Online writing retreat
University of Tartu

October 8-11, 2020


The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, and the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics are inviting University of Tartu PhD students and their supervisors to a writing retreat in October, from the 08-11. The retreat will be conducted via ZOOM.

At the writing retreat, PhD students may focus on writing their thesis or research articles. In addition, different workshops on writing are provided (participation optional) as well as an opportunity to discuss one’s writing and receive feedback on their work. Lunch will be provided on each day of the writing retreat in Jakobi 2. The number of participants is limited to 20.

All doctoral students and their supervisors are welcome to participate. We also strongly encourage doctoral students who are currently not in Estonia to apply. You do not need to provide a digital signature!

We kindly ask you to provide a short working plan about the writing you will be focusing on. You can submit your work plan through the registration form. While writing the working plan, the following points may serve as guidelines:

  1. Please provide brief background information about the text(s) you will be working on during the retreat (for example, research questions, aims, stage of the work, etc.).
  2. Please outline aspects that you plan to focus on during the retreat. This corresponds to goal setting and sharing that we will be doing so we kindly ask you to outline those aspects for each day of the retreat.
  3. Feel free to mention any difficulties you have been encountering during your writing process. This will help us address those difficulties more efficiently during the retreat and provide guidance.

Register hereDeadline for registration by web-form is September 28.

Participants will receive the schedule, the list of workshops, as well as some technical guidelines a week before the retreat by email. PhD students who can participate in the full program are prioritised in the selection process.

Additional information: Katarina Damčević,


This event is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA.

Teaching in the University: From Planning a Course to Online Teaching (Workshop for Post-Graduate Students in the Humanities)
University of Tartu
23-24 November 2020

Main aim

In this workshop, we will discuss ways in which planning and delivering a course might be organized and revised in due course. Given the recent switch to online teaching, we will also discuss which strategies may be applied when planning teaching in a virtual platform.


  • Design a syllabus
  • Plan lectures and seminars (tutorials)
  • Establish a relationship with students
  • How to assess students
  • Online teaching


Students are asked to come to the workshop having decided what subject, topic, etc. they would be willing to teach. These can vary in length and depth (e.g., a course on Linguistic Anthropology, a workshop on methodology, a seminar on publishing, etc.). They will be asked to write a short paragraph about it where they indicate the main idea of the workshop/course.

Lecturer: Siragusa Laura (PhD in Anthropology), University Researcher, Humanities Programme, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki



The event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA).

Practical stress management
University of Tartu and Juunika Koolitus OÜ
December 14, 2020; 9:00-16:30
Riia 35 (Juunika Koolitus OÜ training class, at 2nd floor)


In autumn 2020, a series of stress management trainings started under the guidance of trainer Veiko VärkTrainer Veiko Värk has graduated cum laude both from the University of Tartu and Tallinn University with a degree in law and psychology. He has worked as a leader in the field of law and training and has been schooling people for the last 10 years, having a Level 7 adult educator qualification. He is an internationally recognized as coach and also acts as a conciliator.  (Juunika Koolitus OÜ). These practical trainings are based on active learning methods. The trainings are structured in an interesting and inclusive way for the participants, allowing the participants to analyse the stress through their own point of view. Participants receive effective practical tools for early recognition of stress and effective reduction of stress.

Participant who has completed the training program

• is able to take responsibility for various conditions and manage them.
• Can recognize and prevent signs of stress.
• Knows what causes tension and stress in life and how to deal with it.
• Can analyse their own stress management skills and find ways to relieve stress.
• Knows psychological techniques of self-care and internal balance.
• Gains self-confidence and motivation.


9:00 Personal goal and action plan
9:30 Mapping and coping with stress sources
10:00 What is stress and how to recognize it
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Prevention and avoidance of burnout
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Basic techniques of self-management
14:00 Psychological self-care and internal balance
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Values in life, goals and resources
16:10 How to recognize the signs of stress in the organization and prevent burnout
16:30 End of training

The organizer has guaranteed a lunch and a two coffee breaks. 

Before to the training registered participants will receive some questions by e-mail. These answers will allow the trainer to prepare more specific recommendations and tips.

Registration opens a month before the event. Registration is open until November 29, 2020 or until the group is full (max 15 people). Priority will be given to English-speaking doctoral students. Additional event information will be sent by email with the admission decision.
Please be conscientious when signing up and sign up when you are sure that you can participate in the training all day!


Additional information:
Merili Hansen,, +372 737 6535
Reelika Lodjak,, +372 5915 1205


The event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA).