PE&RC Last 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. If there is enough interest we are also looking in to adding an extra weekend in August.

PE&RC Last years weekend 

Friday 23 April - 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 prepare PhD candidates in the last years of their track for the specific challenges that await them. Among these challenges are the preparation of a thesis, meeting the deadlines associated with thesis defence and the choice of a further career inside or outside science. Next to this attention to the challenges, participants are offered the opportunity to reflect on the years spent obtaining a PhD: what have they learned, what have they not learned, what do they want to pursue in the future. Furthermore, the idea is to create a situation where participants will be able to meet their peers, who are also working on the last phase and to whom they can turn for questions and advice. As in the first years weekend, significant time will be spent on leisure and social activities. Finally, the programme is designed to offer opportunities for interaction between first years and last years PhD candidates. 

(Preliminary) Programme
Day 1
11:00 - 11:30 Arrival and Registration (with coffee/tea) at Hotel De Bosrand (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede)
11:30 - 12:30

Introduction to the weekend: Putting an end to your PhD
Amber Heijboer
11:30-11.50 Introduction + introduction round
11:50-12:30 Presentation: Putting an end to your PhD

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Workshop: Sharing your major hurdles for finishing the PhD
Group work
13:30-13:50 Explanation + personal phase
13:50-14:30 Sub-group phase (3-4 persons per group)
14:30-15:00 Group report
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee / Tea break
15:30 - 17:00 WORKSHOP: Pitching – Preparation for your oral defence
Caro Struijke
How to prepare for your oral defence? How do I deal with stress? How do I answer questions?
17:00 - 18:00 Drinks in the bar
18:00 - 19:30 Dinner
19:30 - 21:30 Career Perspectives – Networking session with PE&RC Alumni
21:30 - late Leisure activities and drinks: those that have interesting games (cards, monopoly, etc.) please bring them along!


Day 2: (new situation finishing at 19:00 after dinner)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 WORKSHOP: Into the Future – Part 1
Group work
First steps into the future – Skills & Values
9.00-9.30 Introduction
Personal phase
10.00-10.30 Sub-group discussion
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea break
11:00 - 12:30

WORKSHOP: Your job interview pitch
Janou Hemsing
How do you prepare for an online job interview? How do I make a strong impression online?

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30- 15:00 WORKSHOP: Into the Future – Part 2
Group work
Preparation presentations future plans – How to overcome your major hurdles?
What is your personal career perspective? How to get there?
15:00-15:30 Coffee / Tea break
15:30-17:00 Presentations about future plans
Group work
17:00-17:30 Wrap up
17:30-19:00 Farewell drinks & diner
19:00 Go back home to finish your PhD!


Target group

The "weekend" is meant for all PE&RC PhDs that are in the final two years of their PhD track.


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 100 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. Food and drinks are catered for. Beverages are on your own account.

More information

Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426

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

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


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