PE&RC Midterm weekend

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PE&RC Midterm weekend

Friday 1 & Saturday 2 September 2017


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.

Friday 1 September 2017
09:00 Registration & Welcome (Hotel De Bosrand, Ede)
09:30 - 10:15 Introduction
  • Weekend programme
  • Issues to be discussed (based on registration form feedback)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 11:45 Introduction to Peer Coaching
11:45 - 12:30 Challenges: Past, Present, Future. Are you on track?
  • Revisiting the SWOT
    • What were the three main issues at the start?
    • What has been solved since then?
    • What have you learnt / what was the most important revelation?
    • What is still pending?
    • Which new issues have arisen (top 3)?
    • How to tackle these new issues?
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Challenges - continued
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee / Tea
15:30 - 17:00 How do you place your development in a future perspective / Where will you be or want to be in 10 years?
  • You each get 10 minutes to think about this question
  • Outcome is presented in a playful manner
17:00 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
19:30 - 21:00 Ethics in Science
21:00 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time


Saturday 2 September 2017
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30 WORKSHOP: Effective and Efficient Communication
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea
11:00 - 12:30 WORKSHOP: Effective and Efficient Communication (continued)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:45 PLAN OF ACTION: What must I do to tackle the challenges?
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee / Tea
15:00 - 16:00 PLAN OF ACTION: Plenary presentation, reflection and suggestions
16:00 - 16:30 Farewell Drinks
16:30 Departure back home


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 Hotel 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

Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426


To register, please enter your details below and click "Register".

To get an idea of the issues that we must address in the programme, we ask you to fill in the questions below as briefly as possible.