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Course offers by the UMG Equal Opportunity Office

The Equal Opportunity Office of the UMG offers courses for women, and occasionally for all genders. The course fees per participant have to be paid for by the respective department, usually from gender equality funds granted in DFG projects.UMG_OHNE_4C

If you are interested in a course, check with your supervisor if funds are available, and contact Laura Kajetzke for information and registration (


The following courses in November and December still have free slots:

Constructive Collaboration for international research teams – Enhancing your teamwork skills (all genders welcome) (Sabine Mariss)

Doing a doctorate or working within an international group of researchers is certainly both: inspiring and supportive on the one hand – as we can benefit from the existing diversity – and challenging on the other hand, as the different cultural backgrounds and imprints of the group members can harbor additional potential for conflict. The workshop “Constructive Communication” supports the participants in reflecting on their own learned communication patterns, recognizing obstructive behavior and replacing it with constructive alternatives, thus strengthening cooperation. This serves to prevent conflicts – e.g. by avoiding misunderstandings – and it also strengthens a confident, positive handling of existing differences. In addition to teaching the basics of Marshall Rosenberg’s communication approach, a second focus of the seminar is on the gender aspect in communication, since mindful cooperation between women and men in international groups can be demanding and sometimes needs to be learned. In addition to various playful elements, the workshop offers a “tool-box” suitable for everyday use, with the help of which conflict-prone gender stereotypes and “labels” can be recognized and dissolved.

29. and 30.11.2021 & 06.12.2021,  1:30 – 6 pm


The Art of Listening – Improving cooperation through active listening (Sabine Mariss)

Communication skills in daily working life are often equated with talking, arguing, negotiating and presenting. Listening is often neglected and even misinterpreted as a weakness. Genuine listening conveys appreciation and respect, creates a connection and makes it easier for the other person to contribute valuable input to the conversation. You can only respond specifically to your counterpart when you have really understood him or her. Especially in online meetings, a culture of focused, active listening is a basic requirement for good results and effectiveness, as well as for the active participation of more reserved people

09.12.2021, 1:30- 6 pm