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 work on their personal strategy as well as their positioning and will develop concrete steps for implementation. In addition, they will examine the complexity of roles and responsibilities of a science leader and will develop strategies for building well-functioning teams. They will learn how to recruit, develop and lead their team successfully. Furthermore, the program provides a space to discuss specific challenges with peers, to build networks and to benefit from the wealth of experience within the whole group.

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 1:

Camp 1 "Set up your Group Strategically ": 12.06.-14.06.2019
Camp 2 "Inspire your Group": 03.09.-05.09.2019
Camp 3 "Lead your Group": 05.11.-07.11.2019
Camp 4 "Camp on demand": 28.01.-30.01.2020

Group 2:

Camp 1 "Set up your Group Strategically ": 10.12.-12.12.2019
Camp 2 "Inspire your Group": 25.02.-27.02.2020
Camp 3 "Lead your Group": 05.05.-07.05.2020
Camp 4 "Camp on demand": 15.09.-17.09.2020

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    • Dr. Esther Strätz
    • Helmholtz Management Academy
      Helmholtz Association
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    • Mandy Ritsche
    • Academy and Mentoring
      Helmholtz Association

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