This full-day seminar focuses on a variety of communication situations in conference and meeting contexts, such as small talk during coffee breaks or before/after meetings, handling questions in front of group audiences, and managing both typical as well as challenging conference and meeting situations. In addition, the seminar format also allows taking participants' individual interests and needs into consideration.

(Chairing/moderating conference sessions as well as giving presentations will be referenced in passing but not addressed in detail as they form the core content of other seminars).

Based on short input phases including strategies and techniques as well as typical phrases and idioms, participants will practice standard situations individually, in pairs and in small groups. Trainer and peer feedback consolidate the learning effect.

 Please note:

Participation is subject to the successfully passed public presentation of your dissertation project.

Dates & Registration

10 June 2021, 9:00-17:00

Location: Please note: The workshop will take place online via Moodle

Registration: online

Registration takes place exclusively online via U:Space. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.


Martin Buxbaum

Martin Buxbaum studied English and Russian at the Universities of Vienna and Toronto and, after several exciting years in performing arts management and as a theatre company and stage director, has been working as an English and soft skills trainer and freelance translator since 1999. As English Coordinator at FH des BFI Wien since 2004, Martin teaches a wide range of English language / skills courses (Moderating, Presenting, Meetings, Negotiations, …) and regularly organises English-language activities for students and staff. Martin also works as a language & skills trainer at the University of Vienna Language Centre, especially in staff development and with doctoral students, for whom he offers seminars on English Conversation in the Conference Context, Discussion Strategies in the Academic Context and Presentations Techniques. In addition, he practices psychodrama and role playing (Moreno) for personal and group development; over the past few years he has also been running a Cuban salsa dance studio in Vienna.