Informatics Europe Academic Leadership Development Course

by franziska_hauffe, July 14, 2020

Academic Leadership Development Course

Six Online Workshop Sessions:
15 & 29 September, 6 & 20 October, 3 & 17 November (Tuesdays)
10:00-11:30 CEST

Registration Deadline: 7 August 2020


Academic Leadership Development Course

Six Online Workshop Sessions:

15 & 29 September, 6 & 20 October, 3 & 17 November (Tuesdays)
10:00-11:30 CEST

Registration Deadline: 7 August 2020

To register, please fill in this online form.

Strong academic leaders in Informatics and Computing disciplines are needed now more than ever as Informatics has become a key driver in innovation and has become entangled in all aspects of society. Academic leaders in our field play an increasingly critical role in educating future computing professionals to engage in this work, in shaping the research that will deliver novel technologies that underpin future products and services and in effectively collaborating with diverse colleagues, partners, stakeholders, and disciplinary areas. But leading successfully in an academic environment is very challenging, in particular, due to the steadily increasing performance pressures in academia, for example, increasing competitiveness and accountability metrics, expanding workload, delivering on novel research topics, and recruiting young talented students to pursue a PhD position.

How do you address these challenges as an academic leader in a complex academic environment? How do you ‘do’ academic leadership? And how do you not just survive but thrive as a leader? Those and further questions will be addressed by Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick and Prof. Austen Rainer, who both are senior Informatics/Computing academics with strong leadership backgrounds and experience and who complmeent that experience with evidence-based approaches to positive leadership practice.

With this 6 online workshop sessions, you will:

  • Appreciate the unique opportunities and challenges of academic leadership;
  • Evaluate your own strengths as an academic leader, to provide the foundation for a positive strengths-based approach to your leadership;
  • Locate your academic leadership within its wider context, so as to frame your decisions and actions as a leader;
  • Identify and practice simple techniques for helping you to survive and thrive as an academic leader;
  • Integrate evidence-based recommendations with reflection on your and others’ experience with individual, pair and small-group activities;
  • Develop a plan of action for growing as an academic leader.

Dates & Agenda

This course will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 (CEST)*.
Participants will need a device with video and audio and the ability to run Zoom live over an internet web browser.

The sessions are scheduled as follows: 

  • 15.09.2020 Session 1: Intro/overview

  • 29.09.2020 Session 2: Leading Informatics in academia

  • 06.10.2020 Session 3: Knowing ourselves, leading ourselves

  • 20.10.2020 Session 4: Leading others - building collegial environments

  • 03.11.2020 Session 5: Leading others - having effective conversations
  • 17.11.2020 Session 6: Connecting leaders & where next 

* Please note that the course will take place provided that the minimum number of participants is reached.

Target Audience

This course is intended to develop new and emerging leaders in Informatics and Computing. This is particularly appropriate for early/middle career academics who have recently taken on substantive leadership roles. Indicative examples are project leader, group leader, theme leader, or head of an institute, school, faculty, department (or equivalent in your institution); or any other academic leadership service roles. It will also be beneficial for those considering such roles. 


This will be a highly interactive, practical, experiential course by computer scientists for computer scientists. Each session will involve some form of the following as relevant to the topic:

  • pre-work (short videos, readings, exercises, etc.),
  • 90 minutes online group session (including break out groups),
  • post-work (to practice and reflect), and
  • use online tools (e.g. Zoom, Miro) as appropriate to the session. 

The course will combine participants’ experiences of leading in academia with evidence-based positive leadership research. There will be opportunities for reflection through individual conversation, small-group activity, larger group discussion, and pre- and post-session activities.

This is an important time and space you are giving yourself. Because your time is important, we strongly encourage you to make a firm commitment to actively participate in the full 6-session course, i.e., attending all sessions and engaging in the pre- and post-work activities. These are important for building a trusted peer cohort and for time to engage, do, reflect, learn and grow.

The course will also encourage the emergence of a professional network in which attendees from the course can support each other in their post-workshop academic leadership and career progression.

Intended Outcomes

Takeaways from this course will include:

  • A clearer sense of your own leadership identity and style;
  • Strategies for self-care, self-management, life hacks, cognitive hacks, work-life integration, being a good role model;
  • An understanding of what makes people tick;
  • Strategies for identifying and developing people’s strengths and building a collegial culture;
  • Strategies for communicating powerfully through good attention, questions, listening, and dealing with challenging conversations;
  • An action plan for what to do next;
  • Opportunities to continue to engage with participants upon completion of the course.

All participants of the course will receive an Informatics Europe Certificate recognising their participation and engagement with the course. 

There will be also opportunities to continue discussion with the facilitators and participants after the course has completed so as to support participants in their continued leadership development.

Registration Fees:

  • € 300 - Informatics Europe Members
  • € 350 - Non-Members

30% of the registration fee is paid upon registration, the remaining 70% must be paid by 8 September 2020.