Navigating through the academic world can often be challenging and sometimes negatively affect your mental wellbeing. However, there are also many reliable ways to alleviate prolonged stress and pressure. This event seeks to inform you about the most common challenges in academia and ways to handle them.
Keynotes, workshops, a penal discussion and an ‘Opportunity Fair’ with professionals, researchers and PhD/Postdoc representatives will give a comprehensive outlook on the topic. In addition, there will be the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences as well as to network at the get-together afterwards (food and drinks will be provided).
For planning reasons, we ask you to please register beforehand.
- 4:00 p.m.
Opening and Welcome
- 4:05 p.m.
Keynote Dr. Steffi Marung: n.n.
- 4:25 p.m.
Keynote Dr. Luisa Barthauer: Healthy and Successful Careers in Academia
- 5:00 p.m.
Workshops and ‘Opportunity Fair’ (see details underneath)
- 6:00 p.m.
Panel discussion: Coping with work related stress & opportunities for young scientists,supervisors and organizations
- 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Steffi Marung is working as a senior researcher at Leipzig University in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”.
Healthy and Successful Careers in Academia
Careers in academia can be challenging. The talk relates to ways of meeting and dealing with the challenges in a healthy and successful way.
Luisa Barthauer is a postdoctoral researcher at the TU Braunschweig at the Department of Work, Organizational und Social Psychology. In her research, she focuses on careers in the academic context and required resources such as social capital.
You may register in advance for one of the following workshops or visit the ‘Opportunity Fair’
- Stresserleben vermeiden – Zwei Hände voller Tipps aus der Handlungs- und Stressforschung
The workshop will be hold in German.
Mit Blick auf Ihre anstehenden Aufgaben in Ihrer wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit und in Ihren anderen Lebensbereichen lernen Sie Methoden zur Vermeidung von Stresserleben kennen. Sie erarbeiten sich Ansätze für ihren persönlichen Alltag. Fundiert wird dieser praktisch-orientierte Inhalt durch kurze Inputs zu stresstheoretischen Modellen und wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse.
Annett Ammer-Wies works as psychological counsellor for students at the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research at Leipzig University since 2013. Among other things, she leads workshops on topics like stress and test fear, procrastination or peer consulting. Annett Ammer-Wies studied Psychology (diploma) and Educational science (Magistra Artium) and completed a three-year training in Systemic Therapy and Counselling (SG).
- Don't Let It Stress You Out: Mental Health and Self-Management for Researchers
If you are a young researcher in the early stages of your PhD thesis or a postdoc planning your next academic adventures, then this interactive workshop is just right for you. Together, we will explore concepts like resilience and mindfulness as pragmatic tools to maintain our mental health in the toils and troubles of academic life. Hence, the workshop offers a brief how-to guide to performing routine maintenance on yourself and your academic projects in order to prevent major setbacks.
Dr Maik Goth teaches workshops on Phd and research management, academic English and communication skills. His seminars on self-management and mental health in the academy are based on his extensive experiences as scholar, academic author, editor and university lecturer. They are tailored to the various personal needs and professional demands of young researchers.
- Good Practice in Doctoral Supervision
This short workshop introduces into the challenges and contents of a productive and supportive supervisory relationship. It offers basic information about professional concepts and procedures, and provides opportunities to share experiences and to jointly identify improvement and development needs.
PD Dr. habil Helmut Brentel is lecturer for sociology at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt. Since 2011, he works also as a freelance consultant and trainer for the education and continuous training of supervisors of doctoral candidates.
The following organizations will have an informational stand in the event exhibition. It is thought to bring various activities for mental health promotion and stress prevention as well as help offers in case of mental difficulties and illness to your attention. All participants are aware of the event language and will be able to respond to questions in English, even though most of the material might be in German due to their usual work focus.
The participants (in alphabetical order):
- AOK PLUS
- International PhD initiative
- Irrsinnig Menschlich e. V., Verein mit Präventionsangeboten zu psychischer Gesundheit
- Leipziger Bündnis gegen Depression e. V.
- Mitteldeutsches Institut für Arbeitsmedizin
- ProRat, (PromovierendenRat), die Promovierendenvertretung der Universität Leipzig
- Stadt Leipzig, Verbund gemeindenahe Psychiatrie
- Studentenwerk Leipzig, Psychosoziale Beratung
- WEGE e.V. – Verein für Freunde und Angehörige psychisch Kranker
- Welcome Center, International Centre, Leipzig University
Panel discussion participants:
- Michaela Löffler (representative of ‘Do it’ – PhD council at UFZ; enquired)
- Prof. Dr. Erich Schröger, Vice Rector for Research and Young Academics, Leipzig University
- Dr. Steffi Marung (see above)
- PD Dr. Helmut Brentel
- Presenter: Dr. Sabrina Walter
In order to plan the event itself and get-together, we ask you to please register beforehand. An attendance at the workshops is otherwise not possible. However, should you miss the registration and learn about the event last minute, please feel warmly invited to still come along and take part!
Organisers and contributers
The event “Surviving in academia – how to maintain mental wellbeing in the scientific field” is organized and / or financially supported by:
- Occupational Health Management, Leipzig University
- Department of Research Services, Leipzig University
- HIGRADE, Graduate School of UFZ
- yDiv, Graduate School of iDiv
- Research Academy Leipzig
- Leipzig Science Network e. V.
- Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Leipzig University