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The wellbeing group met to discuss the best ways to support the wellbeing of our community. The chair, Prof. Flyura Djurabekova informed the rest of the group about the outcome of the meeting with the heads of the department, the Dean, and the HR representatives. It was discussed that postdocs remain unsatisfied with their career prospects and salaries. We agreed that although as a wellbeing group we cannot directly help with improving the academic career prospects and salary of postdocs, we can contribute to providing information for possible career developments for non-permanent staff at the departments (career prospects). To this effect we will contact the Junior Faculty Club and the career services to see how we can best support early career researchers on finding the career path that has future prospects and fits their interests. In addition, we discussed on how to improve the communication of supervisees and supervisors so that supervisors offer the best support possible in terms of career advancement either within or beyond academia. The middle group consisting of lecturers and university researchers needs also our attention and trying to identify the difficulties they face is also an item the wellbeing group wishes to help. Finally, we discussed about the possibility of organising a wellbeing event in the springtime for improving the community spirit (retreat).

11.10.2022

  • Discussion on new chair and selection 
  • Discussion on board duty distribution
  • Discussion on autumn and potential ideas for spring activities
    • Physics Department Christmas Coffee (in planning)
    • Workshop where we discuss with the union (under discussion)
    • Spring festival with the Department of physics (under discussion)
  • Discussion on concrete implementation plan of our Code of Conduct

The PhysHIP wellbeing group met for its first meeting for the academic year 2022-2023. The main topic of the meeting was the restructuring of the board and a preliminary plan of the groups activities for the academic year. We agreed upon the new chair (Dr. Eleanna Asvestari) and vice chair (Dr. Waldemar Kulig) and welcomed two new members, Dr. Dimitrios Irodotou, and Amina Djurabekova. We initiated the planning of the upcoming Department Christmas coffee event, and also discussed upon a list of future events focusing this year both on our regular fun activities and on enabling discussion on wellbeing matters, in particular with focus on the career development of early career staff.

3.11.2022

  • Call for getting more members
  • Department's Christmas coffee event
  • Code of conduct implementation plan updates

The PhysHIP wellbeing group met to discuss two main pressing topics for this year, the Department's Christmas coffee details and the implementation plan of the Code of Conduct. We initiated the meeting with discussing shortly how to invite more members to the board. The final conclusion was that the chair would write an advertising email to the staff and also try to introduce the wellbeing board during our social events. Some of the details (date, time, budget, activities) of the Department's Christmas coffee event were discussed. At the end, we talked about what kind of things could be added to the implementation plan.