PE&RC Last Year's Retreat - 28-29 November 2024

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PE&RC Last Year's Retreat 

Thursday 28 - Friday 29 November 2024

Parkhotel De Bosrand - Ede


The idea of this retreat 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 retreat, 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
09:00 - 09:30 Registration & Welcome (Parkhotel De Bosrand, Ede)
09:30 - 10:30 Putting an end to your PhD - Practicalities in the last phase
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 12:30 Sharing your major hurdles for finishing the PhD
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Workshop: Defending your thesis
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee / Tea
15:30 - 17:30 Workshop: Into the Future - Part 1
17:30 - 18:00 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
19:00- 20:30 Career Perspectives – Networking session with PE&RC Alumni
20:30 - ... Leisure activities and drinks


Day 2
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 11:00 Workshop: Into the Future - Part 2
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee / Tea
11:30 - 12:30 Workshop: Into the Future - Part 2 continued
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Presentations about future plans & wrap-up
16:00 - 17:00 Farewell drinks with all groups together
17:00 Departure back home


Target group

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


The retreat will be held at Parkhotel De Bosrand, Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede.


The 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

Bring outdoor clothing and a rain coat, since we will be taking a walk in the forest. Food and drinks are catered for. Beverages and snacks are on your own account.

More information

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


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