PE&RC Midterm weekend - October 2021

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PE&RC Midterm weekend

Friday 22 - Saturday 23 October 2021 

Hotel De Bosrand - Ede


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)
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 success
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: Past, present, future- continued
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar - time to relax
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 Evening Activity
21:00 Joint games/ Drinks in the Bar/ Leisure time/ Geo-Guesser/ Pictionary?


Day 2: (new situation finishing at 19:00 after dinner)
09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00

REFLECTION ON DAY 1: PhD Challenges & Solutions

  • Presentation on main challenges experienced by PhDs and how these can be tackled
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):
  • What are my main challenges
  • How do I plan to tackle them (tips and tools)
  • 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

Sabine Vreeburg
Phone: +31 (0) 317 489 853


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