Portal for

    A clear research path

    Are you looking for specific information but don't know which workshops to choose? We can help set you up on the right “track”.

    Staying on track

    The educational tracks are a collection of workshops which focus on some of the most important skills a PhD researcher needs. They provide information that helps doctoral candidates orient themselves and organise their work.

    At the moment, the Researcher Training & Development Office offers 4 different tracks: two for starting and junior researchers (working less than 2 years on their PhD) and two for more advanced PhD researchers. You can choose to follow each of the courses set out in the track, or only some of them.

    • If you wish to follow one track within one year, you can register for the whole track at once. If you do so, please note that you have to be available for all the workshops included in the track.
    • You can also decide to register for the workshops individually and complete the track at your own pace.

    The tracks are developed to inform you about the complementarity of certain workshops, but you still have the freedom to compose your training schedule as you wish.

    PhD levels

    Certain workshops are aimed at a specific stage in your PhD research. Depending on the progress of the PhD research, doctoral students are classified as follows:

     I. Starting doctoral researchers and candidates: 0-6 months

     II. Junior doctoral researchers: 6-24 months

     III. Advanced doctoral researchers: 24 months – year of defence

     IV. Senior doctoral researchers: Year of defence

     V. Postdoctoral researchers: After a positive defence

    Available Education Tracks

    Getting Started Track

    Appropriate PhD level: I/II

    In this track, you are plunged into the VUB research culture. You get informative lectures on the doctoral training programme, research integrity, working with the publication database (PURE) and publishing your research. Next, you are taught how to find the right sources, how a literature search can finetune your research questions and how to conceptualise and scale your research.

    1. Introduction Days, including Research Integrity & Ethics, Intellectual Property
    2. Information Retrieval 
    3. From research question to literature study
    4. Web of Science

    Register for the complete Getting Started Track HERE.

    Getting Organised Track

    Appropriate PhD level: I/II

    This transferable skill training helps you organise your work. Become the manager of your own research, set out concrete deadlines, manage your time and to-do list and communicate strategically. This will help you develop skills which are valuable both for your research and your career.

    1. Managing my PhD
    2. Grow your future effectiveness
    3. Communicating with impact
    4. Excel for Junior Researchers

    Register for the complete Getting Organised Track HERE.

    Getting Published Track

    Appropriate PhD level: II / III

    You have set out clear goals and have taken your first steps into your research project. Now, it becomes important to think about the best ways to spread your results.

    Start with an introduction to PURE so you know how and why to use this database, follow a course in Academic English to elaborate your English, make sure you choose the right journal to publish your results and get some hands-on feedback, tips and tricks how to write your first mind-blowing paper.

    1. Introduction to PURE & Publishing your Output
    2. Academic English
    3. Writing abstracts in the Human and Social Sciences
    4. Writing articles (DSh – Dixon; NSE/LSM – Sharman)

     Register for the complete Getting Published Track HERE.

    Conference Track

    Appropriate PhD level: II / III

    Another important part of doing research is communicating your results among peers, i.e. going to conferences, present a poster or a paper and meeting international researchers.

    This track addresses how to write an eye-catching abstract/paper, making catchy presentations and how to interact with a network of international contacts.

    1. Research presentations and posters with impact
    2. Writing and publishing a research paper in the life sciences and medicine
    3. Optimizing cooperation in international research groups
    4. Networking skills

     Register for the complete Conference Track HERE.