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Online - Successfully Solving Conflicts, during Your Postdoc and Beyond

Target group

The online workshop targets postdoctoral researchers.


Technical Requirements

We will use Zoom. Please participate from an undisturbed place. You’ll need a PC/laptop with video camera, microphone, headset/speakers, and a stable internet connection > 1,5 Mbit/s up-/downstream.



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. When leading a team, you will have to deal with conflicts within the team. 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.

You will learn about different conflict types and the related dynamics and have a chance to think about your own behaviour.

Single Topics:

  • 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
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • How to detect conflict within your team and when and how to react
  • Dealing with your own emotions and that of others in conflict situations
  • Discussing selected real cases of the participants



  • 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 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. Highly interactive online seminar using zoom technology with a lot of small group work.


Course Instructor

Dr. Matthias Mayer, Trainer and Coach


14 h


Thu, 12.05.2022, 09:00–17:30 h

Fri, 13.05.2022, 09:00–17:30 h


Please fill in the registration form and send it to


Online via Zoom

Max. No. of Participants