Dealing with Imposter Syndrome: What is it, how do I manage it, and what can I do to build confidence in my work?

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome: What is it, how do I manage it, and what can I do to build confidence in my work? 17.05.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Fri)Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, Room 004Wichert, Amanda

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For doctoral researchers of all disciplines in their first year.



Imposter syndrome – that feeling of self-doubt, secretly worried that you’re not measuring up and dreading that you’re just a talk away from someone finding out that you’re not really – is a common phenomenon among high achievers, academics, and (early career) researchers, and disproportionally affects groups less represented in academia. Developing an awareness of imposter syndrome and acquiring strategies to deal with the challenges that it brings will build confidence, reduce stress, open up space for new collaborations and connections, and enable researchers to engage more fully in doing great science.  
In this interactive input, we’ll learn what imposter syndrome is (and isn’t), where it might come from, and how it can affect our work and lives. We’ll explore methods to help manage it, concrete steps that you can take to gain confidence in your work, and learn how to support yourself and your colleagues and peers in developing an approach to work and research that supports and fosters setting realistic expectations, recognizing achievements, and celebrating successes. You’ll have the opportunity to share and discuss your experiences with others and have space to engage and explore new techniques.



  • What is imposter syndrome, and where does it come from? Who experiences imposter syndrome? 
  • What isn’t imposter syndrome? How can identifying barriers to belonging in academia reduce my sense of feeling like an imposter?
  • What are the effects of imposter syndrome? What are the benefits of reducing imposter syndrome, both for me and for science?


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If there are free spots, we also allow postdocs to participate.



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Amanda Wichert