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Geo.X Career Day 2017 "Scientific Life Balance"

October 20th, 2017 - 9.30 to 16.00 hrs.

Registration deadline:
September 1st, 2017

Urania Berlin
An der Urania 17
10787 Berlin 


This career day is about the art of work-life-balance in scientific research. This event seeks to help all female and male students and researchers, at all scientific career levels, who would like to gain insight into the ways of balancing that really work!

In the morning, female and male speakers share their personal experiences and strategies as open space hosts. Open space topics include how to build up effective time management strategies or skills, being a dual-career-couple in science, overcoming “presentism” at the workplace, coping with the mobility requirements in science, and many more. We compare the situation in Germany to other countries, as well as the conditions inside and outside of academia.

In the afternoon, we host a plenary discussion with science policy and research funding experts and decision-makers to provide the chance for additional discussion, and to contribute suggestions for improving work-life-balance on a more general level.

At the end of the day, we ask if scientists can really have a satisfactory work-life-balance or if they have to learn how to cope with an everlasting dilemma that cannot be solved sufficiently?

We provide free childcare for those attending the career day event. If you would like to use the free childcare service, please indicate it in the registration form.



09:00 to 09:30 a.m. 

09:30 to 9:40 a.m.
Welcome address

9:40 to 10:00 a.m.
Key note by Svenja Neupert
Striving for scientific life balance: What are essential fields of intra- and interpersonal conflict? 

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. 
Introduction of the open space hosts (Mark Edwards)

10:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Open space session on the following topics:

  1. How to combine family & PhD
  2. Scientific parents with temporal contracts
  3. Dual career couples in science
  4. At the top: professors & work life balance
  5. Abroad with family
  6. Two cities - one couple
  7. Work life balance without kids
  8. Leadership perspectives on scientific life balance
  9. Coaching perspectives on scientific life balance
  10. Ciao academia!

12:30 to 13:00 p.m. 
Sharing results and synthesis (Svenja Neupert)

13:00 to 14:00 p.m.
Lunch break

14:00 to 14:45 p.m.
Podium discussion (Moderation: Mark Edwards)

14:45 to 15:45 p.m.
Discussion in the plenary (Moderation: Mark Edwards)

15:45 to 16:00 p.m.
Closing (Svenja Neupert)

Our career day is free of charge. Number of participants is limited. Please register until 1st of September, 2017.

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