By PostDocs for PostDocs
There are a number of activities organized by PostDocs themselves, especially to network with other PostDocs. The PostDoc Office welcomes any information about such activities.
What are your writing goals this year? Do you have an action plan on how you are going to achieve them and when you are going to get all that writing done?
Studies show that the most popular, yet least effective way to write in academia is binge-writing. The most effective way to write is to set a dedicated, defensible time slot for writing. But setting schedules is different from sticking to them (all the more so with home-office). Writing in a group has many benefits: it provides accountability that helps stick to that schedule, social support, and community for sharing experiences and best practices with others at a similar academic level (post-doc).
How it works:
The writing slot consists of a brief intro and set up (up to 15 min), hardcore writing (1h+), and brief outro part (up to 15 min). In the intro we report how far along we are with our weekly writing goals outside the group and we set our writing goals for the current slot. The hardcore writing slot is just that: turn off the phone and email and just write. In the outro we reward ourselves for the hard work, socialize, share writing experiences and best practices, and - importantly - commit to our goals until the next meeting.
The group will meet every Thursday from 9-10.30am online (meeting link can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org), and as soon as possible in person (Location: Heinrichstrasse 22, 8010 Graz, 2nd floor, turn left, first room). Post-docs of all fields welcome. International scholars welcome.
(Informal) studies have shown that professors and PhD students might want to join, so keep this group a secret only for post-docs! ;-) The idea for this format is inspired by Ch. 4 in Silvia, P. J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. American Psychological Association.
The connecting.postdocs mailing list results from a proactive peer network of PostDocs across all disciplines and faculties – from social to natural sciences – at the University of Graz. While the University Management runs different programmes, initiatives and actions directed at PostDocs, we felt the need to create this independent network in order to facilitate informal and formal communication between researchers in their postdoctoral stage. Through this connecting.postdocs mailing list, you are invited to share work-related initiatives, activities and information for and by PostDocs at the University of Graz and beyond. In addition, this channel seeks to enable exchange regarding issues and concerns such as representation, visibility and career planning for postdoctoral researchers. Contact: Lydia Arantes
If you are interested in joining for example a weekly lunch, monthly meetings for newcomers, sub-groups for sports, weekend activities, you can get in touch with Philippe A. Bourdin. The first in-person events are planned for 2022.