Joint Seminar: When it comes to the shadows in the life of a researcher: Living with stress, conflicts or other psychological strains

A researcher’s life is poor in leisure time. Besides, the short-term nature of post doc contracts can make it difficult for young scientists to stay in the system. This may increase fear and stress in career progression and has an impact on personal life. A global survey among scientists published by Nature in 2018 confirmed, that poor mental health is a huge concern, with 36% of respondents saying they needed or were receiving help for depression or anxiety. We are afraid that the pandemic has even increased stress, pressure and mental problems.

In this seminar, we would like to address this issue and talk about various services available for MPI-M employees. We have invited relevant speakers who are considered as contact points when it comes to the support for mental health, stress, conflicts and other psychological strains.

Petra Mayer is one of the experienced Psychological Advisors at the Fürstenberg Institute. She has been supporting numerous colleagues from different Max Planck Institutes. She is going to talk about the supporting activities, with a strong focus on the life of being a researcher, especially for PhDs and postdocs. The service provided by the Fürstenberg Institute is completely anonymous, free of charge for all Max Planck employees and strictly confidential.

In addition, Christian Reick, our ombudsperson for scientific honesty, will introduce his office and the service he provides concerning complaints and resolutions.  

Since this summer Sebastian Rast has become a certified conflict advisor at our institute. He has been serving as a mediator and advisor on several occasions since then. In this seminar he will explain about the tasks and roles of being a conflict advisor, as well as the methodologies for conflict resolution.




15:15 Uhr


Virtual Seminar


Petra Mayer, Fürstenberg Institute

Christian Reick, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg

Sebastian Rast, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie


Diego Jiménez-de-la-Cuesta Otero

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