Academic talent development


The main question this workshop, by Dr Eelko Huizingh (Huizingh Academic Development), centers around is: what does it take to become successful in academia? The aim is to increase the personal academic effectiveness and efficiency of starting academic researchers. Participants are guided along three lines:

1. Understanding: what skills do you need in academia? The crucial academic skills addressed are research, writing, presentation, time management, collaboration, and persistence. These skills are required in any academic discipline.
2. Reflection: how good are you current skills? What are your current personal strengths and weaknesses? And how important are these for your research project?
3. Improvement: how to get better skills? Which improvement is when needed, and how can you realize the improvements?

During the workshop, participants develop concrete ideas for skills improvement. In a stepwise manner, they prepare their Personal Academic Development Plan which identifies the skills they need to improve, and how and when they will improve those skills.

The workshop is hands-on and includes a mix of multiple interactive lectures, polls, individual & group assignments, discussions, and question & answer sessions.

Learning outcomes

The workshop aims at preparing the participants to deliver high quality academic work. By the end of the workshop, the participants ...

  • understand which skills are needed in academia,
  • have insight in their current personal skills in relation to their research project,
  • are aware of the specific skills that they need to develop further in order to succeed in their research project,
  • know how specific skills can be improved and how they can notice skills improvements,
  • have developed a Personal Academic Development Plan to guide their skills improvement.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
    • self-confidence
  • intellectual competences:
    • problem solving
  • interpersonal competences:
    • collaboration
    • networking
  • task-orientedness:
    • organisation & coordination


For whom?

  • PhD students
  • 14 places available

When and where?

  • September 30 & October 1, 2021 - 9:00-17:00
  • The workshop will be organized digitally (MS Teams). If selected to participate, you will receive the necessary details timely.


  • Closed since August 31, 2021.
  • Please register only if you are sure you can attend both training days. As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • 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 'career & personal development' - session aimed at personal development
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - course about personal development