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Successful Together! Make the Change!

We invite you to our equal opportunity day to discuss solutions for a successful career development
organized by the Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups of the
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CRC 1208, CRC 1535, RTG 2158, IRTG 2466, RTG 2482) & Faculty of Medicine (CRC 1116, IRTG 1902, RTG 2578).


All programme elements will take place at 27th September at Heinrich Heine University in building 26.24 Level U1.

Leadership can be understood as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. So what makes a leader?
This interactive workshop “Leadership Skills” will outline the tools, skills, traits, attitudes, and behaviour that are useful in becoming an effective leader. The course highlights the advantages and disadvantages of different management and leadership styles and gives opportunity to reflect upon leadership role expectations and one’s own conception as a leader.


Dr. Sabine Küsters, Institut für Internationale Kommunikation e.V., can draw on a many years of experience in training, coaching and consulting in effective presentation, successful negotiation and team building, for leading with heart and mind.

Crucial for the academic career of a young scientist in the university context is both to sharpen the scientific profile (scientific positioning, third-party funding acquisition, conference participation) and to form the necessary networks (relevant stakeholders and gatekeepers, professional collaboration in the context of publications, research participation between cooperation and competition). Nevertheless, personal challenges come with the fixed-term nature of contracts, the self-critical observation of one's progress, and the formulation of the relationship’s structure future. Depending on the professional culture and the relationship’s structure, this can create pleasant and unpleasant situations or stress. In this coaching, the participants can find out how it is possible to maintain successful self-assertion, academic positioning, and professional attitude in this phase of life.


Dr. Iris Koall, Kompetenzentwicklung, works as coach and trainer in the fields of career development, work-life-balance, diversity etc.

Every day anew, scientists are in dialog with the professional public, students, students, employees and colleagues. They present at lectures and congresses congresses, communicate in meetings, hold challenging conversations and discussions.
You communicate to your counterpart with your performance - i.e. your voice, body language and charisma - not only content, but also personality.
It is not only important WHAT, - but crucially important HOW you say something! People with a trained voice and body consciousness stand out from the crowd
and have a clear competitive advantage. Because the way you say something - depending on the tone, tempo, emphasis, volume or body language and gestures - often tells more than the words you use. These "non-verbal signals" are picked up by people unfiltered and subconsciously and are and that is exactly why they are crucial!


Katharina Padleschat has many years of experience as trainer for Voice, speech and body language.

13:00 - 14:00

Keynote Lecture „Making the unconscious conscious to improve the climate of science”

Prof. Heather Hofmeister, PhD

Professor of the Sociology of Work at Goethe University Frankfurt

14:00 - 15:00

Panel Discussion

What do we all have to gain from a change in the status quo? What still needs to change to get there?

Moderation: Dr. Sabine Küsters


Prof. Heather Hofmeister, PhD, Goethe University Frankfurt

Anja Knauff, Vodafone

Dr. Anja Vervoorts, Equal Opportunity Officer HHU

Prof. Dr. Julia Frunzke, HHU

15:00 - 16:30


During coffee and cake all participants have the opportunity to get in contact with each other and also with the invited speakers and trainers.