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Research skills & transferable skills

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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 the programme, you will have learned:

  • How to work effectively with models and tools for creating ideas and solving problems
  • A cognitive and a creative method for usefully questioning habits and generating a flexible view on problematic situations
  • Which factors and conditions support you in practicing creative thinking
  • An approach to generating ideas, developing them into plans and offering constructive critique on them
  • How to begin addressing real problems and situations you face, and applying the tools above to them


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