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24.08.20 - 25.08.20
Start time
24.08.20 09:00
End time
25.08.20 12:00
Video conference via Zoom

*** This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Technical Skills Certificate

A course for Laboratory team leaders who want to improve the way they manage their teams and Postdoctoral researchers who aspire to team leadership positions.

This course will take place in two parts:
Part 1 - Monday 24 August, 09:00 to 12:00
Part 2 - Tuesday 25 August, 09:00 to 12:00


A successful career in a scientific lab environment needs leadership and management skills as well as research skills. To get the best from people, team leaders need to be able to form teams, provide leadership and deal with issues that will inevitably emerge. These are skills that can be developed with practice. The aim of this course is to introduce some team-working and leadership models that can be of practical use in developing those skills.

Who is the course for?

Following the success of previous courses, the Society continues offer this one-day introductory course specifically to meet the needs of postdoctoral researchers in academic or industrial environments. It is 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 leader positions

What does the course cover?

  • How teams work and how to work in teams
  • 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

Who is the course trainer?

Charlie Wilson scraped through with a Batchelor's degree in Biology from Southampton University in 1978 and has been a member of the Society or its predecessors almost ever since. Although he has never worked in the biosciences he has always regarded himself as a biologist who happens to be doing other things. Those other things have included a career in the Royal Navy, independent consultancy and executive coaching. He has worked with industry, banks and schools, has a Masters degrees in both Coaching and Behavioural Change, and Leadership and Management.

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

“Excellent, great balance between theory and real-world practical situations.”

“Case studies were great to make us investigate causes of problems.”

“Intensive, informal.”

“Very interactive.”

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 18 CPD points.

Professional Registers

This course supports registers competencies and has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).
Competency area:
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal responsibility


Members - £90 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £120 + VAT
Non-members - £180 + VAT

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


For further information about the course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 3925 3453.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the service we offer.

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 prepaid travel will be compensated.

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