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In order to make the best use of time and resources, the application of project management principles to research is essential. This workshop (by Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs and Dr Ilse Van Damme) introduces the fundamentals of project management and applies them to a PhD, taking into account the need for adaptability in the context of research. In addition, time management principles are presented and discussed, in order to be able to establish priorities. Identifying your own time management problems will allow you to come up with realistic courses of action and help you improve your personal effectiveness. Taken together, the workshop focusses on both long-term and short-term planning, with ample opportunity to try out various tools within the context of your own PhD.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

  • Gaining insight into the fundamentals of project management
  • Dealing with the difficult task of planning an unpredictable process like doing a PhD by applying specific project management tools
  • Gaining insight into the principles of time management
  • Identifying your own time management patterns
  • Trying out various time management tools, in order to boost your effectiveness and efficiency
  • Setting priorities for your own PhD

This workshop is the first of two modules about PhD management. Both modules can be attended either consecutively or separately. There will be several editions of each module, organized throughout the year.

For whom?

  • The workshop is meant for PhD students who have started their PhD minimum 6 months and maximum 18 months before. You will work on your own PhD project. Hence, you will be able to use the results during the rest of your PhD trajectory.
  • There are 14 places available in each edition.


  • 1st edition: November 12, 2018 - 9:30-17:30
  • 2nd edition: January 24, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 3rd edition: March 14, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 4th edition: May 10, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 5th edition: September 23, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 6th edition: November 27, 2019 - 9:30-17:30


  • 1st edition: room A5, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 2nd edition: room A4, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 3rd edition: room A4, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 4th edition: room A5, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 5th edition: room OG-B1.1Gr (green room), Old prison, campus Hasselt
  • 6th edition: room A5, building D, campus Diepenbeek


  • 1st edition: closed
  • 2nd edition: closed
  • 3rd edition: closed
  • 4th edition: closed
  • 5th edition: closed
  • 6th edition: closed
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by e-mail in due time.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on research management
  • DS MLS: category transferable skills - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'research management' - follow at least one of the 2 sessions about PhD management or an equivalent