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Continuing Professional Development Programme
Space for Reflective Learning


2024 Edition 1, Trimester 3: OCTOBER, IN PERSON
Target: Scientific and non-scientific staff (mid-career and senior)
2 Sessions*:
  • 24/10/2024 10:00 - 14:00
    Marie Curie room;
  • 31/10/2024 10:00 - 14:00
    Charles Darwin room
* You should attend all sessions

TEAM skills

Difficult conversations in research: how to make them easier


To help participants to feel more confident when faced with giving and receiving constructive feedback.




Scientific and non-scientific staff (mid-career and senior)


This course is designed to help those people who need, as part of their role in managing or collaborating with others, to deliver difficult feedback. People tend to feel stress before entering into these situations and very often postpone them until the situation deteriorates and is even more difficult to manage. Participants will consider the psychological dynamics at play and develop the necessary skills to handle these situations.

You will develop techniques on how to:

  1. Handle difficult feedback in a positive way

  2. Reflect on personal communication styles and develop alternative approaches which lead to conversations where new understanding and mutual trust are achieved.

  3. Practice techniques to improve, listening skills, question technique and dealing with emotions.

The course consists of several sessions. You should be able to attend all of them.

Other relevant information

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to

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Effective team playing in science – how to get the most out of your team

Leading for success in science 


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Louise Schubert
Louise Schubert

Louise Schubert works with individuals and organisations as an executive coach and consultant. She is experienced as trainer to help professionals from all disciplines, improve their overall performance management and leadership skills.

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