Course GSNS Onboarding programme – workshop: Well-being and Work-Life Balance

ECTS: 0.25

Course leader: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course fee: 300.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2023

Application deadline: 15/11/2023

Start date: 29/11/2023

Administrator: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Please note:

The workshop Well-being and Work-Life Balance is part of the onboarding programme offered by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS. The onboarding workshops are offered for PhD students enrolled at GSNS on part A. GSNS PhD students on part B are welcome to join, but should be aware that the workshops are addressed primarily to PhD students on part A.

Name of workshop: Well-being and Work-Life Balance

Course parameters: No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation: 6/6 hours

Capacity limit: 50 participants

For more information about ECTS, see the GSNS website

Workshop content:

10.00             Welcome to the morning programme by Lynn Watson

                      Mind-body exercise

                      “What is well-being?” and “how does our mind and body respond in times of stress?”

                      What does science tell us about the benefits and challenges of living a busy life?

                      Presentation and exercises

10.45             Coffee break

11.00             Building your psychological tool box

  How can you achieve work-life balance during your PhD and make your environment work for you? This session will give you the opportunity to consider your own work      schedule and how you can incorporate tools that might work for you.

                      Facilitated work in groups

12.00             Rounding off: reflections


13.00             Welcome to the afternoon programme by Eva Damsgaard

  Warm up and motivation
  Reflecting on “what is a good life in academia?”, “what are the challenges?”, “how can we thrive and meet the demands of the future?”, and “which of our assumptions
  need to be changed?”

13.30             Psychological safety as a key Why is well-being so important? What can we learn from research e.g. in psychological safety – and how can we improve well-being?

                      Presentation and dialogue

14.15             Coffee break

14.30             Self-management and Inner Development Goals
Presentation and gamification - facilitated work in groups

15.45             Rounding off: Reflections

16.00             End of the workshop

Name of lecturers:
Lynn Ann Watson, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, and Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (CON AMORE), Aarhus University and Eva Damsgaard Nielsen, CAPIO CONSULT ApS

Workshop format:
Presentations, facilitated work in groups, dialogue, individual reflection, game, etc.

Literature: None

Onboarding programme:
The onboarding programme will introduce different work tools all relating to the process of initiating and doing a PhD project in the best way possible. These will be introduced through peer-mentoring groups and workshops with different topics. By participating in the onboarding programme the PhD students will be offered an insight into handling ups and downs during their PhD, and how to develop as a young scientist. The onboarding programme will also give the PhD students an opportunity to meet fellow PhD students and expand their network – both socially and academically. Read more here.

Time: 29 November 2023 09:00 – 15:00

Place: Mogens Zieler Stuen, AU Conference Centre, building 1422, Fredrik Nielsens vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C.

Registration: Deadline for registration: 15 November 2023.

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

- For questions relating to the content of the workshop, please contact:

Lynn Watson

Eva Damsgaard Nielsen,

- For questions relating to administrative issues, e.g. registration or location, please contact: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Course dates:

  • 29 November 2023 10:00 - 16:00