Making the most of supervision

by increasing conversational quality

Course 2023-37

Date: 17 November 2023, 9:00 - 17:00

Venue: SFG 1060

Trainer: Dr. Christine Kohistani, SAMINWORLD, Düsseldorf

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A good supervisory relationship is the foundation of a successful doctorate. Usually, supervision is a bilateral partnership by doctoral candidates and supervisors. Entangled relationships, e.g., when the supervisor is also the boss, or the PhD is guiding students or culturally different expectations influence the quality of supervision.

The aim of this workshop is to learn how to conduct goal-oriented conversations in supervision and leadership situations. The training of conversational techniques will be one asset. Additionally, clarity for academically and culturally diverse expectations during PhD research will be another focus. This includes reflecting on understanding of individual roles. In addition, desired forms of cooperation and clarification of one's own expectations are discussed.

Building on this, we jointly work out how personal expectations can be communicated to supervisors and how supervision situations can be actively shaped.


  • Concepts of supervision and leadership
  • Building relationships in culturally diverse frameworks
  • Establishing goal-oriented conversational strategies
  • Empowering leadership skills


A maximum of 12 people can take part in the workshop.To book your place in this workshop, please register for the course number 2023-37 via our registration form.

Accessibility: If you have special needs, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to support you accordingly.

Trainer: Dr. Christine Kohistani

Dr. Christine Kohistani is advisor, trainer, coach (DGfC) and co-founder of SAMINWORLD in Düsseldorf; a company specialized in cross-cultural collaboration and environmental education. After her vocational education as a merchant, she studied Geography, Economy and Islamic Studies. She worked as a project controller for the mobile branch of Telekom Germany and for RKW Architecture and Urban Development. She accomplished her PhD in geographical development and conflict research and has a long-standing working experience in international project management. She works as an advisor for collaboration in higher education and development cooperation in Afghanistan. She conducts workshops, supports change management processes and is author of several publications in the field of geography.