Essential Science Skills

Project Management in Science

Project Management in Science

The Sativus GEMS program has been established to help scientists be the best they can be. Being inefficient with science communication and project management takes time away from doing great science, creates stress and compromises the science itself, wasting resources. 

Improving scientists’ ability to manage projects and communicate creates positive changes:  

  • Financial benefits through improved risk, time, budget and staff management, and enhanced opportunities (including funding)  
  • Increased scientific impact  
  • Increased morale through better collaboration, cooperation and industry networking  
  • Lightened workload and reduced stressors that come from improved efficiencies 
  • Increased space for scientists to be creative and generate insights, which are needed for generating the next big idea.  

skills that are necessary but not traditionally taught to scientists. 

The ESS course covers a broad range of topics from how to prepare a proposal, final report, presentations and data visualisation, building collaborations, networking and managing stakeholder relationships, to other tasks like preparing and implementing risk and communications plans and budgets. ESS is used as the basis for targeted, structured learning programs that are tailored to the needs of the scientist depending on their career stage.  

This ESS Project Management in Science Short Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills that are essential to being a successful scientist.  

Project management is a skill that scientists need because essentially, scientists manage projects in a variety of different circumstances. Project management is a structured process to actively plan and implement strategies to reduce risks to a project and identify and enhance opportunities, not just what you do to keep a project going, as it’s going.  

In science, there are no certainties, and you can’t guarantee you will achieve what you set out to –  but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put the effort into planning to ensure your project is as successful, and impactful as possible. There are so many benefits and opportunities waiting for you if you apply some type of formal project management structure to your work.​ Project management skills are critical to ensuring your project starts on the right track and stays on track, which is why it is increasingly a requirement to receive funding for science.  

Packages are tailored depending on requirements: 

  • Access to online program, including tailored/bespoke options 
  • Fortnightly emails with handy tips  
  • Sativus supplies  
  • Course guide with resources and course tasks 
  • Online support (response within 24 hours)  
  • Review and feedback on completed online tasks 
  • Group classes, workshops and webinars 
  • One-on-one guidance/mentoring sessions 

Every scientist supported by Sativus through the GEMS program has benefited from developing these skills. This includes research managers, academics, students and those working in policy and government and the private sector.