Hybrid Conference

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

For further information on La Tricoterie visit


To register for this event,

OSCAR – Call for Online Learning and Free Mentoring

16th March 2023 & 12th April 2023 | 10 AM – 5 PM (CET timezone)


On the OSCAR pilot days you will have the opportunity to try the Al based learning application, eDoer, and participate at a mentoring session in career management or mental health.

Mentoring topics

work-life balance, stress management, goal setting, career planning


10:00 – 10:30: Introduction of the day

10:30 – 12:00: Individual learning with eDoer, questions must be submitted for mentoring

13:00 – 14:30: First four parallel mentoring sessions (5 persons each session)

15:00 – 16:30: Second four parallel mentoring sessions (5 persons each session)

*The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program.

Participating Requirements

  • Registration will be validated only by completing this Initial Survey of OSCAR Online Learning: Initial Survey OSCAR 
  • Taking part in mentoring session is not automatic, it depends on what questions and problems are raised via the online learning platform
  • In online learning session can participate:
    • Anyone who has an active research job (full/part-time, project based, etc.) 
    • Junior and Senior Researchers, PhD Candidates, Academics
    • Anywhere from Europe


Online via Zoom. Register for the event here.

Ethical Considerations

The primary purpose of the OSCAR Pilot day is to test and introduce the eDoer application. Incorporating the comments and criticisms of the participants into the development phases.

We process all data anonymously for research purposes. We will communicate the results of the Pilot day to the participants. The participation is voluntary and confidential. 


  • TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library
  • University of Siegen
  • RUMO
  • SciLink Foundation
  • CALP
  • Marie Curie Alumni Association
  • Eurodoc

About the mentors

Francisco Valente Gonçalves, PhD is a director at RUMO, during his practice he gained experience in various topics such as relationships, depression, trauma, anxiety, grief and personal development. Early in his career, he worked at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences where he developed skills in the area of personality assessment and analysis of credibility. He later won a Marie Curie Fellowship and completed a PhD in the UK (University of Leicester) in the field of cognitive processes and motivation. Between 2019 and 2022, Francisco was a Manager at Big4, where he led several integrity and ethics projects and developed tools and assessments for ethics and personality in a wide variety of companies from different sectors. Throughout his career, he won a number of international awards and recognitions, such as 2021 Best Practices in Psychology | Honorable Mention with RUMO project by OPP (2021), Top 3 European Young Researchers of 2020 (EuroScience), Social Impact Award – Marie Curie Alumni Association (2019), MSCA Bridging Career Paths – European Commission (2018), and Graduate Dean Award – University of Leicester (2017). 

Inês Gaspar is a certified Psychologist and a member of the Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (OPP), the Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen (NIP) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, in Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions, and several post-graduate courses (more than 500 hours) in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and other topics such as mindfulness and compassion.Since 2017, Inês has been working in private practice in Amsterdam, both through online and face-to-face sessions. She works with adults (mostly expats and students) from different nationalities and backgrounds, helping them deal with problems of anxiety, lack of motivation, depression, relationships difficulties, communication, difficulties in integrating into a new country and culture, traumas, among others. In 2018, Inês joined the RUMO’s team of Psychologists, where she has been working as a Clinical Psychologist. Additionally, she has also developed and facilitated mindfulness courses for business clients and participated in research projects.

Joe Delaney is founder & managing director of Career & Life Planning. He has developed his own unique Coaching and Change Management Methodology called the “5 Steps to Success” which is used by the company help our clients achieve a more Enjoyable & Successful balance in both their personal and professional lives. Originally from Ireland, Joe lived in the US for 10 years. He has over 20 years’ experience and worked previously in Boston with American Express, Thomson Financial, Harvard University and a private jet leasing business before joining a Specialist Recruitment Company. When he returned to Ireland, he spent 10 years with BDO (Professional Services Firm) as Director of Recruitment Services and worked with many US Multinationals in Ireland recruiting professional and senior management roles.

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