Design thinking and agile methods for research project management


Scientists often run three or more highly complex projects in parallel. On top of that, a growing number of publishers and funding agencies require scientists to make their raw data available upon publication according to the four foundational principles – Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR). To ensure goal-oriented and time-efficient research project management across the team, this workshop discusses selected established as well as emerging tools and techniques complementing the basic principles of classical project management. Applied methodologies will draw from proven design thinking and agile approaches such as Kanban and the Project Design Canvas. The workshop is taught by Dr Jo Havemann (Access 2 Perspectives).


  • Plan and structure your PhD
  • Key concepts of project and time management
  • Time management
  • Digital tools for science project management
  • FAIR data management & open data
  • Agile kanban for science
  • Project monitoring & evaluation

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants ...

  • know about research data planning and management,
  • have reflected about and are able to optimize personal time and project management skills and techniques,
  • have gained flexibility in case of unexpected results,
  • know best practices in research data archiving and research project evaluation.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • task-orientedness:
    • project planning
  • academic research competences:
    • data management
    • research methods
  • interpersonal competences:
    • (interdisciplinary) collaboration
  • personal effectiveness:
    • ethics & (research) integrity
  • intellectual competences:
    • conceptual / synthetic thinking


For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs
  • 25 places available

When and where?

  • May 10, 11 & 21, 2021 - 9:00-13:00
  • The workshop will be organized digitally. If selected to participate, you will receive the necessary details timely.


  • Closed since April 19, 2021.
  • When registering, you will be asked to write a short summary of your research project (2-3 sentences) incl. research area, methodology, hypothesis/results.
  • Please register only if you are sure you can attend all three sessions. As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on general research skills
  • DS HLS: category transferable skills - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'research management' - follow at least one of the 2 sessions about PhD management or an equivalent