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Wageningen Graduate Schools

PhD Workshop Carousel

Friday 25 May 2018

Orion Building (West Wing), Wageningen University Campus

0.3 ECTS


Since 2014 Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) organises a one-day event for PhD candidates consisting of a diverse set of workshops that deal with all sorts of elements important for PhDs. These workshops are generally set up as teasers that give insight into more elaborate courses and workshops organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools. We recommend that you participate the whole day as this also gives you a good networking opportunity. At the end of the day, there will be drinks and a dinner. 


The programme consists of 4 workshop sessions over the day (two before and two after lunch). Each session consists of 6 parallel running workshops of 1.5 hours each. Topics that are dealt with are listed below. at the bottom of the page, you will find a registration form, which you can use to register your participation and to indicate your preferences regarding the workshops that you can participate in. Each workshop has a maximum number of participants, and workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. So, to ensure that you can participate in your most favourite workshops, register early. Once a workshop is fully booked, this will be indicated in the list below as well as in the registration form.

8:30-8:45 Registration  
9:00-10:30 SESSION 1 Essentials in time management (1)

Story for academics

Presentation Panic - Dealing with nerves (1) Essentials of scientific writing (1)
Communication in Academia Supervising MSc students (1)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-12:30 SESSION 2 Essentials in time management (2)

