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Mental Health in PhD students: The role of graduate schools, the integration of international students and impostor syndrome

The event will take place online on 19 October 2021 from 10.00 till 18.00.

The event will be held in English and is free of charge.

The event will incorporate keynotes, workshops, and hackathons to work on improving the current situations for early career researchers. The conference was initiated by Scholar Minds & the Berlin Cluster of Excellence “Science of Intelligence” (SCIoI) and is a collaborative project of several mental health initiatives across Germany.

We are pleased to present a keynote lecture by Gordon Feld who will give an overview of how Germany needs to address the structural challenges of the academic system to best promote early career researchers.

Further, we offer workshops on a selection of recurrent topics for early career researchers such as impostor syndrome (Mental Health Collective), stress management (Innerminder) or how to coordinate your projects (Scholar Minds).

Another highlight of the conference will be several hackathons tackling current challenges of the academic world such as how to improve the situation for international early career researchers in Germany (MATH+), bridging mental health and academic (N2 Network) or how the perfect graduate school (Dragonfly Mental Health) could look like.

Panel discussion:
Last but not least, there will be a panel discussion on the topic "Towards sunnier days: How to overcome the mental health crisis in academia?" opening the stage for different players of the academic system such as Jule Specht (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Martin Grund (Max Planck Institute Leipzig), Ralf Kurvers (Science of Intelligence), and Aite Kashef (Lise-Meitner-Gesellschaft).

You can find the preliminary program for the conference here (pdf). Feel free to share this invitation with others.

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We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Scholar Minds
Mental health initiative for PhDs in Berlin
Twitter: @BerlinMinds

We are "Scholar Minds", a group of PhD students at Charite and Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin. Through sharing resources, surveying the status quo, and organizing mental health events, we hope to promote awareness, destigmatize mental health struggles, and empower PhD students.
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This page last updated on: 20 September 2021