MINGS Lunch Breaks
As the need to control the Corona pandemic still requires physical distancing, we decided to establish the MINGS Lunch Breaks, casual get-togethers that offer a virtual forum for doctoral candidates at MIN faculty to talk about challenges related to their doctoral studies and get in touch with peers beyond their own research group. In the following months, we will tackle topics such as conflicts with supervisors, doing your PhD & parenthood, stress management etc. You are welcome to send us suggestions for topics that are relevant to you! Please register here.
MINGS Lunch Break: Mentoring – possibilities for everybody
For some doctoral researchers, the route of their career is not entirely clear. Maybe, it never really is. As that might not be the most important thing, it is essential to know what your possibilities are, what instruments could help you and whom to ask. The guided exchange between a more senior scientist or person in industry and the mentee not only helps to get your thoughts on a career clarified, but as well can be a lot of fun and divertissment.
In our MINGS Lunch Break "Mentoring – possibilities for everybody", doctoral researchers will meet two speakers with experience on mentoring programs, their possibilities, limitations and how best to get set up for one.
The event will take place on May 25th 2021, 12 to 1 pm via Zoom. Please register via this form.
Zoom link will be sent out via mail a few days ahead.
MINGS Lunch Break: Doing your PhD & Parenthood
For some doctoral researchers, the period in which they want to start a family coincides with their doctoral studies. However, balancing family life with an academic career is a challenge, especially for doctoral researchers with fixed-term contracts, research in the lab or research stay abroad, teaching obligations, the need to visit conferences, and much more. Closed daycare centres and schools in the Corona pandemic further exacerbate the problems.
In our MINGS Lunch Break "Doing Your PhD & Parenthood", doctoral researchers with children and those who plan to start a family during their doctoral studies have the possibility to discuss their challenges to manage academia and family life with Prof. Kathrin Dausmann, professor at the Department of Biology, who will share her own story of an academic career with children. Svenja Saure, Family Office of Universität Hamburg, will answer your questions related to parental leave, child care, support by the university, and more.
The event took place on 25 March 2021, 12 to 1 pm via Zoom.
MINGS Lunch Break: Managing Conflicts
Conflicts within a research group or between doctoral researchers and supervisor(s) can seriously delay the progress of your research and the successful completion of your doctoral studies. Further, they negatively affect your motivation and satisfaction with scientific work. The lack of face-to-face meetings due to the Corona pandemic further complicates conflict solving strategies.
Our next MINGS Lunch Break offers a confidential space for you to discuss conflict situations with Sonja Nielbock and Kirsten Meyer, Conflict Prevention Unit of Universität Hamburg. We will talk about signs and reasons for conflicts between doctoral researchers and supervisors/team members and learn about strategies to manage these situations.
The event took place on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 from 12 to 1 pm.
MINGS Lunch Break: Doing your PhD in the Time of Corona
Have you had difficulties to conduct your research in the last couple of months? Did your doctoral dissertation progress more slowly than expected? Did you feel lonely or frustrated and maybe even thought about discontinuing your doctoral studies? Due to the Corona pandemic, many doctoral researchers faced and still face difficulties that also affect their mental health. During our first MINGS Lunch Break “Doing Your PhD in the Time of Corona”, we will discuss how the pandemic affects your life and work as a doctoral candidate and will think about strategies to overcome challenges and frustration together with Aleksandra Spasojevic, academic tutor - psychological counselling at Universität Hamburg.
The event took place on 15 December 2020 from 12 to 1 pm via Zoom.