FEMALE CAREER@BIH (in English): Workshop „Navigating difficult situations – conflict management for Researchers”

This event is organized by the BIH Equal Opportunity Office as part of the Female Career@BIH program.

Workshop content and goals

Researchers face a variety of specialist, personal and organisational challenges. They need to fill a complex multiverse of role expectations while tackling diverse tasks in consideration of various organisational and content related specifications. This requires a permanent reflection of their own professional attitude conflict management in awareness of the situation at hand and constructive conversation techniques even in difficult circumstances. Sometimes hierarchy, gender and personal background further complicate the situations.
So how to develop a clear, goal oriented conflict behaviour that at the same time is respectful?
This workshop enables the participants to view conflicts as chance for innovation, professional and personal development. Conflict competence is a key aspect of professionalism and success. In this seminar participants identify their individual conflict competencies and based on these develop a professional strategy to handle conflicts in their research environment.
The workshop provides a platform to discuss and try out different strategies taking examples and individual experiences of the participants into account. Participants are invited to include exemplary cases from their own professional context.


  • Short inputs by trainer
  • Self assessment
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Peer Feedback

About the trainer

Dr Neela Enke holds a doctorate in Biology and has over 10 years experience as a researcher and team leader in several European research institutions. She is also a coach for research and administrative staff, professors, team leaders and teams. As a trainer she offers workshops on career development in research, leadership, as well as diversity and conflict management. She is also a trained mediator with a focus on conflicts in research organisations. Website