Successfully Managing Conflicts

During Your Doctorate and beyond: The most important Techniques

For up to 14 doctoral or postdoctoral researchers, in German or English

2 days – online or on-site

Trainer: Dr. Matthias Mayer

Your Benefit

Throughout your professional career you will encounter conflicts, for example due to different interests, goals, estimations, or expectations. Conflicts can originate from structural aspects like distribution of resources, from intrapersonal (individual) or from interpersonal (social) reasons. Many people avoid addressing conflicts or feel unsatisfied by the way they handle them. Rather than reacting on a purely emotional level, you can learn how to manage disputes and disagreements constructively and proactively, and to control your emotion and deal with the emotions of others.

In this course you will deepen your knowledge about conflicts, you will consider your own role in and contributions to conflicts, and you learn about possible alternatives to address conflicts in future.


  • Participants become aware of conflict types and dynamics
  • Participants learn how to address conflict and how to respond to criticism
  • Each participant can increase the individual range of possible responses to conflicts, based on a thoughtful understanding of conflict characteristics
  • Participants reflect their own behavior and set clear goals how to behave differently after the workshop


  • The different types of conflicts
  • Conflict dynamics
  • Personality types and conflict behaviour
  • How to address a conflict actively, clearly, and constructively
  • How to respond to criticism
  • Conflict escalation stages
  • Guidelines for preparing and leading a conflict talk
  • Dealing with your own emotions and that of others in conflict situations
  • Discussing selected real cases of the participants


The course consists of a diverting mixture of trainer input, practical exercises, and self reflection. You will gain ideas about how to improve your own communication behaviour and already start practicing this. Also the online version is very interactive using zoom technology with a lot of small group work.  


What luck to be offered a place in his energetic courses

I had the pleasure of taking the 2-day “Professional Communication” and the 2-day “Leadership Skills” courses offered by Matthias [...]

At no point did I feel I was lacking any opportunity to ask questions or offer responses, to him or to the other participants. [...]

we were encouraged to send our goals and wishes for the course beforehand to help him tailor the course to us personally. I felt supported and considered throughout, and came away with valuable tips and methods that I would not have easily come across otherwise. [...]

What luck to be offered a place in his energetic courses, I am definitely looking forward to taking more in the future!

Xiulin Ng , Doctoral Student, University of Freiburg - Participant of two of our 2-days online Seminars: Professional Communication & Leadership Skills

Be ready to fail!

Leadership workshop with Matthias Mayer

Two intense days with basic information combined with group work and time to think about your colleagues and yourself. Matthias gave a full picture about the tasks of a leader and advices how to be a good one.

It was very important for me to understand my own personality, which leadership skills I already bring with me and where I need to work harder. I really liked the discussions and input we got about how to give constructive criticism and how to manage conflicts. My personal main statements I take from the workshop are:
*Leadership is hard work, therefore never stop reflecting yourself, give and receive feedback and keep learning. Motivate your co-workers in an individual and personalized way. And most importantly, be ready to fail!*

Thank you very much Matthias for your helpful and clear guidance to become a good leader.
I am looking forward to improve my skills and to come back to my workshop notes when I am struggling.

[after participating in a 2-day online leadership training]

Dr. Sandra Ammann , Uniklinik Freiburg

It would be a pity to let this chance pass!

Matthias Mayer is one of the most dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic instructors I have encountered in any subject in a really long time.

I had the opportunity to attend his 2-day online workshop on scientific presentation. It is easy to see that he not only has an enormous knowledge base in his domain of expertise but also puts his 200% into both producing and delivering the distilled content that he wishes to serve his attendees in the most efficient and effective way possible.

His workshops cover a lot of ground thematically for the allotted time. Nevertheless, despite the intensive nature of his workshops, he manages to give focussed, pointed and transformative feedback to each of the individual participants on all aspects of their presentation, many times, over the course of a single workshop.

This I found extremely helpful in transforming my presentation from good to wow! I also found the external resources he provides his attendees in the form of handouts and videos to be especially thorough and beneficial for future learning.

It is also worth mentioning that despite the fact that our workshop was held entirely over Zoom, the distance was imperceptible.

If I get another chance, I would definitely attend another workshop with Matthias Mayer. It would be a pity if you had the chance and you let it pass.

[after a 2-days online Training on Scientific Presentation]

Manasa M. , Doctoral Student, DESY Hamburg