Growing Up in Higher Education

  • Niia Nikolova (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia


This series featuring one person's story at a time, with a focus on the doubts, struggles, detours, and failures throughout all stages of their career. It is intended as a conversation series with academics at different levels of their career focusing on the sometimes short, sometimes long and winding roads behind the “official CV”. This is part of the New Leaders initiative within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

At each event, we have an open conversation (interview) with one person representing higher education in its broad spectrum. We cover topics such as dealing with expectations (your own and others’), the role of luck/coincidence in scientific discovery, impostor syndrome, procrastination, and conflicts with advisers. While the event is aimed at an early and mid-career audience, it is open to anyone.
The primary goal is not to offer boilerplate career advice, but to examine in some depth and in the context of a broader narrative the hidden human factors of working in academia. The event is based on the 'Growing up in science' event started at NYU by Wei Ji Ma and Cristina Alberini, which is now run at several institutions around the wold. For more information, you can see the web-page
Period2019 → …
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionLocal