Leadership for research group leaders

The course is aimed for Research group leaders that have a minimum of two members in their group and have official staff responsibility. The course will start in September 15-16, 2021.


KI has decided that all “activities are to be characterized by good leadership, teamwork, participation, transparency, equality and diversity, and environmental care both internal and external.” Part of efforts to ensure this is to strengthen the scientific leadership of the research group leader level. (From "Strategy 2018")


Research group leaders have the opportunity to learn about the roles and responsibilities necessary for a research group leader in terms of legal aspects, i.e. Karolinska Institutet's rules and regulations and obtain and use the tools and approaches that favour the creation of a work environment that provides the best conditions for innovative and creative research.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to:

  • Have reliable knowledge about KI strategy documents and its implications and significance.
  • Have improved their knowledge about academic leadership at the research group level and be able to use tools obtained during the course to implement a safe, confident and inspiring work environment in their research groups.
  • Know and apply KI’s rules and regulations concerning work environment, economy, financing/contracts, information security and career development.
  • Describe and consider the different roles, functions and responsibilities within academic research.
  • Use knowledge and tools obtained during the course to build the conditions for dynamic group development and innovative research environments.
  • Reflect on their own leadership role and be able to use tools obtained during the course to coach and give feedback to staff and organize effective meetings.
  • Use knowledge and tools acquired during the course to implement an action plan to change and improve the work environment in their own research groups.


The course starts September 9-10, 2020. Finishes 14-15 April 2021.
The course is equivalent to two weeks of full time studies.

Short description

The course starts with two-days seminars with participation of, among others, representatives from KI Management. It contains also subjects as Academic leadership and inspiration seminar by for ex. Thomas Sakmar, Rockefeller University.

The starting seminar days is followed by six seminar days, which consist of a morning seminar (9.30-12.30) and an afternoon small group meeting (13.30 – 16.30), called back-stage group. In addition, two back stage group meetings are scheduled outside of the seminar days (see dates below please).

The course ends with a one or two-day(s) follow-up meeting in April, 2021 - full day or lunch to lunch.


  • Starting seminar (Sept. 9-10, 2020) Due to Covid-related reasons the starting seminar will be digitally September 9th and 10th.
  • Six dates for the seminars (9.00-12.30) are: Oct 6, Nov 4, Dec 3, Jan 21, Feb 17, Mar 11.
  • Nine dates for the back-stage groups (13.30 – 16.30) are: Sept 10 (campus Solna), Oct 6, Nov 4, Nov ? (at 9-12), Dec 3, Jan 21, Feb 17, March 11, April ? (at 9-12)
  • Two closing and examination days, April 14-15, 2021 - lunch to lunch, retreat at Hesselby slott.
  • The course also includes a web course.

Participation in scheduled activities is obligatory.

Language: English

Note! Recommendation letter from Head of Department or Section Head plus motivation letter. Please, send these, not later than June 14, to: elisabet.lindgren@ki.se

Eligibility and selection

Participants must hold a PhD and be active researchers at Karolinska Institutet or a partner university.
Research group leaders with a minimum of two members in their group and have official staff liability.

Recommendation letter from Head of Department or Section Head plus motivation letter. Please, send these to: elisabet.lindgren@ki.se

Number of participants: 32

Registration Course 2020/2021


Last day to register, June 14th, 2020.

Cancellation Policy: If cancelled 30 days before the course starts or later your department will be charged SEK 2500.

Course leaders

The course is arranged by the Faculty Board.

Kent Jardemark

Lecturer senior
C3 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Wibke Jonas

Course leader
K6 Department of Women's and Children's Health


Elisabet Lindgren

Education officer
Team Learn Tech
C7 Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics