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Leading research projects – introductory course

Leading research projects – introductory course





Over the last few years, the amount and size of research projects at OsloMet have increased. This development is central for the future of the university, and it is therefore essential that we now develop the project leadership skills at out institution. An increased size and number of projects will demand more from those who lead the projects. We know that it can be challenging to separate the work you do connected to research, and the work that needs to be done as a leader. The two elements are tightly connected, but if we want to succeed with our projects, we need to be able to handle both. The research project leader must facilitate shared ambitions and cooperation between the members of the project group, create good processes that prioritizes goals, resources, and the deliveries of the research project. Through the introductory course in research project leadership, we at OsloMet want to contribute to your development and make you better prepared for the role, so that we together build a university that is even better prepared for the future. 

Target group

The introductory course is created for you who lead or are going to lead research projects, no matter the size, and want to learn more about how you handle the role as a project leader. 

Course overview 

This course will run over two one-day seminars, where you will be introduced to the fundamental themes and practical tools within research leadership and project leadership. You will work actively with developing your leadership practices in your own environment, through preparatory tasks, reflection, and active discussions on and between the seminars. As such, the course will help you step into, or stand stronger in the role as a research project leader. 

You will get the opportunity to learn more about: 

  • Leadership in research environments
  • Diversity in motivation and preferences
  • Project leadership tools and time management
  • Project structure and formal requirements
  • Areas of responsibility and expectations from your environment

Content and methods

At the seminars, you will be introduced and work with different themes. The process is built around working in learning groups. These are predetermined groups, in which the participants share their experiences, discuss, and work with different tasks and cases. In addition to the learning groups, the course facilitates for working with different assignments in your own departments and research groups.

Seminar one

  • Leadership in research environments
  • Diversity in motivation and preferences
  • Project leadership (part 1)
  • Project leadership (Part 2)
  • Introduction to home assignment

Seminar two

  • Recap on home assignment
  • Areas of responsibility 
  • Formal requirements at OsloMet
  • Expectations from your environment
  • Time management 


Seminar one: 3. juni 2022, 09:00-16:00
Seminar two: 16. juni 2022, 09:00-16:00

Language: English / or Norwegian and Danish if all participants speak Norwegian 

About Mobilize

The course is designed and facilitated by Mobilize Strategy Consulting. Mobilize specializes in development of strategic leadership and mobilization of professional leaders and employees in knowledge organizations. We have conducted research leadership training for hundreds of research leaders from universities all over Scandinavia and have held renowned programs such as the research leadership program at UiO, and the research management course in Denmark. 

The course will be held by Marie Louise Blauenfeldt (mobilize-nordic.no) and Markus Trøite Amundsen (mobilize-nordic.no).


Follow these two steps to register:

  1. Login with Feide at Virksomhetsplattformen

  2. Use the direct link to register for the course (virksomhetsplattformen.difi.no)

When you are registered please fill in information about yourself. 

If there are more applicants than places, the faculties will be asked to prioritize.