Breaking Barriers: Mastering Effective Communication and Managing Conflicts (March 7th-8th, 2024)


This engaging workshop offers a hands-on approach to enhancing your communication skills with peers and superiors while providing strategies to prevent and manage potential conflicts.

We begin by increasing our level of empathy through analyzing the different layers of communication and separating the distinct sides of a message. Understanding conflicts, which often originate from miscommunication, can be achieved through changing perspectives. Using example scenarios, we sensitize ourselves to possible sources of conflicts. You will learn strategies to prevent conflicts and further how to minimize their negative outcome if they occur. Effective communication can be considered a key leadership skill, and we interactively train communication in both top-down as well as bottom-up leadership scenarios. Here, special emphasis is also put on giving and receiving feedback. As part of conflict resolution strategies, you will learn how to use empathy effectively and we will further practice negotiation techniques, such as the Harvard principles. Additionally, you will learn how mediators and ombuds persons can help with conflicts that spiral out of control. Finally, we apply our newly acquired skills to resolve conflicts through example study cases.


This workshop is highly interactive and builds on experience-based learning: we use short roleplays, group discussions and study cases.

Target group: Doctoral candidates and postdcos from all disciplines

Trainer: Dr. Alexander Britz | Trainer for Communication

Language: English


  • Thursday, March 7th, 2024 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, March 8th, 2024 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: S1 | 03 Old University Main Building (Hochschulstr. 1), Room 212

Registration: Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet).

Alexander Britz (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet)holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from TU Darmstadt, after studying Physics 2006 to 2012. He went to Hamburg for his doctorate and received his PhD from the University of Hamburg in 2017. After two years in the US, where he worked as a Postdoc at Standford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory he returned to Germany. Since 2020, he works as a trainer, coach and facilitator focusing on communication, innovation, sustainability and community in science.

His motto: Help young scientists appreciate academic life through being more effective, efficient and after all successful.

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