Stress and resilience for researchers (edition 1 - 2023)

17 January 2023 - 14 February 2023
campus Diepenbeek


The aim of the first session of this workshop, given by Stephan Marchant (KU Leuven) is to obtain a better understanding of how our stress system works and what the impact is of (chronic) stress on our brain and physical and mental health. We will explore the concept of resilience from different angles and discover ways to strengthen it. These insights provide inspiration to draw up a personal action plan that outlines what you want to do differently from now on to obtain a better sense of balance.

During our second session, we will start by reviewing your personal action plan and exchange experiences between participants. A common source of negative thinking is the impostor syndrome which will be covered in this session. Next we’ll practice a resilient way of discussing stressors and practice this with a case (how Corona has affected us). We will take time to discuss interesting theories and research regarding behavioural change and habit formation. These insights and the added inspiration from a few more smaller parts, will allow you to optimize your action plan to create sustainable changes that will have a long-lasting impact on your experience of stress.

At least two editions of this workshop will be organized throughout 2023.

Learning outcomes

During this workshop, participants ...

  • acquire insights in the stress system and its impact,
  • are able to identify their personal stressors and energy drainers,
  • develop strategies to lower stressors,
  • develop new habits which will increase their resilience,
  • learn how to communicate about stress.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • stress management
    • self-development
    • self-confidence


For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs, with priority for PhD students
  • 16 places available

When & where?

  • Edition 1: January 17 & February 14, 2023 - 13:00-17:00 - Participation on both days is required.
    • Location:
      • January 17: tbd
      • February 14: campus Diepenbeek, building D, room E139
  • Edition 2: tbd


  • Edition 1: Register here until December 11, 2022.
  • Please register only if you can attend both days.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on personal development
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - course about personal development

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