Irène Joliot-Curie Programme Summer and Autumn 2019

Body Language - Impacting Communication successfully (Friday, June 14, 2019 09:00-17:00)

One look is worth a 1000 words… Certainly nonverbal communication is giving away a lot of things about a person and about what is going on between people as well as

cues on what is going on inside of them, their emotions as well as how they are thinking.

Still the question remains: how are we persived by others and how can we increase our effect on successful communication towards them?

This question also holds the key to grow our skills for our personal impact on how we authentically communicate our potential and personal strengths.Be curious to find out what shapes communication, which factors impact on how others see you and - even more important - how you can influence how you experience communication yourself.

In this seminar you will learn:

- The Power of Bodylanguage - How It Shapes Communication and Why We Cannot Avoid Its Influence

- One Look is Worth a Thousand Words - Nonverbal Impact and Its Meaning for Everyday Communication

- How Do I Communicate? Presence and Nonverbal Influence for a Good First and Long Lasting Impression

- Value Communication - Communicating Your Potential and Values Authentically

- Communicating in a Fast Paced World - Enhancing Your Personal Skills for Communicating Your Profile with Clarity and Presence

This Seminar will be focusing on knowledge and strategies for your everyday communication and provide practical training sessions as well as insights on how to enhance your communication skills authentically.

Effective Voice Training for Scientists   (Fr, 25 Oct 2019, 09:30-15:00)

For all women who want to improve their vocal appearance in Presentations or while explaining complex connections. Learn to exploit the full potential of your voice: Evelyn Gangl from Spreaker’s Corner Heidelberg uses her background from speech therapy and linguistics knowledge to help you sound confident and convince people even in a foreign language. Please be aware the number of participants is limited to 12. For this Workshop you can register through

"Family matters" a workshop for (expectant) fathers   (Mo, 28 Oct 2019, 13:00-16:00)

Within this workshop, we will reflect upon different career and family models and their implications for our lives. In what way is an active role as a father compatible with a scientific career? Our coach, Nils Seiler, Eltern und Beruf, Berlin, will give a short introduction on the challenges of different family roles allowing for a vivid discussion of vision and reality of compatibility of family and work from the father’s point of view.

The introductory part of the workshop is in German while the interactive part of the workshop is in German and/or English. The workshop addresses scientists with children. Expectant fathers are welcome!



Irène Joliot-Curie Programme Summer Term 2018

Strategies for your success

A successful career is a matter of hard work and some lucky coincidences? Yes, but that is not all. Your performance considerably depends on your skills to master organizational challenges and your ability to influence decision-making processes. These and other factors account for the importance of so-called micropolitics. Just like politics in the real world, micropolitics in science, business, and industry can be influenced by strategic decisions that require particular skills, e.g., your ability to present yourself well, cope with gender stereotypes, remove organizational barriers, and develop fruitful alliances. The seminar series introduces you to a variety of skills and resources that you can actively use in your own work context to strategically advance your career in science as well as in industry or business.

The seminar comprises two consecutive parts:

Part I (April 18 and 19, 2018): Introduction to micropolitics, self-presentation, communication, performance perception – conducive mentors and teams

Part II: (2 days in late November 2018 – to be scheduled): Performance perception – players, effective networking, and alliances.

All young researchers at PRISMA – male and female – are welcome to attend. Please sign up asap – the number of participants is limited. Your mandatory application is valid for both parts in April and November. Please register via e-mail: .

This is what former participants say about the program:

„The seminar was a real eye opener when it comes to realizing the subtle but powerful influence of stereotypes. Being aware of and dealing with these stereotypes enables us to take our career into our own hands. It taught me that success, just like playing a game, depends on making the right moves at the right time. That's why being successful can actually be learned based on the right skills.“ – Miriam Fritsch, seminar participant in 2015 and former Young Research Group Leader at HIM, Mainz, now Professor at Bochum University

„Micropolitics is a topic that you rarely encounter in other training programs. Learning about this really taught me how much issues of power and communication influence important personnel decisions in organizations. The mixture of theory and practice was very helpful and the trainer created such a relaxed and fun atmosphere that it was very exciting to be part of this.“ – Helga Juli, seminar participant in 2015 and PRISMA General Manager


