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This workshop is a unique opportunity to invest in yourself, your career, and the broader research community. Gain insights, build connections, and leave empowered to shape the future of research.


Join this in-person workshop, facilitated by Natacha Wilson, to explore the skills and mindsets needed to thrive in research and positively influence your environment.

The way we work and interact, with our peers and wider networks, has a huge influence on research outputs and outcomes. Our day-to-day practices directly influence how we, and our colleagues, work in this shared ecosystem.

A powerful workshop for researchers wanting to increase their impact and energy at a strategic time.

This workshop aims to provide you with a priority of core skills and mindsets to help you thrive in research and positively influence your working environment. You will also be able to share your lived experience with peers and participate in focused discussions.


At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Define the role/importance of core skills and mindsets to help you thrive in research (Academia and beyond):   Openness, Collaboration/Networks, and Creativity/Innovation.
  • Recognise the importance and influence of your own thinking styles (mindsets) and behaviours (knowledge, skills and more) to support an innovative research culture.     
  • Prioritise areas supporting your own personal development.
  • Encourage best practice and share your experience with peers.


DPhil students and Research staff.




Natacha Wilson, founder of Cambridge Insights, is a leadership development consultant in the fields of research and innovation. She runs development workshops and programmes for research-intensive institutions, governments, and innovative organisations in the UK and overseas. Her aim is to support researchers, game changers and aspiring leaders, increase their positive impact and shape sustainable futures. Her research interest focuses on identifying the combination of skills, behaviours and mindsets needed to become a successful authentic leader and create a positive impact towards solving global challenges.  

Natacha is a mentor on the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network and a coach on the Homeward Bound Leadership Programme, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. Natacha has held roles as Board member on diverse organisations and is a member of NEDonBoard, the professional body for board members in the UK. She is also a member of RRING, the responsible research and innovation network. 

A message from Natacha

"Navigating our volatile, ambiguous, complex and uncertain research environments can impact our ability to prioritise and focus on what matters. This workshop aims to provide clear connections between three key skills that impact personal impact and contribute to a thriving research ecosystem. It can be used as a road map to develop strengths and increase one's strategic outlook, as well as provide an opportunity to lead by example. This workshop has been developed with inputs from researchers and draws on evidence based research. It places people working in research at the heart of the ecosystem. I really look forward to meeting participants and explore the three skills of collaboration, openness and innovation."


14th February  2024 | 10.00 - 15.00


Book your place on 'Shaping research culture' by clicking here.

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