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EMBO Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders

The Stowers Institute partners with the European Molecular Biology Organization to host an annual four-day leadership course for scientific group leaders.

Stowers building

Jul 31- Aug 032023

Kansas City, MO

World-class EMBO leadership training is now available in the United States! EMBO, in partnership with Leadership Sculptor, has designed this course specifically to meet the needs of researchers and others in academia.

The course is intended for Group Leaders and is also open to Postdoctoral Associates who have secured faculty positions and are in the transition process.

Spanning four days, this course introduces key, yet simple leadership concepts and provides hands-on experience in the form of role-play and discussion groups.


CJ Fitzsimons

Senior Trainer, Coach, Consultant

Melanie Glickman

Senior Trainer, Coach

Why train through EMBO?

Leadership and management skills are critical for a successful career in science. EMBO, in partnership with consultancy teams, has designed this course specifically to meet the needs of researchers and others in academia. Before becoming an independent researcher, one's primary focus is on their own research projects. As an independent researcher, one needs to be able to deal with a much broader range of challenges, frequently without any preparation.

More about the course

This course introduces key, yet simple, leadership concepts. It also gives you the chance to identify the different roles that you have to take, see where your strengths and resources lie, and identify strategies for coping with roles in which you are uncomfortable.

Emotional Intelligence is the main predictor of success in positions of leadership. You will learn to use some models and instruments that will help you to understand yourself and others better, to manage yourself better and communicate more effectively. 

In particular, you will practice techniques improving your ability to give feedback and criticism, help your group members to learn how to solve many of their problems themselves, run meetings efficiently, and delegate tasks effectively. You will also learn how to understand the dynamics between your members in your laboratory and how you can improve the laboratory's performance. 

Conflicts are a part of everyday lab life. You will be shown how to recognize and manage them, before they develop into an unmanageable crisis, and deal with any conflicts you may already have.

Course Principles

Practical exercises, in the form of role-play and discussion groups, provide hands-on experience. "As much theory as necessary and as much practice as possible" is the principle of this course.


Leadership skills
Communication skills
Team development
Conflict solving strategies
Giving feedback
Effective problem solving
Running effective meetings


Introduce you to key leadership concepts
Develop further your own individual leadership style
Equip you with key communication skills
Learn how to effectively select the right staff
Expand your support network for leadership issues in the lab

Training Venue

Stowers Institute

Foundational research is the focus of the Stowers Institute, a private, nonprofit biomedical research institution. Every day, Stowers scientists work towards a greater understanding of the basic biological mechanisms that govern development, health, and disease. 

Our 10-acre campus is situated in the heart of Kansas City. Located next to the University of Missouri-Kansas City and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, our members are part of an academic neighborhood. You can immerse yourself in the arts, visit landmarks such as the Linda Hall Scientific Research Library, and find inspiration to fuel creative thinking.

At the Stowers Institute, you are also within walking distance to Loose Park, the Trolley Trail, the Brookside neighborhood, and the Country Club Plaza. You have convenient access to some of the best coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping the city has to offer.

Our Research Campus

Conference Details

Course Fee 
Registration cost is $3,000 for American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) members, and $3,200 for non-members. The total course fee includes training, meals, and all course materials. Travel and hotel arrangements should be made separately by the attendee.   

Your registration fee covers all meals, which include breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks for the duration of the course.

Conference Coordinator
Michelle Lewallen, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Research Development Support

Union Station in downtown Kansas City in the early evening with the city skyline in the background

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City may be located in the heart of the country, but it’s certainly not flyover country. Known fondly as the “City of Fountains” and “The Paris of the Plains,” you’ll fall in love with Kansas City’s unique architecture, stunning beauty, and dynamic culture. Thanks to explosive growth in the past decade and a strong sense of Midwest pride, more than 2 million people call Greater Kansas City home, making it one of the top 30 most populated metros in the U.S., situated conveniently between both coasts.

Lodging and Travel

Course attendees must arrange hotel accommodations on their own.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a competitive rate ($129/night) at the nearby Courtyard-Country Club Plaza for the dates of July 30 - August 4.

Directions and transportation from Kansas City International Airport can be found here.

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Join us in Kansas City for EMBO Leadership training!


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