Resilience and Well-being in Academia

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Time 09:30 - 12:30 CEST icon
Online via zoom
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Academia is an ultramarathon that we try to run as a sprint. This approach tends to leave us with little time or energy for life outside of work and very few resources to cope when we face challenges. But a healthier approach to research is possible and is essential if you want to build a sustainable career in academia (or anywhere else in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in).
This workshop provides you with tools to increase your resilience to stress, anxiety and burnout, and to enhance your overall well-being. We explore those self-critical inner voices that sabotage your motivation and enjoyment for your work, we explore how your mindset can help or hinder your day-to-day life and your career prospects; and how to incorporate the latest research on habit formation and well-being practices to enhance your attention, focus, creativity, and motivation and in turn your productivity.

Course Objectives

   Identify the common challenges that we face within academia and normalise the experience for what it often is – a rollercoaster of highs and lows, wins and losses and hard work.
   Begin to explore how your mindset and mental models shape your experience and your mood.
   Begin to identify ineffective coping strategies (e.g. procrastination) and learn how to approach challenging or unenjoyable tasks through a different lens.
   Learn how shifting your mindset can help you to reframe thoughts, feelings, and outcomes using a range of psychological tools from CBT, ACT and mindfulness practices.
   Begin to understand the concept of self-compassion and how they can benefit from a kinder voice in their head.

Date and Time
15 May and 16 May, each from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm CEST

online via Zoom

Target Group
postdocs and junior professors from the ENGAGE.EU partner universities


Desiree Dickerson, PhD, Dickerson et al.

Maximum Number of Participants
20 persons

Please register until 5 May 2024 by writing to with your university email address. Please note that we can only consider registrations send from university email accounts to ensure affiliation with an ENGAGE.EU partner university. If there will be more registrations than places available, the participants will be drawn by lot and informed by 6 May. Please find information on processing personal data in this context in our information on data protection.

This ENGAGE.EU workshop is funded by DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service.