Exit to the right: Is academia losing its talents?

Annual Event of the PostDoc Office 2023

17:00 - 19:30

Postdoctoral researchers are productive, innovative and a key factor for the research output of universities. This notwithstanding, their living and working conditions are often described as precarious. Rather than pursuing a career within academia, many researchers (have to) decide to bring their talents to the non-university sector. The PostDoc Office Annual Event explores how an environment in which researchers can thrive and do their best work can be created. Presentations and discussions will bring in perspectives from academics, career coaching professionals, university leadership, activism for better working conditions, and industry best practices. There will be space for an open exchange, food & drinks will be provided throughout. Register until April 27, 2023, via postdoc@uni-graz.at.

5:00 Welcome

Joachim Reidl (Vice-Rector for Research, University of Graz)

5:15 Causes and effects of today’s academic work environment: Opening talks

  • Structural transformation of universities and its impact on the ethos of meritocracy Barbara Hönig (Sociologist, University of Graz)
  • Should I stay or should I go? Coaching postdoctoral researchers to make good career choices Yasmin Dolak-Struss (Systemic Coach, solutionbase, Vienna)

6:00 How to create a better culture for academic work: Round table

  • Christian Gruber (Biochemist, University of Graz & CEO, Innophore)
  • Jana Lasser (Complex Social Systems Researcher, Graz University of Technology & Co-founder, Network against Abuse of Power in Science & National Member, COST Action Researcher Mental Health Observatory)
  • Ana Podvršič (Sociologist & Economist, University of Graz)
  • Mireille van Poppel (Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Equal Opportunities, University of Graz)

7:00 Researcher development through peer groups: Certification ceremony

Presentation and certification of the PostDoc Peer Mentoring Team 2022/23

7:15 End of the Event

Moderation: Johanna Stadlbauer (Coordinator PostDoc Office, University of Graz)