Communication and Conflict Management for Scientists (December 5th-6th, 2022)


In this workshop you will train how to effectively communicate with colleagues and supervisors as well as how to prevent and manage 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, often originated in miscommunication, can be achieved through changing perspectives. Using roleplays, we sensitize ourselves for possible sources of conflicts. You will learn about strategies to prevent conflicts and further how to minimize their negative outcome if they occur. Effective communication can be considered as the 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 using empathy strategically and we will further practice negotiation techniques, such as the Harvard principles. The work ethics in science and academia are given by Good Scientific Practice. You will learn about the essential – and in Germany also compulsory – DFG rules for Good Scientific Practice. Finally, we train applying these to resolve conflicts via 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 from all disciplines

Trainer: Dr. Alexander Britz | Trainer for Communication


  • Monday, December 5th, 2022 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom Pro. You will receive the link to log in to the virtual room via email by your trainer.

Language: English

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet) and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:

Alexander Britz 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.

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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