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Ace Your Mental Health in Science


Ever feel like science is easy for everyone else but you?
Do you feel guilty every time you put down your work just a little bit?
If you want to stop doubting yourself, quit feeling like an imposter amongst fellow scientists, and finally have the work-life balance you deserve, this workshop is made for you.

This semester's program includes a kick-off event, a three-part workshop, a sports event, and a coffee hour. It will be carried out in English and is offered for all doctoral candidates and postdocs at the Universität Regensburg.

Each of the workshop sessions contains a short introduction of the key concepts and practical tasks that you can apply to your individual experiences. You may register for individual parts, but we recommend that you attend the entire sequence. Since the number of participants is limited, make sure to sign up in advance and let us know beforehand if you cannot make it so people on the waiting list can join in.

Please register now!

In order to be able to prepare the sessions well and to inform participants about any necessary changes, we ask for registration via GRIPS for each session.
Please note the individual deadlines given below.

Kick-off Event

Before the first session, we will hold a kick-off event to explain the details of the workshop for all interested in the topic (not only for workshop participants)
Mon, 7 Nov 2022, 5:15 - 7 pm
Room: DE 2.121 (westliche Naturwissenschaften, 2. OG)
Registration until: Mon 7 Nov 2022, noon (!), GRIPS Application

Topics and time of each session

  • Workshop, Part 1: Imposter Syndrome and Self-Worth
    Learn how to defeat your imposter syndrome by identifying your inner critics and becoming your own cheerleader on your journey to improving your self-worth.
    Mon, 28. Nov 2022, 5:15 - 7 pm, room: VG 0.15
    Registration until: 14 Nov 2022 (limited places), GRIPS Application
  • Workshop, Part 2: Communicate Like an Expert
    Improve the way you communicate and handle difficult working situations like a pro. Conquer your stage fright and show your competence.
    Mon, 12 Dec 2022, 5:15 - 7 pm, room: H7
    Registration until: 4 Dec 2022 (limited places), GRIPS Application
  • Worshop, Part 3: Work-Life Balance and Social Network
    Work for the future but live for today. Learn how to build a strong social network while working around the world.
    Mon, 16 Jan 2023, 5:15 - 7 pm, room: H7
    Registration until: 8 Jan 2023 (limited places), GRIPS Application
  • Sport/Networking Event
    Bowling event with your fellow scientists.
    Mon, 30 Jan 2023, 6 pm - open end
    Location: Super Bowl Regensburg, Gewerbepark D44, 93059 Regensburg
    Registration until: 23 Jan 2023, GRIPS Application
  • Coffee Hour
    Meet and greet for fellow scientists and new friends.
    Mon, 13 Feb 2023, 5:30 pm - open end, meeting point: UNIKAT
    Registration until: 13 Feb 2023, noon, GRIPS Application


About the organisers and trainers

Alexandra (Alex) Otto is one of the current doctoral representatives at WIN. She does her research at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and is a psychotherapist in training. Throughout the workshop sessions, she will guide you through the theoretical backgrounds and practical exercises to ace your mental health in science.

Yih-Shiuan Lin is a Taiwanese doctoral candidate in the Department of Experimental Psychology and a former doctoral representative at WIN. During the workshop, Yih-Shiuan will provide information about mental health resources for early career researchers.

Together, Alex and Yih-Shiuan wish to offer you the tools and support to navigate more smoothly in your academic career. No prior knowledge is needed for participating in the workshop. Alex and Yih-Shiuan are looking forward to accompanying you in the journey of improving your mental health.


Mental Health Workshop

An offer of the doctoral representatives at WIN