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GerBI Core Facility Management Course

8 - 12 June 2015       Konstanz - Reichenau Island

Core facility managers find themselves in a variety of different roles that demand a broad set of skills they traditionally haven’t been taught in their academic career. Managing budgets, marketing facility services, negotiating, dealing with hierarchy, dealing with conflicts in a team or recruiting the right people are some of the challenges people typically face in this position. GerBI has hired hfp consulting, a group who specialises in supporting scientists to improve their leadership and management skills, to develop and run an intense, interactive and highly specialised workshop that addresses these challenges.

Please find an event report about the last GerBI Core Facility Management Course for Imaging Specialists in Imaging & Microscopy.


Course description

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In this practical course, designed specifically for Core Facility Managers in Bioimaging, you will learn how to:

  • balance your different roles
  • build a productive team culture
  • deal with conflicts constructively
  • manage your time better
  • delegate tasks more effectively
  • deal with different personalities in the team
  • position your facility in your organisation strategically
  • negotiate more effectively
  • hire the right people
  • manage your budget

We approach these topics practically. Short theoretical inputs are followed by extensive exercises. Our goal is to increase the impact of the training by immediately applying the concepts we teach in partner exercises, case studies, and simulations during the workshop. The course language is English.

Course timeline

Monday, 8 June
Tuesday, 9 June
09.00 Start of the workshop
18.00 End of day 1
Wednesday, 10 June
09.00 Start of day 2
18.00 End of day 2
Thursday, 11 June
09.00 Start of day 3
18.00 End of day 3
Friday, 12 June
09.00 Start of day 4
12.30-13.00 Wrap-up and farewell
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00 Departure


The workshop will be facilitated by members of the international team of hfp consultants.  Logo hfp-consulting.png

Thomas Kessler, MBA, Bonn                                
Sašo Kočevar, Founder and Senior Consultant, Heidelberg                                                            
Dr. Tobias Maier, Biologist and Science Communication Professional, Barcelona

Following institutes and organisations work with hfp consulting on a regular basis:

  • Ben Gurion University, Beersheba
  • EMBO, Heidelberg
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
  • PRBB Intervals Programme, Barcelona
  • School of Molecular Medicine, Milan
  •, Zürich
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot


The course will take place at the Ganter Hotel Mohren, Konstanz - Island Reichenau (Germany).

Getting there and away

By train:

Konstanz main station is served by several railway lines:

  • from Stuttgart via Singen,
  • from Zürich by the Swiss Federal Railway, and
  • from Offenburg and Baden-Baden crossing the Black Forest.

By air:

  • Zürich Airport: direct train connection to Konstanz.
  • Friedrichshafen Airport: fast ferry service to Konstanz from Friedrichshafen harbour.


A shuttle between Konstanz main station/harbour and the Hotel will be organized for arrival (in the evening of 8 June) and departure (in the afternoon of 12 June).

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility criteria

This course is meant for scientists working or planning to work in a life science core facility. Applications from scientists working in imaging Core Facilities are given priority until March, 1.

Application deadline

is 1 May 2015, but places are allocated to eligible applicants on a "first come, first served" basis.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations received 32 calendar days before the beginning of the course (6 May), fees will be refunded minus 25 € for administrative costs. After this 32 day rule, no refund will be possible for last minute cancellation or no-show. If cancellation is due to sickness then a medical certificate is required. Cancellations must be sent to Nadine Utz.


The course fee includes four nights single accommodation, meals, and training. This course is highly subsidized by German BioImaging.

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