Close to thirty junior researchers at the Aging Research Center (ARC), including research assistants, visiting researchers, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, attended a two-day retreat at Yasuragi, a resort in Nacka, on 30-31 May 2022.
The agenda included a session on career options within academia, delivered by Eric Westman, Professor and vice head of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) at Karolinska Instititet, and head of the Division of Clinical Geriatrics. A session on career options outside academia was delivered by representatives from the Karolinska Institutet Career Service, and a lecture on Decoloniality, Ethnicity and Aging Research was given by Ahmad Abbadi, research assistant at ARC.
The retreat also included scientific exchange between the Social Gerontology, Psychology and Medical Epidemiology sectors at ARC and team-building activities to foster better communication among junior research staff.
Juniors at ARC are all very grateful to have had the opportunity to finally plan and enjoy the various sessions, along with the spa and nice environment at the resort, since the ARC Junior Retreat has been postponed several times in recent years due to the pandemic.