DESIGNING Successful Events:

What Participants Really Want!

Target group:
This conference design training has been developed to successfully integrate doctoral students and postdocs into conference projects and facilitate the acquisition of funding. It will provide you with the opportunity to actively approach professors, foundations, and third-party funders, present innovative, well-thought-out ideas, and acquire skills that can be beneficial in future professional endeavors.

It was created for curious individuals who want to bring not just one ace up their sleeve to the next conference planning team, but an entire deck of cards. With this innovative method, you will develop targeted and successful events for your audience in no time!


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There are countless event formats out there, but whether it's a conference, retreat, or summer school:  Events are only successful when they meet or exceed the expectations of the target audience. But what exactly do your participants expect from your event?

This training and its accompanying materials are the essence of a three-year research project in Vienna that analyzed the expectations and needs of event participants. The careful distillation of all research results led to 9 core expectations and 39 solutions for meeting them optimally.

Guided by an event expert, you will immediately develop suitable designs with our digital deck of cards. With our collaborative approach, everyone on the team can contribute their knowledge and ideas to create professional event designs during the training and future meetings. 

Your benefits:

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  • Gain a scientific background in innovative event design.
  • Develop successful events for every target group in the future – and enjoy doing it!
  • Learn how to optimally present your new event design as a pitch.
  • Train your coordination and communication skills.
  • Receive extensive working materials in English, an online mural template, and specific practical guidance.

Description and Focus

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  • Core activities of every event – the meta-level!
  • Innumerable solution variations – finding the right combination!
  • Practical test: Mural as a digital tool for easy collaboration!
  • Virtual Coffee Talk– exchange with colleagues!

Good to know

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The browser-based software Mural will be used.
You will receive an introduction to Mural as video tutorials in advance.

Professional development
This workshop offers employees the opportunity to improve their skills in conference planning and document competencies in this area. This is particularly valuable for ambitious employees who want to profile themselves internally and externally and act as ambassadors for their institution.

Graduate academies:
This workshop provides an additional benefit for graduates and postdocs considering a career outside of academia. By documenting successful events, you can credibly convey to potential employers that you have high professional and organizational competence.

Cooperation Partner:
Prof. Dr. Lukas Zenk

Lukas was head of the research project and co-founder of Designing.Events. He loves to inspire people and organizations to innovate and co-create. Bored with traditional conferences and fascinated by the development of new interactive meetings, he supports teams worldwide to create events that really matters.

He works as a Professor for Innovation and Network Research at Danube University Krems, Department for Knowledge and Communication Management. In his studies he analyzes how people in organizations and events interact, and how collaborative innovations emerge.

As a trainer, organizational consultant and keynote speaker he bridges the gap between science and business. He was awarded several times for his innovative projects, lectures, and talks. When he is not working, he is passionate about kitesurfing, wakeboarding and jumping on trampolines with his kids.


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