Irène Joliot-Curie Programme Summer Term 2017


Quick on Your Feet! Spontaneous Speaking Practice

This workshop helps participants develop spontaneous communication skills for academics in professional contexts such as interviews, presentations as well as small-talk situations. Furthermore the workshop offers the opportunity to enhance overall effective communication (verbal and non-verbal). The aim is to develop strategies to make a lasting and positive impact on audiences, potential employers and significant contact persons. Throughout the workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve their body language, as well as focus on the quality of their language content and structure of their ideas. Trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in effective communication and learn how to present themselves more effectively and to make the best impression and strongest impact.


  • Effectively promoting oneself (verbal business cards)
  • Spontaneous small talk: informal chatting with a purpose
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Concise and effective introductions: make an impact!
  • Body language focus


  • Theoretical sessions to highlight key aspects and strategies
  • Role-play scenarios
  • Hands-on exercises for practicing
  • Both group and individual feedback


Julie Stearns,

Julie Stearns is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Folkwang University of the Arts and has been working for the Impulsplus team of qualified and dynamic trainers since 2011. Julie also works as a professional actress and director and produces theater and performance projects with international cooperation partners. She has several years of experience in teaching presentation skills, as well as voice and body training, self-marketing skills and performance skills.


May 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the “Infobox” nearby the new building of the Faculty of Law, Management and Economics, Jakob-Welder-Weg 9, 55128 Mainz


All female physicists are welcome. If you would like to attend the event, please register at or until May 2, 2017. Please be aware, that the number of participants is limited to 6.


Conflict Management in research teams

Being a successful scientist today not only requires excellent research skills and a high, even outstanding professional level, but also “soft skills”, e.g. competencies in dealing with conflicts in a research team between colleagues; between Professors; between a Professor and a Post Doc/ PhD student; between collaboration partners; between research projects; conflicts, that every body is aware of, or those that influences indirectly the work in the research tem. These may include realizing in an early state that a conflict is building up, analyzing its characteristics, knowing strategies on how to deescalate and to deal with it when it is there.


In this course we will discuss characteristics of conflicts, phases and strategies to avoid escalation and approaches in conflict solving.

  • What is a conflict?
  • Phases of conflicts
  • Strategies to de-escalate
  • Approaches in conflict solving
  • Requirements for successful conflict solving
  • Working on participants „cases“


  • Presentation and discussion
  • Work in a tandem and small groups
  • Sociometry
  • Reflection and peer counseling


Susanne Marx, Entwicklungsräume,

Susanne Marx is a freelance consultant in leadership, communication and conflict management. As a psychologist Susanne has 25 years of experience as coach and trainer, since 2001 she has been focusing on consulting universities and people working in science.


June 08, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room MITP, Staudingerweg 9, 55128 Mainz, Room 02-430. All female physicists are welcome. If you would like to attend the event, please register at or until May 31, 2017. Please be aware, that the number of participants is limited to 12.


Current Call

Individual coaching for PhD and post-doctoral female physicists

A total of five coaching’s consisting each of three sessions with an experienced coach will be awarded. Interested women are requested to submit a short letter of motivation and a CV by June 15, 2017 for the Summer Term 2017 and by January 15, 2018 for the Winter Term.

You don’t think coaching does fulfill your needs? You may also apply for any other form of tailor-made support, e.g. child care at conferences, transferable skill courses, etc.? Do you have further ideas or do you need some advice, please get in touch with or

Rehearsal Training

Would you like to train your presentation before e.g. the next team meeting or a scientific conference with an experienced female physicist? Interested women are requested to submit their presentation together with a description where and when they would like to give the talk to and