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

Management skills are vital for a successful career in a scientific lab environment. As well as their research expertise, successful team leaders need to develop additional skills including the ability to support staff, manage their own team, and deal with issues within the team.

Following the success of the previous courses in 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Society continues to offer this one-day introductory course.

The learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 15 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Booking Deadline: Booking deadline extended with limited places remaining.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Laboratory team leaders and principal investigators who want to improve the way they manage their teams.
  • Postdoctoral researchers who have been selected for, or aspire to, promotion to team leadership positions.

What does the course cover?

  • How teams work and how to work in teams
  • The fundamentals of leadership - a brief overview
  • An introduction to leadership models and styles
  • Successful team management - learning leadership behaviours and dealing with potential issues
  • Case studies
  • Guidance on further study and development
The workshop will finish with a Q&A session from current laboratory team leaders, who will give practical experience and advice.

Lunch and refreshments are included on this course.

Course tutor

The course tutor is Charlie Wilson OBE MRSB. For the last six years he has been a coach and consultant in teamworking and leadership, working with industry, banks and schools. Before that he was an officer in the Royal Navy with a varied career that included everything from Defence Attaché to ship command in both peace and war. On leaving the Navy he completed a masters degree in leadership and management, looking back from an academic point of view at what he had been doing practically for years. This course will be a mixture of relevant theory and broad practical experience, with input from real-life laboratory team leaders.

Q&A Panel members

Dr Molly Price-Jones FRSB holds a BSc in applied biology and a PhD in biochemistry and has a strong background in academic research and extensive management experience in the life science and in vitro diagnostic industries. She has led R&D and Operations teams and was formerly the managing director of Gen-Probe Cardiff Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Gen-Probe Inc, headquartered in San Diego. She has worked for small companies and large organisations, including Boots, Amersham International and GE Healthcare. Her career has given her broad experience of managing scientific and technical staff and she has firsthand experience of managing change, through leading company integrations and transfer of site operations.

Vydeki Shanmuganathan Msc MRSB is currently a principal scientist (microbiology) at Affinity Water and is studying a PhD in epidemiology of Acanthamoeba species with the University of Nottingham. She graduated from University College London with a BSc (Hons) in pharmacology. After graduating, she worked in a Food Microbiology Laboratory where her interest in microbiology was developed. Vydeki eventually moved into the water industry and then went on to gain her MSc in microbiology at Birkbeck, University of London.

Dr Zoe Waller
Zoe is a senior lecturer in chemical biology at the University of East Anglia. She graduated with a MChem (Distinction) in chemistry with pharmaceutical and forensic science from the University of Bradford. She then completed a PhD in chemical biology at the University of Cambridge. Whilst completing her PhD, she was heavily involved with teaching undergraduate students. She gained further teaching experience within the secondary education sector before taking up a position as senior demonstrator in medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at UEA. After gaining experience in industry at HFL Sport Science she returned to lecturing at UEA in 2010.

Dr Christopher Stanley FRSB: A biochemistry graduate from University College, London with a PhD in enzymology and protein chemistry from University of  Cambridge. In his consulting career Chris was chief scientist and manager of the Biotechnology Group at Scientific Generics Ltd (now Sagentia plc) before founding Ivotech Ltd and co-founding Bio Design Group Ltd, all technology-focused international consulting firms. Chris worked with senior management in over 40 European, Japanese and US companies as an advisor on issues relating to science, technology and intellectual property management. He has also advised venture funds on making early stage seed investments in life sciences startups in the UK and Scandinavia and has taken interim management positions in a number of companies. Since leaving the consulting industry Chris has co-founded four life sciences companies, raising seed funding in the UK and taking the roles of CEO, CTO or Executive Chairman as appropriate.

Feedback from Charlie's previous courses at the Royal Society of Biology:

Very useful, practical tips. Case studies were great to make us investigate causes of problems

Very informative and well delivered

Would go to another course by this provider

Panel session was fantastic and informative

Hugely insightful

Very clear and concise material, very knowledgeable course leader, very inclusive and happy to talk through experiences with everyone, good open atmosphere, good examples and nice to talk about own experience

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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 24 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 or technician. Competency area: Personal responsibility.

(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).  

We evaluate all of our training events, to ensure that a high quality of training is maintained.


Royal Society of Biology members - £105 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisations, staff of SCAS members and staff of HUBS members - £150 +VAT
Non-members - £300 + VAT

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 more information and to register your interest, 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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