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    Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering

    PhD research is of the utmost importance to the VUB and our knowledge-based society. Hence, it is important to facilitate not only research, but also the so-called transferable skills.

    The doctoral schools at the VUB support the PhD researchers by organizing activities related to general scientific and transferable skills. The scientific follow-up of the PhD is guaranteed by the faculties themselves. This separation of responsibilities guarantees that there is no conflict of interest between the scientific research and the transferable skills.

    The PhD research (should) result into a PhD diploma. Similarly, an official certificate of the doctoral school is issued if the researcher collects enough credits through courses, tutorials, and scientific activities (see the credit table). This certificate enumerates all the followed activities and can be used by the researcher when looking for a job. The registration and follow-up of the activities is now done via the PhD Portfolio.

    It should be noted that both PhD researchers and young post-docs linked to NSE (faculties WE & IR) are welcome to join the activities.

    The list of events, organised by the doctoral school, can be found below. This includes topic such as:

    • Scientific Integrity
    • Scientific communication (oral and written)
    • Intellectual Property (IP) related courses (in collaboration with Technology Transfer Interface)
    • How to become an entrepreneur (in collaboration with Technology Transfer Interface)
    • Specialized courses of software/tools/techniques that are of importance to a broad range of researchers
    • Yearly, a VUB PhD-day

    Furthermore, the doctoral school supports the researchers by:

    The doctoral school NSE is headed by Prof. dr. ir. Gerd Vandersteen, assisted by the NSE Council. The NSE Council is composed by the Deans of the member faculties (or their representative), and four representatives of PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, there is the support of the NSE PhD network, a social network for PhD researchers by PhD researchers of the faculties WE and IR.

    Suggestion for the doctoral school can always be send to nse@vub.ac.be, or by contacting one of the NSE council members.

     

    Prof. dr. ir. Gerd Vandersteen

    Director of the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel / dept. ELEC

    Upcoming events

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    Wednesday 16 May, 10 U - 16 U

    DSH - Qualitative Research – Data Analysis

    This two-day seminar discusses the process of writing up your findings based on various qualitative research methods.

    This two-day seminar discusses the process of writing up your findings based on various qualita...

    Monday 28 May, 09 U - 17 U

    FINGEO Global Seminar and Spring School

    The Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar on “European Spaces of Financialization” aims to critically analyze and understand Europe’s multiscalar spaces of financialization. The FINGEO Spring School, under the guidance of some of the leading names in the field, will offer early career...

    The Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar on “European Spaces of Financialization” aims to critically a...

    Monday 4 June, 08 U - 16 U

    f-TALES workshop 4-5 June 2018, Brussel - A Roadmap towards Diabetes Treatment: To the Beta Cell and Beyond

    Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders that occurs as a result of disturbed glucose homeostasis. The defects can be inferred by monogenic, polygenic, multifactorial or secondary causes all resulting in either absolute or relative insulin deficiency....

    Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders that occurs as a result of dist...

    Thursday 7 June, 08 U - 17 U

    Theory at sea 2018

    On 8-7 June 2018 theoretical and mathematical physicists working in Flanders meet in an informal joint workshop at Domein Westhoek in Oostduinkerke.

    On 8-7 June 2018 theoretical and mathematical physicists working in Flanders meet in an informal ...

    Thursday 7 June, 09 U - 13 U

    Practical Aspects of Structural Biology

          Practical Aspects of Structural Biology WHY ATTEND? This training will showcase tools, methods and technologies to interpret and determine protein structures. We will start this training with a comparison of the different technologies that are commonly used for structure d...

          Practical Aspects of Structural Biology WHY ATTEND? This training will showcase tools...

    Friday 15 June, 09 U - 17 U

    Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research

    What are the good and bad practices in research, and how can you preserve research integrity? This workshop invites you to look at your research skills and research environment more critically. 

    What are the good and bad practices in research, and how can you preserve research integrity? Thi...

    Wednesday 20 June, 09 U

    LaTex for junior researchers

    LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system, with features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. But even for the lay-out of straightforward text, LaTeX...

    LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system, with features designed for the production of technica...

