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Staying Calm and Full of Energy – Stress Competence for Doctoral Students

A Doctorate plusBIGS workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center 

Academic tasks and administration, tutoring and teaching, partner projects… and family first of all! You can feel the stress building up even while reading this. Being asked to do everything at once and straight away is an integral part of daily life in academia.

Online Workshop

Thursday, February 22, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please register your interest in this workshop by September 3, 2023.


Dr. Jan Stamm





Target Group

Doctoral students from the Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS)


Research, Research Management, Business and Organizations


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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This workshop uses cognitive stress models to show how stress is triggered and the ways in which it can be reduced and avoided. We focus on the mental competence of identifying and changing those thoughts and beliefs which trigger and increase stress (i.e. perfectionism). We also reflect upon the regenerative competence of keeping tension low and energy high. And we discuss and test some relaxation techniques.


  • Stressors in academia
  • Mechanisms of stress emergence and consequences of stress
  • Three pillars of stress competence
    • Instrumental stress competence
    • Mental stress competence
    • Regenerative stress competence
  • Personal resources
  • Impulses for personal stress management


If you need childcare during the event, please contact the Family Office of the University of Bonn at least two weeks in advance. 


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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