Successfully Managing Conflicts

During Your Doctorate and beyond: The most important Techniques

2-days seminar, online or on-site

For up to 14 doctoral or postdoctoral researchers, in German or English

Your Benefit

Throughout your professional career you will encounter conflicts, for example due to different interests, goals, estimations, or expectations. Conflicts can originate from structural aspects like distribution of resources, from intrapersonal (individual) or from interpersonal (social) reasons. Many people avoid addressing conflicts or feel unsatisfied by the way they handle them. Rather than reacting on a purely emotional level, you can learn how to manage disputes and disagreements constructively and proactively, and to control your emotion and deal with the emotions of others.

In this course you will deepen your knowledge about conflicts, you will consider your own role in and contributions to conflicts, and you learn about possible alternatives to address conflicts in future.


  • Participants become aware of conflict types and dynamics
  • Participants learn how to address conflict and how to respond to criticism
  • Each participant can increase the individual range of possible responses to conflicts, based on a thoughtful understanding of conflict characteristics
  • Participants reflect their own behavior and set clear goals how to behave differently after the workshop


  • The different types of conflicts
  • Conflict dynamics
  • Personality types and conflict behaviour
  • How to address a conflict actively, clearly, and constructively
  • How to respond to criticism
  • Conflict escalation stages
  • Guidelines for preparing and leading a conflict talk
  • Dealing with your own emotions and that of others in conflict situations
  • Discussing selected real cases of the participants


The course consists of a diverting mixture of trainer input, practical exercises, and self reflection. You will gain ideas about how to improve your own communication behaviour and already start practicing this. Also the online version is very interactive using zoom technology with a lot of small group work.  

Exemplary Evaluations

for IGA Freiburg - on-site
for IGA Freiburg - on-site

Former Participants say


I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent [...] Strongly recommended!

The two-day online course on scientific presentation was really useful for me. [...] I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent. [...] it worked really well online. [...] Matthias was very engaging and the course was very interactive. [...]

What I found most special about this course is the very individualized feedback that each of us received on multiple aspects of presentation. Recording a video of us while presenting and then watching it and discussing it individually with Matthias was a very unique and useful experience which one rarely ever has when presenting in real life. [...]

I am really looking forward to my next talk [...] Strongly recommended!

Wala Jaser , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

One of my best experiences

Thank you for the amazing course. It was indeed one of my best experiences.
With a simple, vivid as well as professional way you managed to cover all the important topics how to successfully present scientific talks. There are some “secrets of success” that I was not aware.
Definitely, after your guidance I know how to give an excellent talk and my audience go back home happy for deeply understanding the take home message of my presentation.

Dimitra Vlachokosta , PhD student at IGBMC, France - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

You will never regret this decision!

[...] the 2 days online seminar on conducting scientific talks [...] is extremely worthy of visit. [...] 2 main reasons why [...] Firstly, during this seminar, I could gain a very good understanding of what makes scientific presentations convincing. [...] Secondly, I had an opportunity to give a presentation during the seminar [...] got quite valuable [...] feedback [...]

I felt like I was sitting at the real classroom even though it`s online [...]

I benefited a lot during this seminar. [...] I received a lot of valuable feedbacks about giving talks on stage. I would strongly recommend you to attend this seminar. You will never regret this decision!

Nan Zhang , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar
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