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Online workshop “Supervisory Practice and Leadership in Science”, 26-27/28 April 2021


This hands-on workshop can provide significant insights in terms of supervisory work to Postdocs who want to improve their leadership skills.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 26-27/28 April 2021
Duration: 2 half-days (!), Monday: 9:00-13:30h (full group); Tuesday: 9:00-12:00h (group A); Wednesday: 9:00-12:00h (group B)
Location: The workshop will take place online. Log-in data will be provided to registered participants in due time.
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.

Workshop focus

Through self-assessment instruments, group discussions, and a series of interactive exercises and activities, you and your colleagues will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise when supervising students and/or technicians.

This online workshop promotes awareness of the participants’ own leadership profile and offers new approaches to explore. Since leadership styles are highly individual and situational, the coach does not judge styles as “good” or “bad,” but provides a nonjudgmental yet structured environment in which participants can discover what works for them.


Find out how your own leadership style affects research, achievements, and learning processes. You will gain insights into:

  • your self-understanding as a supervisor/leader
  • how different situations and people call for different leadership strategies  
  • how the motivation of your group members may be fostered
  • how to deal with challenging situations
  • how to communicate effectively with people who think differently
  • gender issues in your day-to-day work life


  • Blended-learning approach with synchronous and asynchronous units using Zoom video communication
  • PreWork, InBetweenWork and Postwork for self-studies: introspection and feedback
  • Teaching units: background information about leadership in the academic context
  • Interactive exchange in different group compositions – breakout sessions and group coachings
  • Encouragement & motivation
  • Exploring personal examples/experiences from the participants

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