Stress and resilience for researchers


Leadership & personal efficiency

Target group

Doctoral researchers of the Doctoral Schools of Ghent University and postdoctoral researchers, no previous knowledge required.


The aim of this workshop is to understand how stress impacts our body, mind and performance. While keeping a balanced perspective, we provide keys to lower stress and to increase resilience.

The first session is targeted at informing participants and inspiring them to change their (thinking) habits. The second session acts as a follow-up session where we evaluate what (doesn’t) work and add some additional theoretical insights to foster durable change.


What causes stress? What drains your energy levels?
List everything you can think of, both at work and life in general. Bring your results to the workshop (printed or digital).


Participants will:

 - Acquire insights in the stress system and its impact
 - Be able to identify their personal stressors and energy drainers
 - Gain insights in how to lower stressors
 - Develop new habits which will increase their resilience
 - Learn how to communicate about stress


Stephan Marchant

HR Learning & Development Unit, KU Leuven

Dates & Venue

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools and postdoctoral researchers. The no show policy applies.

Registration procedure

Use the following registration link.

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. If the course is fully booked, you can send an email to and ask to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your ID student nr.

Teaching and learning material

Self-reflection, interactive exercises, group discussion, theory, tips and tricks, follow-up

Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance and active participation