WGS PhD Workshop Carousel - (CANCELLED)

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Wageningen Graduate Schools

PhD Workshop Carousel

Friday 24 April 2020


Orion Building (West Wing), Wageningen University Campus

0.3 ECTS


Every year, 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. 

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the WGS PhD Workshop Carousel 2020, because of the COVID-19 situation. We will discuss and look into possibilities of rescheduling the carousel to a later date in 2020 or 2021. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


The programme consists of 4 workshop sessions over the day (two before and two after lunch). Each session consists of 6 or 7 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.

8:30-9:00 Registration  
9:00-10:30 SESSION 1 Pitch workshop (1) Essentials of scientific writing (1) Supervising MSc students (1) Introduction  Rmarkdownn and Rbookdown Communication in academia Research data and scientific publishing in a changing world  
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-12:30 SESSION 2 Pitch workshop (2) Essentials of scientific writing (2) Supervising MSc students (2) Interviews: Expecting the unexpected Searching and organising  literature Unlocking your scientific entrepreneurial potential  
12:30-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-15:00 SESSION 3 Recognize your transferable skills (1) Essentials in time management (1) Online personal branding  Un-box your PhD process and take charge of your performance (1) Making an impact Story telling Quiet influence: how introverts make a difference (1)
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break  
15:30-17:00 SESSION 4 Recognize your transferable skills (2) Essentials in time management (2) Visualise your science Un-box your PhD process and take charge of your performance (2) Introduction to (La)TeX Writing propositions Quiet influence: how introverts make a difference (2)
17:00-18:00 Drinks  
18:00-19:00 Dinner  
  1. 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, craft a captivating short pitch using examples and metaphors, explain in 60 seconds what the heart is of what you do and what the importance and relevance is or may be.
  2. 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. 
  3. Supervising MSc students (Lecturer: Marieke van Schaik - WUR Education Support Centre)
    In this workshop you will be provided with some general information about supervising BSc & MSc thesis students at Wageningen University and discuss good practices, expectations of staff as well as students and basic skills, including intercultural issues. Furthermore there obviously will be room for questions. The workshop is a summary and a teaser for the two-day training on thesis supervision offered several times a year by the Education Support Centre. 
  4. Introduction to RMarkdown and Rbookdown (Lecturer: Tiny van Boekel and Jos Hageman)
    This workshop demonstrates R Markdown, a file format for making dynamic documents using R/RStudio. It combines writing of a manuscript with the statistical analysis in one document, in one process. No more, separate word file(s) for the manuscript and separate R file(s) for the statistical analysis.
  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. Research data and scientific publishing in a changing world (Lecturer: Anna Besse-Lototskaya / Shauna Ní Fhlaithearta)
    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 .
  7. Interviewing Techniques (Lecturer: Marleen Buizer - Wageningen)
    In the workshop, we will consider all you can think of when preparing for, conducting, and elaborating interviews. We will practice interview-situations through role play, and address questions such as those relating to ethics, reporting and the ‘life after the interview’.
  8. Searching and Organizing literature (Lecturer: Marleen Noomen & Annemie Kersten - Wageningen University Library)
    This workshop is a teaser for the WGS course Searching and Organising Literature for PhD candidates. When you are working towards your PhD thesis, how do you find the literature you need? What is the best place to search, Google Scholar, Scopus or another database? How can you limit your search to only relevant papers? And how to organise the references and PDFs that you collect? In this workshop we will introduce the methods of searching and organising literature. You will test a literature database, create a smart search query and learn about the possibilities of reference managers.
  9. Unlocking your scientific entrepreneurial potential (Lecturer: Gitte Schober / Lisa Ploum)
    Have you ever imagined how your scientific results could be used by someone outside the university? Or how you can develop a practical solution for a research problem? Entrepreneurial skills and tools can help you develop an actual prototype or a roadmap to realize your research in practice, keeping end-users or customers in mind. This workshop will give you an overview on the latest developments in scientific entrepreneurship and the possibilities for you to use entrepreneurial skills and tools in your own research and career.
  10. Recognize your transferable skills (Lecturer: Caroline Rehbach - Hertz)
    This workshop is a teaser for the WGS course Career Orientation. Many PhD candidates are not aware of their often large arsenal of transferable skills; qualities that can be transferred from one job to another, in and outside academia. You likely already possess many transferable skills. Thinking beyond qualifications and experience is the aim of this workshop. Then you will recognise and be able to develop and use your transferable skills.
  11. 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.
  12. Online personal branding (Lecturer: Lennart Suselbeek and Amber Heijboer - 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!
  13. Un-box your PhD process and take charge of your performance (Lecturer: The Choice)
    In this workshop you will experience the unique combination of physical approaches (such as boxcoaching), systemic constellations and group reflections that are being used in this course. Boxing and systemic constellations are powerful and playful tools to experience, feel and understand your current ways of acting, communication styles and effects. After this workshop you might already have a first insight on how to become more in charge of your own performance as you proceed in your PhD process.
  14. Making an impact (Lecturer: Harro Maat - Wageningen University & Research)
    In this workshop, we will discuss what challenges you may come across as a researcher when trying to make an impact with your research; and to provide suggestions for how to work on those challenges 
  15. Storytelling for academics (Lecturer: ? - 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! 
  16. Visualizing your science (Lecturer: Natasha de Sena)
    Introduction to the strength of visual thinking. It will focus on how visual thinking can enhance creativity, improve clarity and engage others 
  17. Introduction to (La)TeX (Lecturer: Dainius Masiliunas)
    (La)TeX is a document preparation system and markup language and an alternative to text processors like MS-WORD. This introductory workshop has a theoretical and a hands-on practical part.
  18. Writing Propositions (Lecturer: Claudius van de Vijver - Graduate School PE&RC & Peter Vermeulen - Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research)
    What are propositions and how to write a good one? 
  19. Quiet influence: how introverts can make a difference (Lecturer: Marijke van Dusseldorp - Mimicri training)
    (In our present Western society we value social, spontaneous and energetic behavior, and being able to react quickly. More extroverted people feel at ease here, as they get energy from social interaction. More introverted people often feel a pressure to copy this social en energetic behavior. However, by doing so, they feel uncomfortable and they lose their energy and influence. In this interactive workshop you learn about the differences between extraverts and introverts, and how this effects daily communication and interaction. By discovering your own strengths and by recognizing the needs of both introverts and extroverts, you will be able to act more efficiently and increase your impact. During the workshop we will practice some basic, effective communication tools. Extroverts who like to optimize their collaboration with more introverted peers, students or supervisors are also welcome.  


