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Assistant professors

An assistant professor has the chance to invest long-term, in scientific research, the department and in him- or herself. You are expected to do research, publish, teach, supervise PhD students, acquire funding, support the department, and invest in valorisation and outreach. You also probably have several simultaneous research projects to run. And then you want to devote sufficient time to your partner, family and friends.

Assistant professors are therefore usually interested in training in Time management, Scientific Happiness, Project Management, Supervision of PhD students, and selling science or media training. Below, you will find these courses and workshops – and more.

ElroyCOM offers the following courses for Assistant professors


Women all over the world are underrepresented in management positions. The Netherlands are not doing well compared to other European countries. In the Dutch academic society only some 12% of the full professors are women. This percentage is even lower in executive and governing positions. Change is needed in organisations, for instance in scouting and selection procedures, male:female ratio in selection committees, and in gender bias awareness.

But women can do al lot themselves! They need to invest in their visibility, and in their skills in networking and leadership. In cooperation with women’s networks, ElroyCOM has developed training for academic women who want to make it to the top.

This is not a conflict!
Connecting women in science
What a personality!
Female leadership
Voice workshop
Negotiation skills for women
Persuasive networking
Everybody likes me!
Everybody likes me!
Body language

Management & Leadership

The management of scientific research, departments and organisations isn’t easy in an academic world where freedom is needed and appreciated, and unclarity in responsibilities, tasks, conditions, and agreements is common. In this category you will find training in project / risk / crisis management, supervision of PhD students, time management, and much more. We will help you to make management and leadership easier and more effective!

Conflict management and cooperation
Setting up and managing cooperation in science
Leadership and work pressure
Engaging with stakeholders
Leadership in science
Communication styles in leadership
The manager as a coach
Supervising from a distance
Accelerating personal leadership
Setting up and managing cooperation in science
Cooperation in science
Selecting the right one
Effective supervision 1
Effective supervision 2
Effective supervision 3
Supervision of PhD-students
Clear leadership
Strategic influence
Learn to delegate
Get organized!
Everybody likes me!
Unifying leadership 1
Unifying leadership 2
Scientific Project Management
Multiple project management
Unifying leadership 3
Risk & crisis management
Leadership for beginners
Effective leadership styles
The manager as a coach
The laughing manager
Motivate your people!
Time management

Selling Science

Scientists and their departments need money for research, and they increasingly depend on funding from outside university. So they apply for funding from (inter-)national funding agencies, or cooperate with industry, external employers, or businesses. They may also want to make money out of the results, or spread results through the media to make sure their results get know and used.

This asks specific skills of you and your department, such as convincing non-experts, business negotiations, consulting skills, marketing your results, and dealing with the news media.

What exactly is the need for knowledge or applications by your external partner? How do you translate this to your research questions? How do you create an effective cooperation in which your and their needs are satisfied? How do you spread your results, make sure they get noticed in the news media?

That is what Selling Science is about!

Professional negotiation
Maximize creativity!
What a personality!
Career and acquisition strategy
Successful Grant writing
Effective networking conversations
Grant writing and presenting for funding committees
Strategic networking
Setting up and managing cooperation in science
IMPACT: How to write the valorization chapter?
Talking with non-experts
Marketing for ‘dummies’
Spread the news!
Business with external employees
Presenting for funding committees
Consulting skills
Scientific entrepreneurship
Introduction to Selling Science
Define your product!
What do they want?
Creative innovations
Consulting with conviction
Personal branding 1: Self-presentation
Science journalism


In the end, communication is a large part of your work. Whether you talk about your research, planning, supervision, or about the weather in social interactions: we could not do without communication. Communication is also a skill: you can prepare, analyse, and influence communication. Personal styles and goals of the other person and yourself create an interaction and define the outcome. Learning how to apply different techniques helps you get what you want, and maintain positive relationships. In our experience, our scientific participants learn eagerly and enjoy communication training a lot!

Cooperation in science
IMPACT conversations!
Strategic networking
Performance management: how to give feedback
Dealing with criticism
Test yourself!
Media training
Spread the news!
Presenting science
Talking with non-experts
This is not a conflict!
Conflict management and cooperation
Engaging with stakeholders
Conversation skills
Formal conversations
Body language

Scientific Happiness

In our research, 420 scientists in the Netherlands said they need and miss courses that have to do with happiness: their workload and private life is overloaded and they suffer from stress.

In the workshops and courses that we offer, we base our knowledge and exercises on scientific studies. What we do is therefore no-nonsense! We help you to deal with stress, relax and clear your mind. A lot of simple techniques have proven to work in clinical studies.

Treat yourself to a happy life, and choose a training from our range!

Our training courses are based on scientific research. An overview of all references used for training courses in this category can be found here.

Cooperation in science
Time management
Mental resilience
Leadership and work pressure
Everybody likes me!
Dealing with work pressure
A taste of happiness
Assertive behavior
Concentration & focus
This is not a conflict!
Energy management
The perfectionist in me
Sleep well!
Too many worries
Work-life balance
Positivity workshop


During your education and career you will find out who you are, what you want, and how to get the job you desire. You can use the advise of others, reflect, and practise the skills needed to discover these aspects.

In this category we make sure you exchange a lot of experience with the other participants. We stimulate you to see and employ your qualities, and help you to make yourself visible. In a creative way we help you to practise the skills needed to do the job you want, and to get it.

Career and Acquisition Strategy
Ethical dilemmas
Personal branding I: self-presentation
Accelerating personal leadership
Successful Grant writing
Job satisfaction
Getting paid well!
Shiney eyes!
My competencies
Consulting skills
Career pitch
Persuasive networking
Moving up or moving on?
What do I really want?
The job interview