The Human Side of Innovation: Resilience & Empathy

26.01.2024 • 9 AM – 2.30 PM

This workshop is organized together with our partner institutions:

  • Zukunftsorte Berlin

What do you know about self-management in complex and volatile environments? Resilience is an integral part of mental health and of managing our resources as scientists and entrepreneurs. In this workshop, you will learn about useful mindsets to cope with stressful situations, and develop strategies that suit your needs. Discover how to train your inner strength by using your personal resources. How can empathy help you to take your research to the next level? Take a step back, open your mind, and learn to view ideas and concepts from different perspectives. You will learn key principles to get up close and comfortable with your potential users, customers or other stakeholders.



  • Learn about useful mindsets to cope with stressful situations
  • Practise creating room for positive perspectives
  • Develop resilience strategies that suit your needs
The Human Aspect of Innovation
  • Reflection about one’s own perspectives and mindset
  • Getting to know the concept of empathy in human-centred design
  • Practising a change of perspective
  • Assessing the potential of empathy in one’s research/work environment


Our workshops are tailored to PhDs and postdocs of all disciplines, as well as early-career researchers and academic staff.

Our workshops are held in English. They are intended for participants at level B2 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

We use the Zoom video conferencing software for our online workshops and webinars.

Participation in our workshops and webinars is free of charge.

No prior knowledge or experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, startups or other business ventures is necessary. A genuine interest in these topics is sufficient!

You will receive a confirmation email approx. 14 days before the beginning of the workshop. Make sure to check your SPAM folder. This email will include the login data for Zoom and the login for the event page, where you can access the workshop’s agenda. If the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a place becomes available. If you have not received a confirmation, you may apply again for a different workshop.

It is important to us that the workshops bring together a diverse group of participants from different disciplines and universities. We currently admit up to 35 participants per workshop. If all places are filled, we will place you on our waiting list and inform you if a place becomes available.

You will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the workshop. If you could not attend the full workshop, you are not eligible for a certificate.

Yes, our workshops are aimed at researchers who have not started a business, but want to explore their entrepreneurial potential. You can participate in the workshop even if you do not have a concrete idea of how to translate your research into a business venture.

Our workshops are open to researchers of all disciplines. We believe that every research field has great potential to enrich society with innovative ideas. Furthermore, business ideas developed by interdisciplinary teams are more successful in the long term.

In order to guarantee the best workshop experience for all participants, please make sure you are present for the entirety of the workshop. You’ll receive your certificate of participation after having successfully participated in the whole workshop.

You will be able to download your participant handout 1–3 days after the workshop via the login details provided in the confirmation and follow-up emails.

If you have difficulty registering online, try using a different browser. If you are still unable to register online, please send an email to:

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You will receive a detailed agenda before the workshop, after your registration has been confirmed.


This workshop takes place online via zoom. The link will be provided upon enrollment.


Hanna Sänger

Alumni & Participant Management




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