The LIBRA Work-Life Balance training for leaders from HR departments and other administration staff was held on December 1, 2016 in Brno, Czech Republic. Finally, more than 30 participants representing almost the whole project consortium attended a one-day workshop, which was introduced by Andrea Handsteiner (BOKU, Wien, Austria) as a key note speaker. She gave a talk on “Different aspects of Work-life balance in research”, which was followed by an interactive workshop including several personal analysis (Goal Analysis, Job Stage Analysis, Role Analysis etc.). In the afternoon session, a new brochure “Research, grants and parenthood” was introduced by her co-author Hana Víznerová (National Contact Centre of Department of Sociology, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic). All participants also received one printed version as an example of WLB material for researchers. In the panel moderated by Nina Bosničová, expert on Gender Studies, several issues were discussed, e.g. good WLB practice of the institutes, positive and negative experiences from implementation, WLB as a concept not only for parents etc. Finally, small working groups contributed with their ideas to the brainstorming on a format and content of LIBRA Work-Life Balance web-based induction module, which will be launched in spring 2017.
In the evening, a social program for LIBRA participants has been prepared in cooperation with Mendel Musem (Johann Gregor Mendel (1822 - 1884) was a scientist and Augustinian friar and abbot of St. Thomas' Abbey in Brno who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics). After a short buffer dinner, volunteers finished the training by an informal guided tour on Christmas markets in downtown.
Link to the workshop website