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Networking at Conferences (Kurs-Nr. 2023/11_GA)

Networking at Conferences

Conferences and workshops give researchers ample opportunities to present their work - and themselves. Communication in professional forums is often decisive for future career options.

This workshop helps participants to meet people with an attitude that is both adequate and self-confident, in informal situations ("socials") as well as in academic discussion settings.

Participants can improve their networking and small talk skills by activating communication tools that made them successful as an academic. Starting with the first steps of initiating small talk, deciding when “bigger” talk can begin, and following up, they then will feel safer and be able to enjoy the occasion as they build up their professional networks.

After the workshop, they will be able to plan professional gatherings in advance and feel more comfortable in the social setting of their academic community. Most importantly, participants will be able to set their own goals and to develop concrete strategies to achieve them.

Desired Results:

  • Identify players, roles, or members of your community and set goals
  • Derive and develop your individual networking strategies (personal questionnaire)
  • Overcome specific hurdles to approach decision makers
  • Under the current circumstances, develop online strategies for your professional networking

This workshop focuses on helping to establish contacts with persons and to hold discussions with senior researchers in a professional manner. Networking helps in creating joint projects and fuelling career options.

For nearly two decades, John Kluempers, Ph.D. has been using his voice professionally. First, as a radio journalist at Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster and now as a presentation trainer. He has helped hundreds of Ph.D. candidates and Postdocs in Germany and Austria to take their presentations to the next level. He got his doctorate in linguistics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), lived in Berlin before moving to Tokyo, Japan where he taught at Dokkyo University. These experiences in vibrant, bustling metropolises on three continents have broadened his understanding of the cultural aspects in communication we all face in multinational organizations. Nowadays, he teaches several courses about intercultural team management in Cologne. John lives in Bonn.


June 19, 2023

9.30 am - 5.30 pm

  • Course language: English
  • Registration deadline: June 7, 2023
  • Room: will be announced via E-Mail
  • Trainer:
    John Kluempers, Ph.D.,
    communication & presentation coaching
  • Course number: 2023/11_GA

You have to register via the registration form above. Once the Graduate Academy confirms the registration, it is binding. The workshop is free of charge. The terms and conditions listed within the registration form are valid.