On the 18th of January, 2019, SciDF participated in the 3rd Biomed PhD Day with a workshop named ‘Analyzing factors for getting the PhD and keeping the sanity’.
This day was dedicated to the students of the Biomedicine PhD Program of the University of Barcelona and took place in the Faculty of Biology, in Barcelona.
The workshop, organized and conducted by Laura Díaz, Vittoria Spinosa and Ryan Armstrong, was the initial step of a larger project aimed at promoting well-being within the universities and other research centers, with particular attention to PhD students
Specifically, the structure of this workshop aimed to raise awareness among PhD students about the risks faced during this particular research stage and about the interconnection of different drivers.
An interactive workshop, developed by Vittoria in collaboration with Laura and Ryan, allowed PhD students to analyze the factors that can affect their well-being, to discuss the possible solutions and to understand the complexity of the situation.
At the end of the workshop the participants were invited to fill in a questionnaire to reflect upon their own experience and to contribute in shedding a light into the current situation within the Biomedicine Program of the University of Barcelona. Deeper analyses will be soon carried on using those data, but preliminary analysis seems to show that those PhD students perceive themselves as affected by stress-related issues and wish to participate in more initiatives offering tips to face this peculiar situation.
SciDF is particularly grateful to the 28 participants who took part in this workshop and feels strongly motivated to keep organizing more initiatives to promote well-being within the universities and open to pre-doctoral students as much as to other stakeholders, such as principal investigators and directors of research centers.