You probably decided to do research to understand the exact mechanisms behind something, to solve a problem or to make the world a little bit better.

However, research also requires other skills that are not necessarily related to your qualities as a researcher. You will need to communicate: to network, to form alliances with others to apply for funding, and to pitch your research. And you will often need to work in a team with a diversity of people and personalities. 

This is where Maris et al. can help you. Over the last decade, we’ve empowered thousands of academics to improve their communication skills, their work-life balance and to stimulate diverse and inclusive workplaces. This has not only increased the impact of their work, but also gave their careers a boost.


More impact with your work starts with good communication.


Work and live in a way that suits you.


First steps to make your workplace more diverse and inclusive.

Meet Susanne Maris

Susanne likes to talk! Just give her a call to see how she can empower you and your team to have more impact.

Together we make a plan that works for you!


Meet Susanne Maris

Susanne likes to talk! Just give her a call to see how she can empower you and your team to have more impact.

Together we make a plan that works for you!

What our clients say about us:

Susanne knows how develop leaders and is thoroughly enjoyable to work with too!

“I found Susanne’s methods and content refreshing in that they were grounded in sound frameworks, useful and sensitive to gender dynamics without pandering to false gender dichotomies.  Susanne’s knowledge and expertise shines through along with her jovial manner and clever facilitation of participant learning. She inspired, she informed and provided a stimulating space for our participants to explore and nurture their leadership self. She is creative as well as practical, fueling our participants ambitions while equipping them with the mindset and tools to deliver on those ambitions.

Her genuine joyous energy is inspiring, without compromising the high level quality of the session

I have been working with Susanne and Maris et al for many years now, and she has never failed to deliver the promised results. The entire process runs smoothly, from brainstorming on topics, to designing, scheduling and aftercare. Overall, I consider her an extremely valuable and highly appreciated business partner and friend. I would definitely recommend her services to anyone.

She understands the challenges and opportunities researchers (all levels) are dealing with.

Susanne’s expertise in working in academia is extensive. This allows her to tweak and adjust her workshops to fit the needs of the participants. Also, she is keen on exploring and working with other forms of education such as online platforms, extending the learning experience of a workshop.

On one hand, her friendly and approachable personality puts people at ease. On the other, her professionalism and extensive knowledge evokes trust.

Susanne has been a wonderful trainer to work with. The programme designed and provided by Susanne in collaboration with another coach perfectly met the needs of the course participants. It consisted of a variety of activities, from presentations and talks, to individual and group exercises. At the end of each training day, the progress and outcomes have been assessed and the agenda amended to meet specific requirements of the participants.

True passion for working with people, ability to connect and understand the concerns of individuals from different backgrounds and ages were aspects that make Susanne an exceptional and versatile trainer.Therefore, I’d highly recommend Susanne and will use her services in the future.

Working with Maris at al. highly increased the quality of the pitches, they triggered full attention in the Brussels’ Parliament.

Maris et al. offered a programme which combined off-line and or online pitch training for our researchers, that was just what we needed. Researchers received quick and personal feedback to all their questions. Susanne personal involvement as a trainer made it such a positive experience.