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25-26 November 2021
online via Zoom
Europe/Berlin timezone

Leadership Style and Skills for PhD Students:

Scientific teams are particularly diverse. Teams made up of highly intelligent, independent and innovative men and women from different cultural backgrounds need special handling. Developing people who are already very capable and forging strong willed people into a team is especially difficult and requires specialised techniques.

In such an environment a flexible, highly targeted and subtle approach is essential. This workshop will teach the skills necessary to manage not just team members but the group as a whole. This will ensure that participants have the skills to make full use of all the available talents and so achieve the appropriate success.

This flexible workshop will cover:

1. Motivating individuals and groups

2. Giving feedback that results in change

3. Building a strong cohesive team

4. How to continuously improve your methods

5. Ways to measure performance of teams, individuals and yourself

6. Managing in a diverse team

7. Using authority and conflict resolution

8. 360 degree management / Upward management

Participants will learn leadership and team management skills which will enable them to be proactive and flexible when managing the intelligent and diverse groups they will lead in academia or industry.


This workshop is part of the PIER Education Platform (PEP) for career, research and soft skills. The workshops in PEP are open for PhD students of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and its cooperation partners on Bahrenfeld Campus/DESY.

PEP is a cooperation of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School, the Quantum Universe Research School QURS, and the Research School of the Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging/Advanced Imaging of Matter CUI/AIM. PhD students from other affiliated research centers such as DASHH, the Collaborative Research Center SFB 925, the International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics IMPRS-UFAST, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology CSSB, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL may also participate upon request.

Note: Your registration is pending until the final confirmation from the organisers, which will be e-mailed to you after the end of the registration deadline. The number of available places is limited to twelve.




online via Zoom

This course counts for 1 CP/semester hours in category C (key skills) of the PIER study programme.

Course hours:

Thu, November 25, 2021: 9:00 am – about 4 pm
Fri, November 26, 2021: 9:00 am – about 4 pm

Registration for this event is currently open.