Helmholtz Management Academy – Excellent Management for Excellent Research
Over the last few years science has undergone profound changes that have presented research facilities with new challenges. The Research Programmes coordinated by these facilities are characterised by increasingly complex funding structures and collaborative models. As a result, the day-to-day organisation and long-term management of research facilities requires an excellent understanding of management at both a theoretical and practical level.
This is why the Helmholtz Association launched a Helmholtz Management Academy for managers in research facilities in 2007. The programme is directed at outstanding young researchers and junior managers from the commercial/administrative and infrastructure fields as well as at senior manageners.
The programme of the Helmholtz Management Academy was developed in cooperation with Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen (MZSG) and was tailored to the Helmholtz Association’s special needs. MZSG is one of the leading providers of management consulting services and management education in Europe and is responsible for implementing the programme as an external partner.
The Helmholtz Management Academy holds courses in Liebenberg Castle, a conference centre on a former estate about 60 kilometres north of Berlin. This venue features state-of-the-art conference technology and provides ideal conditions for the academy’s educational programme.
Programme for Junior Managers
The 1.5-year programme for junior managers is directed at outstanding young scientists and budding managers from the commercial/administrative and infrastructure fields. Since July 2009 the programme has also been open to participants from universities, ministries and other German science organisations. The courses focus on management and leadership skills that meet the specific demands of a scientific work environment.
Programme for Senior Managers
This programme is directed at the institute and department directors of the Helmholtz Centres, as well as at programme and “topic” spokespersons. It focuses on a variety of subjects, including effective management, strategy work in science and research, and the management and structuring of organisations. Each topic is covered in a three-day seminar.
Programme for Young Investigators Group Leaders
The programme for young investigators group leaders targets the young researchers who receive five-year grants within the scope of the Helmholtz Young Investigators Programme. The educational offerings for young investigators group leaders were developed as part of this programme in order to optimally support the young leaders in carrying out their new management tasks.