A day to discuss the challenges of academic research and explore strategies for dealing with failure, maintaining balance and remaining motivated.
10 am Arrival and outline of day
10:15 Resilience and success in science – personal perspectives and strategies (Dr Graham Smith, St Andrews)
11:00 Understanding and building my resilience (Dr Sara Shinton)
11:30 Becoming a resilient research student (Katherine Rumble, PhD Student, Edinburgh)
12:00 Here to help - insights from the Student Counselling Service (Dr Jenni Leeder, Edinburgh)
12:30 Lunch and networking, The Sirrocco Wind Trio with support from Live Music Now
1:30 Developing resilience in a research career – advice on managing uncertainty and rejection as your research independence grows. (Dr Christian Killow, RA, Glasgow)
2:00 What might work for me? Facilitated discussion in groups to make resolutions for personal resilience plans, community activity and ask for support from SUPA/schools (Dr Sara Shinton)
2:45 Closing comments
In 2017 the Institute of Physics launched "The Resilience Toolkit", a guide to understanding and building a more resilient approach to a scientific career. Even if you feel comfortable and confident about the next steps in your career, you are likely to face challenges and times when you need to remain motivated when things go wrong. This event is based around the good practice from the Resilience Toolkit and a selection of talks from physicists at all stages in their careers talking about how they maintain their motivation and overcome difficulties. Everyone attending will receive a copy of the guide and have the chance to think about the challenges ahead, learn more about the support available and think about how best to build their own resilience.