Newsletter | Aug 26, 2020  

This newsletter provides an overview of all upcoming activities for PhD students organized by the doctoral schools, links to other potentially interesting events or information, and relevant calls.

More details on, and registration links for, upcoming activities are available on the websites of the doctoral schools. When you enrol for a doctoral school activity, please make sure to be present. You are allowed to cancel your enrolment up to 1 week before the activity by sending an email to In case of no-show or cancellation later than 1 week before the activity, a fee of 250 euros may be charged. Details

Please note

The format of the upcoming activities (face-to-face or digital) is not yet clear for all activities since we are waiting for more information about the availability of the rooms. We have added information on the format below, as far as possible. For each specific workshop, course or information session, we aim to find the most appropriate solution, based on the activity’s content and duration, as well as on the preference and possibilities of the trainer/speaker(s). 
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at all times, on 
Thanks for your understanding.

For all PhD students

We would like to encourage you to register via the registration link, available on the doctoral schools website, and not via your student file. From October onwards, you will only be able to register via the registration link on the website.


Details & registration

1. How to prepare a successful funding strategy and grant application

Takes place (digitally) on September 17, 2020 - 10:00-12:00
Registration possible until September 7

2. Public speaking

Takes place (face-to-face) on October 5 & 16, 2020 - 09:00-17:30
Registration possible until September 1, 2020

3. Intercultural communication: Meet people instead of cultures and practice communication styles

Takes place on October 19 & 26, 2020 - 09:30-17:00
Registration possible until September 18, 2020

4. Getting your research to the media

Takes place (digitally) on October 20, 2020
Registration possible until September 18, 2020

5. Grant-writing workshop: Focus on FWO doctoral/postdoctoral fellowships and beyond - save the date

Takes place (digitally) on November 9, 13 & 16, 2020

6. PhD introduction day - save the date

Takes place (digitally) on November 12, 2020

7. Generating more creative and impactful research ideas

Takes place on November 13, 20, 27 & December 4, 2020
Registration possible until October 12, 2020
The first session will be organized face-to-face, the other sessions will take place digitally.

8. Value proposition: Show the benefit of your research! 

Takes place on November 17, 2020 - 09:00-13:00
Registration possible until October 16, 2020

9. About feeling well and taking care: well-being at Hasselt University - save the date

Takes place on November 20, 2020 - 13:30-17:30

10. Stress and resilience for researchers

Takes place on November 30 & December 15, 2020 - 13:30-17:00
Registration possible until November 9, 2020

11. Hack your brain: Unlocking your true potential and bringing your best performance

Takes place on December 7 & 8, 2020 - 09:30-17:00
Registration possible until November 3, 2020

12. Flanders Training Network for Methodology and Statistics (FLAMES)

Courses on statistics and methodology, which take place throughout the academic year at all Flemish universities. The FLAMES summer school and courses organized at Hasselt University are listed in this newsletter and on the DS website; the others can be found on the FLAMES website.

- FLAMES Summer School - September 7-18, 2020 

13. Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC)

Trainings on many HPC-related topics, which take place throughout the academic year.


Details & registration

1. From academia to industry, personal brand building in your resume

Takes place (digitally) on September 29 (13:30-15:30) & October 13 (30 min individual coaching - optional), 2020
Registration possible until September 7, 2020

2. Information session & kick-off - From PhD to SME: a leadership programme developed by VOKA

Takes place (face-to-face) on September 15, 2020
Registration possible until September 7, 2020

3. Pitch yourself! - Connect and interact with non-academic professionals

Takes place on November 25 & 26, 2020
Registration possible until October 12, 2020


1. Schedule online meeting with coordinator

For questions related to the DS requirements, DS portfolio, course offer, ... you may schedule an online meeting with one of the coordinators of the DS. Single or simple questions may be asked by email, but for multiple questions this is the preferred approach.

2. Grammarly premium version available for Hasselt University users

Hasselt University Library is pleased to offer UHasselt students, faculty, and staff free access to the premium version of Grammarly. Grammarly is an automated online writing support tool that does far more than just highlight grammar and spelling errors. The program offers contextual advice and suggestions for improving sentence structure, word choice, and style for all kinds of documents. It can even help prevent plagiarism by checking for unoriginal text against a database of 16 billion web pages and ProQuest’s databases. If you want to sign up, send an email to using your UHasselt email address and ask for a Grammarly Premium account. Next, you will receive an automatically generated invitation email to create a Grammarly premium account (or to upgrade your freely available Grammarly account).


