I am a first year PhD student in computational physics in Germany working for some old big name in the field, which means that, of course, I never see him and he's not really my advisor and instead I work for one of his group leaders who is great and I love him.
Anyways, I was under the impression that I was doing great. Most students don't publish in their first year and I am already in the process of doing so because my advisor really liked my results.
Somehow he forgot about my progress and started tracking attendance of zoom conferences to see if I was there. It happened that he didn't find me on these zoom meetings, some of which I actually attended, but this made him really disappointed and now thinks I don't know anything about the field and don't read the literature.
My advisor wanted me to plan a talk for the conference but now he's so disappointed that he doesn't even want to read my abstract because I wasn't at all of these meetings. He of course doesn't tell me in person, he just tells the group leader, which is the person I actually see.
So now I'm working for someone that doesn't believe in me, and maybe wont want to read my papers anyway. It's very depressing and I don't believe I'm being treated fairly.
Some of these talks I didn't go to was because there was no zoom link, or the papers are already published and I had already read them, or they're giving the same talk in several months at a conference I am attending. Not only that but there is always the argument that your time is better spent working than watching talks.
Any opinions? I feel micromanaged and treated by an irrational tyrant. He also seems to forget my results which he was very happy about.