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In any context, researchers are required to establish practical, creative habits that allow them to innovate, solve problems and collaborate positively. Throw into that mix the fact that any project is an exercise in problem solving and that every client pitch, funding bid or publication requires novelty, and it’s clear that people benefit from the ability to come up with new and workable ideas. This highly interactive workshop, by Jamie McDonald, is designed to equip participants with a number of tools and approaches for alleviating the pressure of problematic situations, generating new and insightful ideas and developing them into suitable ways forward. The aim is to develop creative people who can rely on their resourcefulness, creativity and skills to break new ground, to solve problems and perform well.


By the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  1. A simple and effective process for managing ideas and solving problems
  2. Several methods for easing the pressure of problematic situations
  3. Identified various factors that support creativity and resourcefulness
  4. Practiced a variety of tools to stimulate creativity and novel ideas
  5. Developed their ability to turn a broad idea into a workable plan
  6. Practiced offering critique in a constructive manner
  7. Applied all these in real situations

By regularly practicing the learning from this workshop, they will be able to:

  • Be more confident to take on new challenges
  • Rely on their own creativity and resourcefulness
  • Develop a positive and flexible approach to problematic situations
  • Generate viable new ideas and ways forward
  • Foster constructive and creative relationships with others


Running over two days, this workshop gives up to 18 participants time to learn the models and theoretical constructs and to put them into practice. Addressing real situations and problems will be integrated into the workshop using in-group discussion, group exercises and peer-review of their learning in small working groups. Further, the information gained will be the foundation of activities within the workshop itself. The duration also allows the integration of more personal work with methods and approaches to managing and implementing creative tools every day. This ‘holistic’ approach is intended to provide a level of understanding that will give a stable platform for implementation of the skills and activities covered.

For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs - 18 places available


  • November 6 & 7, 2019 - 9:00-16:00
  • Participation on both days is required. A sandwich lunch will be provided.


  • Campus Hasselt, Old Prison, green room


  • Closed since October 7, 2019.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on general research skills
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'research management' - workshop on PhD management or equivalent