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Royal Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

A course for those who have recently become involved in or responsible for project management but who have limited or no experience or training.

Booking Deadline: The booking deadline for this course has been extended, with limited places remaining available, please book soon to secure your place.

Course outline

Participants will learn the skills and planning tools they need to successfully complete a project, and how to anticipate and resolve the issues they are likely to encounter on the way.
  • Project definition - How to define a project, project scope and creep
  • Risk analysis - Anticipate and prepare for potential issues in advance
  • Tools for planning and analysis - Flow and Gantt Charts, critical path analysis
  • Scheduling, organisation and implementation - Reality and reality checking
  • Tracking progress and progress review - Tracking, don't lose sight of the big picture
  • Closing and debrief evaluation - Finishing properly
  • Budgets, estimates and cost control - Don't go broke in the process

Course materials

Participants will receive a course booklet covering the topics and ideas discussed, and exercises to develop their confidence in using them.


Dr Cliff Collis FRSB is an experienced communications consultant who worked as a communications specialist for a large drug company. He worked with drug development teams in knowledge and issue management for meetings with upper company managers and regulators, to progress new drugs through the development process. He has been delivering this course for the RSB since 2013.

Feedback from previous courses

"Fantastic course, very extensive and the booklet to take home is great"

"Relevant, useful, value for money"

"Very helpful and informative, feel I could apply to my own work"

"I thought it was really useful and the exercises really helped with thinking about the specific parts of project management"

"Useful and some interesting skills to take away and apply to my work."

"Very informative and useful to learn skills needed for being a good project manager."

"Great course. Facilitator was very good and concise explaining the various steps of project management."

How this course will support your Continuing Professional Development

All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points. CPD is an important area of most career paths. It offers a mechanism by which you can document the work you do above and beyond your job role, aiding upwards progression. At the Society we promote the importance of CPD to all our members and provide a simple system for maintaining your progress throughout the year.

Our training is supporting of our professional registers competency framework where commitment to CPD and also competence in 5 key areas is required. Either for those who are currently registered and wanting to update their skills or for those who are looking to apply for registration. This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci)

Competency area: Professional Practice.

(NB: Our training is there to support your skills development and attending this course only is not sufficient to meet the registers' competency requirement, this should be supported by other evidence of your competence in this area). 

Lunch and refreshments are included.


Society members - £100 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisation, Staff of HUBS or SCAS members - £200 + VAT
Non-members - £400 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.

If you are booking on behalf of a colleague please add your contact details in the special requirements box.


For further information about the course please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.

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