PE&RC Midterm weekend - July 2020

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PE&RC Midterm weekend

Friday 10 July - Saturday 11 July 2020



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.

09:00 Registration & Welcome (Hotel De Bosrand, Ede)
09:30 - 10:30 Introduction to the weekend
  • Weekend programme
  • The PE&RC T-Shirt 2.0
  • Issues to be discussed (based on registration form feedback)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea
11:00 - 12:00 WORKSHOP: Happiness | Past, present, future
  • Happiness: Past, Present, Future (identifying and evaluating)
  • Plan of action to increase happiness or remain happy
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 WORKSHOP Happiness - continued
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee / Tea
15:30 - 17:30 WORKSHOP: Networking and Profiling: Increasing your domain of influence
  • Introduction
  • Selling yourself (tips and tricks)
  • Profiling yourself on internet (webpages, social media)
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar + interaction with first years, last years, and alumni
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 21:30 PE&RC Pub Quiz (PE&RC PhD Council)
21:30 Leisure activities and drinks: those that have interesting games (cards, monopoly, etc.) please bring them along!


09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 REFLECTION: PhD Challenges & Solutions
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee / Tea
11:30 - 13:00 PERSONAL PLAN OF ACTION: What must I do to reach my objective?
  • Object / point of entry (identify one thing (object) with which you can typify yourself as a PhD candidate)
  • What are my main challenges
  • How do I plan to tackle them
  • Who will check that I stick to my plan (buddy)
  • Exchange thought of how to make your plan of action SMART
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 PLAN OF ACTION: Pitch presentations
15:30 - 16:30 Farewell Drinks with all groups together
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 Parkhotel 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

Amber Heijboer
Phone: +31 (0) 20 525 7451


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