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3-part series of seminars “Leadership Acceleration Program for Women in Academia; Increase your influence!”

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will hold a seminar series to support the improvement of leadership and management skills of female researchers. Dr. Iris WIECZOREK, President of IRIS Science Management Inc., will be the lecturer.
This is a three-part seminar series that provides practical knowledge on leadership and research management skills, and the seminars will be held #1 December 4th 2023(On-Site),#2 January 17 th(Online) and #3 February 7th(Online) 2024.

It is possible to register for single seminar. (If the number of applications exceeds the seminar series capacity, a lottery will be held.)
*The Application deadline for the first session of the seminar has been extended (updated 11/10/2023).

Registration Form

Overview of the seminars

Seminar Title 3-part series of seminars “Leadership Development Training Program for Female Researchers Who Want to Become PIs”
Date/Time ①Dec/4/2023(On-site at Mid-Campus Open Laboratory Bldg #1, Hokkaido Univ.) 
②Jan/17/2024(Real-time online attendance with zoom.) 
③Feb/7/2024(Real-time online attendance with zoom.)
All seminars are held from 9:00-13:00.
Targeted participants Female researchers(Associate Professor, Lecturer, Assistant Professor, postdoctoral fellows, etc. *including special appointment)affiliated with Hokkaido University and KNIT Joint Organization*¹
Capacity 14 participants per seminar (If the number of applications exceeds the seminar capacity, a lottery will be held.)
How to apply Please use the application form below to apply.
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Application deadlines ①Nov/16/2023(Thu)
③Jan/17/2024 (Wed)
Lecturer Dr. Iris WIECZOREK/IRIS Science Management Inc.
Language English
Tuition fee Free
Enquiries Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) , Hokkaido University
TEL 011-706-3625

KNIT Joint Organization*¹・・・MURORAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Kitami Institute of Technology, Amino Up Co., Ltd., NITTO DENKO CORPORATION.

Session Contents

Session 1: December 4, 2023(On-Site at Hokkaido Univ.)

Theme Session 1: Managing Yourself & (Self-)Presentation
Date/Time Dec/4/2023  9:00 – 13:00
Place Hokkaido Univ.,Mid-Campus Open Laboratory Bldg #1


Session 2: January 17, 2024(Online)

Theme Session 2: Building Your Team
Date/Time Jan/17/2024  9:00 – 13:00


Session 3: February 7, 2024(Online)

Theme Session 3: Conflict Management
Date/Time Feb/7/2024  9:00 – 13:00


Voice of previous participants

  • Use of the skills I learnt from the seminar to my daily life in lab and life.
  • The interactive style was very effective.
  • Found useful advice for developing my scientific career.
  • Find my weakness and room to improve my skills.
  • This event provided the grate opportunity for us to learn new things and evaluate the works of ourselves.
  • I like the personal 1-1 exchange with lecturer, and exchange between participants
  • Thank you so much for the splendid sessions and networking, which is greatly valuable.

    About the Lecturer

    Dr. Iris WIECZOREK

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek studied Japanese and Chinese Studies, and Computer Science at the University of Hamburg. She has nearly 30 years of Japan experience, is involved in research management and training activities for over 20 years, and has a broad knowledge about the academic and scientific systems in Europe and Japan. In 2000, she joined the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies in Hamburg, a member institute of the Leibniz Association, where she has been working in comparative assessment of the Japanese research and innovation system. In 2008, she established the Japan Office of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Tokyo, and acted as its director until 2012. Subsequently, she founded IRIS Science Management Inc, a Tokyo-based company specialized in career development training, diversity training, research management and in supporting “International Relations In Science”. Her work is based on a broad and trustable network in the scientific(political) communities in Japan and Europe, and she is member of various Japanese research policy committees.