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Graduate Campus – Transferable Skills

Doing Creative Research (Play your way to research success)



Are you tired of constantly fighting battles as a researcher? Are you sick of struggling with incidents like delays, material shortages, experimental accidents, absence of collaborators, and other adversities? Then stop fighting. Fighting the odds uses up your resources, drains your energy, and causes stress and anxiety. The fact is, that’s how research works: it is unpredictable – restrictions, obstacles, and errors are an inherent part of it.
Instead of fighting, in this workshop, you will learn how to welcome the unexpected and how to use adversity to your advantage. You will overcome the conventional and limiting understanding of the research process as a well-planned A to B procedure, develop creative research strategies instead and learn how to “go with the flow”. 
Besides providing theoretical inputs and instructive stories of scientists dealing with restrictions and failure the workshop is based on experiential learning: With playful exercises from improvisational theatre you discover fruitful ways to deal with the unpredictable and annoying, be it your data, your methods, or your fellow researchers. You find creative strategies to move your current project forward and, furthermore, you will motivate and inspire each other and have fun. 
The aim of the workshop is to make you adopt a playful attitude. A playful attitude gives you a sense of empowerment and makes you approach challenging situations with flexibility, spontaneity, and confidence - qualities that are essential for both success and resilience in academia. 

Course objectives    

•    Understand what psychologically impairs performance and discovery 
•    Understand your own thinking patterns and impasses 
•    Explore characteristics of creative problem-solving and how it can be sparked
•    Feel confident and relaxed dealing with chance, adversity and errors
•    Elaborate own creative strategies to solve current problems in your research project
•    Strengthen your resilience

Instructor     Alba Polo, PhD, psychoanalyst, coach, writer, publisher
Target participants     PhD candidates of all disciplines

9 May 2023 9:00 - 17:30h

17 May 2023 9:00 - 17:30h

1 June 2023 9:00 - 17:30h


9 May 2023 RAA-E-30

17 May 2023 RAA-E-30

1 June 2023 KOL-N-1

Contact person     Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credit     1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)