Searching and organising literature
Presentation Panic - Dealing with nerves (2)
Essentials of scientific writing (2) Pitch Workshop (1) Supervising MSc students (2)
12:30-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-15:00 SESSION 3 Brain friendly working (1)
Research data and publising in a changing world Mobilising your Scientific Network (1) Career Development
Pitch Workshop (2) Designing an attractive and effective poster
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break  
15:30-17:00 SESSION 4 Brain friendly working (2)
Online Personal Branding for PhDs Mobilising your Scientific Network (2) Infographics
Writing propositions InSpring Theater - How am I ever going to finish my PhD?
17:00-18:00 Drinks  
18:00-19:00 Dinner  
  1. Essentials in Time Management (Lecturer: Barend van den Broek - Valley Consult)
    Time Management is managing yourself. A PhD candidate has to deal with issues such as: setting goals, define activities, plan, prioritize and perform. On top of that you need to swat a few flies that pester you, like facebook, email and whatsapp. Believe it or not, you can do this and still enjoy PhD life.
  2. Story for academics (Lecturer: Christine Taylor - Wageningen In'To Languages)
    Researchers and academics struggle to communicate their research and experiences with society. Effective narrative tools like story can make this task more effective and enjoyable. A well composed story enables multi-disciplinary cooperation, successful funding applications, and positive interactions with the media. Structure is the foundation you need to tell great stories. Story structures can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be, accommodating everything from Little Red Riding Hood to Game of Thrones. They can be used to put together a pitch or a grant proposal. Understanding story structure and how the parts fit together will help you craft and tell better stories in the future. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn a basic story structure that they can use to share their research with a broader public. Participants will see those stories in a different light when they are done and have a method for analysing stories they want to tell!
  3. Presentation Panic – Dealing with Nerves (Lecturer: Marloes Harkema - Freelance skills trainer)
    Your stomach is queasy, your palms are sweaty, your mind has gone blank about your opening lines and your mind wanders to negative thoughts: I’ll forget what I want to say, The audience will be bored and fall asleep, Everyone will see my knees, hands, body shaking, My voice will wobble uncontrollably, I’ll get asked loads of questions that I don’t know the answer to, I’ll start waffling off the point and lose track of what I am saying. Recognize any of this? Well, if you are like most people, then public speaking or presenting is one of your major fears. Yet these skills are often called upon in your PhD. It might not be directly defending your PHD thesis to an audience of a hundred people, but giving presentations to staff or team members is also a common enough occurrence. In this practical workshop Marloes Harkema will teach you strategies and techniques how to better manage your nerves before and during presentations. Together we will go through some exercises that will help you deal with nervousness and to deliver your speech that might wow the audience...or at least leaves them feeling satisfied ;). The tips and exercises definitely will make you better prepared for defending your PhD thesis!
  4. Essentials of Scientific Writing (Lecturer: Peter Griffiths - Wageningen In'To Languages)
    Many writers find it difficult to create a clear narrative. They struggle not only with content but also with language. In the end, writers often sacrifice readability for content because they don’t understand how good writing works. In this workshop we’ll discuss the linguistic elements of clear writing, including good paragraph structure, sentence length, concrete vs abstract subjects, nominalization and general elements of coherency. After each discussion, we’ll do a short exercise to gain hands-on experience.
  5. Communication in Academia (Lecturer: Claudius van de Vijver - Graduate School PE&RC)
    Because we tend to ignore the basic rules of communication we very often feel misunderstood, not heard, ignored which can lead to disappointment, stress, time-delay, conflict, and.... This workshop addresses many of the occurring communicative issues in the academic arena and how these can be solved.
  6. Supervising MSc students (Lecturer: Marijke van Oppen - Educational Staff Development @ Wageningen University & Research)
    Supervising a student writing a thesis is a complex task that really matters! Many different factors can influence the functioning of both student and supervisor. To get a grip on the complexity we delve into this role. You will help students to learn and finalise their thesis, you are aware of your own supervision style. You will learn to manage different expectations (educational and cultural background), to reduce communication barriers and motivate students, and to cope with challenging patterns (procrastination or writing problems). Find answers by attending this teaser, sharing experiences, and having fun together!
  7. Searching and Organizing literature (Lecturer: Marleen Noomen and Annemie Kersten - Wageningen University Library)
    21st century science has to deal with an overload in research literature. About 50 million journal articles have been published so far, and the global scientific output doubles every nine years. How to find the literature you need? What is the best place to search, Google Scholar, Scopus or Web of Science? How to limit your search to only relevant papers? And how to organize references and pdfs you collected? In this workshop we will introduce you the methods of searching and organizing literature. You will test several literature databases, create your own smart search query and learn the possibilities of EndNote or Mendeley.
  8. Pitch Workshop (Lecturer: Mariska Wessels - Wageningen In'To Languages)
    Knowing how to present your idea in a convincing manner is an indispensable skill. Scientists must be able to explain their work effectively and memorably to non-specialist audiences as well as to their peers. This 1.5 hour workshop provides you with practical tools to develop both a compact and convincing message and inspiring delivery. You will discover creative approaches in delivering an effective pitch, learn vocal and performance techniques to engage and inspire an audience and to bring content to life. You will learn to develop body language and voice skills to communicate powerfully, to craft a captivating short pitch using examples and metaphors, and to explain in 60 seconds what the heart is of what you do and what the importance and relevance is or may be.
  9. Brain Friendly Working (Lecturer: Frans Duijts - De Hoofdzaken)
