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09.10.24 - 10.10.24
Start time
09.10.24 09:00
End time
10.10.24 13:00
Online via Zoom

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


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.

The course will take place over 2 sessions, on the 9th and 10th October at 9:00-13:00 each day. 

Who is the course for?

Following the success of previous courses, the Society continues offer this 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
  • Performance management
  • Case studies
  • Guidance on further study and development

Who is the course trainer?

Charlie Wilson scraped through with a BSc 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 during which he led bomb-disposal teams and commanded ships in peace and in war. He is now an independent consultant and executive coach. With master's degrees in both Coaching and Behavioural Change, and Leadership and Management, he works with industry, banks, small businesses and schools to improve how they work together.

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 24 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 - £120 + VAT
Non-members - £240 + VAT

Get in touch with to access these rates:
  • Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £180 + VAT
  • Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment - £120 + 20% VAT.


For further information about the course please contact Emily Lunn, training and registers officer at or on 020 3925 3447.

Special requirements

If you have accessibility requirements, please let us know during your booking, and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs.


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.

Terms and Conditions

By booking to attend this event, you are confirming you have agreed to the RSB's Terms and Conditions which can be found here