Women's Leadership Development: unconscious bias, public speaking, and body language

Date & Facts

1820 Nov 2022



November 18-20, 2022



Hotel Vogelsburg

Vogelsburg 1,

97332 Volkach


Who can participate?

Female doctoral & postdoctoral researchers of ct.qmat

The number of participants is limited to 12 to enable best possible engagement and training effect


Who are the trainers?

Dr. Isabel Fraas (gender consulting for research alliances, JMU)

Andrea Bähr      (advisor to the university women's commissioner, JMU)

Ila Stuckenberg (trainer for body language and voice development, Bamberg)


In what language?



How to get there?

Bus transfer can be provided both from Dresden and from Würzburg


How to sign up?

Sending an e-mail at alina.markova@tu-dresden.de by October 28

and indicating your name, affiliation, and whether you need a transfer by bus




Introduction speech Unconscious bias: Why we are all biased: Unconscious biases are patterns of thought and perception that are difficult to control on purpose. As clichés and stereotypes, they have a distorting effect on our judgments, our decision-making and ultimately on our actions - often unintentionally. Do we decide rationally or intuitively? Our brain is capable of both, but usually prefers the resource-saving solution. In the introductory speech, we will clarify in which situations prejudiced decisions creep in and which strategies there are to avoid them.


In the workshop Unconscious bias, we would like to use typical situations to discuss common gender stereotypes and behavioral clichés in the university context and develop perspectives and paths to more diversity, gender-sensitive communication strategies and a modern work culture in science together with you. The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness of prevailing stereotypes and common communication traps and to show how we can help shape and change outdated behavioral patterns in a self-determined way.


Workshop Public speaking and body language: Successful speeches and successful conversation are not products of chance. Rather, they are the result of comprehensible speaking, a convincing voice, clear expression, and appropriate body language. In this workshop you will learn methods to present your concerns convincingly. The focus will be on presentable and confident appearance, body language, exercises from professional theater, breathing training, strengthening the voice, shaping unstrained speech, effect of speech. The main objective is to learn how to perceive and use body language, appear and perform self-confidently, enhance 'self-awareness'; use the voice effectively, breath correctly, speak without strained voice.



November 18

08:00-12:00 Arrival from Würzburg & Dresden
  12:00-13:30 Lunch
  13:30-15:30 Introduction: Unconscious bias: Why we are all biased (Isabel Fraas & Andrea Bähr)
  15:30-16:00 Coffee break
  16:00-18:00 Workshop Unconscious bias, part 1 (Isabel Fraas & Andrea Bähr)
  18:00-21:00 Dinner
November 19 09:00-10:30 Workshop Public speaking and body language, part 1 (Ila Stuckenberg)
  10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  11:00-12:30 Workshop Public speaking and body language, part 2 (Ila Stuckenberg)
  12:30-13:30 Lunch
  13:30-15:00 Workshop Public speaking and body language, part 3 (Ila Stuckenberg)
  15:00-15:30 Coffee break
  15:30-17:00 Workshop Public speaking and body language, part 4 (Ila Stuckenberg)
  18:00-21:00 Dinner
November 20 09:00-10:30 Workshop Unconscious bias, part 2 (Isabel Fraas & Andrea Bähr)
  10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  11:00-12:30 Workshop Unconscious bias, part 3 (Isabel Fraas & Andrea Bähr)
  12:30-13:30 Lunch
  13:30-14:00 Closing remarks & departure

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