In January 2019, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) established a network for employees at the university involved in researcher career development activities for PhD’s and postdocs. This initiative was launched as a part of UCPH's Talent and Collaboration - Strategy 2023, related to the Academic Career Development Programme  (VIP Karriereudviklingsprogrammet), which has a particular focus on supporting young researchers in their career development.

This network started with 25 members and currently there are over 60 active members, representing researchers and administrative staff from all faculties at UCPH.

Zoom meeting

24th March 9:00 – 10:30

Webinar: Better working lives for junior researchers and PhD-students

How do we improve the working lives for PhD students and junior researchers? How can we help them deal with work pressure, imposter syndrome and career uncertainty?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at this event where you will have the pleasure of meeting Niels Glæsner. Niels holds a PhD in educational science and works as a Consultant for DM

Why focus on PhD’s working life?

Doing research training to obtain a PhD degree is rewarding work for many. However, for a large number of PhD-students it is also a tough process with many hours in the lab or library and uncertainties about the quality of one’s work and future in academia or beyond. For some researchers this turns into serious work related issues – a phenomenon so wide spread that Evans et al. in a 2018 article in Nature talked about a “mental health crisis in graduate education”. The question is how universities, supervisors, professional organizations and individual PhD students should act to combat these issues.

Workshop focus

This workshop is aimed at discussing working conditions for PhD students and giving PhD students input on how to develop good working habits and avoid some of the pitfalls that create bad work life balance and stress among many young researchers.

In the spring of 2019, DM in collaboration with the PhD-organization PAND conducted a survey with over 1300 respondents among Danish PhD students in a number of different fields and asked them about their career plans, working habits and well-being.

Starting from the results of this survey, the workshop will discuss how to protect yourself throughout you PhD training and increase the likelihood of a good and productive PhD process.

After this webinar you will:

  • Have knowledge of the typical causes for stress in PhD students
  • Be aware of strategies to handle issues and difficulties before they arise

Feel free to attend this unique online event and get inspiration on how you develop a good working life as a PhD-student. This event also provides you with the opportunity to share your experiences and network with other like-minded professionals.


Niels Glæsner has a PhD in educational science. He has conducted research and consultancy work focused on education policy and labor market issues. Niels works at the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs (DM). DM advises its members on a wide range of issues e.g.:

-         Employment, working conditions and contracts

-         Career and job opportunities within your field

-         Personal guidance if you lose your job

-         Free talks and career events

Registration deadline 15th March

Register for the event