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Looking back: ECR Lunch on work / life balance

Burn-out amongst academic researchers is at an all-time high. The causes may be associated with many stress factors such as ever increasing expectations, decreasing funding opportunities, increasing tasks/teaching load. Trying to juggle your private and working life may be especially tricky. This can decrease your morale in a career which you so far have thoroughly enjoyed.

During this ECR lunch, early career researchers participated in a short workshop on focus and balance. The workshop was followed by a panel discussion with international and national academic researchers who have identified a balance in their workload in different ways, such as limiting hours, managing increased work hours or choosing an alternative career path. The active participants in this discussion were:

Petra Rudolf: Professor Experimental Solid State Physics and Dean Graduate School Faculty Science and Engineering, UG.

Rudolf Fehrmann: Medical doctor and researcher in cancer genetics at the UMCG.

Marieke van Vugt: Researcher in artificial intelligence at the UG, mindfullnes instructor and professional ballet dancer

Dicky Tamminga: Senior Advisor Talent Development UG.

Alicia Brandt: Researcher in microbiology and now career switch to policy advisor as coordinator of the Young Academy Groningen at the UG.

Last modified:27 August 2018 3.35 p.m.