Stressed and Away from Home
Mental Health in International Researchers
When : Saturday, October 30th 2021
Where: online via zoom, link upon registration
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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- Dr Stéphanie Gauttier, Vice Chair of ReMO Researcher Mental Health Observatory
- Dr Yu-Xuan Lu, Ageing Scientist – Networks Founder & Leader – Intercultural Trainer
- Emilio Pérez-Bosch Quesada, Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics (Frankfurt Oder) coauthor of the study “Being a Doctoral Researcher in the Leibniz Association: 2019 Leibniz PhD Network Survey Report”
- Luisa A. Hasam-Henderson, Scholar Minds Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin
- Tonina Ferrer, coach and psychologist with a focus on international researchers
- 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:
- 12:15-13:15. Round Table
- 13:15-13:45. Lunch Break (wonder.me 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