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ISOS Course

Understanding and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - a workshop for removing one's barriers to success

Prof. Dr. Julia Gottschalk, Institute of Geosciences, Kiel University

11 October 2021
09:00 – 12:30 h

15 October 2021
09:00 – 12:30 h


People in academia often feel that they are less smart than others think they are; that they are not good enough for the task ahead; and that they owe their success to something other than their own abilities.
Somewhere between the outside world of how others see and evaluate one's achievements, and the inside world of how we ourselves perceive them, often lies a 'filter' - called the " imposter syndrome". The imposter syndrome produces all kinds of unwarranted feelings and thoughts. It can be unpleasant, demoralizing and in extreme instances paralyzing and lead to wrong decisions and career steps. It should be avoided as it hinders us to tap into the full potential of our skills and capabilities.
This workshop is to identify and apply techniques, specifically for academics, to overcome these personal barriers of success, through re-framing imposter syndrome into positive thinking patterns and actions. Through these techniques, the workshop aims at combating imposterism and provides a road map of how to escape the mind-trap of this common phenomenon.

The workshop consists of infomation sessions, discussions in break-out groups and as a group, but will also allocate time for self-reflection. The maximum number of participants is 20.
This course is open to ISOS doctoral candidates, GEOMAR PACT members and KMS Post-docs

by emailing stating your current position (PhD at CAU, PostDoc at Geomar, etc.).
Application Deadline is September 15th

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