Recap - Applied Psycho Education for Researchers
Last week, the inaugural Applied Psycho Education for Researchers program has successfully ended with many new ideas and successful skills.
The comprehensive 12-week course from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) in cooperation with the LBG Career Center, led by a team of experienced instructors from the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy, and psychology, provided participants with a unique blend of knowledge about basic psychological concepts and practical exercises proven to enhance well-being.
In a rapidly evolving scientific landscape, early-career researchers face numerous challenges as they navigate their professional journeys. Recognizing the need to equip scientists with the tools for leading fulfilling lives, a groundbreaking course was recently conducted with the aim of fostering well-being among scientists. By addressing both societal and individual factors that contribute to happiness, the program sought to empower scientists to lead balanced and meaningful lives.
Each session of the course delved into a specific topic relevant to the challenges faced by early-career researchers. Participants explored how to manage emotions, realistic productivity, sleep hygiene, stress management, human intelligence, academic competition, and personal identity. Valuable insights were gained from learning about failures and rejections, fostering resilience and personal growth.
Participants highlighted its significant impact on their personal and professional lives. The diverse and engaging content kept sessions fresh and captivating, making it one of the most exciting and enriching experiences for many. Implementing knowledge gained from the session on sleep and sleep hygiene already yielded positive results for some. The course facilitated profound self-discovery, with participants seldom having learned as much about themselves in recent educational endeavors.
We thank all participants and speakers for 12 exciting and fruitful weeks, which have shown that you do not strive by yourself and that with the suited approach stress can also become a positive force. Special thanks to Judita Huber, PhD and Dr. Daniela Klammer from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA), as well as Saskia Lackner from the LBG Career Center for providing knowledge about basic psychological concepts as well as practical exercises that have been shown to foster well-being.