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Online Workshop: “Fast Forward – The Ultimate Productivity System for Researchers” (7-week course, starting 17 October 2022)


We are happy to announce our next project management workshop “Fast Forward – The Ultimate Productivity System for Researchers” with Dr. Nadine Sinclair.

Achieve amazing productivity and reduce your stress level in 7 weeks by implementing the productivity secrets that allow management consultants and high-performing industry teams to generate results quickly.

  • Information event via Zoom: 22 September 2022: 11:00-11:30h
  • Live Kick-off: Monday, 17 October 2022, 10-11:30h
  • Duration: 7 consecutive weeks with weekly Q&A session on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 17:00-18:00h
  • Target group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students who would like to add effective project management to their skill set and apply the principles to their own research supported by an implementation phase offered during this course.
  • Webpage:
  • Credits / Certificate: After successfully completing the workshop (this includes completing the different modules AND attending the Q&A sessions), you will receive a certificate and/or 2.0 credits (for PhD students).
  • To register, please send an e-mail to, including a short motivation statement and your commitment to complete the course (PhD students: please register via StudIP between 1-20 August 2022)

This training is for you if you can attend all live Q&A sessions, have a project that you can work on during the course, are ready to roll up your sleeves to work with the tools and techniques and willing to engage with the trainers and your peers on these topics.
This training is not for you if you are just looking for information on personal productivity and project management, cannot take the time to attend the live Q&A sessions and implement the techniques, or are unwilling to engage in discussions with others.
Ideally the project should last at least 3 months from the beginning of the course and at minimum 8 weeks. Your project of choice should have a professional context – it can be a research project, writing a paper/thesis, literature search to define a project, job search or similar. 

This workshop has a different format than our other workshops as it is an online workshop running for 7 weeks including

  • Weekly pre-recorded lectures to watch at your own pace
  • Weekly 1-hour live Q&A session via Zoom video conference hosted by the trainer Nadine Sinclair to answer your questions ( Please note: If you miss more than one of the Q&A sessions you will neither receive a certificate nor any credits.)
  • Self-study workbooks and templates to help you implement the techniques in your projects with actionable feedback on weekly course assignments on a dedicated private community platform
  • Private community that allows you to interact with peers and exchange additional resources
  • Personal Productivity Score assessment at the beginning and end of the course
  • average workload per week: approximately 3-4h

Workshop Description:

Learn from an expert how powerful and transformative a simple and robust productivity system can be. Participate in this implementation program, which is a 7-week coaching program designed to help you implement an agile project and time management system in your research projects. It will transform the way you work and help you achieve new levels of clarity, focus and momentum in your projects, while reducing your stress level.

After more than five years of working for one of the most prestigious management consulting firms, Nadine set up her own ventures. Since then, she has been running several companies at the same time while traveling for 4-5 months every year, often asking herself what would have happened, if she had learned these skills earlier in her career when she was still in research. This program integrates her lessons and insights from the past 10 years of working with the top minds in consulting and industry, talking and listening to productivity experts and reading thousands and thousands of pages on the topic of productivity, learning and stress reduction.

Please check out the course webpage for further information on what the Fast Forward program includes in detail, how it works, how long the online material is accessible etc.

Once you have been enrolled in the course 

  • You will receive the course agreement with details about the prerequisites for being awarded credits and certificates (i.e. completion of all modules, participation in Q&A Sessions, completion of assignments), confidentiality and intellectual property
  • Once you have signed the course agreement electronically, you will receive a welcome e-mail with your access details to the course and the invitation to the group
  • You can access the Getting Started Module straight away, the remaining modules will be released one at a time every week.
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