The aim of our project is to collect easily accessible problem-solving techniques tailored to the needs of PhD students and early career researchers.

These strategies are intended to guide young researchers through moments of pressure, help them sustain or restore productive thinking processes and allow them to approach problems from new and unusual directions.

We collect them using an interdisciplinary and inclusive process, involving experienced researchers and the PhD community in various fields and institutions.

The strategies serve as short reminders of proven and reliable working habits. While prescribing no detailed method, the strategies will encourage young researchers to look beyond their conventional working patterns, consider alternative approaches and stimulate creative thinking.

Our project contributes to the sharing of successful research and problem-solving techniques across generations of academics, disciplines and universities.

Structure your work

We depend on our ability to form a realistic research plan. With no one telling you what to do, you need to organise and prioritise your own work. Unfolding Research can provide you with techniques to establish this clarity of direction.

Motivate yourself

Staying motivated, dealing with frustration, criticism or other disappointments can be tough. Even experienced researchers sometimes just want to crawl into a corner and cry. Learn from their experience and strengthen your determination to keep going in the face of adversity.

Connect with others

Research can be lonely, so your relationships with other people matter. We collect techniques to help you collaborate with colleagues, communicate your research, gather information and manage the relationship with your supervisor.

Conduct research

Research is about discovery and moving forward. Once stuck in rigidity, we must shift away from our old perspectives and ask ourselves new questions. Put on different glasses and see your research in a new light.