From June 2020 until June 2021 I got the chance to take part in the Professional Management Program (PMP) at the Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement e.V. Speyer (ZWM). By this the RTG 1743 supports my scientific career.
The PMP program for leaders in academia covered a wide range of topics within the 6 modules. It dealt with leadership, communication within the team, public relations, questions concerning human resources and finance as well as other topics in science management. The trainers were competent and specialists in their fields including practical experience.
Although four of the six modules had to be proceeded online because of the Corona pandemic the courses were vivid through shifting and professional teaching and integrated group work. We gathered a lot of information and tipps. There has always been the connection to the requirements of practical life and the trainers were able to adapt their courses to current topics. We learned new tools and could use them in our daily work life immediately.
In addition I learned a lot from the interaction and exchange with the other participants. All of them were quite open to talk about professional and private topics and were keen on further developing themselves, professionally and personally.
Overall the entire PMP programm has been really good and I would highly recommend young scientists at the step to leadership positions in academia to take part in this program.