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PhD Well-being Conference

AUPA invites all PhD students to join the 1-day PhD Well-being conference the 31st of January in Søauditorierne from 12:00-17:00. You will gain insights into common causes of stress and loss of work-joy, and more importantly, how to handle or prevent these same things.

2019.11.08 | Mathilde Brøndum Reeh

Photographer: Ida Jensen

Date Fri 31 Jan
Time 12:00 17:00
Location Aarhus University, Søauditorierne, Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C
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The conference also includes workshops after each key note, with the possibility of attending one in each block. The event is free of charge, and includes lunch, refreshments and tapas. 


12:00 - 12:50 Registration and lunch (in foyer)

12:50 - 13:00 Welcome by Viktorija Kulikovskaja, President of AUPA, and Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, President of PhD Health Association (in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium)

13:00 - 13:15 Welcome by Prorektor Berit Eika (in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium)

13:15 - 14:00 Keynote speech I by Prof. Dr. Sonja Rohrmann, Goethe University: "The Imposter Phenomenon - Stack low, but fly high" (in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium)

  • In our western achievement-oriented society, success plays an important role. Achieving socially recognized goals usually makes people satisfied and increases their self-confidence. However, there are people who not only cannot enjoy their successes, but who suffer from them. 

14:00 - 14:45 Workshop Block I


Workshop 1 (in William Scharff auditorium)Workshop 2 (in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium)

“The balance between dedication and strain of work” by psychologist Sanne Schou

  • The workshop provides information on factors that promote well-being and gives input to what you can do to stay motivated and reduce stress in your everyday life. How can you prioritize time and your personal resources in order to maintain a good work-life balance? 

"Fog and darkness in the PhD journey - a workshop on hope and thriving!" by Associate Professor Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen, Aarhus University 

  • In a time, where policy agendas and institutional initiatives focus on PhD students being competent and rational in their research journeys, the spaces for uncertainty diminish. This is unfortunate, when PhD students expect of themselves to steer their research process in a linear way, when the creativity in original research often calls for non-linear journeys. The workshop focuses on the importance of embracing, and even harnessing, dark learning spaces and how to be able find renewed research momentum.

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 15:45 Keynote speech II by Malene Hein, COO, Play Your Talent: "Personal leadership - the key to sustainable success" (in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium)

  • We all got talent, but studies show that we only manage to utilize 17% of out talent potential. This is one of the reasons why so many feel stressed and demotivated. Therefore, you need to strengthen your personal leadership by putting your talents in play, switch off your autopilot and make sustainable habits. Success is not something we get, it is something we create ourselves. 


15:45 - 16:30 Workshop Block II

Workshop 3 (in William Scharff auditorium)Workshop 4 (in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium)

“Put your talents in play” by Malene Hein, COO, Play Your Talent

  • Do you know your top 10 talents? If not, Play Your Talent will help you to discover and cultivate your talents by making a map of those talents that give you energy and those that drain you. When we are aware of our talents, we can select our tasks smarter, work more effectively and increase our motivation by 30%. This will make you the best version of yourself and increase your wellbeing.

“The Elements of Self-Leadership” by Matt Lane, The Research Developement Partnership

  • Meta-analysis of the literature on leadership suggests that it can be understood as comprising four elements.  This practical and interactive, short session gives an overview of the elements before exploring ways to apply them to take control of your research.

16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up and tapas (in foyer)

Location and date

Venue: Søauditorierne Foyer for registration. Assemble in Jeppe Vontillius auditorium (1252 - 310). The workshops will take place in Jeppe Vontilius auditorium and William Scharff auditorium (1253 - 317).

Address: Aarhus University, Søauditorierne, Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C

Date: 31st of January from 12:00 to 17:00


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Deadline for registration is the 19th of January.


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For further information about the event or registration, contact Mathilde Brøndum Reeh.

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