Network IQ Academy for PhDs

Open Science, Open Innovation, Open-to-the-World

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The core benefits of Network IQ Academy for PhDs:

  1. Become a self-confident, mature, and mission-driven researcher 
  2. Connect to the local and global research community in your area of expertise
  3. Find your voice as an advocate of your research group and connect with key opinion leaders 
  4. Build diverse networks across the silos of research, industry, entrepreneurship and government 
  5. Learn how to improve performance when working in hybrid or fully digital work environment

Talent accelerator for PhD students and early-career researchers

This 12-month blended education programme consists of:

  • Access to Network IQ Academy on Cahoot Learning 
  • Masterclasses with renowned faculty 
  • 4 career coaching sessions in small peer groups
  • 8 weeks of micro-coaching courses for LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Community gatherings on LinkedIn LIVE for global visibility, inspiration and e-networking

The programme is supported by experts from the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC) at Alliance Manchester Business School. The University of Manchester is #1 in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings in 2021 against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Connecting PhD talent locally and globally

I was an immigrant, so when I came to the UK for my PhD progamme, I had zero networks. You come from somewhere and you need to start from scratch. And to thrive, you really must understand the value of networks. During the Network IQ Academy at the University of Manchester, I learnt how to be strategic in building my networks and developed Network IQ skills. It really made a difference. I gained confidence and connections. And I raised 200,000 EUR seed funding for my health tech startup.

Dr Fatemeh Ameri

Accelerating tech transfer & innovation

The Network IQ Academy at the University of Manchester changed the course of my biotech startup. I've made great connections from four continents. And I have since then engaged in many meaningful conversations with around a hundred business leads and new investment opportunities. Just recently, we secured pre-seed funding of 200,000 USD from venture capital.

Dr Mohammad Khalil El Hajj

About Network Intelligence

Network Intelligence is a system-level innovation methodology. It’s core measurement instrument is the Network IQ (nIQ) Index.

Network IQ Index assesses a set of core competencies which enable individuals to identify and activate their networks for innovation and purpose-driven growth.

It is designed for optimising individual productivity and an entrepreneurial mindset in hybrid or fully digital teams and communities.

Network Intelligence was conceptualized by Prof. Dr Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj based on her book “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, 15+ years of empirical research on innovation networks in Europe, the US, and China, including the EIT KICs.

Network Intelligence builds on the theories of Prof. Dr Manuel Castells, #1 Communication Scholar in the World, such as the network society, innovation milieus, and power based on mass-self communication.

Dr Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj, Honorary Professor at MEC Alliance Manchester Business School, introduces the Network Intelligence (nIQ) Academy

Who is it for?

In industry

  Candidates for industrial PhDs 

  Researches engaged in transformative technology and innovation collaborations and projects

In academia

 PhD students in need to get better connected with the global science community

 Women in STEM

 Im/migrant researchers in need to get better connected with local communities

In entrepreneurship

  Owners of patents, founders and SMEs who want to build a sustainable global business

  Post-docs engaged in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship 

In government

 Administrators responsible for science internationalisation, knowledge transfer, and industry-academia partnerships

Programme Outline

– Introduction to Systems/Network Thinking and community building

– Understand what is Network Intelligence, key terminology and research

– Define personal Network IQ Skills and Profile needs for a successful global career in science

– Learn how to interpret your own individual Network IQ scoring results, networking patterns and micro-behaviours

– Map your ecosystem and identify key communities for a global science career 
– Review scenarios and behaviours for diverse e-networking opportunities 
– Practical workshop to optimise strategy on LinkedIn – Review scenarios and behaviours for diverse e-networking opportunities 
– Practical tips on how to optimise hybrid multicultural teams

– Learn to identify teammates, peers and influencers with high Network IQ
– Design the engagement plan  with “the right people”
– Learn how to manage difficult relationships online and offline in multicultural teams  
– Learn how to build your repuion and digital identity on LinkedIn

– Assess your community and draft an expansion plan
– Validate capability to influence your collaborators and public opinion
– Build foundations for a successful purpose-driven career

Meet Network IQ Inventor and Master Coach

Prof. Dr Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj

Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj is the inventor of Network IQ based on 15+ years of research on innovation networks in Europe, the US, and China, and an Honorary Professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. Daria is a high-level advisor at the European Commission, Digital Leader of the World Economic Forum, women advocate at Vital Voices Global Partnership, and the founding board member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Author of the book Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Growth Model for Europe beyond the Crisis” with a Preface by Manuel Castells.

