The topic of mental health has long been neglected and mental illness has been stigmatised. However, it plays an increasing role in today's society and is coming increasingly into focus, especially due to the current crisis. Students have long been a neglected group in this regard, having to severely limit their reality of life through contact restrictions and closed universities. A study by the University of Greifswald has investigated how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected and is still affecting the mental health of students. The first results from the summer of 2021 show a need for action: one in five students would like psychotherapeutic treatment, and more than half feel burdened by the pandemic.In this workshop we want to approach the topic and create a safe space for exchange. Students should be able to share their own experiences and gain insights into psychological concepts, counselling options and ways of self-help. We will discuss how universities can create structures to support their students to better cope with personal as well as global crises and to successfully complete their studies. Similarly, the pandemic has had a significant impact on students' ability to pursue professional training. Due to the discontinuation of practical courses, limited work placements, non-extendable standard study periods and insufficiently digitised courses, students are less prepared for professional life and it is more difficult for them to enter the world of work, which contributes to their general mental state. In addition to these aspects related to teaching, the financial situation should also be considered here. Due to the elimination of student assistant positions, part-time jobs in gastronomy and culture, as well as the extended study periods, many students in Germany have found themselves in a financial predicament. Politicians in Germany have tried to counteract this with aid programmes. How the situation looks in other countries and whether there are better ways to support students here will also be discussed in this workshop. Particularly in the light of the international background of the participants, the different perspectives of the various education systems of this world and the local particularities will be included.

What will studying looks like in the future? This question relevant to the future has gained even more relevance as a result of the pandemic. Students no longer sit in lecture halls, but at home in front of a computer. Lecture formats and assignments are changing and examination formats are being adapted. For students it does not matter where they are geographically located, they can learn and graduate from everywhere. The workshop will collect the positive aspects of innovative teaching formats. It will be questioned whether the university as a teaching institution needs to be changed in order to be sustainable or whether the education of the future will be arranged by other institutions and what these could look like. However, negative aspects such as social isolation and increased dependence on the private learning situation will also be discussed. Furthermore, the focus is on the effects of digitalization concerning the internationalization of education. The internationalization of education has been progressing over the last 30 years. An example of this is the proposal to establish “European Universities” by the President of France Emmanuel Macron. Students' interest in study abroad and international experiences remains unabated even during the pandemic. But how can internationalization be lived in restrictive times? At the end of the workshop, participants will have jointly developed and discussed sustainable educational formats based on their own experiences. Furthermore, they will be able to reflect on globally comparable degrees, (in-service) lifelong learning and the question of how equal opportunities could be established in the educational landscape of the future. The question will be discussed whether international study programs with decentralized courses around the world are a possibility for international exchange. The focus will also be on the problem of going abroad during a pandemic, which goes hand in hand with the difficult integration of international students into the culture and university environment.

In the context of the pandemic, the unequal treatment between the sexes has become particularly evident. This increasing gap between the sexes is highlighted in the 2020 annual report of the human rights organization ‘Amnesty International’. Thereby, women in particular have experienced high levels of distress during the pandemic. The number of incidents of domestic violence, including femicides, increased enormously during the pandemic. This workshop will address the roles of gender during the pandemic, the reasons why these serious acts of violence and inequality were able to occur in such dimensions, and why the pandemic worsened already prevalent disparities and gender hostility. It will be worked on creative approaches towards a gender-responsive and equal future. The focus also particularly lies on the need for gender-equitable language in both the private and public spheres. The debate about the abolition of gender-appropriate language in public resolutions, reports, etc., which was just started by the politician Christoph Ploss from Hamburg, naturally also affects students, while they are not asked for their opinions. Furthermore, it is becoming more and more common that students are required to use gendered language in term papers, theses, or exams. Professors get sharply criticized in lectures if the content is presented in a non-gendered manner. Students are advised to use gendered language in papers and reports or, alternatively, not to pass them. A consistent system is still a long way off, despite known gender-related disadvantages, even at universities. The workshop is intended to provide a platform for exchange and to help understand the reasons why gender-appropriate language may be necessary or obstructive in the university context. The goal is to share personal experiences of gender-based injustice in every aspect of life, including the university context, and to develop strategies, which could narrow down the so called ‘gender gap’ and how to deal with experienced injustice rather than simply accepting it.

Student clubs and organizations have been facing new challenges during the pandemic. Meetings were organized via digital formats to meet contact restrictions. The work for student clubs and groups had to transform. As not all students were living at their study place, organization of student associations needed to be restructured. Planned events were cancelled or held online. This resulted in additional organizational work and a higher workload, while at the same time many students lacked the free time compensation through personal exchange with others. The focus on health crisis often superimposed other issues such as the climate crisis or refugee crisis. Associations that were primarily concerned with these issues were faced with new obstacles in order to raise awareness. Networking with fellow students and involvement in associations has always been a major component of student culture. Students are meeting at universities to critically examine current contemporary political and social issues. In many past conflicts, student activists, such as the '68 movement, have been at the Pioneers of change. This workshop will discuss the perspectives of student culture during and after the pandemic. What was improved through new means of communication and ways to arrange events? How did local, national, and international student networking occur under these conditions? Which limitations to activism did students experience?

Science communication has been a topic of discussion for a long time, but it was only in the wake of the pandemic that it became clear how important it is to communicate scientific findings. Whether people follow guidelines, get vaccinated or look for conspiracies depends on how well the findings can be communicated. In the workshop Media and Science Communication, we would like to look at the responsibility of the media and universities (as a place of science) with international perspectives. In the future, universities will not only have to train scientists, but also have to develop better ways of communicating scientific evidence to the general public. We want to discuss which countries have found particularly good ways of communicating information during the pandemic and what still needs to be achieved. We want to broaden the focus from the current crisis to other and potential future crises. The example of various conspiracy theories and growing vaccination scepticism has shown that good scientists should also have good interdisciplinary communication skills. With our workshop we want to raise awareness for this topic. How do students evaluate scientific communication in their countries and what improvements could be made to standardise international communication? We would like to discuss these and other questions with students from different places of origin in order to gather differentiated impressions about academic communication.