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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Workshop on Leadership in Bioscience

February 22-25, 2013, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Application Deadline: January 11, 2013
Selection Decisions: January 22, 2013

Target audience

The workshop is targeted to life scientists making, or recently having made, the transition to leadership or managerial positions. Many of the situations discussed will be from the perspective of an independent investigator running his or her own laboratory. As such, relatively new investigators (e.g., < 3 years) are particularly encouraged to apply, as are senior postdoctoral scholars on the cusp of tenure-track research positions.


This is a highly interactive 3.5 day workshop in which you will develop the skills necessary to lead and interact effectively with others, in both one-on-one and group settings. The workshop will focus on techniques, situations, and challenges that relate specifically to leading and managing in the scientific workplace.

It will emphasize learning by doing and will involve role playing, giving and receiving feedback, and group problem solving. Much of the learning will be peer-to-peer. Participants will be expected to discuss their own experiences and listen to others as they discuss theirs.

 Key focus areas

·         Recognizing and understanding leadership in a science setting

·         Using negotiation as a tool in scientific discussions and problem solving

·         Identifying and resolving conflicts in the lab

·         Dealing with difficult people and situations

·         Communicating your ideas and plans in a way that engages others

·         Leading effective and productive meetings

·         Becoming effective citizen scientists

 Testimonials from previous students

"Scientists must be taught to manage," Nature 483:511, doi:10.1038/483511a

"Training: Workshops that work," Nature 488: 419-420, doi:10.1038/nj7411-419a


Workshop Facilitators

Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D.

President of Science Management Associates

Co-author of the book Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2012)


Danielle Kennedy, Ph.D.

Leadership coach and advisor at WorkLab Consulting LLC

Faculty member in the Executive Coaching Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology


This workshop is generously subsidized with funds from American Express and financial aid is available. For more details, please see the online application instructions at


Meetings & Courses Program

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