Doctoral Supervision (September, 6th-7th, 2022) – CANCELLED


The success of doing a doctorate depends not only on whether the doctoral candidates are suitable and skilled for this research. Rather guidance and support by the supervisor(s) can often make the difference between success and failure. Some say, up to 50% of a successful doctorate are hidden in the relationship called supervision.

In this workshop, you will discuss the criteria defining a good doctoral supervision and reflect upon optimal relationships between doctoral candidates and supervisors. The role of the supervisor and her or his style of supervision will be the central aspect of this course: How do I listen actively, and give constructive feedback? How will I communicate effectively, and support the doctoral candidate to also communicate appropriately, in order to reach her or his goals in time? How do we align expectations? When should I decide for or against a prospective doctoral candidate’s request for support? What is my role as (informal) co-supervisor?


  • Supervisor’s role and the supervisory relationship
  • Dialogue skills – early warning signs, active listening and feedback
  • Aligning reciprocal expectations, identify and solve problems
  • Exchange of experiences among peers


  • Trainer input, feedback and discussions
  • Collaborative generation of solutions
  • Simulations and role plays
  • Tandem/group exercises and individual reflection

A preparatory online-survey will be conducted among the workshop participants two weeks prior to the workshop. This survey will include a self-assessment of your supervision skills and experiences, including current challenges and the individual learning goals of participants.

Target Group: Postdocs and Junior Research Group Leaders from all Disciplines

Trainer: Dr. Anja Timmernann | Coach for Knowledge Projects and Communication Trainer


  • Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: S1|21 Ingenium House (Magdalenenstr. 25) Room A105

Language: English

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (opens in new tab) and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:

Anja Timmermann studied Communication and Publication Sciences, medieval and modern History and Sports (Universities of Heidelberg, Hamburg and Göttingen). She received her PhD from University of Leipzig in Economic History/ European Overseas History. Anja worked as a video journalist, is a certified business coach and trainer, and founded the “Own your Knowledge Academy”. She specializes on narrative coaching, storytelling and design thinking. Her mission is to empower people with knowledge, experience and ideas for solving future problems while growing personally into a leadership mindset and becoming successful as experts and thought leaders. Her approach is to develop the quality and clarify the messaging.

Her motto: Own your Knowledge. Tell your Story.

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.

The following applies only to trainings in the qualification programme:

  • The registration form must be signed by your supervisor or adviser.
  • You can register for up to five events per programme.
  • Please send your registration as a scanned pdf version by e-mail.


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