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The part of project management in Life sciences.
An interesting lecture in Science Mag:

As all scientists, finding great scientific hypotheses to solve tricky problematics of life sciences is the first step of our work. But transcribe these ideas and write grants to convince foundations / governmental institutions to support our researches is, nowdays, one of the major challenge. I’m wondering what is the impact of the implementation of PM techniques on scientific processes and what is the real part of marketing and political relationships compared to clear ideas of project management?

Does some of you want to share opinions or scientific histories?


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The problem with the article is that it's almost fifteen years old! I expect project management in the sciences world has probably progressed since the article.

How relevant is the article in 2016?

I still see engineering companies that are looking for "project managers" with an engineering degree but without any project management experience, skills or certification.
thanks for answer. I expected too but i'm not sure of the evolution of certified PMs in life science

That's why i'm looking for inputs.
I agree that an updated discussion is needed on this topic! I'm trying to find the same information. I have seen job ads for project managers in life science industry that are looking for business degrees or adjacent and not necessarily scientific knowledge, while their postdoctoral "entry" level scientist positions are all limited to hands-on R&D "bench" work without any management "desk" work.

In academia I'm seeing very very rarely some positions advertised as non-tenure-track faculty or (more commonly) staff positions in helping manage trainee/student/postdoc projects. In fact I'm about to start a job like that and interestingly there's no regard for project management formal qualifications, just having had success with one's own science projects is enough. I'm guessing this is because the hiring managers are themselves tenured science professors running large laboratories without any PM training or awareness either. So it seems like a prime area for growth in the biomedical research economy. The staff scientist subject matter expert that also has project management expertise! How would one market this and be taken seriously by the academic? How would one tailor their PM training and implementation appropriately, without examples/mentors in PM in their workplace? Is it worth the effort?????...
The follow up article in the 2 part series you linked to ( from now 16 years ago (but still the only article on the topic I can find?!?!) mentions learning Microsoft Project 2000 as a good starting point for PM skills. Is this still appropriate advice? Software and tools in PM have come a long way since then too... What's a good introductory user-friendly package that a beginner can pick up and use, that would apply specifically to life science research projects?

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