Our leadership programs combine a number of different learning formats, among them in-class courses (camps) as well as virtual formats at the beginning and end of the program (kick-off and retrospective).

We expect academy participants to be open to new ideas and willing to reflect on their role and tasks as leaders. They should be ready to invest time into developing their leadership skills, not only in class, but also during the preparation and testing phases.

This program is about experiencing and understanding leadership as success factor in science. Participants will learn how to recruit, develop and lead your team successfully. In addition, they will examine the complexity of roles and responsibilities of a science leader and will develop strategies for building well-functioning teams. Participants will work on their personal strategy as well as their positioning and will develop concrete steps for implementation. Furthermore, participants will have space to discuss their challenges with peers, build your network and benefit from the wealth of experience within the whole group.

The Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) by SHL will allow participants to gain insights into their personal leadership style and preferences. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to discuss the results with their trainers in an individual coaching session.

Throughout the program, participants will jointly work on developing Leadership Insights – questions and insights derived from your actual experiences as leaders, which might be of interest to and shared with other participants and alumni of the Helmholtz Leadership Academy.

During Camp 4 (“Camp on Demand”) all participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into some of the topics discussed during Camps 1 to 3 as well as to work on their Leadership Insights. Topics and formats will be decided jointly.

REQUIREMENTS: For early  career researchers, who are in the process of setting up their first group and are under pressure to Iead their group to success fast whilst also establishing themselves and their research. Participants must receive their funding through the Helmholtz Young lnvestigator Group program or a comparable one, such as Emmy Noether program.

Structure: 4 Camps of 2.5 days each (program length:10 months)

Time investment: 14 days incl. preparation and assignments

Participants per program: 15-18

Language: English

Fees: 5,200 €* for Helmholtz employees, 10,400 €* for external participants (*excl. VAT)

To the fact sheet "Leading your Group"


Group 2101_02:

digital Kick-off: 26.02.2021
Camp 1 "Lead your Group": 29.03.-31.03.2021
Camp 2 "Inspire your Group": 26.05.-28.05.2021
Camp 3 "Set up your Group": 15.09.-17.09.2021
Camp 4 "Camp on demand": 30.11.-02.12.2021
digital Retrospective: 11.01.2022

Group 2102_02:

digital Kick-off: 22.07.2021
Camp 1 "Lead your Group": 31.08.-02.09.2021
Camp 2 "Inspire your Group": 02.11.-04.11.2021
Camp 3 "Set up your Group": 18.01.-20.01.2022
Camp 4 "Camp on demand": 22.03.-24.03.2022
digital Retrospective: 29.04.2022

Group 2201_02:

digital Kick-off: 04.03.2022
Camp 1 "Lead your Group": 26.04.-28.04.2022
Camp 2 "Inspire your Group": 31.05.-02.06.2022
Camp 3 "Set up your Group": 27.09.-29.09.2022
Camp 4 "Camp on demand": 22.11.-24.11.2022
digital Retrospective: 20.01.2023

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