Team communication: key roles and intercultural contexts

JUNO Workshop

Target audiencePostdocs of all research areas

2 days


max. 12

Workshop costsParticipation is free for HHU members and
members of HHU's Medical Faculty.
RegistrationPlease register using the registration form below.

Upcoming workshops

28./29.11.2019 09:00-17:00 Uhr   Zur Anmeldung/Registration


Workshop content

This workshop helps participants learn team communication and become aware of the intercultural issues affecting their work. The workshop provides them with a set of tools to address these challenges.

On the first day of the workshop, participants explore those issues most often affecting communication in terms of team dynamics. On the second day, participants move on to investigate those intercultural aspects that most frequently pose challenges to groups characterised by a high degree of internationalisation. Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to identify the specific role that each individual plays within a team. Within this context, the workshop is always characterised by a constant alternation between theoretical insights and hands-on practical experiences to provide participants with the tools to enhance their group's professional potential.

Contents in brief

  • Challenges and areas of conflict typical of international contexts.
  • Basic principles of a constructive and objective-oriented discussion technique.
  • Conflict management: strategies for addressing challenging communication dynamics.
  • Being aware of one's own role in a team and how to best mix and match different skills.
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback as a member of a team.


  • Individual and group (i.e. team) feedback.
  • Theoretical background (intercultural surveys).
  • Role-play and case studies.
  • One to one feedback.
  • Group exercises.


Dr. Matteo Garavoglia was educated at the universities of London (SOAS), Paris (Sciences Po) and Berlin (FUB). He has lived in twelve countries across the world and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian with a working knowledge of German and a basic understanding of Portuguese. Dr. Garavoglia is currently the Italy Program Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and an Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Previously, he was Research Associateat the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on European Union humanitarian assistance, development aid, election observation, democracy support, human rights, migrants and refugees. Dr. Garavoglia worked with Impulsplus for a number of years and provides workshops on the following subjects: "Almost there: preparing for the viva defence"; "Team communication: key roles and intercultural contexts"; "Rhetoricand speaking in public: an introduction to theory and practice"; "Leading teams in academia: multiple perspectives for greater effectiveness"; "Visible and influential: networking acrossboundaries and cultures"; "Just landed: an introduction to life and academia in Germany".

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