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Communication | Personal development | Diversity

Intercultural and inclusive communication in an academic context

As a researcher, you communicate with your supervisor(s), colleagues, research assistants and students. In this workshop we are going to discuss and practice how to communicate effectively in a work context.

Target group
PhD candidate
Hélène Borgman  (Talent naar de top)

Please note: dates for 2021 will be announced soon ­


As a PhD candidate, you communicate with your supervisor(s), colleagues, research assistants and students. Sometimes communication is easy and everyone feels heard and understood, in other occasions communication is harder because you do not know how to say something, or you want to say things that the other party may not like. In this workshop you will learn how to give and receive feedback in a constructive way.

For whom?

For PhD candidates of Leiden University and LUMC. In order to register for this course you will need to obtain permission of your employer.

Topics covered

  • Giving feedback
  • Receiving feedback
  • Effective communication

What you'll learn

During this workshop you will get tips and advice on how to communicate in such a way that you can say the things you want to say in a respectful, friendly and effective manner. We will specifically deal with how to give and receive feedback, keeping in mind different cultural backgrounds and how this can play a role. Furthermore, we will look at how an inclusive organizational culture helps in creating safety and trust, thereby facilitating the manner in which we dare to provide feedback.


The workshop will be a combination of individual and group exercises, group discussions, and short theoretical explanations.


The workload amounts to 4 hours, including attendance and preparation.

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