Conflict management in academia - From squabbles to a culture of conflict

03.11.2020 von 09:00 bis 17:00

Graduate Center - ONLINE

Target Group:

This event is aimed for doctoral candidates of all faculties.

Information on the participation permit of postdocs can be found here.




Conflicts are unavoidable in the normal course of the working life, in academia as well as outside. Whether it is about subject specific differences, competition amongst colleagues or disagreements with the supervisor or boss – there are plenty of potentially explosive situations.

But it does not have to come to a detonation which damages the atmosphere in the long run! It is not difficult to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner and to solve them before they grow into a substantial problem. If conflict is neither ignored nor allowed to escalate into a personal power struggle and the own as well as the others’ motives are reflected upon, one can act consciously instead of only reacting emotionally. This way there is a chance of finding a solution with which all parties are satisfied.

This workshop conveys fundamental knowledge about dealing with conflict and trains the powers of observations as well as negotiation skills. The participants learn to better judge the impact of their behaviour and to develop strategies for solving conflicts. The workshop focus is:

  • Basics of conflict management: Subject and interpersonal levels in conflict situations
  • Give way and stop signs: Offering leeway, setting boundaries
  • Bad weather warning: Recognising conflict causes and signals in time
  • An eye for an eye until the bitter end? Win-win solutions as an alternative
  • Role-play: Methods of de-escalation
  • Looking in from the outside: Mediation as a tool for solving conflicts
  • Conflict management: My next steps



Registrations are welcome until 30 September 2020 via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 7 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons.

Please note:

There are 12 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message from us concerning this course there are no free places and unfortunately you cannot participate in this course.



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