School on Science Management for Scientists and Engineers
July 18-31 2021
The School on Science Management for Scientist and Engineers is the place where you can
- fill the gap between your academic path and the demands of the present job market,
- learn how to transfer your research results in a commerciable product and become an entrepreneur,
- develop a competency framework to think outside the box.
Join us in a former Lifelong Learning Program funded by the European Commission, become part of an international network, and discover in an international enviroment that is possible to study hard and have fun!!
We look forward to welcoming you to our Summer School in Genoa
Sandrine Lacombe, Mario Rocca, Fabrizio Barberis
The school has come to its twelth edition, having started in 2009 as a Lifelong Learning Programme in the Erasmus Programme (2009-2014), now continuing in a self financed mode, as envisaged by the European Commission (EC).
SoSMSE deals with the necessity to fill the gap between the scientific and technical knowledge acquired by the students at the University, on the one hand, and the requests they will have to face in their work career either in academic institutions or industry, on the other hand: in other words with the necessity to develop entrepreneurship. This last issue continues to be a pivotal point for the EC, which has recently launched The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan.
To this goal the students will attend to lectures in Economy Management, Project Management, Communication and Pitching, Technology Valorisation, Risk Capital and Funding, Patent Law, New Methods for Information and Communication, and Personal Professional Project.
All the lecturers are scientists and engineers who have learned the subject they teach hands-on, in years of experience, which gives a uniquely focussed perspective to their lectures.
The objectives of the School are giving to the students the skills to:
write a research project and expose and defend it in front of a jury;
understand how to transfer laboratory results to industry having in view the market needs and the necessity to form a workgroup
understand what is the intellectual property and how to protect it while collaborating with partners.
All the lectures and seminars will be given in English by professors and industry professionals, coming from four different countries.
The present edition of SoSMSE is open to candidates with at least a bachelor degree of any university course, ranging form technical and scientific to humanistic and social school. Attendance is limited to 60 students
The school grants 5 ECTS and is devised as an Intensive Program which exposes students to a rather demanding schedule, comprising frontal lectures, group work, and seminars. Moreover, a team bonding activity will take place on the middle Sunday.
However, these efforts will be requited in various ways, for example in terms of soft skills acquired by the students by the end of the courses.
Furthermore, internationality and heterogeneity of the students will entail confronting different approaches to studying and working, broadening the participants’ minds.
The final examination consists in the presentation in front of a jury of the personal professional project which the candidates will prepare utilizing what they’ve learned in the courses. Each candidate will receive a diploma mentioning the mark obtained.
The Communication course focuses on communication (soft) skills to pitch a business idea and comprises both lecture and tutorial sessions and a pitch session in the final, as outlined below.
Total 7.30 h: 1.30 h/lecture + 2 x 1.30 h/tutorial sessions (two groups: 25 + 25 students) + 3 h pitch session
1 – Lecture
- Communication (soft) skills
- How to structure a presentation
- Interview and pitching skills
- Pitching for Target Audiences:
- Business Partners
- Potential Customers
- Media & Press
- Job interview
2 – Tutorial Sessions
- Case studies
- Structure a Pitch Presentation for your target audience
3 – “Pitch Me Up” and “Pitch My Idea” session
- 3 min pitching time
- 3 min Q&A
The objective of this lecture is to give the students a global vision of the company and its environment: what the goals are, and how the strategies of the companies and the economic environment are linked together.
As to management, concepts such as the tasks of a manager, leadership, skills required, and work specificities will be introduced, using Project Management terminology and methodology.
A special emphasis will be given to the importance of communication in a multicultural environment, to the bases of cultural differences, and to the intercultural management.
New Technology for Information and Communication
The aim of the course is to provide the participants with the necessary tools on the new technologies of information and communication to help them in their everyday tasks as researchers.
The courses will focus on the following topics:
Basic introduction to computer hardware and software: Here the goal is to be able to identify a simple problem and explain it, in adequate terms, to the IT technician in order to solve your problem in a short period of time. Also we will answer the fundamental question: what software should I use for a specific task?
Templates (word and PowerPoint): We will learn how to create, modify and use a template in order to draft a paper, prepare a poster and make a PowerPoint presentation. Tips will be given for making an enticing PowerPoint presentation.
References manager: drafting a paper with many references could be tricky. Here we will define our needs in terms of references manager.
Social networks and e-reputation: We will see the difference between the professional network and facebook and twitter.
An overview of project management tools will be provided (Gantt diagrams, Web calendar, file sharing and web search).
The protection and valorisation of technological and commercial assets of a company is essential.
The technological asset of a company is the set of knowledge for product manufacturing (R&D included), the production processes, and the service performance.
The main tool to protect and increase the value of the technological assets of a company is the patent.
The commercial asset of a company includes, among the others, the “company name” and the relevant “product or service names” or “logos”, which are used every day to promote the company in the market. The main tool to enhance such a commercial asset is the trademark.
