interaction.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a place on this workshop, the recipient agrees to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the workshop. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to their funding agencies. By registering for this workshop attendees also accept to have their pictures taken during workshop and used in materials as described above.

Questions:
For further information on this workshop or for application related enquiries, please contact Ellie Arnold at earnold@stemcellnetwork.ca.

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