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Twice a year, there is a 'PhD introduction day' for starting PhD students at Hasselt University. The next edition will take place on October 24, 2019.

Preliminary program:




Prof. Dr Ken Haenen


Doing a PhD at Hasselt University
Dr Nele Nivelle





Research data management
Dr Simon D'Haenens


Doctoral school-specific information
Dr Ilse Van Damme


Research data management
Dr Simon D'Haenens


Doctoral school-specific information
Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs


Doctoral school-specific information
Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs


Research data management
Dr Simon D'Haenens


Testimonies of PhD students




Introduction PhD council & Conversation starter


Testimonies of PhD holders working in and outside academia


Parallel workshops (abstracts below):

Standing in front of a group: Non-verbal communication
Dr Nele Nivelle


Yes, I can… Can I? Assessing strengths and competences
Dr Ilse Van Damme


How to communicate your research to the media
Toon Verlinden (The Floor is Yours)


For whom?

  • recently started PhD students


  • campus Diepenbeek, building D, auditorium H4


  • You can register for the full day (9:30-17:30) or only for the morning program (9:30-12:30). In case of full-day attendance, the introduction day can be acknowledged within the framework of the doctoral school requirements.
    • Register here for full-day attendance (9:30-17:30). You will need to select which one of the three afternoon workshops you would like to attend (abstracts below).
    • Register here for attendance of the morning program (9:30-12:30).
  • Registration is possible until October 14, 2019.

Acknowledged as?

Full-day attendance can be acknowledged.

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - session on career management
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - half of a course on transferable skills
  • DS ST: category 'career management & personal development' - one session about career & personal development

Abstracts workshops:

Standing in front of a group: Non-verbal communication (Dr Nele Nivelle)

The workshop Standing in front of group – non-verbal communication is a hands-on participatory workshop, which trains starting researchers in shaping a convincing pitch about their research. More specifically, it makes them aware of the non-verbal aspects involved in delivering a convincing speech, and gives them the opportunity to train the aspects of standing in front of a group that they feel least comfortable with. During the workshop we will also reflect on ways to deal with discomfort related to standing in front of a group.
Note for researchers who attended the presentation skill course for FWO-applicants: there is a significant overlap between the current workshop and the more extended presentation skills workshop for FWO applicants.

Yes, I can… Can I? Assessing strengths and competences (Dr Ilse Van Damme)

For many people outside academia, a PhD is a mysterious thing. Perhaps even for you, it is still unclear what you will gain by doing a PhD. Obviously you will learn a lot, but how to translate that knowledge to other contexts? How to assess the value of a PhD? How to assess your own strengths and competences?
When you want to take your career into your own hands, at any point in life, it is important to know yourself. In this workshop, we will make a first start in thinking about your strengths and competences. What are you good at? What can you learn about yourself from your experiences so far? What would you like to get better at? How can you talk about your strengths in an authentic way? You will be handed tools to help you reflect upon yourself, which can be used to document your competences throughout your PhD and which you can fall back on at any point in your career.

How to communicate your research to the media (Toon Verlinden - The Floor is Yours)

You want your research in the media. But you don't want journalists to make it more sensational than it really is. And how do you get into contact with the media anyway? During this workshop we will look at, amongst others, the following topics:

  • How to bring your research so that everyone understands.
  • What's the big difference between a researcher and a journalist? And how to use this to make things easier for you.
  • Your allies inside and outside the university.
  • How to write a convincing press release or article.
    And much more...