Using AI in Doctoral Education to Enhance Mental Health and Career Management Skills in Academia





The conference aims to bridge the gap between context-specific insights for the academic environment and general insights on workplace wellbeing and mental health. We will focus on particular on innovations and tools to promote wellbeing and sustainable career development in academia, showcasing the results obtained from two projects: the “Researcher Mental Health Observatory” (ReMO) COST Action, and the “Online, open learning recommendations and mentoring towards Sustainable research CAReers” (OSCAR) Erasmus Plus project. 

The ReMO COST Action focuses on the impact of institutional context, organisational structure and culture, as well as managerial practices on wellbeing and mental health within academia. The OSCAR project on the other hand offers a personalised training and online mentoring service for researchers to support their career management, mental health awareness and wider professional skills development.

The conference will provide a platform for stakeholders from academia, policy, as well as mental health and career development professionals to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate towards developing effective and efficient prevention and action programmes for improving our academic working environment.



3rd July – Monday

9:30-10:00: Registration and Welcome

10:00-11.30:  Session 1 | The importance of promoting wellbeing & sustainable career development


–           Gábor Kismihok, TIB Hannover

–          Stefan Mol, University of Amsterdam

–          Anneleen Mortier, Ghent University

11:30-11:45: Coffee Break

11:45-13:00: Session 2 | Best Practices in doctoral training

Perspectives from researchers, institutions and policy makers:

–          Snezhina Petrova, European Education and Culture Executive Agency

–          Alexander Hasgall, EUA Council for Doctoral Education

–          Scott Harrison, Marie Curie Alumni Association

–          Mathias Schroijen, Université Libre de Bruxelles

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-15:30: Session 3 | Personalised Learning & mentoring

–          Introduction to eDoer: Showcasing the possibilities offered by learning recommender systems Lessons learned

–          input from all OSCAR partners: Personalised training and online mentoring for career management and mental health awareness

15:30-15:45: Coffee Break

15:45-17:00: Session 4 | Open Exchange

Round Table Discussions on:

–          AI-driven learning recommendations

–          Doctoral education and AI

–          Mentoring for career development and mental wellbeing

–          … and more!

Senem Sanal-Erginel, European Commission, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Closing remarks

17:00-18:00: Networking Reception

4th July – Tuesday

OSCAR project meeting (not open to the public)


The conference is planned as a hybrid event with free online participation and in-person attendance
at La Tricoterie in Brussels, Belgium.
La Tricoterie
Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158
1060 Brussels
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3rd July – in person, 3rd July – online