Resilience in International Transition for Academics Abroad

Academics Abroad: Resilience in International Transition 05.04.2024 09:00 - 17:00 (Fri)Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, Room 004Wichert, Amanda

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For doctoral researchers of all disciplines.


Whether it’s navigating daily life in a new country, balancing your own cultural expectations against those of  your new environment, or experiencing a shift in or loss of support structures.There’s a lot to manage in cross-cultural transitions. Researchers and doctoral students who have relocated from abroad to work in a new environment arrive with high expectations for their own productivity, and along with their colleagues and employers, they often expect themselves to hit the ground running once they’ve found an apartment and unpacked their belongings. 

The stressors inherent in international transitions can make it feel harder to manage your research project successfully. You might feel like you’ve hit an invisible wall, or find yourself questioning your work patterns or project structure. When challenges arise – issues communicating with your supervisor, a snag in collaborating with a colleague, or a global pandemic – it’s easy to feel even more overwhelmed then you might have felt back home.


Developing an understanding of typical transition stressors and building a toolkit of sustainable strategies to manage stress in transition can help you build resilience and cultivate work habits that support mental health. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore common transition stressors and their impact on researchers in their work and daily lives. We’ll share our experiences, develop strategies to reduce and manage stress, and explore work habits that can make the difference between surviving and thriving in the increasingly global academic job market.



Further Information

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



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Amanda Wichert