PE&RC Midterm retreat - 23 - 24 May 2024

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PE&RC Midterm retreat

New date; Thursday 23 - Friday 24 May 2024 

Hotel De Bosrand - Ede


Whereas the idea of the first years retreat 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 retreat 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 retreat is meant to get back in touch with your fellow PhDs and learn from them how to tackle specific issues.

Preliminary Programme
Day 1
09:00 Registration & Welcome (Hotel De Bosrand, Ede)
09:30 - 10:30

Introduction to the retreat

  • Programme
  • What do you want to take home from this retreat?

Happiness: Past, Present, Future

  • Drivers of success
  • Stress 4 responses
  • How to stay in the flow
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45- 11:45

Happiness: Past, Present, Future

• Group session
• Plenary reflection

11:45 - 12:15 Profiling & networking
12:15- 13:15 Lunch
13:15- 14:15 Profiling & networking (continued)
14:15- 15:30 Coffee/Tea
15:30- 16:15 PhD challenges: Introduction
16:15- 17:30 Forest walk
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time ( or you can join alumni session organised for last-year retreat)
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:15 - 21:00 PhD Quiz organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC)
21:00 Leisure activities and drinks: party & karaoke, or game night (cards, monopoly, etc.) 


Day 2
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30 WORKSHOP | PhD challenges & solutions
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 12:30 WORKSHOP | PhD challenges & solutions (with actor)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
12:30 - 13:30 Tackling challenges and Personal plan of action
14:30- 14:45 Coffee / Tea
14:45- 15:30 PERSONAL PLAN OF ACTION: What must I do to reach my objective?
  • 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 thoughts on how to make your plan of action SMART
15:30 - 16:30 Farewell Drinks with all groups together
16:30 Departure back home


Target group

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


This retreat will be held at Parkhotel De Bosrand in Ede (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede).


This retreat is free of charge for all PE&RC PhD candidates (all others pay 200 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 and snacks are on your own account.

More information

Sanja Selakovic



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