Time Management

Course Information

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019,
    10:00 AM till 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    August 12, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 16 participants).
    PhD Donatella Canella
    Dr. Thomas Teichler
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills

    GRACE Homepage


    Many researchers struggle managing their time, due to the unstructured nature of their profession and the increasing number of tasks requiring immediate attention. Despite the best intentions and a well-planned working schedule, it is often quite challenging to get things done. This workshop combines exercises to increase self-awareness, self-management and self-discipline with the help of simple yet practical techniques. It will support young scientists to gain clarity and focus on their most important tasks, to establish healthy productive working habits and, ultimately, to lead a more productive life, by doing the right things at the right time.


    The objective of the workshop is for participants to
    - develop a deeper understanding of how they are spending their time,
    - understand the time-energy-management nexus,
    - get crystal clear on their priorities and goals by applying the ur-gent/important system to their tasks
    - exercise how to be flexible when new or high-priority opportunities arise, i.e. how to say “no” constructively,
    - delegate tasks effectively,
    - gain skills to conquer procrastination, and to
    - develop an understanding for running productive conversations & meetings.


    The workshop combines a variety of proven methods. It is based on experiential learning techniques, which include individual exercises, as well as activities in groups of varying size. Participants will be challenged and, at the same time, supported to step outside their comfort zone as to gain further insight. They will go back and forth between learning about the theoretical background, the practical application of the new techniques and a reflection about the impact they can create.

    Target Group

    Doctoral candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Dr Donatella Canella is a certified Co-active coach, trainer and con-sultant and a graduate of the Co-active Leadership program. She also serves as faculty for The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Donatella is passionate about individuals, teams and organizations seeking clari-ty and focus during times of change and uncertainty. Her work centres on leadership development, team dynamics, and career transition.
    Donatella holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from Michigan State University, USA and has worked at top universities in both Europe and the US, where she has served for 15 years as scientist, project manager, mentor and trainer and has published several scientific articles in interna-tional peer-reviewed journals.
    Originally from Italy, Donatella has lived abroad for 18 years and deeply values the richness of diversity of the international environ-ment, while constantly seeking opportunities to integrate and live the local reality. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being in nature, sharing good food and spending time with friends.

    Thomas Teichler is a certified Co-active coach, trainer and consultant on leadership, team development, and change management. After a few years with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants he worked in market re-search, before writing a PhD about science cooperation in the high-tech and security sector at the European University Institute in Florence. As a policy consultant Thomas advised the European Commission, national governments and international organizations on research and innovation policy. Thomas attended both, the CTI coaching and leadership courses, and is currently working with teams and individuals in the corporate environment, public sector and research organisations.


    2 full days


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to grace@unibas.ch). Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel, GRACE room 306 (3rd floor) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

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