PE&RC Midterm 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 Midterm weekend in June.

PE&RC Midterm 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


Whereas the idea of the first years weekend was to make you more familiar with what to expect during the PhD track and how to avoid major catastrophes and disappointments, this will be the time to reflect and see if nevertheless such catastrophes and disappointments have surfaced, and how to deal with them. In light of this, some workshops are organised: "Communication with your supervisor", "Stress and work pressure", "Time and project management", and "Paper writing". An essential part of the weekend is also reflecting on the question "Am I on Schedule?" We will reflect on this in groups and then we will together think of ways to catch up if your lagging behind, or to stimulate and motivate you to keep up the good work. We will also discuss people's personal plan of action for the second part of the PhD. Apart from these issues, the importance of networking and peer-coaching are highlighted. Finally, this "weekend" is meant to get back in touch with your fellow PhDs and learn from them how to tackle specific issues.

(Preliminary) Programme
Day 1
11:00 - 11:15 Arrival and registration of attendance (with coffee / tea) at Hotel De Bosrand (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede)
11:15 - 12:15

Introduction to the weekend

  • How we deal with Covid-19 guidelines this weekend
  • Weekend programme
  • The PE&RC T-Shirt 2.0
  • What makes the weekend a succes
12:15 - 13:00

Corona and your PhD
• Inventory of the situation
• Overview of pros and cons of the current situation
• Prospects for the near and far future

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 WORKSHOP: Happiness | Past, present, future
  • Happiness: Past, Present, Future (identifying and evaluating)
  • Plan of action to increase happiness or remain happy
  • Group session
  • Plenary reflection
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea
16:00 - 17:30 WORKSHOP Happiness - continued
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar - time to relax
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:30 Drinks in the bar + interaction with first years, last years, and alumni
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:30 PE&RC Pub Quiz (PE&RC PhD Council)
21:30 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)
09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00

REFLECTION: PhD Challenges & Solutions

  • Presentation on main challenges experienced by PhDs and how these can be tackles
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee / Tea
11:15 - 12:30 Workshop | networking and profiling: Increasing your domain of influence
  • Introduction
  • Selling yourself
  • Profiling
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 PERSONAL PLAN OF ACTION: What must I do to reach my objective?
(prepare a 2-minute pitch):
  • Object / point of entry (identify one thing (object) with which you can typify yourself as a PhD candidate)
  • What are my main challenges
  • How do I plan to tackle them
  • Who will check that I stick to my plan (buddy)
  • Exchange thought of how to make your plan of action SMART
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee / Tea
15:30-16:30 PLAN OF ACTION: Pitch presentations (2 min. pitch + 3 min discussion)
16:30 - 17:00 Reflection on the weekend and take home messages
17:00 - 18:00 Farewell Drinks 
18:00 - 19:30 Dinner


Target group

This "weekend" is primarily meant for PhD candidates in the second or third year of their PhD.


The "weekend" will be held at Parkhotel De Bosrand in Ede (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

Bedding and towels are supplied by the venue. 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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