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Balancing work and life at the NanoLund Student and Postdoc Retreat

Photo of people in the sun, outside, the ocean behind.
The NanoLund annual student retreat is a popular event, gathering students, PhD students, and postdocs from NanoLund. Photo: Nils Gustafsson

This year’s NanoLund Student and Postdoc retreat took place in Smygehamn with almost 70 participants. They used the opportunity to dive into the topics “Work-Life-Balance” and “Communication” during the two days at the idyllic south coast of Skåne.

In early October the yearly NanoLund Student and Postdoc retreat took place with almost 70 student members, PhD students, and Postdocs participating in the overnight trip to Smygehamn at the picturesque south coast of Skåne. The themes were “Work-Life-Balance” and “Communication”, with speakers sharing their expertise, interactive workshops, and a social program.

For the first block about “Work-Life-Balance” Linda Kuhn, a psychologist at the occupational health service of Lund University provided insights and food for thought. Of course, the news of the Nobel prize also made its way to us, such that we could go into the second half of the day with even more energy. The program closed with an interactive workshop about life as a researcher led by Stephanie Matern, Postdoc at Solid State Physics. The good mood carried over to the social program, which contained relaxing and mingling at the spa, Presentation Karaoke, and even a swim in the nearby ocean.

The next morning was then focused on the second topic of the retreat, “Communication”. Marie Jönsson and Alexis Luis from Lund Stem Cell Center provided great insights into giving interesting and engaging scientific presentations and aspects of written communication in the form of grant writing.

Photo of people having a conference.
Stephanie Matern leading the workshop on life as a young researcher at the NanoLund Student retreat Photo: Simon Wozny


People having dinner at a restaurant.
The NanoLund Student retreat includes a cozy social dinner in the evening. Photo: Linnéa Jönsson