Effective and efficient communication in academia and beyond

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
12,19 April, 26 April & 17 May (half days) 09:00 17:00 to be announced Juliane Teapal 6 / 24 Apply
20, 27 September, 11 & 25 October (half days) 09:00 17:00 to be announced Juliane Teapal 0 / 24 Registration possible from 12/04/2023

Course description

Do you find it difficult getting your message across? Do you not always get the response you had expected? Do you find it difficult to deal with misunderstanding and moreover conflict? Interestingly enough the manner in which people react to what others have to say depends on the way in which the message is brought across and how receptive people are to receive this communication. In other words it depends on the behaviour and communication style we express when communicating. Apart from our personality, these are determined by the context we operate, our culture and background. Getting insight into these aspects, and knowing when to communicate in which manner, help us to communicate in an effective manner and prevent miscommunication. 

This course will focus on:

  • The different communication styles
  • What your predominant communication styles are
  • How to communicate in an effective way
  • How to solve and prevent miscommunication.

After this training you will be able to:

  • Listen actively and have positive interaction
  • Give and receive feedback effectively
  • Identify communication styles and interactive patterns
  • Present your message in a clear and effective way
  • Identify and handling miscommunication and conflicts

The course consists of a combination of lectures, discussions, exercises and role-plays

General Information

Target Group: PhD's and Postdocs
Group size: A minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 participants
Course duration: 3 day
Language: English
Credit points: 0.9 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer:

Jessica Tummers (Meijer & Meijaard) and Claudius van de Vijver (Graduate School PE&RC)

Venue: Wageningen University, Wageningen Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Note: Room and building will be communicated with registered and confirmed participants about one week before the start of the course.


Before the course:
Participants are asked to defining (personal) learning targets and send them to the course leaders

Day 1 : Your Communication

  • Introduction
  • What is communication and why is it important?
  • Miscommunication (causes and effects)
  • Communication styles

Day 2 : The basis of good communication and how to improve your communication

  • Your communication
  • The basic rules of effective communication
  • Asking questions
  • Giving feedback
  • Improving your communication

Day 3 : Reflection and Exchange

  • Reflection on progress
  • Tackling challenges
  • Fine tuning of a new approach in communication
  • Synthesis



Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 220
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 440
External fee: All other participants € 880

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact juliane.teapal@wur.nl,  tel: +31 (0)317 485563.