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Workshop “Supervisory Practice and Leadership in Science”, 17-18 June 2019


Scientists often follow their vocation with enthusiasm and a high degree of intrinsic motivation. Who chooses an academic career, must be able to complete an increasingly complex package of tasks after the doctorate at the latest, juggling research, teaching, acquisition of third-party funds, participation in congresses, publishing, committee work, self-marketing & networking, etc. There is not necessarily an awareness of the responsibility, which the role as a leader brings with it. Often there is also a lack of role models for the orientation in relation to the personal leadership role or to one’s own leadership self-understanding.

For leadership success, it is important that managers in science and technology are aware of their leadership role and the accompanying circumstances as well as of the needs of their staff. In many working groups at universities people from different backgrounds, countries of origin and different cultural backgrounds work together. Successful intercultural communication in everyday management life requires a conscious approach to foreign cultures. A high Empathy, cultural sensitivity and the willingness to look at things differently to recognise and include are crucial for this.

Leadership means giving people orientation and motivating them to achieve defined goals by giving their best. Leadership succeeds not based on a particular recipe, but a complex process, which draws on personal experience as a manager and as a guided person. The development of leadership skills is dependent on context, situation and people involved. Due to the different and changing challenges, executives acquire an individual set of leadership skills and ability to establish an own leadership profile. Leadership will only be successful if the executive is willing to reflect on one’s own personality and situations from everyday management life and brings this experience responsibly and appropriately to the everyday leadership.

Date: Monday and Tuesday, 17-18 June 2019
Duration: 1.5 days; Monday, 17 June 2018, 14-18h and Tuesday, 18 June 2018, 9-17h
Location: GZMB, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)
Trainer: Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi

Registration: Please register here and send an email to including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

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