PE&RC First years weekend

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PE&RC First years weekend

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October 2017


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 20 October 2017
08:30 Registration & Welcome (to be determined)
08:45 - 10:00 Departure to Conference Hotel De Werelt in Lunteren (Westhofflaan 2, Lunteren, tel. +31(0)318484641)
10:00 - 10:15 Arrival at Conference Hotel De Werelt in Lunteren
  • Get settled
  • Coffee
10:15 - 11:00 Who is who? Presenting yourself with a PhD-shirt (to be explained by Claudius van de Vijver)
11:00 - 11:45 PE&RC and the PhD Programme (Claudius van de Vijver)
  • PE&RC Mission, research themes, participating groups
  • Structure / organization
  • Tasks
  • The PE&RC PhD Programme: Timelines, the TSP (Guidelines and value), Support and facilitation in the PhD programme/process
11:45 - 13:00 Communication: A basis for good science (Claudius van de Vijver)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 The Duplo Game: Communication, Planning and Management (Barend van den Broek, Lennart Suselbeek and Claudius van de Vijver)
  • Workshop on working in a team and issues that are related to this (responsibilities, collaboration, (intercultural) communication and deadlines)
15:00 Coffee / Tea during the game
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
19:30 - approx. 21:00 The Fun of Science
21:00 Free evening / Drinks at the bar


Saturday 21 October 2017
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:45 Scientific communication: Scientific publishing (Claudius van de Vijver)
  • Lecture
  • Assignment on teamwork
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee / Tea
11:15 - 13:00 The PhD trip: Time frame and challenges along the way (Claudius van de Vijver)
  • Issues at stake
  • Preparation Sunday Workshop
  • Splitting up into groups and intro outdoor activity and info about assignment with last-year PhDs
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Outdoor Activity
16:00 - 17:00 Coffee / Tea / Drinks @ Restaurant de Goudsberg
17:00 - 17:45 Walk back to Conference Hotel de Werelt - Interaction with last years PhD candidates
17:45 - 18:30 Drinks and free time
18:30 - 19:45 Dinner
19:45 - 20:00 The PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) (Thijs Fijen, Chair PPC)
20:00 - 20:30 PhD Quiz organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC)
20:30 Leisure activities and drinks: those that have interesting games (cards, monopoly, etc.) please bring them along!


Sunday 22 October 2017
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 11:00 Workshop: The PhD trip: A rat race, a steeplechase or a smooth drive? / How do I finish in 4 years? (Claudius van de Vijver)
11:00 Coffee / Tea during the workshop
12:30 - 13:00 "Everything you wanted to know about doing a PhD but were afraid to ask"
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 Departure back home


Target group

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


The weekend will be held at Conference Centre De Werelt in Lunteren (Westhofflaan 2, 6741 KH Lunteren).


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

Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426


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