How much difference is good for me? Breaking the German squareness

(Friday, June 22, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Your group leader is always busy, practically never present in the lab, and you wonder how the hell you will be able to lead the team?
In your research project, your advancement heavily depends on the collaboration with others but as colleagues you cannot get them to deliver what needs to be delivered in time. Your partner and you rarely talk about YOUR personal plans for your shared life but you think, as a woman, you have to adjust to your partner’s career, especially when kids come into play.
If you recognize yourself in one of these scenarios you may have a lot of questions about:
- The secrets of good leadership
- Making binding decisions and enforcing them
- Interpersonal dynamics in mixed teams (e.g., gender, age, nationality, language)
- Self-acceptance, Self-staging, and power plays
- Female and male strengths in different cultures
In this workshop, we combine an exciting discussion about all you ever wanted to know about a successful and fulfilling career with individual coaching sessions.

Who is the coach?
Our coach within this innovative workshop format is Susanne Dilcher. After graduating with a physics diploma from TU Munich, she was one of the first women at McKinsey Germany in the 1980s. She climbed the career ladder as a successful top-level executive and
entrepreneur. Today, she is a highly demanded business consultant,
coach, and crisis mediator working all over the globe. Susanne lives in
Paris and has two daughters. For PRISMA, the former theoretical
solid state physicist is happy to answer all your personal questions
concerning pursuing a career in the field that you want to succeed in.

The program of the day
… is up to YOU! As a talented junior leader in science with excellent
career prospects, you know best what moves you at this stage. Get it
out, bring it to the table, share your hopes, concerns, and questions
with others. We provide the stage and create a trustful atmosphere
under professional guidance. You contribute your time and curiosity
to explore surprising and inspiring steps towards reaching your goals.
The format offers space for an open discussion, small-group
conversations, individual coaching slots, and whatever else you feel
like doing.


More role models in the natural sciences:
Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science hosts the ‘Women
of Mathematics and beyond’ exhibition

The exhibition ‘Women of Mathematics and beyond’ staged by the Faculty of Physics,
Mathematics and Computer Science and the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence at JGU was
officially opened on Monday, 11th June. It profiles 22 female researchers working in the
fields of mathematics and physics, and is designed to encourage young female science
students to pursue an academic career to make up for the underrepresentation of women
in their subjects.

“We liked the idea so much that we decided to extend the exhibition, which has been
displayed at 60 locations in Europe since 2016, to include the images of and interviews
with various professors at the Rhine-Main Universities,” says the faculty dean, Prof. Concettina
Sfienti, explaining the motivation of herself and her colleagues.
The original exhibition conceived by the mathematician Prof. Sylvie Paycha and female
photographer Noel Matoff from Potsdam included portraits of and interviews with 13
female mathematicians from all over Europe and was first presented during a congress in
Berlin in 2016. The current extended version, that includes nine additional profiles of
female mathematicians and physicists, was put together by the Rhine-Main Universities
of Mainz, Frankfurt and Darmstadt.

In addition to outlining the natural science disciplines in which these women work and
quoting, for example, standard formulae from their fields, other topics dealt with include
why the profile subjects chose a profession in the sciences, how they manage to reconcile
career and family life and the various support networks that are available. “While the
Irène Joliot-Curie Program offers numerous support options to those women in and associated
with the cluster, there is no doubt that role models are at least as important in
this context,” adds Prof. Hartmut Wittig, coordinator of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence.
He hopes that the exhibition will contribute to making the subjects of mathematics and physics more attractive and the associated research fields more tangible, so that
more young female science students in Mainz, Frankfurt and Darmstadt are encouraged
to embark on the corresponding career paths.

The exhibition was extended with the support of the Irène Joliot-Curie Program for the
promotion of women in the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence - Precision Physics, Fundamental
Interaction and Structure of Matter. This particle and hadron research association
is currently being funded through the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and
state governments, and was able to submit a full proposal in connection with the new
round of funding of the excellence strategy.
The exhibition will be on display until the end of November in the hallway on the 5th floor
of Staudingerweg 7 and 9 and is accessible to the public during the building’s opening



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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