    Do you have too much to do and not enough time? Too much to do, information overload and procrastination are all factors that cause work-related stress. As a PhD, you want to focus on your key activities, but you experience days in which you work really hard only to wonder what you got done that day? Focus also becomes more difficult when there are so many distractions around you. If you want to increase your focus, plan your tasks and activities based on the rhythm of your brain and reduce work-related stress, then this is the course for you. You'll increase your productivity. Not by working harder, but by learning how your brain works, so you can work the way your brain prefers you to work. After the 1,5 hour workshop, you'll know the secret of hyperfocus, brain-friendly planning and how to use technology to reduce information overload.
  10. Research data and scientific publishing in a changing world (Lecturer: Anna Besse-Lototskaya and Hilde van Zeeland - Wageningen University Library)
    Science is opening up. Publishers, funders, universities and research communities are focusing more and more on publishing Open Access and making research data available. But what are the effects of being ‘open’? And how do you do it? In this workshop, you will be introduced to the world of Open Access publishing and Open Data. We will show you different Open Access options and tools. We will also explain how and where you can make your dataset available, as well as how to find existing datasets to reuse. Finally, you will be informed about the re-use of published material for your PhD thesis.
  11. Mobilising your Scientific Network (Lecturer: Dick van Vlooten - Di Cuore)
    The workshop focusses on 'meeting'. What do you do, what do you avoid, what do you talk about. And we touch on 'maintain' - how to move around in your networks. It is important to understand that networking takes time and is about investing in the future. So however busy you are, save up on your social capital by spending a little team each week. Networking is important, not urgent. The workshop is short and very interactive - networking is a verb and so is the character of the workshop - do, experience, apply.
  12. Career Development (Lecturer: Jessica Tummers - Meijer & Meijaard / Claudius van de Vijver - Graduate School PE&RC)
    Obtaining a PhD is a milestone that can lead your career in different directions as the career options are numerous. But what to choose and how does one find out what is possible? Don’t wait till the end of your PhD to address this question but consider it in the course of the PhD track. This workshop introduces you to tools and thoughts that can help you identify your career goals. We will also explain the different career development activities offered by WGS and when is the best time to follow which one.
  13. Designing an attractive and effective poster (Lecturer: Caro Struijke - Wageningen In'To Languages)
    What attracts an audience to my poster? What makes them look at it longer? How can I present my results in a clear way? During this short workshop you will learn : what makes a poster attractive, how to present text, pictures and graphs, how to make your poster self-explanatory, how to make use of colour schemes. In groups you will evaluate existing posters and you may bring your own (colour-printed on A4 paper) to receive feedback from your peers and your instructor.
  14. Online Personal Branding for PhDs (Lecturer: Amber Heijboer & Lennart Suselbeek - Graduate School PE&RC)
    There is never a second chance for a first impression. This is so true in many cases, but too often people don't realise that in the digital world we live in, the first impression of people is provided online. For instance, when you apply for job or when you send a request for a meeting with someone that does not know you yet, the odds are high that the selection committee or the person you're contacting will first 'google your name', to get an impression of who you are. You can simply let this happen and allow google to provide its summary of you from all the things it can find online, ór you can invest some time in building an online profile that is completely in line with the first impression that you would like people to have when meeting you. In this workshop, we will give you some simple tools to optimise your online profile to make a truly good first impression!
  15. Infographics (Lecturer: John Verhoeven)
    People are visual-minded. Your story will come across in a better way and will stick in the minds of the people if it is “imagined”. But how do you do that? In this workshop, John Verhoeven will explain how to deduce a large collection of information into minimalistic and informative graphics, i.e., infographics. He will provide examples of things that generally work well and things that do not, and about trends in the infographics scene.
  16. Writing Propositions (Lecturer: Esther Roquas - Wageningen School of Social Sciences & Claudius van de Vijver - Graduate School PE&RC)
    What are propositions and how to write a good one?
  17. Jump-in Theater - How am I ever going to finish my PhD? (Lecturer: Inspring Theater)
    Many PhD candidates experience moments of doubt, irritation or even despair during their PhD. This funny and critical performance deals with the main challenges in communicating and collaborating with you PhD colleagues, daily supervisor and professor. Following Anna on her way, the audience gains insight and direct experience how to avoid making the same mistakes as Anna, but do it differently instead. Inspringtheater makes use of forum theatre (theatre of the oppressed). This participatory theatre method is developed to encourage social and political change. How does it work? The actors perform a play: a story in which the main character is in an oppressed situation. After this, people from the audience get the opportunity to 'jump in', and take over the role of the main character to influence the story. This way the audience practices for reality in a safe environment. It's an accessible way to give a voice to 'oppressed' people. Experience shows that it’s fun to jump in!

PhD candidates defending their thesis at Wageningen University & Research and registered at one of the Wageningen Graduate Schools € 50,- € 60,-
All others € 100,- € 110,-

1 The course fee includes coffee/tea, lunch, drinks, ánd a dinner at the end of the day
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 4 MAY 2018

  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to office.pe@wur.nl, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 1 (one) week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 50,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 75,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 100,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)


Dr. Lennart Suselbeek (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl


To register your participation in the WGS PhD Workshop Carousel 2018, please fill in the form below and click "register".