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Wed, 13 Oct


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E4C October: Conflicts in Research Teams

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E4C  October: Conflicts in Research Teams
E4C  October: Conflicts in Research Teams

Time & Location

13 Oct 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST

Online event


About the Event

Dear Friends,

Research teams thrive on challenging, debate and constructive conflict. Too often, destructive conflicts also appear, with competition, ego’s, status and abuse of power and a bottom line mentality in a push for results.

Using the constructive potential, and preventing and intervening in destructive conflicts in research teams is the central topic of our next E4C event. What competences are needed to do so, at institute level, by senior scholars who lead the teams, and by junior staff and PhD students in dealing with sensitive issues.

  •  Around 50% of PhD students in OECD countries discontinue their dissertation. Mainly due to problems with their supervisor.

Program: October 13th, 2021 from 16:00 - 18:00 (CEST) Virtual

Our interactive program includes three speakers who highlight the topic from different angles and a workshop exploring needed competences at different levels about conflict in research teams.

Program Timeline:

16:00 Welcome and introduction by Professor Barbara Kozusznik

16:05 Francisco Medina: What drives conflict in research teams and intervening.

  • Francisco is Dean of the Faculty of Psychology at University of Seville, Spain, chair of the council of deans of psychology in Spain, and expert in constructive conflict.

16:20 Corinne Bendersky: Dealing with status conflict in research teams.

  • Corinne is professor of Management and Organizations at UCLA (US), and expert in status conflicts in teams.

16:35 Pol Ghesquière: Creating a safe space for conflict: The ombudsfunction.

  • Pol is professor and appointed ombudsperson at KU Leuven, Belgium. In that capacity he is confidental counselor for academic staff and coordinates an extensive network of ombudspersons in the university, dealing with often (highly) escalated conflict.

16:50 Q&A

17:00 Workshop Competences for Conflict in Research Teams - introduction by Grzegorz Filipowicz

17:10 Workshop session 17:50 Closing & wrap-up 18:00 Hang out if you like, the room stays open - free drinks


The conference admission is free of charge and only registered participants can join.

In order to register please submit your details here. You will receive the zoom link once you submitted the RSVP. Please use the same email address for the RSVP and your Zoom login for proper breakout room allocation!

For questions, please contact:


Prof. Barbara Kozusznik University of Silesia

Grzegorz Filipowicz ForFuture

Katarzyna Wiecek-Jakubek University of Silsia

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