The PhD workshop candidates and faculty

27-28 November 2019 | Münster

S2BMRC of FH Münster University of Applied Sciences and the Faculty members of SBI (Science-Business & Innovation) of VU have successfully launched its 14th joint PhD Workshop.

The topic content wise of the 14th Workshop was on "The interrelations between Theory and Connectional Models".

16 PhD candidates registered the Workshop and presented their progress and challenges to the faculty and peers. The faculty provided substantial feedback and recommendations to each of the PhD candidates.

  1. Prof. Dr. Thomas Baaken (S2BMRC, MSB & VU)
  2. Prof. Dr. Peter van der Sijde (VU & S2BMRC)
  3. Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kliewe (S2BMRC & MSB)
  4. Prof. Dr. Ingrid Wakkee (HvA & S2BMRC)
  5. Prof. Dr. Francisco Suay Pérez (CEU*)
  6. Prof. Dr. Marcus Laumann (MSB)
  7. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sue Rossano (S2BMRC & MSB)
  8. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kurzhals (S2BMRC & MSB)
  9. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lina Landinez (S2BMRC & MSB)

* (Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Valencia)

But instead of a Key Note by the faculty as usual, a surprise was waiting for the participants: A theatre took place. Theatre has been extensively thought of as a leisure activity so far, as an art manifestation where audience consumes, enjoys a performance, however recent studies have shown that theatre can also be used to develop empathy, to strengthen partner relationships with role play to gain trust and most lately as an action-based learning tool. (Dreifuss, 2018).

Claudia and Alexander, the responsible organisers, have extended an invitation to all to think not only as academics, but also as performers, as communicators of their work.

Thus the key elements of "Theory and Conceptual Models" needed to be performed by the attendees via a theatre play; "in a dramatic way". Two professional coaches supported the workshop:

Rose Lohmann, worked in Berlin for P14 at the Volksbühne with Bonn Park and Silvia Rieger. She was nominated for the Folkwang Prize. Since this season she belongs to the ensemble of the Schauspiel Münster, where she can be seen as Maria Braun in the BRD TRILOGIE!

Andrea Noëmi Spicher born in Switzerland performed in 2010 and 2011 she at the Theater Basel. She completed her acting studies from 2012-2016 at the Rostock Academy of Music and Theater. The production "eigenNICHTartig" under the direction of Romy Hochbaum was awarded the ensemble prize.

Dr. Wang Kai from Ningbo University in China, responsible for the Technology Transfer Strategy of Ningbo, attended as a guest and was amazed and inspired to take it home to his University.

The next PhD workshop JAM14 will take place in Amsterdam in Mai 2020.


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