COST BESTPRAC annonserer: Training School Engaging Stakeholders throughout the Project Lifecycle – Personal Communication Skills for European Research Administrators which will be held in Nuremberg, Germany on May 29 to June 1, 2015.
Delivering research administration support for European-funded research projects can put communications skills to the test. Administration of intercultural and often virtual research teams in this context is highly characterized by facilitating interactions amongst diverse partners – while at the same time functioning as a gateway that defines the quality and efficiency of a project’s lifecycle.
It is therefore paramount for Research Administrators to build trust and respect in order to maintain effective long-term working relationships. This holds true for the relationship with Principal Investigators (PIs) as well as for all other stakeholders involved in the project, such as project officers, internal service partners like Finance, HR and PR departments, and the general public.
To be a successful Research Administrator, one has to have excellent communication skills to work effectively, while maintaining their work-life-balance in this highly dynamic work environment.