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Each PhD project is centred around a PhD student. This might create the impression that the PhD student is the sole, or at least most important, influencing factor when it comes to the progress and end result of the PhD. Nevertheless, there are typically multiple people involved in, and affected by, a project. Each of these people has the potential to either speed up, slow down or even completely obstruct the project’s progress.

This workshop (by Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs and Dr Ilse Van Damme) invites you to think about this dynamic within the context of your own PhD, and to reflect on (as well as experience) various interaction patterns. Both the fundamentals of stakeholder management and two basic theories about social interaction will be introduced and explored. There will be a good balance between active exercises and more theoretical reviews.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

  • Getting a better handle on the social context of your PhD project (i.e., the people involved) by:
    • gaining insight into the relationship between PhD student and promoter, including the roles both parties can adopt
    • gaining insight into who else can influence the progress of your PhD project
    • learning how you can manage stakeholders proactively
  • Gaining insight into interaction patterns
  • Being able to prevent and solve collaboration issues

This workshop is the second 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 21, 2018 - 9:30-17:30
  • 2nd edition: January 31, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 3rd edition: May 24, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 4th edition: October 3, 2019 - 9:30-17:30
  • 5th edition: December 11, 2019 - 9:30-17:30


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


  • 1st edition: closed
  • 2nd edition: closed
  • 3rd edition: closed
  • 4th edition: closed
  • 5th 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.

Please be aware of the following:
In preparation of this workshop, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire from an external organization with a cost of 10 euros per person, paid for by the doctoral schools. However, if you cancel your participation after completion of the questionnaire, personal reimbursement of this amount will need to occur (except when participating in a later edition in the same academic year). This is true regardless of the exact timing of the cancellation in light of the cancellation & no-show policy (i.e. ≥ or < 7 days).

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