1. Call for international & intersectoral mobility

Thanks to the financial support from the Flemish Government, the doctoral schools of Hasselt University are able to award travel grants to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for participation in an international summer school or a short research stay abroad. Also, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers can be awarded intersectoral mobility grants for intersectoral summer schools or research projects conducted at and in collaboration with non-academic institutions (companies, hospitals, …). The current call concerns activities in the period October - December 2020. The submission deadline is September 14, 2020. You will receive the result of your application by September 30, 2020. 

IMPORTANT: As the goal of the mobility call is to stimulate international/intersectoral networking and given the current exceptional circumstances, interactive workshops/courses with an international or intersectoral audience that are organized online may also be financed. Please make sure that the interactive character and the target audience is clear from your application!

2. Prijs Derine 2020 voor doctoraatsproefschrift dat bijdraagt aan rechtvaardigheid

Het fonds Prof. Raymond Derine werd gecreëerd om onderzoek en studies aan te moedigen die meer rechtvaardigheid in de maatschappij beogen. Dit doel wordt geconcretiseerd door een prijs toe te kennen aan een doctoraatsproefschrift dat bijdraagt tot een meer rechtvaardige samenleving. Het kan gaan om juridische, politieke, economische, filosofische of sociale rechtvaardigheid. Bij de beoordeling geldt de brede interpretatie van ‘meer rechtvaardigheid’. De adviescommissie bepaalt de rangorde van de ingezonden proefschriften in functie van hun wetenschappelijke uitmuntendheid, maar ook van het engagement, de creativiteit en het innoverend vermogen waarvan deze proefschriften getuigen. De prijs bedraagt € 2.500 bruto. Het betreft een tweejaarlijkse prijs en daarom gaat het voor de prijs van dit jaar om proefschriften die zijn verdedigd in de periode tussen 15 november 2018 en 15 oktober 2020. Meer info over de prijs en het reglement is hier beschikbaar. 


1. European Innovation Fest - online - September 14-16, 2020

2. Delivering your presentation remotely (Principiae) - online - October 6, 2020 (registration fee paid by the doctoral schools)

3. UHasselt meets spin-offs - UHasselt - October 22, 2020


For Doctoral School Behavioral Sciences & Humanities


Details & registration

1. Doctoral Seminar on Sustainability Research in the Built Environment (DS²BE 2020) (Fac ARK)

Takes place digitally on September 7-8, 2020
Registration possible until August 27, 2020

2. Revising the concept of Hegemony - Methodologies of Working with the Past in non-Western contexts (Fac ARK)

Takes place digitally on October 30, 2020
Application deadline: September 15, 2020


For Doctoral School Health & Life Sciences


Details & registration

1. Biosafety

Takes place on October 19, 2020 - 13:30-16:30
Registration possible until September 28, 2020

2. Intellectual Property introduction in Health & Life sciences

Takes place on October 21 - 09:00-12:15
Registration possible until September 18, 2020


EURON mobility grant

The EURON mobility grant is intended for PhD students from the research groups affiliated to the EURON programme. Applicants are expected to spend a period of maximal three months at a EURON partner university for the purpose of methodological training or a joint project. There is a preference for newly established collaborations or initiatives. The exchange has to start within 6 months after submission. Deadline for application: September 15, 2020. 


1. Instituut Permanente Vorming Kinesitherapie (IPVK)

2. Permanente vorming FABER

3. Pro-Q-kine

4. Training @ Vlaams instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB)

5. Cajal hands-on training courses 2020

6. Knowledge for growth - online - September 9 & 10, 2020

7. BCF career event - Utrecht - September 29 & 30, 2020

8. Challenges in Omics Data Integration - online - October 8 & 9, 2020

9. Emerging Technologies in Single Cell Research - online - November 19 & 20, 2020

10. Human neuroanatomy and its clinical application - Maastricht University - December 14 - 17, 2020

11. Euron PhD days - save the date - UHasselt - January 21 & 22, 2020


For Doctoral School Sciences & Technology


Details & registration

1. Energyville PhD days

Takes place on September 3 & 4, 2020 - 09:00-17:00
Registration is obligatory

2. Biosafety

Takes place on October 19, 2020 - 13:30-16:30
Registration is possible until September 28, 2020


Tutech workshops 2020


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