"(Dr. Carl M. Cohen) qualifies as the de facto godfather of teaching EI (emotional intelligence) to scientists." F. Key Kidder, writing in the Sept. 2016 issue of  "Lab Manager" magazine. Read the full article "For Managers, Emotional Intelligence Trumps IQ" here

News: Science Management Associates announces a new workshop: “Hiring and retaining your science team: Interviewing, selecting and onboarding scientists, technical staff and managers.” Click here for details.



Dr. Carl M. Cohen was recently interviewed by Keisha Berkley, Manager of the NIH Training Center. Carl has been running workshops for the Training Center attended by NIH staff, managers and supervisors from throughout the NIH campus. Read the interview here.



What we do

Leadership and management skills are key factors in the success of scientific teams.

We provide proven, hands-on leadership and management training tailored specifically for scientists.


Science Management Associates is proud to be featured in recent commentaries in Science , Nature and Lab Manager



We run workshops that enable scientists to become better collaborators, managers and leaders. Our workshops focus on helping scientists improve their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.


We offer coaching for scientists or science executives seeking ongoing or one-time guidance or advice on the management of scientific organizations, projects or other scientists.


On-site consultation

We can help organizations with organizational and management structure, managing scientific projects, and mediating conflicts within science teams.



The Best of Lab Dynamics

Essential Skills for Science Managers and Leaders

This is a highly interactive day long workshop based upon Dr Cohen’s popular book “Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists.” The workshop distills key lessons for managing and leading a scientific team or group and for dealing with challenging situations and people in the scientific workplace. This is not a generic workshop – it is specifically focused on interactions which scientists have every day — discussing data, negotiating budgets or project plans, receiving and giving scientific criticism and dealing with interpersonal conflicts in the lab.

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Negotiation and conflict resolution for scientists

A workshop for scientists, researchers and research managers

So much of what takes place every day in the lab or in science team meetings involves resolving differences of opinion or accommodating multiple viewpoints in complex scientific discussions. Often such discussions engender strong emotions, leading the participants to engage in counterproductive behaviors. At times the scientific discussion can get de-railed by emotion laden interchanges, and projects can be hampered or even halted.

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Leading science meetings

A workshop for science and research managers, team leaders and executives

When team or project meetings are run well they can be an invaluable tool for communicating information and making decisions in the science workplace. When run poorly they can be a source of frustration. In this solution-focused half day workshop you will learn and practice the key elements of running productive and interactive team or project meetings in the science workplace.

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Carl M. Cohen, PhD

President of Science Management Associates

Dr. Carl M. Cohen has over 30 years of biomedical research and management expertise in both the public and private sectors. 



Lab Dynamics

Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists

We've recently published the second edition of Lab Dynamics, the premier guide to management and leadership skills for scientists.

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