a) PhD candidates defending their thesis at Wageningen University & Research and registered at one of the Wageningen Graduate Schools *
b) Postdocs of Wageningen University that are 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 10 April 2020. The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
* The reduced fee applies to all PE&RC PhD candidates, so also to PE&RC PhD candidates that will not defend their PhD thesis at Wageningen University.

  • 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)


The WGS PhD Workshop Carousel is organised by the PhD programme coordinators of the 6 graduate schools that jointly form "Wageningen Graduate Schools". These are:

Food Technology, Agrobiotechnology, Nutrition and Health Science (VLAG)
Yvonne Smolders
Email: yvonne.smolders@wur.nl
Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)
Susan Urbanus
Email: susan.urbanus@wur.nl
Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)
Marianne Bruining
Email: marianne.bruining@wur.nl
Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)
Fennie van Straalen
Email: fennie.vanstraalen@wur.nl
The Graduate School for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation
Claudius van de Vijver / Lennart Suselbeek
Email: claudius.vandevijver@wur.nl / lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl
Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK)
Peter Vermeulen
Email: peter1.vermeulen@wur.nl

For general enquires and questions in relation to the organisation of this year's WGS PhD Workshop Carousel, please contact Yvonne Smolders (VLAG; yvonne.smolders@wur.nl). For any questions related to your payment for the carousel, please contact Heleen Danen (WASS; heleen.danen@wur.nl). If you would like to change your registration details or cancel your registration altogether, please contact Inka Bentum (PE&RC; office.pe@wur.nl).


To register your participation in the WGS PhD Workshop Carousel 2020, please fill in the form below and click "register". DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS MONDAY 20 APRIL 2020!

At this moment, you cannot register for the carousel. as soon as we have a new date, we will inform you about this.