Meet Programme Faculty

Paul Marca

Former Stanford University Associate Vice Provost and Network IQ Ambassador

Mr. Paul Marca is Principal at Parallax Global Advisors, LLC a firm which provides strategic advice to universities, corporations and governmental organizations on how to develop and extend education as a means to sustain organizational vitality and innovation. As former Associate Vice Provost at Stanford University, Paul was responsible for an extensive industry education portfolio of
hundreds of courses annually. He also serves as an advisor to numerous startups including Eightfold.AI, Youtopian World, Leadernomics, Draper University, Apollidon and Cahoot Learning. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the American University of Phnom Penh.

Dr Paul Tolchinsky

Author of “Whole-scale Change” and Network IQ Ambassador 

Dr. Tolchinsky has been consulting to major corporations around the world for the past forty years. He has extensive experience in managing large system change efforts; new plant design and start-ups; redesigning organizations (both public and private sector); and employee involvement and participative work systems. Paul’s expertise is in the design of systems, applying socio-technical systems principles to organizations. He is the author of a chapter in Peg Holman and Tom DeVane’s book The Change Handbook (1999 and 2005) and co-author of two books on Large Group Methods entitled: Unleashing the Magic in Organizations: The Whole-Scale Approach and Unleashing the Magic: A Toolkit (2000).

Tim Wasserman

Chief Learning Officer and Network IQ Ambassador

Tim helps organizations and individuals plan, implement and scale strategic talent and learning initiatives that improve their organization’s alignment, and transform their innovation and adaptive execution capabilities. He has 25+ years of experience developing and implementing enterprise-wide initiatives for global clients including Apple, Barclays, Boeing, Cisco, Cognizant, EU Parliament, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Nationwide, Nordstrom, Prudential, Saudi Industrial Development Fund, and Visa. As Chief Learning Officer for TwentyEighty Strategy Execution (formerly IPS Learning & ESI International), he helped develop, direct and scale university partnership programs including the award-winning Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) program.

How is it done?

Active learning with cohorts

Learners will acquire skills in small cohorts of like-minded peers to build from the first day a supportive community, internalize learnings and identify ways to maximize impact.

Deep reflections

Learners will have the opportunity to reflect, analyse and immediately apply what they have learned, under the mindful supervision of the Network IQ Inventor and

Real-time insights

Learners get real-time insights that help set their pace and accelerate individual learning and careers by accessing new opportunities.

Immersive experience

Learners get curated content and personal access to Superconnectors who can help boost their confidence and global visibility for immediate collaboration with their peers.

Time commitment and pricing

This 12-month Programme consists of on-demand access to an online learning platform, 4 online instructor-led seminars of 2h  – 3.5 hours with renowned faculty, 4 career coaching sessions in small peer groups, and regular community online gatherings. 

Students are welcome to enrol in the Programme anytime during the calendar year. They will be matched with one of the international cohort with students from other research centres based on their preferences and profile.

The programme is modular, flexible and designed for self-paced learning with a strong philosophy for community experience.

The monthly subscription price is 1.188 EUR (+VAT) per year.* 

Please contact us to discuss group pricing.


*99 EUR per month option available if paid by students directly

Ewelina Bielawska

Programme Manager


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Learning outcomes

The training provides practical competencies and capabilities and priceless networking opportunities to accelerate research and innovation careers:


  • New powerful micro-habits based on application in daily work routines of the Network IQ skills to improve teamwork and teaming capacity in multicultural environments
  • Utilizing the Purpose-Network-Fit to identify and build trust-based relationships with the right people
  • Awareness of an individual mix of 5 Network IQ Profiles to align networking with concrete objectives at the given career stage
  • Practical ways to activate existing networks and connections 
  • Monitoring and improvement plans for networking oneself in the key communities for a innovative career opportunities 
  • Building a science and innovation career long-term plan
  • Identifying, activating and mobilizing networks and digital ecosystems on a pathway to become a key opinion leader

Alumni Community

Every enrolled participant  is welcome to join the alumni community. The community is focused on continuous learning, inspirational meetings and  excelling in science. 

The benefits of being part of this peer-to-peer learning community are: 

  • Engagement with peers who understand the value of networking
  • Support in building a career in science
  • Staying connected for new opportunities
  • Building global networks
  • Building networks across the silos of research, business, government and society
  • Getting visibility in professional communities such as Linkedin

Join others who accelerate their success using Network Intelligence

“The Network Intelligence methodology has the potential to soon become a mainstream entrepreneurship teaching method next to lean, agile, and business model canvas. I highly recommend adopting Network IQ philosophy as a key business asset for scaling entrepreneurial ventures and internationalising science based start-ups”.

