Conflicts with colleagues and employees

When issues or problems with your colleagues or employees arise, we have a range of services available to help you resolve these conflicts:

Ombudsperson for research

Please find information about the current ombudsperson here:

  • Our ombudsperson for research
    • provides advice, mediation services and support to all researchers and scientists working at the University of Konstanz,
    • advises (anonymously, if required) on questions of good scientific practice, potential violations as well as related conflicts,
    • supports individuals who have reported a potential case of academic misconduct (whistleblowers) and may therefore be subject to sanctions by other institutions,
    • is your point of contact, if you are being suspected of academic misconduct.

Academic Staff Development (ASD)

Dr Jennifer Sparr
Room: V 610
Office hours: by appointment (via email)
Phone: +49 7531 88 -5324

  • The Academic Staff Development unit manages the university's human resources development, is responsible for the advancement of junior researchers, oversees the university’s educational development and offers the following services:
    • academic staff development services for researchers and university teachers at all career levels
    • individual consultations and coaching sessions for junior researchers experiencing conflicts

Director of Human Resources

Renate Pfeifer
Room: V 836
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -2366

  • Human Resources offers advice on the following topics (for doctoral researchers employed by the University of Konstanz only):
    • Resolving conflicts
    • Transferring to another location, changing your workplace
    • Facilitating mediations within working groups
    • Facilitating personal coaching sessions
    • Re-integration programme after absence due to illness
    • Resolving work issues related to illness
  • Qualification:
    • Lawyer
    • Transaction analysis expert

Psychological counselling centre

Psychologische Beratungsstelle
Diakonisches Werk im Kirchenbezirk Konstanz
Wollmatinger Straße 22
78467 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 363 260

  • The University of Konstanz offers all employees free and anonymous psychosocial counselling for up to 3 hours via the Diakonisches Werk in case of problems and conflicts at the workplace
  • Further information is available at
  • Qualification:
    • Psychologists
    • Social pedagogues
    • Psychotherapists
    • Systemic counsellors and therapists