PE&RC First years weekend

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PE&RC First years weekend

Friday 12 - Sunday 14 October 2018

Scope

The idea of this weekend is to make PhD candidates more familiar with what to expect during the PhD track and how to avoid major catastrophes and disappointments. Focus will be on the PhD process and pitfalls you can encounter along the way as well as the criteria for a successful PhD within 4 years. Furthermore you will be informed about the PhD Programme itself and the role that the Graduate School plays as a process facilitator. Finally, the weekend is meant to get to know fellow PhDs and learn from them how they tackle issues. In this way PhDs will be able to identify themselves within a larger group of PhDs who they can turn to in the future. This is of particular importance for the foreign PhDs but also for Dutch PhDs who are not from Wageningen. Thus, significant time will be spent on leisure and social activities.

(Preliminary) Programme
Friday: The PhD trip
08:15 Collection of luggage from WUR PhDs that will bike to Ede
(Parking lot in front of LUMEN building, WUR Campus)
08:30 Departure of WUR PhDs that will bike to Parkhotel De Bosrand in Ede (Bosrand 28, Ede, tel. +31-318 650 150)
09:00 - 09:30 Arrival at Parkhotel De Bosrand in Ede for all participants
  • Get settled
  • Coffee/Tea
09:30 - 10:15 Welcome & introduction to the weekend
  • Introduction PhD programme coordinators
  • Presenting yourself with a PhD-shirt
  • Programme of the weekend
10:15 - 11:00 PE&RC and the PhD Programme
  • Introduction PE&RC
    • PE&RC Mission, research themes, participating groups
    • Structure / organization
    • Tasks
    • PPC
  • The PE&RC PhD Programme
    • What is expected?
    • What does it entail (T-shaped skills)?
    • Timelines (R&O form, Go-No-Go form)
    • The different PhD categories
    • TSP (Guidelines and value)
    • Support and facilitation in the PhD programme/process
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15 Doing a PhD
  • Why do you want to do a PhD?
  • The PhD trip: challenges along the way
  • Introduction SWOT analysis
12:15 - 13:15 SWOT analysis & report
  • 20 minutes individual
  • Group discussion about challenges
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 14:45 Plenary feedback on SWOT
14:45 - 16:45 The Duplo Game
  • Workshop on working in a team and issues that are related to this (responsibilities, collaboration, (intercultural) communication and deadlines)
16:45 - 17:30 Reflection on Duplo Game: Communication, Planning and Management
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 Evening workshop
21:00 Free evening / Drinks at the bar

 

Saturday: Managing your PhD to become a good Scientist (Tackling challenges – the road to solutions)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 The heart of communication
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea
11:00 – 12:30
  • Communication is Science
  • Networking
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00
  • Ethics
  • Planning to avoid stress
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:30 Outdoor Activity
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 20:15 The PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) (chair PPC)
20:15 - 21:00 PhD Quiz organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC)
21:00 Leisure activities and drinks: those that have interesting games (cards, monopoly, etc.) please bring them along!

 

Sunday: Your PhD plan
09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 13:00 Workshop: The PhD trip: A rat race, a steeplechase or a smooth drive? / How do I finish in 4 years?
  • Result of outdoor activity
  • How to tackle challenges (individual/group)
  • Plenary discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch + Group photo
14:00 - 15:30 My PhD Plan of Action
  • Make a plan of action for your PhD
  • Synthesis of the weekend
  • Last round of questions and closing of the weekend
15:30 - 16:30 Farewell drinks with all groups together
16:30 Departure back home
Target group

This weekend is primarily meant for PhDs in the first phase (first 1.5 years) of their PhD.

Location

The weekend will be held at Hotel de Bosrand in Ede (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede, tel. +31(0)318650150).

Fees

The weekend is free of charge for all PE&RC PhD candidates (all others pay 175 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. Also bring along sportswear. Food and drinks are catered for. Beverages are on your own account.

More information

Claudius van de Vijver
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116
Email: claudius.vandevijver@wur.nl

Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl

Amber Heijboer
Phone: +31 (0) 20 525 7451
Email: a.heijboer@uva.nl

Registration

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