The concept and the sessions – University of Copenhagen

The concept and the sessions

The aim of the programme is to help the participants take their research and career forward by creating valuable relations to external collaborators and to help them make more focused decisions.

The programme includes intensive coaching sessions focusing on personal aspects of the participating researchers such as their personal skills and challenges concerning relation building, as well as their ambitions and considerations of everyday choices in their academic life and future career paths. Moreover, the sessions will provide the participants with valuable insights on research collaboration from a business perspective and a stronger network.

The Young Investigator programme is tailored each year according to participant and coach feedback, but usually consist of two short internal sessions and two longer coaching sessions. 

The internal sessions

The preliminary internal group sessions takes place without the two business coaches. The sessions are primarily intended to introduce the participants to the case process. Focus will be on presenting the participants and describing the form and content of the process, and possibly selecting "buddies" among fellow participants - sparring partners for discussions between the sessions.

The first session will focus on aligning expectations, so the participants can get an idea of what to expect from the process, and they will receive information on what to include in their case description of business collaboration/establishing relations. To ensure consistency in the preparation of case descriptions, they are based on a paradigm with the headlines: What does the challenge involve? What are the obstacles? What are the success stories? The case descriptions must be submitted to the coaches prior to the coaching sessions to allow the coaches to prepare feedback. The participants will be assigned the task of preparing their case and to train their 'elevator pitch'.

The second internal group sessions will focus on pitch/presentation and the participants will present their case as a ‘elevator pitch’.

The coaching sessions

There will usually be two coaching sessions with intensive coaching by the business coaches. Each participant will have a 30 minutes coaching session in plenum.

The coaching sessions will combine input from the two coaches and reflection on the input by the participants. The 'hot-seat exercise' involves the individual participants short describing their case as well as the challenges they have met and the achievements they have made in connection with establishing relations to the business community.

Following a short presentation of the above in plenum, the coaches will ask critical/constructive questions and provide feedback.

Subsequently, the coaches will prepare a summary of the exercises focusing on the learning outcome, which will constitute the basis for a joint plenum discussion.

A draft agenda for the coaching sessions is below:

09.00 – 09.10: Brief welcome
09.10 – 10.40: 3 x hot-seat exercises of 30 minutes each
10.40 – 11.00: Break
11.00 – 13.00: 4 x hot-seat exercises of 30 minutes each
13.00 – 14.30: Lunch, plenum reflections and networking