Project Management in Higher Education and Research (July 14th-15th, 2020) – Online Training


Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Project work is widespread in higher education. However, many researchers see their activities from a purely disciplinary point of view, thereby overlooking the complex planning and organizational challenges that lie in all complex endeavors. On top of this, project management in higher education institutions needs to take into account their specific nature, such as often-unclear distribution of responsibility and authority within the university, which requires skillful lateral leadership.

The proposed training in project management intends to provide you with the tools and practices necessary to successfully initiate, plan, implement and conclude projects especially within but also outside of higher education.


1. Initiating projects

  • Defining SMART project goals
  • Understanding project constraints (scope, resources, schedule)
  • Analyzing stakeholders
  • Identifying critical success factors and risks

2. Planning projects

  • Project organization and roles in projects
  • Project planning in activities, products and milestones
  • Tools for project planning: Using work breakdown structures, GANTT charts, common project management software and MS Excel
  • Risk Management in project planning
  • Planning communicating in projects

3. Implementing projects

  • What makes projects in higher education unique
  • Lateral Leadership in implementing projects in higher education
  • Agile approaches to project management (SCRUM)
  • Success factors in starting and implementing projects

4. Concluding projects

  • Concluding projects
  • Evaluating projects

5. Dealing with resistance in projects (according to participant preferences)

  • Resistance to change – why it is natural, why it is reasonable and how to approach it
  • Change from a psychological perspective
  • Dealing with resistance in projects

Learning objectives:

After the workshop, you…

  • …will know and understand the four phases of the project life-cycle and you will be able to explain what is important to consider in each phase.
  • …will be acquainted with the most important methods and tools and will be able to apply them.
  • …will be motivated to apply the approaches and practices in your daily work.


  • A practice- and dialogue-based training, taking into account participants’ experiences with project management.
  • Hands-on skills, techniques, and instruments to successfully implement projects under the specific conditions of higher education.
  • Working on concrete case-studies from higher education institutions worldwide to illustrate the four phases of project management.
  • A preparatory online-survey will be conducted among the workshop participants one to two weeks prior to the workshop.
  • Trying out common project management software (e.g. MS Project, Inloox, Trello or the open source-tools ganttproject or projectlibre).

Target Group: Postdocs and Junior Research Group Leaders from all Disciplines

Trainer: Dr. Lukas Bischof | Lukas Bischof Hochschulberatung


  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


  • Online via Zoom Pro
  • You will receive the link for logging in to the virtual room via email by your trainer.

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:


Important information for registration

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.


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