Keeping up the Good Work – Motivation, self-regulation and self-care during the PhD

Thursday, 18 January 2024, 13:00–16:30

Undertaking a doctoral project is an intellectually rewarding pursuit, yet it often presents considerable challenges that can leave students feeling overwhelmed. Our upcoming workshop seeks to equip PhD students with a scientifically grounded framework for optimising their research endeavours, enhancing productivity, and nurturing their overall well-being.

Course Highlights

Self-Regulation: Explore the concept and significance of self-regulation within the context of PhD studies. Discover practical methods for integrating self-regulation techniques into your daily work and writing routines.

Motivation and Discipline Mastery: Grasp the intricacies of motivation and discipline, essential attributes for tackling the multifaceted tasks inherent in dissertation research. Learn strategies to maintain a consistent drive throughout your PhD journey.

The Role of Rest and Recovery: Understand the pivotal role of rest and recovery in sustaining productivity and mental clarity. Acquire insights into designing a daily routine that effectively rejuvenates your energy and cognitive resources.

This workshop provides a platform for peer interaction and knowledge exchange among PhD candidates who share similar aspirations and challenges. Our aim is to impart practical, evidence-based tools that will empower you to excel in your academic pursuits while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Join us for an enriching experience where you can elevate your academic journey with a refined skill set and a holistic approach to success. Reserve your spot today to embark on this transformative endeavour.

Target group: Doctoral candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Venue: Conference Room of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG), Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna, 6th floor, staircase III (room C628A)

Registration via e-mail to until 10 January 2024 („first-come-first-served“, max. 15 participants)

Elisabeth Pelikan successfully completed her doctoral studies in 2023 at the Department of Psychology of Development and Education, University of Vienna, specializing in self-regulated learning and motivation within educational contexts. Elisabeth Pelikan currently holds a position within the Ministry of Education, Science, and Research. Beyond her administrative role, she delivers workshops and professional development courses focusing on self-regulated learning and motivation, and student well-being.
Monika Finsterwald, MSc, is a senior researcher at the Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care at the University of Zurich and at the Institute for Systemic Organization Research in Vienna. She was a long-term researcher (PostDoc) at the Institute for Psychology of Development and Education at the University of Vienna and at Promente Forschung. Her research interests are in educational psychology especially in the field of lifelong learning, motivation and self-regulation research, and gender research. She is also concerned with the evaluation and implementation of competence education measures.