The Helmholtz Management Academy

The Helmholtz Management Academy has taught research and infrustructure management since 2007.  Its subjects include strategic activities, organising structures and processes, and staff management.

The Helmholtz Management Academy is open to those with responsibility for science or administration within the Helmholtz Association. Members of partner organisations and universities are also welcome to attend courses.

What makes the Helmholtz Management Academy special?

  • Management training with a focus on science: working with authentic materials and real-life cases, the Helmholtz Management Academy ensures that general management techniques are applied in a way which is relevant to science management. The methodology focuses on activity-oriented learning. Each course has at most 15 participants and is taught by two trainers.  This guarantees that participants receive training directly relevant to their working lives.
  • Personalised training on the core tasks of a participant's career stage: the courses are tailored to the needs of various target groups and structured according to the challenges of different levels of managerial responsibility from preparing for leadership to managing large organisational units. Additional optional modules cover specific topics.
  • Individual career development: Helmholtz Management Academy courses provide participants with the opportunity to take stock of their career path and use mentoring and coaching services.
  • Networking opportunities: courses, evenings around the fireplace with special guests, and services for alumni of the academy provide a wide range of networking opportunities. Participants and course materials remain accessible after the workshops via an online e-learning and networking platform.

The Helmholtz Association’s partners are osb international Consulting AG, one of the leading systemic consultancies in German-speaking countries, and the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). The Helmholtz Management Academy works with IBM Deutschland GmbH on the design of its e-learning platform. An advisory board comprised of representatives of the academy’s target groups and external experts supports the academy in an advisory capacity.

The Helmholtz Management Academy holds its courses at Liebenberg Castle, a conference centre at a former country estate about 60 kilometres north of Berlin. This venue features state-of-the-art conference technology and provides ideal conditions for the Helmholtz Management Academy programmes.

Programme "Start leading"

This programme prepares you for your first leadership role by developing the confidence needed to  get off to a good start in your new role.

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Programme "Taking the lead"

This programme provides deep insight into leadership in all its dimensions.

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Programme "Leading your group"

This programme provides a compact introduction to all of the leadership topics needed to establish and lead your own group, under intense pressure to perform and with significant time constraints.

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Programme "Strategic leadership"

This programme provides a compact course on the interaction between leadership, strategy, resources and organisations. Looking at your own department in a larger context (e.g. the development of your own centre), the focus is on anticipating future challenges and on the effective implementation of change.

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Programme "Managing complexity"

This programme provides a compact overview of the latest thinking on the systemic management of complex organisations, which must meet a wide range of demands from the science community, the political sphere and business and industry. The course is based on a systemic view of organisation and management that perceives organisations as social systems, as defined in the new St. Gallen Management Model.

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