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EMBO Self-Leadership Workshop for Women in Science

In a significant partnership with EMBO, this esteemed workshop makes its debut in Türkiye, offering a distinctive opportunity for women scientists.

This event provides a valuable platform for women in the field of science to nurture their self-leadership skills. Guided by exceptionally qualified trainers, participants will embark on a 2.5-day exploration, delving into the intricate domains of self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.

This workshop is dedicated to empowering women scientists by equipping them with the essential tools and insights required to navigate their professional and personal journeys with confidence and authenticity. Through a scholarly and serious approach, participants will actively engage in substantive discussions and practical exercises meticulously designed to enhance their leadership acumen.

This workshop beckons those interested to embrace the transformative potential of self-leadership while fostering connections with fellow women scientists in a setting that harmonizes academic rigor with professional growth.


At the end of the workshop, the participants will:

  • Recognize that good leadership starts within,
  • Be more aware of their values, strengths, achievements and intentions,
  • Understand how personality, biases and stereotypes (theirs and those of others) impact their (professional) life,
  • Have a clearer view of their different roles in all areas of their life, what is most important in each one, and how to achieve this,
  • Feel strengthened in their capacity to find effective and satisfying ways to deal with challenges concerning their various role,
  • Identify their own strategies to develop their self-leadership.


Melissa Davies
Stéphanie Ruder Schoof

Workshop Details

Duration: 2.5 days

Dates: April 24-26, 2024

Application Deadline: December 31st, 2023

Location: Koç University, Istanbul

The format of the workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving case-studies, role play, small group work and discussion sessions. Participants will be actively involved in the course, discussing their own life and leadership experiences and self-reflecting in a guided process. They will be taught leadership and self-focused techniques that can be readily used in daily life to enhance their leadership, success and satisfaction.


  • Women scientists from all disciplines in Türkiye are eligible to participate.
  • Applicants should hold a PhD degree
  • Due to limited seats, participants are expected to commit to the entire workshop, ensuring a coherent and enriching learning environment.

The course fee is sponsored by EMBO; however, participants are responsible for their accommodation and travel expenses.

Application Process

Applicants will undergo a selection process conducted by a committee. Successful applicants will be notified via email at the beginning of February 2024.


Selection Committee

Assoc. Vice President for Research and Development & Sponsored Research Office Director Erdem Alaca
Vice President for Academic Affairs Zeynep Gürhan Canlı
Assoc. Prof. at College of Sciences Elif Nur Fırat Karalar
Assoc. Dean of College of Engineering for Research and Development Özlem Keskin
Dean of Law School & Director of KOÇ-KAM & UNESCO Chair Holder in Gender Equality and Sustainable Development Bertil Emrah Oder
Gender Equality Coordinator Behice Pehlivan

Note on Self-Leadership Workshop for Women Scientists

EMBO was founded in response to the need for an organisation to represent the interests and achievements of molecular biologists in Europe. The majority of the programmes and activities that EMBO undertakes are likewise in response to community needs, expressed through the members or through the many scientists who make use of the EMBO programmes each year.

The Self-Leadership Workshop for Women Scientists has been developed in response to a need expressed by women, who often face sex-specific challenges in their work, and whose talent can be lost from science as a result.

In each of the years in which we have run and advertised the course, we have received criticism from concerned scientists of both sexes that a course run only for women is counter-productive to improving the situation. Those who have criticized us have acknowledged the challenges faced by women and have expressed a wish to address them, but have disagreed with our approach in this case. EMBO is mindful of and grateful for this constructive criticism. However, we also listen to the voices of women scientists asking directly for this training to boost their resilience, self-confidence and self-leadership.

On balance, therefore, EMBO will continue to offer the Self-Leadership Workshop for Women Scientists as part of our ‘Lab Leadership’ training. The feedback we receive is that the course is helpful for those who attend it. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that men can also benefit from this training, and that scientists of both sexes might prefer a more inclusive course. We therefore also run a version of this course for scientists of all genders that is also highly appreciated by those who attend it.

EMBO remains committed to promoting excellence in the life sciences through the selection, funding and fostering of talented researchers of both sexes.

– Maria Leptin, former EMBO Director

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your self-leadership skills and connect with fellow women scientists. Apply by December 31st for a chance to participate in this prestigious workshop!
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