10:35- 12:05 CEST
Please note: For some workshops there are limited seats available, so make sure to sign up on time.


Inclusive Research

During this interactive workshop you will get familiar with methods you can use to make research accessible to everyone, to include your target group in your research and to you make sure that your research results will benefit various subgroups of society. Next to their years of experience in doing inclusive research, Gera and Thomas use the knowledge and experience that they have gained from the research into inclusive research they conducted in collaboration with Maastricht University.

Workshop leaders
Gera Nagelhout is endowed professor in Health and Wellbeing of People with a Lower Socioeconomic Position at Maastricht University and Chief Science Officer of IVO Research Institute.

Thomas Martinelli works as a researcher at IVO Research Institute. He is an anthropologist and criminologist and currently he is completing his PhD research on recovery from drug addiction. In addition to his PhD research, he participates in all kinds of other studies among vulnerable populations.


Inclusive language and approaches to gender and sexually diverse patients in clinical practice (max. 20 participants)

Easy, accessible, and fun training for health care providers that want to learn how to comfortably talk to all patients during generalist and specialist consultations. Suited for GPS, medical specialists, and other health care providers.

Workshop leader
Maddalena Giacomozzi is a medical doctor at the Radboud Medical Center, feminist queer activist and president of Treat it Queer.


An inclusive labor market: what are the benefits, and how to get there..?

Work has changed over the past decades, the demands of work have become much higher: more intense, more complex. The implications for employees is that work has become more demanding. For a large group the threshold to enter the labor market has become too high. While on the other hand organisations see the levels of sickness absence due to stress-related complaints increase, due to high levels of physical and mental workload. Additionally organisations are struggling to find sufficient qualified personnel, in particular in the health care sector this is now an issue.

So, on the one hand organisations are struggling to find adequate staff, and stress and burnout levels are high, while on the other hand there are people who could work, and want to work, but their competences do not match with what organisations are asking. This applies in particular to people with ‘a distance to the labor market’… an umbrella concept for a group with a large variety of issues. What solutions might be available?

In an interactive workshop we will address the following questions:
• What is an ‘inclusive organisation’?
• Can an ‘inclusive organisation’ be part of the solution to above societal challenge: creating a better match in the labor market?
• How can we support organisations to facilitate sustainable employability in their organisations?

Workshop leaders:
Gemma van Ruitenbeek is working as a researcher at FPN, UM. next to that she is managing director at CIAO, Centre of Expertise for Inclusive Organisations.

Vera Lemmens, education/research officer at the department of Work & Social Psychology, FPN.


International Communication at Work (max. 40 participants)

Would you like to become familiar with how culture can influence our preferences in our interactions with colleagues? Anyone working with people from different cultural backgrounds may have noticed that they have particular preferences when it comes to their approach towards topics such as general communication, giving negative feedback, expressing disagreement, and hierarchy. This workshop is suitable for anyone working in an (international) team and for tutors/teachers that interact with international (PhD) students. The workshop will explore how our cultural backgrounds can influence our approach to various aspects of day to day work within intercultural teams, as well as help participants navigate around different cultural styles in order to facilitate harmonious interaction and smoother productivity. 

Workshop leader
Nava Hinrichs is Executive Manager for the Capacity Development Office (CDO) at UNU-MERIT.


Dealing with Power and Influence (booked out)

To be effective in organizations today, you have to know how to deal with power and influence, you need to be aware of the sources of “hard” and “soft” power, how to use them appropriately and ethically as well as recognize how others use it. This session aims to introduce the concepts of power and influence in complex organizations. It will encourage a meaningful exchange of experience and discussion on how to develop the ability to understand and reflect on power and influence, and how they can contribute to better individual and organizational performance. The colleagues will be encouraged to increase self-awareness of their sources of power, understand how others use power, and the expected and unexpected consequences of it. Together, we will try to discuss how you can do things differently next time for a more effective outcome by being acquainted with a “power and influence toolkit”. When you feel powerless or overly influenced, what you can do to regain your own power and control. After all, you are never without power.

The guiding question: How colleagues who are (aren’t) in leadership positions (or are aspiring to them) can better understand and use sources of power and influence effectively and confidently to enhance their performance in the organization?

Suggested reading pre-session material will be provided

Workshop leader
Kasia Czabanowska is Professor in Public Health Leadership and Workforce Development at Maastricht University.