Nuremberg | May/June 2015

Training School: Engaging Stakeholders throughout the Project Lifecycle – Personal Communication Skills for European Research Administrators

May 29 - June 1, 2015 | Nuremberg, Germany



Delivering research administration support for European-funded research projects can put communications skills to the test. Administration of intercultural and often virtual research teams in this context is highly characterized by facilitating interactions amongst diverse partners - while at the same time functioning as a gateway that defines the quality and efficiency of a project’s lifecycle.

It is therefore paramount for Research Administrators to build trust and respect in order to maintain effective long-term working relationships. This holds true for the relationship with Principal Investigators (PIs) as well as for all other stakeholders involved in the project, such as project officers, internal service partners like Finance, HR and PR departments, and the general public.

To be a successful Research Administrator, one has to have excellent communication skills to work effectively, while maintaining their work-life-balance in this highly dynamic work environment. 


Training School concept at a glance

The Training School on “Engaging Stakeholders throughout the Project Lifecycle – Personal Communication Skills for European Research Administrators” will equip Research Administrators with hands-on knowledge and personal strategies in order to be able to act as an effective communicator and facilitator for large European funded projects and their stakeholders.  

This Training School is a blended learning training program. That means - in addition to the onsite training in Nuremberg – the participants will benefit from 4 preparatory online modules (for further details please see detailed announcement), offered via an online learning platform. Participation at the online phase is obligatory for participants of the training school. The online phase starts at April 20th and lasts until May 24th. Potential candidates are asked to make sure before applying, that they will be able to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week (5 weeks!) engaging themselves in group activities and processing tasks during the online phase. Log-In details will be distributed with the notification of acceptance.

Both, online and onsite trainings modules, contain shared information from the trainer team, group activities, simulations, and role plays that refer to European Research Administrator’s specific work situations. The participants will receive in-depth individual feedback. Personal reflection time as well as fostering of knowledge exchange between participants.



Anne-Katrin Werenskiold (PhD), Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

Ellen Schenk (PhD), ERASMUS University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

Rebekka Steinmann, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Germany 

Alice Murschall, M.A. - Sprachraum LMU München, Germany

Yvonne Zips, M.A.  - Sprachraum LMU München, Germany

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Call for Applications

Target group

Research administrators involved in the administration and management of European projects; Early stage administrators and applicants from institutions in so-called COST inclusiveness countries are especially encouraged to apply.

Number of TS participants: Up to 24 trainees


TS learning phases    

Phase 1: 4 preparatory on-line modules from April 20 to May 24, 2015 and  

Phase 2: The on-site training in Nuernberg from May 29 to June 1, 2015

Participation in both TS learning phases is necessary for the successful completion of the Training School.


Financial support

A lump sum of 900 Euros towards their travel and accommodation expenses. No additional financial support is available from COST.

The completed application form must be submitted by e-mail to Ms. EmailMartina Pöll by Friday, March 20, 2015. No deadline extensions will be granted and late comers can, unfortunately, not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 10, 2015.

Please do not buy tickets or make hotel reservations before you have received the official invitation through the e-COST system to attend the Training School. Only after having received this official invitation are you entitled to receive reimbursement.




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Contact details

Local organizer: EmailRebekka Steinmann

Transversal-Task-Force Manager Training (for questions on the COST Training School program): EmailAnne-Kathrin Werenskiold

Grant Holder (for questions on registration and reimbursement): EmailMartina Pöll