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Intercultural communication and awareness

Intercultural communication and awareness

Duration: 2-3 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 1-1.5 days

Course type: Online or in-house workshop

Trainer: Karin Bodewits

Target group: PhD students, postdocs and group leaders

As a scientist, we often work in a cross-cultural setting. Our research groups are international, we collaborate around the globe, and most of us will spend part -or even all- of our career abroad. We can and should feel privileged to work in such a diverse and intercultural work environment. But these cultural and -of course- also individual differences can lead to all sorts of misunderstandings. These misunderstandings can lead to a broad variety of undesired consequences, such as failed collaborations, frustrations, feelings of hurt, anxiety and anger, culture shock and missed opportunities for knowledge transfer. Cultural awareness is the first step in sidestepping these undesired consequences. We can improve our cross-cultural relations, and tap from the full potential of your intercultural teams.


You’ll learn:

  • About (your) culture
  • About communication and other challenges that might arise from cultural differences.
  • What steps you can take to understand culture and be more effective in handling cultural communication differences.

Your efforts should:

  • Improve the effectiveness of your international and interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Avoid miscommunication in the professional and private setting
  • Make you see the beauty of this ‘wonderful intercultural science mess’

Course flow online

About making notes during the course

All participants receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course.


Curious to read more already now, before enjoying this workshop? 

Then you can read two of our blog articles about moving countries: Science nomads- starting a new life and The Dutch girl that does not belong to any nation.


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