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PHD INTRODUCTION DAY

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:

9:00-9:30

Registration

9:30-9:45

Welcome
One of the directors of the doctoral schools

9:45-10:15

Doing a PhD at Hasselt University
Dr Nele Nivelle

10:15-12:00

 

 

DS BS&H:

Research data management
Dr Simon D'Haenens

Break

Doctoral school-specific information
Dr Ilse Van Damme

DS H&LS:

Research data management
Dr Simon D'Haenens

Break

Doctoral school-specific information
Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs

DS S&T:

Doctoral school-specific information
Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs

Break

Research data management
Dr Simon D'Haenens

12:00-12:30

Testimonies of PhD students

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-13:45

Introduction PhD council & Conversation starter

13:45-14:45

Testimonies of PhD holders working in and outside academia

15:00-17:30

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

 


To be determined

 

For whom?

  • recently started PhD students

Where?

  • campus Diepenbeek, building D, auditorium H5

Registration?

  • 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.
    • Registration links will be added in the course of November/December.
    • Register here (link to be added) 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 (link to be added) 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:

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.