Transferable Skills Workshop II (TSW II)

REAL-NET Transferable Skills Workshop II (TSW II)

22nd-24th March 2021 remotely online due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Workshop will be focused on entrepreneurship skills, project management and science communication.

TSWII adresses ESRs from the REAL-NET projects and other sisters projects FONTEMOCCA and WON. Additional participation of other students from MEFISTA, POST-DIGITAL and Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies is expected for some sessions.

Due to COVID-19 the workshop is going to be entirely online in an interactive format, allowing group work and high-level discussions.





Day 1 – 22nd March 2021

CET, Paris, Berlin, Rome time

Entrepreneurship Skills    Speaker: Warrick Harniess of Scandinavia Stories

09:00 – 13:00 Session 1: Designer the customer experience (4 hours)

– Introduction

– Activity 1: Understanding Customers

– Activity 2: Mapping the buying journey

– Activity 3: Designing a brand and a business model

– Presentation and discussion

14:00 – 18:00 Session 2: Designing the operating model (4 hours)

– Introduction

– Activity 1: Creating the company value chain

– Activity 2: Staffing the value chain

– Activity 3: Preparing the pitches

– Presentation and discussion

– Closure

Day 2 – 23rd March 2021

CET, Paris, Berlin, Rome time

Project management    Speaker: Dr. Robin Henderson of skillfluence

09:45 – 13:00 Session 1: project management: your PhD and beyond (3.15 hours)

– The workshop will explore the practical application of project management to a research project lifecycle.

14:00 – 17:15 Session 2: Continuation (3.15 hours)

– A blend of plenary input and lots of small group discussions (project success), group work (identifying and mapping stakeholders, work breakdown structures, risk management), and signposting to additional resources (including project management tools, sector specific resources, project management best practice).

Day 3 – 24th March 2021

CET, Paris, Berlin, Rome time

Science communication    Speaker: Prof. John Dudley

10:00 – 12:00 Science communication for Early Career Researchers (ESRs)

– Effectively communicating science to different audiences is essential for all researchers. This workshop and open discussion will look at what makes effective science communication to a variety of different audiences.


Warrick Harniess

Warrick Harniess is the founder of Scandinavia Stories Ltd, a learning and development consultancy that specializes in marketing-communications and business start-up support. He regularly teaches at UK universities such as University College London, Imperial College, University of Manchester, University of Southampton, University oh Hull, University of Liverpool, University of Southampton and University to name but a few.

Warrick learned his craft during a ten-year career at Pearson Education, and as a lifelong musician inspired by punk rock and the do-it-yourself ethos. Warrick’s book, Red, White and Radical: What Organisations Can Learn About Change from the Rise of American Conservatism was published by Routledge in 2020.

Dr. Robin Henderson

Dr Robin Henderson is a Higher Education consultant with a specific interest in enhancing institutional research capacity through developing researchers and research leaders. Through his work with over a dozen research-intensive universities, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges academics and researchers face in undertaking world-leading research and regularly works with PhD students, PDRAs and academic staff.

Robin facilitates around 130 workshops each year with a mix of training (focusing on leadership and research management) and facilitation (focused on the development of strategy and research themes). Before working as a consultant, he was a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. Whilst in academic roles he published over 15 peer reviewed research papers and was involved in grant capture of £700k. Much of the research work he undertook was funded by industry and resulted in several innovations, which were implemented by industrial partners.  He currently teaches on two MSc programmes linked to project management.

Prof. John Dudley

Prof. John Dudley has a long string of acronyms to his name, John Dudley PhD FOSA FEOS FIEEE FInstP FSPIE DSc h.c. Hon FRSNZ received B.Sc and PhD degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1987 and 1992 respectively, and is Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France.

He has made particular contributions in the fields of ultrafast optics, supercontinuum generation and the science of rogue waves, and has published over 500 contributions in journals & conference proceedings and delivered over 120 invited talks at major conferences.  His research has been extensively cited (14700 times Web of Science; 23000 times Google Scholar) and his h-index is an impressive 59/63/71. He has been awarded numerous scientific prises for his work (Harold E. Edgerton Award of SPIE, R. W. Wood Prize of OSA) and been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Aparangi.

Apart from his scientific accolades, John, a SPIE Senior Member, is known as a thought leader in his field as well as for his dedicated outreach and science-focused communication in the public sphere. As chair of its steering committee, he was instrumental in creating UNESCO’s International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies for 2015.