The first INSPIRATION network training workshop was hosted in Manchester, UK, 20-22 March 2017 on the theme of Project management - academic and industry focus, strategies for effective knowledge transfer and science dissemination. The workshop was attended by fellows and members of their supervisory teams. Over the two days the participants were introduced to the principles and application of effective project management for research and commercial activities. They also learnt about building personal and professional resilience as a researcher and developing effective communication skills. This included group-based exercises in the organisation of an international research conference and presentation of their proposals to a mixed audience of scientists, engineers and non-specialists, as an exercise in persuasive communication, understanding stakeholder perspectives and translating science into knowledge-based outputs.