Stress Identification & Management (in-person training)

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

Many young academics are confronted with stress. Might be due to deadlines, failure of experiments, fear of failure and too high levels of perfectionism. However, although stress is quite a common phenomenon for PhD’s and post-docs, many do not even recognise the symptoms. As a result things can go from bad to worse. Hence, this afternoon workshop has been set up to:

Give insight in

  • What is stress
  • How it can be identified (what are the symptoms)
  • How to deal with stress and/or how to avoid it
  • What one can do when stress has got the most of him/her

Part of the workshop will tackle these issues from a theoretical perspective.
Additionally there will be some exercises, to be carried out in smaller groups (with plenary discussion afterwards). Such as the assignment to formulate stress in their own environment, how it can be tackled, given personal competences and skills. Based on one’s own situation, including ones strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, a personal stress (prevention) action plan can be developed.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates and postdocs
Group size: During Covid-19: max 12 participants (in normal circumstances max. 30 participants)
Course duration: 13:30 - 16:30h
Language: English
Credit points: 0 ECTS
Self-study hours: 0
Name lecturers: Lyda Roseboom & Elsbeth Kuneman
Venue: See course schedule. (this training can only be given in-person)


13.30 - 14.30: Introduction

  • What is (work) stress?
  • How does one identify stress (based on some questions determining factors are identified)
  • What to do?
  • Plenary discussion, reactions and questions 

14.30 – 15.15:  The personal situation

  • Introspective analysis based on a questionnaire: how does one take care of oneself, how do you recognise/identify that you are stressed, which risks do you see?
  • Plenary reflection

15.15 – 15.30: Break

15.30 – 16.30 Make a stress prevention-action plan

  • Identify stress reducing steps to take and formulate these in an action plan (issues-solutions-actions)
  • Presentation of Group plans
  • Make an individual stress prevention plan and present this in sub-groups with feed-back from sub-group
  • Plenary synthesis and setting up of “intervision groups”


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools

University fee: All other Wageningen University PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs


External fee: All other PhD candidates


Cancellation condition (also in case of no-show)

You may cancel free of charge up to 1 month before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee (€ 50). Also in case of a no-show. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).In this case you will have to ask your supervisor/PI to send us an email indicating the reason for cancellation.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us. Someone else may still be able to take your spot.


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