GerBI-GMB 2018 Core Facility Management Course

GerBI-GMB 2018 Core Facility Management Course

18 - 22 June 2018 | Konstanz - Reichenau Island

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Core Facility Management Course will mark the first course organised by the German BioImaging network successor; GerBI-GMB - The Society for Microscopy and Image Analysis.
The concept of core facilities, central hubs for demanding technical and analytics services, is rapidly changing how science is carried out at many research institutions. Core facility managers, often academically trained scientists, find themselves in a variety of different roles that demand a broad set of skills they traditionally haven’t been taught in their career. Managing budgets, structuring the facility to work most productively, recruiting the right people, negotiating with partners, clients and vendors, dealing with hierarchy and addressing role conflicts are some of the challenges core facility managers typically face. GerB-GMB in collaboration with hfp consulting, a group specialised in supporting scientists to improve their leadership and management skills, have developed an intense, interactive and highly specialised workshop that addresses these challenges.
Please find an event report about the GerBI Core Facility Management Course for Imaging Specialists 2014 in:
Imaging & Microscopy (page 12)

Course description

In this practical course, designed specifically for core facility managers in the life sciences, you will learn how to:

  • balance your different roles
  • build a productive team culture
  • deal with conflicts constructively
  • manage your time better
  • delegate tasks more effectively
  • deal with different personalities in the team
  • position your facility in your organisation strategically
  • negotiate more effectively
  • hire the right people
  • manage your budget

We approach these topics practically. Short theoretical inputs are followed by extensive exercises. Our goal is to increase the impact of the training by immediately applying the concepts we teach in partner exercises, case studies, and simulations during the workshop. The course language is English.

Course timeline
Monday, 18th June
Tuesday, 19th June
09.00 Start of the workshop
18.00 End of day 1
Wednesday, 20th June
09.00 Start of day 2
18.00 End of day 2
Thursday, 21st June
09.00 Start of day 3
18.00 End of day 3
Friday, 22nd June
09.00 Start of day 4
12.30-13.00 Wrap-up and farewell
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00 Departure


The workshop will be facilitated by members of the international team of hfp consultants.


Thomas Kessler, MBA, Consultant, Bonn
Thomas Kessler, MBA, Consultant, Bonn

Sašo Kočevar, Founder and Senior Consultant, Heidelberg
Sašo Kočevar, Founder and Senior Consultant, Heidelberg

Dr. Romilde Manzoni, Bioinfor- matician and Consultant, Barcelona
Dr. Romilde Manzoni, Bioinfor- matician and Consultant, Barcelona



Following institutes and organisations work with hfp consulting on a regular basis:

  • Ben Gurion University, Beersheba
  • EMBO, Heidelberg
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
  • PRBB Intervals Programme, Barcelona
  • School of Molecular Medicine, Milan
  •, Zürich
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot


The course will take place at the Ganter Hotel Mohren, Konstanz - Island Reichenau in Lake Constance (Germany).

Getting there and away

By train:

Konstanz main station is served by several railway lines:

  • from Stuttgart via Singen,
  • from Zürich by the Swiss Federal Railway, and
  • from Offenburg and Baden-Baden crossing the Black Forest.

By air:

  • Zürich Airport: direct train connection to Konstanz (~1 hour).
  • Friedrichshafen Airport: fast ferry service to Konstanz from Friedrichshafen harbour.

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility criteria
This course is meant for scientists working or planning to work in a life science core facility.

Application deadline
The deadline for participation has been extended until the 16th of May 2018. Places are allocated to eligible applicants on a "first come, first served" basis.

Cancellation policy
For cancellations received two months before the beginning of the course (15 April), fees will be refunded minus 25 € for administrative costs. After this two months rule, no refund will be possible for last minute cancellation or no-show. If cancellation is due to sickness then a medical certificate is required. Cancellations must be sent to Nadine Utz.

Past Courses and Evaluation

In 2013, representatives of the German BioImaging network and the trainer team of hfp consulting analyzed together the diverse career paths and working environments of imaging core facility leaders and developed the GerBI Core Facility Management Course. All annual courses received an excellent evaluation result:

Evaluation results

“I appreciated how the trainers were familiar with the details of a core facility and how they helped like-minded people from every region bond in a peer-like way”

“This course is a must to do for CF managers and I am happy and very satisfied that I could take part”

“The course was not a course. It became a stimulating and vibrant experience from which I have learned a great deal.”

“ I experienced many moments of recognition from past experiences where techniques taught in this course would have made a difference.”

Past courses [Links coming soon!]

  • GerBI Core Facility Management Course 2017
  • GerBI Core Facility Management Course 2016
  • GerBI Core Facility Management Course 2015
  • GerBI Core Facility Manangement Course for Imaging Specialists 2014
  • GerBI Core Facility Manangement Course for Imaging Specialists 2013

Registration and Pricing

GerBI-GMB Members

1900 Euro

Non GerBI-GMB Members

2600 Euro


  • Training by hfp consulting instrucors
  • Four nights accommodation at Ganter Hotel Mohren.
  • Breakfast at your hotel daily.
  • Lunch and dinner for duration of course.
  • Delegate rate for use of hotel conference

Please note the GerBI-GMB is an not for profit association.