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Workshop Science & Identity


This workshop is about you, what matters to you in your work as a scientist. How can you make this more clear, more visible, and strengthen it?  How can you remain authentic? Which settings enable you to flourish, and when is your identity crushed? How to find my balance between research and teaching? Do I dive in the fundamental depths, or do I bring my science to society? 

You will:  

  • Obtain more insight in your own questions, like…
    • What is the core of science to me?
    • What does it mean to me, being a scientist?
    • Where do I get my energy from?
  • How do these relate to the things that really matter to me?
  • Exchange views with other scientists about this.

 Leading to: 

  • Insight into one or more aspects in your work as a scientist
    o   That you like to strengthen or keep, 
    o   In order to get more energy out of your work. 


In two sessions, preceded by a short online personal conversation, you can discover more about “what forms the core of science to you”. You can discuss this with colleague-scientists, and translate it into several specific steps to take along in your day-to-day work. This gives you a platform to talk with like-minded people about the things that really matter.


Prior to the workshop you have a personal conversation with the trainer, individually with every participant, online, ½ hour. We explore what you want to learn in the workshop.

The first session starts with a conversation among the participants, “what does science mean to you?”. This is followed by an introduction on identity, showing basic psychological concepts on identity and work, illustrated by works of art.  We can discuss the role of these concepts in relation to your own questions. We end with a set of artworks for inspiration.

In between the sessions you have time to find an artwork that fits with your goal. This may sound vague now, but will become clear in the first session.

The second session is spent on your own developmental questions. Based on works of art, you discuss this in small groups. There is time for peer-sparring, as well as coaching and guidance by the trainer.  Each participant obtains their own insight in one or more aspects in their work as a scientist. Things that you like to strengthen or keep, in order to get more energy out of your work. 

In this workshop we use art. Art, especially abstract art, works for many people as a catalyst for a more integral view. Various forms of art can play a role in what you like to develop. They form the basis for the second session. Art resonates, art can be a way to explain without words, and develop new insights for you.

  • Programme is for

    Scientists: PhD-students, post-docs, UD`s, UHD`s, professors

  • Date

    - October 8th and 15th: 13.30-16.30

  • Time

    Intake, online. ½ hour

    2 sessions of 3 hours

    The intake will be planned with each participant individually. This will take place in the two weeks preceding the workshop. The trainer will contact you for a suitable moment, likely someday at lunchtime.

    Between the two sessions, you prepare the second session. This is not very time-consuming, but rather a matter of background “thinking”, and will be explained in the first session.  

  • Location

    U Parkhotel

  • Maximum participants


  • Trainers

    Trainer / coach

    Ineke Wagenaar – Bos. illustra-coaching

  • Course materials

    Course materials will be provided during the workshop

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