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Conflict Management in and outside Academia: From Squabbles to a Culture of Conflict

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

Conflicts are unavoidable in the normal course of the working life, in academia as well as outside. Whether it is about subject specific differences, competition amongst colleagues or disagreements with the supervisor or boss – there are plenty of potentially explosive situations. But it does not have to come to a detonation which damages the atmosphere in the long run!

In-person Workshop

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Dr. Robert Pfeiffer




Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47*

Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs


Research, Research Management, Business and Organizations


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus or Careers plus certificate

* The premises are not barrier-free. Please contact the Bonn Graduate Center if you need assistance.

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It is not difficult to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner and to solve them before they grow into a substantial problem. If conflict is neither ignored nor allowed to escalate into a personal power struggle and the own as well as the others’ motives are reflected upon, one can act consciously instead of only reacting emotionally. This way there is a chance of finding a solution with which all parties are satisfied.

This workshop conveys fundamental knowledge about dealing with conflict and trains the powers of observations as well as negotiation skills. You learn to better judge the impact of your behaviour and to develop strategies for solving conflicts.


  • Basics of conflict management: Subject and interpersonal levels in conflict situations
  • Give way and stop signs: Offering leeway, setting boundaries
  • Bad weather warning: Recognising conflict causes and signals in time
  • An eye for an eye until the bitter end? Win-win solutions as an alternative
  • Role-play: Methods of de-escalation
  • Looking in from the outside: Mediation as a tool for solving conflicts
  • Conflict management: My next steps


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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