The portfolio of patents, trademarks and other assets, if any, constitute the Intellectual Property asset of a company. Especially in the technological advanced fields, such a portfolio may constitute one of the most important and economic “intangible assets” of a company. Consequently, it is essential to take care of it more and more.
Personal Professional Project
The course of PPP aims at improving the methodology of the students to identify their personal skills/value as experts and future workers, preparing them at creating a merchandizing structure (start-up mainly) or activity based on these personal skills/value.
In this perspective, all the knowledge/know-how brought by the other courses will be used to analyze the international market and societal needs etc…and transform these personal competencies into professional project.
This course will strengthen abilities to work in group, intensively with focused objectives. The result of this work will be evaluated through an 15 min oral presentation and 10 min questions.
The lecture is organized as follows:
1. Assessment of competence and CV, preparation
2. Methodology presentation
3. Team work and evaluation
The course aims at introducing elements of methodology in managing and planning complex applied research projects, in which many peoples are involved and several activities have to be identified, evaluated, planned and controlled for their effective execution.
The course is organized in three distinct phases.
In the first one elements on the theory of project management, in terms of planning, controlling and reporting, are given by a classical lecture.
Then, in the second phase, an example of practical application is illustrated to the students by the teacher.
In the last phase, students will be divided in groups and will apply themselves the methodology to case studies, suitable for a classroom coming out from different scientific backgrounds.
Risk capital and funding
A short survey concerning the different typologies of financial funds able to fit with the Innovation need will be given.
Moving from seed capital up to venture and equity through crowdfunding, the lesson will be focused on the different capital need that a scientist has to face when moves from the lab toward a business application of his/her scientific knowledge.
The talk will be also strictly connected to the awareness of the real or intangible assets that a “newco” may rely on as like to the basic features to introduce a proposal to the Financial Community.
The course will address the issues of transferring scientific and technological results from lab-scale to the market.
Starting from understanding the concepts of innovation, we will introduce the driving forces that enable a successful adoption of a technology into products and services delivered to final customers. Specifically, will describe the processes of understanding the gap between technology and customers’ needs and present some useful tools to support such processes.
Fundamental concepts will be discussed, such as Porter’s Five Forces to understand the competitive environment, the Marketing Framework (3C-STP-4P) to map the target market, and the Business Model Canvass, to create a unitary vision.
Finally we will briefly introduce the basic concepts of licensing and start-up creation. Examples will be given and an in class exercise will be proposed.
Seminars are an essential part of the school program: they either focus on a particular aspect of the courses or provide a direct connection with all the research and development stakeholders (universities, research centres, industries, science/technology parks, incubators). Below are the seminars given during the previous editon of the school.
According to the Oxford Dictionary team bonding is: “The action or practice of seeking to improve the effectiveness, cohesiveness, and morale of a team of people (typically in sport or in the workplace), especially by means of activities or events intended to increase motivation and promote cooperation; the result of this, increased cohesion or morale in a team of people.”
In SoSMSE 2020 team bonding is an essential part of the training, because any skill related to the capability of working in team and being able to forge bonds with the co-workers will be pivotal in all careers.
So, apart from the very format of the school, the courses of which are organized around groups, one day will devoted to a special team bonding out door activity, combining work and …. FUN.
Further details are omitted for the time being, not to spoil the surprise.
Students are required to send their application by June, 27th 2021 via our online form.
A short CV and a presentation letter by a professor from the applicant’s home institution must be attached.
The fee amounts to 1500,00 euro, and covers all the costs related to tuition, boarding and lodging, and social events.
Bursaries are available for master and PhD students enrolled at UniGe or other Italian universities, and for newly graduated students. Each bursary will cover two thirds of the participation fee, and will be assigned on merit basis.
The bursary application can be indicated in the school application form, and will be taken in consideration if all the required documents are provided (i.e. CV, presentation letter, and precompiled official transcript of records).
Admission will be notified by July, 1st 2021 together with the coordinates for the payment.
School Attendance Rules
Attendance at all lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops is compulsory. Group work can extend into the evenings
Twice per day (mornings, afternoons), students will be required to sign the attendance sheet.
Students commit themselves to participating actively in every task given to the group they have been assigned to, the team building event included.
Participation in the Social Program (city visit, social dinner, and video and photo-session) is mandatory, too.
No diploma will be issued to those who fail to comply with these rules.
You are requested to arrive in Genoa on Sunday, July 18th, by 5:00 pm, in order to participate in the Welcome Dinner.
Bring a laptop! It will be necessary during the school attendance and the group work. A wifi connection will be provided both at the University and the hotel.
The team building event is an outdoor activity, for which sneakers and sport clothing are advisable.
And don’t forget to bring swimsuit and towel, one never knows……
During SoSMSE all the non-local participants (lecturers included) will be lodged at the same hotel in foot distance from the Department of Physics. Sharing the same accomodation help establishing the right atmosphere of collaboration between teachers and students.
Meals will be eaten in the University canteen in Corso Gastaldi.
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