Online Workshop: Don't Let It Drive You Nuts! Resilience and Mental Health for Researchers

This event aims at doctoral researchers and postdoctoral researchers from all areas.

Rationale of the Course

As early-career researchers you enter into a time of great change. You have to meet new professional demands (regarding your field, employment, economic, future concerns); play numerous roles (supervisor’s assistant, autonomous researcher, self-promoter, academic author); and know your personal qualities (disposition, work speed, goals). Oh, wait, there’s also a thesis to write and a private life to take care of! 


Don’t let this drive you nuts! There is a tool for self-management that allows you to master your life inside and outside the academy, and makes you bounce back when there are setbacks and crises: resilience (from Latin resilire, 'to bounce back'). This workshop activates and develops your resilience skills in interactive units of analysis, self-reflection, communication and pragmatic counsel. My goal is to familiarise you with ready-to-use methods which strengthen your long-term productivity and your mental health, which encourage you to adapt to difficult situations, and which help you maintain a balance between work and life.

At the end of the workshop, you will have acquired a thorough understanding of ‘academic resilience’ and how you can develop it on the basis of your own professional profile and personality, your social groups and relations; you will start assessing problems in and out of academia with confidence, responsibility and clarity, and use pragmatic strategies to solve them. Thus, the workshop enables you to do routine maintenance on yourself and your academic projects in order to prevent major setbacks. 


Dr Maik Goth teaches workshops on academic English, research management and communication skills. His seminars are based on his extensive experience as international scholar, academic author, editor, peer-reviewer and university lecturer, and are tailored to the personal needs and professional demands of young researchers. The second edition of his monograph Monsters and the Poetic Imagination in "The Faerie Queene" was published in May 2019 by Manchester University Press.


  • 7 July 2021, 09:30 - 12:30 h
  • 8 July 2021, 09:30 - 12:30 h
  • 20 July 2021, 09:30 - 12:30 h
  • 21 July 2021, 09:30 - 12:30 h


Please register viea the GRS Virtual Campus. You can find this event in »Area 4: Transferable Skills Training«: 

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