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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 February 20, 2020.

Preliminary program:




Prof. Dr Sandra Streukens


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 managementDr 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 (abstract below):

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


How to pitch your research so that everyone listens
Toon Verlinden

























 For whom?

  • recently started PhD students


  • campus Diepenbeek, building D, auditorium H5


  • 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 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 February 3, 2020.

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:

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 pitch your research so that everyone listens (Toon Verlinden)

Do you sometimes need to talk about your research or a project idea to your own team, a subsidy agency, or during a network event? That means you will be pitching. And if you would like your idea to actually come to fruition, you’d better do it well. But how do you get your entire research in a pitch of one to three minutes? Or how do you 'describe your research in three lines', as they sometimes ask you to do? That's what you will learn during this workshop! Amongst others, we'll look at:

  • Is your topic hyper-specialized and complex? How do you get that in three minutes?
  • How do you craft a pitch that everyone understands?
  • How do you keep the attention of your audience?

During the workshop you will draft a pitch for your own research so that, at the end of the workshop, you'll have all the key elements to write it into a well crafted pitch.