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Symposium: Facilitating Leadership in a Knowledge-Based Society

25 July 2021

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Type of event
Open to
CIVIS PhD/Post-Doc students
25 July 2021

The Doctorate is the level of study that seeks to train new researchers, something fundamental to the development of a knowledge-based society. Today, the concept of a doctoral education is not limited simply to the completion of a doctoral thesis or to activities assigned to a single area of knowledge. The need for future doctors to acquire a series of transferable skills (“soft skills”) to help them successfully face different scenarios in their professional lives and to be leaders in a changing world is becoming increasingly evident.


The objective of this symposium is to help doctoral students develop several of these transversal skills, as seen in the document Eurodoc Report (2018), including effective communication, teamwork, innovation, critical thinking, and the ability to resolve interpersonal conflicts and crisis situations, among others. In this sense, the course is aligned with UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 4, which refers to Quality Education.


Doctoral students from any discipline and branch of knowledge studying at the Doctoral School of the Autonomous University of Madrid (EDUAM), various Latin American universities affiliated with the International Academic Program, and CIVIS partner universities, are invited to apply. The maximum number of participants will be 30. The doctoral students should be at least in their third year of doctoral studies and have an English level equal to C1.


Each session will include theoretical lessons with case studies, resolution of problems, and group work. In addition, all students will participate in a communication activity and assignment in which they must transmit information in a concise, fast and simple way to a heterogeneous audience.

All symposium materials will be provided before the symposium. Active participation is expected of all students. Sessions and all discussions will be conducted in English.



Leadership in a Complex World

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Chancellor

University of Massachusetts Boston

Effective Communication and Active Listening

Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish

Harvard University

Critical Thinking: Beyond the Boundaries

Sir. Salvador Moncada, Emeritus Professor, Division of Cancer Sciences

The University of Manchester

Negotiation and Interpersonal Conflict Management

David Eaves, Lecturer in Public Policy

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Creativity and Innovative Thinking I & II

Linda A. Cyr, Lecturer on Health Management, Department of Health and Policy and Management

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Crisis Management

Sebastián Royo, Vice President of International Affairs; Professor, Political Science & Legal Studies, Suffolk University, Co-chair of the Europe in the World Seminar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

Harvard University

Collaborating Across Difference

Daniel Wilson, Lecturer and Director of Project Zero

Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

Communication Workshop: Participants’ Presentations and Discussions I & II

Dates and location

June 25 - July 1, 2021
29 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 

Depending on the Covid-19 situation, this may be a hybrid symposium (in-person and online) or online only.
The ideal plan is to hold it in-person.

Participation fee

1,500 USD*

UAM has launched a call to support 4-5 doctoral candidates. Other CIVIS Universities may also consider doing so. 

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