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Congratulations, you have a postdoc position! That means at least another few years of doing very interesting research, and personal development.

At the same time postdocs are under great pressure: thanks to unclear mandates and publication duties a postdoc has a lot on his or her plate, and then there’s also the next research project you have to start thinking about. Creating clarity around tasks, projects, research, education, budget, etc. are therefore important. And what are you going to do next? Looking for a follow-up project in academia? Want to become a researcher in the industrial sector? Or do you want to become a consultant? Or work in a commercial or even a non-profit organization? And what if you start your own business?

That’s why we present courses that fit postdocs, such as those in the area of ​​career, happiness, selling science, and more.

ElroyCOM offers the following courses for Postdocs


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.

Job satisfaction
My competencies
Career pitch
Shiney eyes!
Getting paid well!
Consulting skills
Persuasive networking
Moving up or moving on
What do I really want?
The job interview


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.

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

Management & Leadership

Scientific Project Management
Multiple project management
Risk and crisis management
Learn to delegate!
Get organized!
Leadership for beginners
Effective leadership styles
Supervising Asians
Strategic influence
The manager as a coach
Using humour in management
Supervision of PhD-students
Effective supervision 1
Effective supervision 2
Effective supervision 3
Everybody likes me!
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
What do they want?
Business with external employees
Maximize creativity!
What a personality!
Career and acquisition strategy
Successful Grant writing
Effective networking conversations
Personal branding 2: Social media
Spread the news!
Talking with non-experts
Consulting skills
Define your product!
Creative innovations
Marketing for ‘dummies’
Introduction to Selling Science
Presenting for funding agencies
Scientific entrepreneurship
Personal branding 1: Self-presentation
Social Media
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!

Dealing with criticism
Presenting science
Spread the news!
Test yourself!
Talking with non-experts
Media training
Social Media
Conversation skills
What a personality!
This is not a conflict!
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.

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