Besides on-the-job technical training, IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to train the Institute’s scientists and staff in “soft” or transversal skills. Those competences are relevant to a broad range of occupations and sectors (academic research or teaching career, specialization in a given field or a career at industry or other type of organization) and are the building blocks for the development of the “hard” skills required to succeed on the labor market.
Below you can consult the history of courses that have already taken place and the ones that are currently under preparation. These courses are mainly targeted to Research Assistants and Associates.
Creating a career development plan
How to prepare for a recruitment process. Academia vs industry: structure your résumé, write cover letters according to job description, realize that applications differ depending on the country, present yourself confidently and convincingly, main (and useful) job search sites.
Getting to know different academic career paths. Real experiences.
Commercialization channels (IP exploitation, spin-off, consultancy).
Knowledge transfer channels (publishing, conferencing and networking, standards, policy…).
Analysing and managing critical success criteria
Introduction to persuasive writing: concepts, techniques and tools
Enhancing proposal “readability”: importance, techniques and tools
Introduction Theatre of business models Conclusion analysis and consolidation of concepts Business modelling: Team work over a real case How to innovate business models and chaired discussion around real cases Uptake of new technologies: Loop, dynamics and decision-making Economic and finances: Basic concepts and quantitative techniques; Study cases Giving value to innovation projects: Basic concepts and quantitative techniques; Study cases and discussions
Before writing / Writing / Formatting the document / Defending the Thesis More recommendations
Introduction / Professional management of projects. PMI standards / Management of H2020 projects
Pre-work What the media wants and how to be a proactive communicator “MoJo” Mobile journalism basics and other tools Non-traditional communication, non verbal language, visuals and more On-camera, mock interviews and feedback Take home package: a brief survival book on how to deal with the media
The Research Career Development in the 21st Century – being a researcher in the European Union Non-academic careers for researchers – thinking outside the box
What the media wants and how deal with the media Q&A session
The startup as an experiment The problem: identifying and validating the problem Customer development: discovering the customer The Solution: unique value proposition The Pivot: discovering the right opportunity Modelling the revenue streams: revenue models and validation Being unique: the unfair advantage, IP, competitive advantage, barriers Reaching the customers: channels and metrics Basic Financials for startups Team, culture and processes Startup management, the hardware case Pitching to Investors: business plan, resources, needs, risks
Spontaneous creativity: map of techniques Introduction to the integral building of R&I project ideas Informed creativity: map of techniques Study case: integral idea building Technology watch for R&I project building Study case: gap analysis Wrap up and conclusions
What does economics means in general terms? What is economic and financial information used for? Main economic and accounting concepts R&D&i project budget Case study
Best known methods about email communications Leadership and teamwork Giving and receiving feedback Effective meetings Goal setting Negotiation
Patents, copyrights, designs and know-how Ownership, management and exploitation of results
Why do I need management skills? What is a project? What is project management? An introducion to project management An overview of all project management areas, with special focus on the application to a PhD Thesis Useful resources
Preparation of R&D&i proposals Evaluation of R&D&i proposals
Get an innovative idea to be funded Support programs along the R&D chain The European R&D&i framework program H2020 Project proposal structure Case study: from idea to a successful project
Library search & papers writing Effective presentations