PE&RC First years weekend - April 2021

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Please note that, at this stage, this event is fully booked. Please still register if you are interested in joining. Should any of the registered participants cancel his/her registration (which is quite common), we will notify you and ask you whether you would still like to participate in this event. Please note that we are also organising a First Years weekend in June.

PE&RC First years weekend

Thursday 22 - Saturday 24 April 2021

Please note that continuation of this weekend is subject to the Covid-19 situation and measures in April


The idea of this "weekend" is to make PhD candidates more familiar with what to expect during the PhD track and how to avoid major catastrophes and disappointments. Focus will be on the PhD process and pitfalls you can encounter along the way as well as the criteria for a successful PhD within 4 years. Furthermore you will be informed about the PhD Programme itself and the role that the Graduate School plays as a process facilitator. Finally, the "weekend" is meant to get to know fellow PhDs and learn from them how they tackle issues. In this way PhDs will be able to identify themselves within a larger group of PhDs who they can turn to in the future. This is of particular importance for the foreign PhDs but also for Dutch PhDs who are not from Wageningen. Thus, significant time will be spent on leisure and social activities.

(Preliminary) Programme
Day 1: The PhD trip (new situation starting at 11:00 )
10:00 - 11:15 Arrival at Hotel De Bosrand (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede).
  • Get settled
  • Coffee/Tea
11:15 - 12:15 Welcome & introduction to the weekend (Claudius van de Vijver)
  • Introduction PhD programme coordinators
  • Programme of the weekend in Corona time
  • Presenting yourself with a PhD-shirt
12:15 - 13:00 PE&RC and the PhD Programme (Lennart Suselbeek)
  • Introduction PE&RC
  • The PE&RC PhD Programme
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Doing a PhD (Claudius van de Vijver)
  • Why do you want to do a PhD?
  • The PhD trip: challenges along the way
  • Consequenses of a crisis (Corona)
15:15 - 15:45 Tea Break
15:45 - 17:00 SWOT analysis of you as a PhD candidate
  • Introduction
  • Splitting up in groups
  • Fill in your SWOT personally
17:00 - 18:00 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
19:00 - 21:00 The Duplo Game
  • Workshop on working in a team and issues that are related to this (responsibilities, collaboration, (intercultural) communication and deadlines)
  • Reflection on Duplo Game: Communication, Planning and Management
21:00 Free evening / Drinks at the bar


Day 2: Managing your PhD to become a good Scientist (Tackling challenges – the road to solutions)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:15 Seek to understand before you are understood
The heart of communication (Claudius van de Vijver)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 12:00 Scientific Writing: The basis of good science Including Ethics and Scientific Integrity (Claudius van de Vijver)
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 SWOT Analysis continued Ethics and Scientific Integrity 
  • Group discussion of the SWOT
14:00 - 16:00 Outdoor activity
  • Group assignment (All groups receive a map of the area)
  • Discussion about the SWOT
16:00 - 16:30 Tea Break
16:30 - 17:30 Presentation of Group Assignment during the Outdoor activity
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 PhD Quiz organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC)
21:00 - late PE&RC Party


Day 3: Your PhD plan (new situation finishing at 14:00)
08:30- 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30 The SWOT Analysis of you as a PhD candidate
  • Group discussion of the SWOT continued
  • Plenary feedback on the SWOT
10:30 - 10:45 Tea Break
10:45 - 12:45

Tackling challenges (Claudius) Making s SMART Plan of Action!

  • Within your group you make a plan of action to tackle your main challenges and you discuss it
  • Plenary discussion / Take-aways
  • Last round of questions, synthesis and closing of the weekend
12:45 - 13:00 Wrap-up of the weekend
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Farewell 
Target group

This weekend is primarily meant for PhDs in the first phase (first 1.5 years) of their PhD.


The weekend will be held at Hotel De Bosrand (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede).


The weekend is free of charge for all PE&RC PhD candidates (all others pay 175 euros). Do note that beverages are on your own account.

Logistical issues

Bring outdoor clothing and a rain coat, since we will be taking a walk in the forest. Also bring along sportswear. Food and drinks are catered for. Beverages are on your own account.

More information

Claudius van de Vijver
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116

Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426

Amber Heijboer
Phone: +31 (0) 20 525 7451


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