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Continuing Professional Development Programme
Space for Reflective Learning


SELF skills

Navigating the research environment. Tips from an insider


To help researchers succeed in academia while enjoying the work and staying healthy




Postdocs or equivalent (at least 2 years since completing your PhD) and early PIs (maximum 2 years from taking the position)


Are you uncertain about what is best for your long-term career? Are you afraid of not fitting in academia? Do you wonder whether you will be able to enjoy your career after the PhD and as a PI?  If so, I understand, I have been there.

This course will draw on my 25-years experience in academia to discuss those issues, provide some potential tips, and, in some cases, an alternative vision of navigating academia.   

Participants will leave with a broader toolkit of knowledge and attitudes to prioritize what to do in each moment of their career. They will have a clearer understanding of the human angle of academia.

In this workshop we will talk about:

  • The world of academia
  • The problem of time
  • Skills. A reflection on skills
  • Professional interrelationships: people management
  • Interviews: a different perspective on interviews that focus on the others
  • Work-life balance: reflection and tips

Please note the course consists of several sessions, and you should be able to attend all of them.

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Finished editions
  • 2022 Edition 1, Trimester 2: June, IN-PERSON : 02/06/2022


Iñaki Ruiz Trillo
Iñaki Ruiz Trillo

Iñaki Ruiz Trillo has more than 20 years in the academic environment. PhD in Biology at University of Barcelona. Postdoctoral stage at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). Currently leading a research lab at IBE as ICREA Research Professor. ERC grantee and EMBO member.