Stressed and Away from Home

Mental Health in International Researchers

When : Saturday, October 30th 2021

Where: online via zoom, link upon registration

Confirmed speakers


Modern, professional research  can be both a fulfilling passion and a taxing job, with its share of self-doubt, career-anguish, and burnout-risk. In recent years, the community has become more aware of mental-health issues in researchers. These can arise from poorly managed work environments and delivery expectations.

On top of that, researchers are a highly mobile population. Mobility opens the doors to exposition to new knowledge, increasing new skills and establishing new collaborations, but it comes sometimes at a cost of limited social support, confronting cultural differences, and, unfortunately, encountering bullying and discrimination.

The interface between the research career and mobility can have a high toll on researchers as the global pandemic, with its work-from-home isolation, has shown us. Many international researchers found themselves dealing with all of the above factors alone and away from home.

In our symposium, we will take an in-depth look at the specific factors that can make professional research so challenging to our mental-health and let experts speak about possible solutions. 

Through presentations, round-tables and break-out-rooms, we will learn about:

  • key insights into systemic mental health issues in academia, 
  • how international researchers can organize and deal with cross-cultural issues arising in the workplace.
  • the current status of the mental-health of early-career researchers in Germany
  • how self-organized peer-support networks work and what you can do to participate in them
  • the role that individual therapy can play to help you cope with stress

Join us and help us improve the status-quo: talking about and dealing with mental-health problems needs to be de-stigmatized and looked at differently. Research is just too good to lose capable scientists because of avoidable problems!

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Confirmed speakers:

Final Programme:

  • 9:30- 9:40. Welcome
  • 9:40-10:30. Keynote talk: Dr Stéphanie Gauthier,
  • 10:30-11:00. Plenary talk: Dr Yu-Xuan Lu
  • 11:00-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:15 Panel session: 
    • Emilio Pérez-Bosch Quesada,
    • Luisa A. Hasam-Henderson,
    • Tonina Ferrer,
  • 12:15-13:15. Round Table
  • 13:15-13:45. Lunch Break ( space will be made available)
  • 13:45- 14:30 World Café. Break Out rooms
  • 14:30- 14:45 Interactive Activity
  • 14:45- 14:50 Concluding remarks

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