PE&RC First years weekend - October 2021

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PE&RC First years weekend 

Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 October 2021


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 Collection of luggage from WUR PhDs that will bike to Ede (Parkhotel De Bosrand)
(Parking lot in front of LUMEN building, WUR Campus)
10:15 Departure of WUR PhDs that will bike to the venue
10:45 - 11:15 Arrival at the hotel for all participants
  • Get settled
  • Coffee/Tea
11:15 - 12:15 Welcome & introduction to the weekend
  • Introduction PhD programme coordinators
  • Programme of the weekend
  • Presenting yourself with a PhD-shirt
12:15 - 13:00 PE&RC and the PhD Programme
  • Introduction PE&RC
    • PE&RC Mission, research themes, participating groups
    • Structure / organization
    • Tasks
    • PPC
  • The PE&RC PhD Programme
    • What is expected?
    • What does it entail (T-shaped skills)?
    • Timelines (R&O form, Go-No-Go form)
    • The different PhD categories
    • TSP (Guidelines and value)
    • Support and facilitation in the PhD programme/process
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Doing a PhD
  • Why do you want to do a PhD?
  • The PhD trip: challenges along the way
  • Consequences 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 

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 12:00 Scientific Writing: The basis of good science, including Ethics and scientific integrity
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 SWOT Analysis continued
  • Group discussion of the SWOT
14:00 - 16:00 Outdoor activity
  • Group assignment (All groups receive a map of the area)
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: Interaction with mid and last year PhD and Alumni discussing nice and challenging things of the PhD and how challenges can be solved
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 PhD Quiz organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC)
21:00 PE&RC Party


Day 3: Your PhD plan 
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
  • Tackling challenges
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 12:45 Tackling challenges - Making a SMART Plan of action
  • Make a plan of action for your PhD
  • Plenary discussion / Take-aways
  • Last round of questions and closing of the weekend
12.45 - 13.00 Wrap-up
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 Parkhotel 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

Sabine Vreeburg
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485414


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