Tony Walker

​​“Eindhoven Engine invests in challenge-based, social impact, deep-tech projects. The Network Intelligence instruments, processes, and online courses made a real difference for my team. We are better equipped to engage with our partners from industry and academia, and to attract global talent by building our brand online.”

Katja Pahnke

Network Intelligence methodology

At the core of Network Intelligence which is manifested through an entrepreneurial mindset and a set of practical digital skills, is a replicable mass innovation model of networking strategies, processes and governance across the silos of research, education, industry and entrepreneurship. 

This model informed the set up and governance of the EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities – a transformative, multibillion EUR policy experiment of the European Commission, which changed dozens of ecosystems across Europe and created thousands of deep-tech ventures including 9 unicorns.The Network IQ is a measurement of Network Intelligence. We define Network intelligence as a capacity to turn people in your networks into collaborators who help you and your team increase performance, innovate and grow with a purpose in mind.

Network intelligence becomes visible in many ways. For example, you can increase the brand loyalty of your clients by building a user community. Or, when solving a complex problem, you tap on collective intelligence to crowdsource information and quickly find the right expert. And, when an opportunity arises, you are one of the first persons to know about it because you have a certain reputation and are connected to the right people in your social networks.

The Network IQ Assessment instrument is part of the innovation methodology based on the research by Prof. Daria Tataj, one of the leading European experts in innovation policy, with Prof. Manuel Castells, #1 most Communication Scholar in the world, the Winner of the Holberg Prize 2012. The key element of this methodology is the Network IQ Index which is based on seven core competencies validated as baseline network literacy for competitive environments, open innovation strategies, multiple helix collaborations, and fully digital workplace. 

The Network IQ Index is an indicator that predicts how effective you will be turning social networking opportunities into growth, finding the “Right Person”, innovating, building digital trust, or defining a clear purpose as at the first step to find a purpose – network – fit. The Network IQ questionnaire makes reflecting on how strategic are your networking activities, what are your skill strengths and skill gaps.

The Network IQ Index indicates a potential of a person to become an influential leader of virtual teams, partnerships, and digital communities.The focus on building a baseline of Network Intelligence to enable new ways of how teams become more effective when networking in a digital environment or to become more innovative for improving business growth, career impact or in making meaningful change. 

The programme guides participants through a structured process during which they master a set of skills, competencies, and processes to interpret Network IQ individual scoring reports, enabling them to convert those reports into meaningful outcomes. Through learning-by-doing, participants will become skilled at inspiring long-lasting digital behaviour change and building their coaching practice with measurable objectives and towards a meaningful purpose.

Network IQ Alliance

The project calls for harnessing the power of networked communities to scale-up and accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial universities, enabling them to:

  • build forward better ecosystems both physical and digital;
  • use existing and new networks more effectively;
  • direct better capacity building for stakeholder and client success;
  • optimise existing networks for better sharing, selling, innovating, partnering and fundraising;
  • build self-confidence, responsible leadership and change leaders;
  • address the innovation ‘stickiness factor’ for long-term benefit;
  • drive real social change at scale in the research and innovation community.

Network IQ Alliance partners aim to accelerate the health, manufacturing, green and digital transformation, and deepen the integration of industrial regions, which are Emerging Innovators with regions that reinvented themselves and became Moderate and Strong Innovators.

Through the Innovation Vision Action Plan, the project aims to execute and act on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Strategic Innovation Agenda. Network IQ Alliance is focused on transforming individuals and teams with skills to immediately reach out to their network, procure resources, achieve purpose and objectives for immediate success and long-term impact – all using technology.

During the pilot phase the project will:

  • support five innovative SMEs via multidisciplinary research teams;
  • train 130 students with nIQ skills for developing innovation, fundraising and global market access, including 15 students mentored;
  • train 15 academic staff and mentor 5 in nIQ to embed in their HEI’s innovation/entrepreneurship education;
  • train 15 non-academic staff and mentor 5 to embed nIQ in their HEI’s strategy and processes;
  • establish two nIQ ‘train the trainer’ centres at HEIs for popularising the methodology;
  • form one new collaborative partnership in the knowledge triangle.

The Network IQ Alliance results and outcomes will be successfully translated into real-world impact aligned with the priorities of EIT Manufacturing, EIT Health, ETI Digital and EIT Climate.