    Wednesday 20 June, 13 U - 17 U

    VUB PhD Cup: DSH pre-selection

    The Doctoral Schools are looking for young researchers who can enthuse a large audience about their research.

    The Doctoral Schools are looking for young researchers who can enthuse a large audience about the...

    Thursday 21 June, 09 U - 17 U

    Get your message across with effective graphs

    As a researcher, a big part of your job is to present data in a meaningful way. The habits from your field and the tools you are using are not always helpful. You want to get your message across with effective graphs. This training of two days includes discussions in plenary groups...

    As a researcher, a big part of your job is to present data in a meaningful way. The habits from y...

    Monday 25 June, 09 U - 17 U

    Introduction to Stata

    The course provides an introductory training in Stata. Stata is a powerful statistical package with smart data-management facilities, a wide array of up-to-date statistical techniques, and an excellent system for producing publication-quality graphs. Stata is easy to use and thus...

    The course provides an introductory training in Stata. Stata is a powerful statistical package wi...

    Thursday 28 June, 09 U

    BibTex for junior researchers

    BibTeX is a sofware package that allows you to create and use bibliographies within LaTeX. BibTeX will automatically turn the bibliographic references cited in your text into a structured file. There are several different styles of bibliography, allowing you to adapt the format of...

    BibTeX is a sofware package that allows you to create and use bibliographies within LaTeX. BibTe...

    Monday 10 September, 08 U - 17 U

    FLAMES SUMMER SCHOOL

    The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodological and statistical training for young researchers from all disciplines. 10 – 21 September 2018 @ KU Leuven

    The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodo...

    Sunday 16 September, 16 U - 13 U

    XIV Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics

    Summer school for PhD students in high energy theoretical physics

    Summer school for PhD students in high energy theoretical physics

    NSE Council

    The NSE Council is composed by the Deans of the member faculties (or their representative), and four representatives of PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. Although the director of NSE has an advisory role in the council, he also has a vote. The representatives of the associated faculties have an advisory role in the council. All decisions and rules made by the NSE council will be reported and approved by both faculty boards (faculty of engineering (IR) and faculty of sciences and bio-engineering (WE)) before application.

    NSE Director

    Prof. Dr. ir. Gerd Vandersteen
    E-mail: Gerd.Vandersteen@vub.be
    Tel: 02 629 29 44
    Room: 6K430 (Campus Etterbeek)

    NSE Council members

    • Damya Laoui (WE): Chairman NSE council, Post-doc WE
    • Gerd Vandersteen (IR): Director of the doctoral school NSE
    • Nele Van Schelvergem (R&D, DocBe): Secretaris
    • Rik Pintelon (IR): Representative of the Dean of Faculty IR
    • Geert Angenon (WE): Representative of the Dean of Faculty WE
    • Jens De Pelsmaeker (IR): PhD-researcher IR
    • Boud Verbeiren (IR): Post-doc IR
    • Liesbeth Lemmens (WE): PhD-researcher WE

    The NSE PhD network

    The PhD network is created by PhD students, for PhD students. Any doctoral students from the faculties WE and IR are welcome to ask us questions, meet our teams and join our events!

    The organization has three main goals:

    1. To enhance social contact between the PhD students of the different departments of WE and IR.
    2. To help new PhD students with general questions they might have about studying for a PhD degree at the VUB.
    3. To inform Master Degree Students about the PhD program.

    Upcoming events

    More events
    Wednesday 16 May, 10 U - 16 U

    DSH - Qualitative Research – Data Analysis

    This two-day seminar discusses the process of writing up your findings based on various qualitative research methods.

    This two-day seminar discusses the process of writing up your findings based on various qualita...

    Monday 28 May, 09 U - 17 U

    FINGEO Global Seminar and Spring School

    The Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar on “European Spaces of Financialization” aims to critically analyze and understand Europe’s multiscalar spaces of financialization. The FINGEO Spring School, under the guidance of some of the leading names in the field, will offer early career...

    The Fifth FINGEO Global Seminar on “European Spaces of Financialization” aims to critically a...

    Monday 4 June, 08 U - 16 U

    f-TALES workshop 4-5 June 2018, Brussel - A Roadmap towards Diabetes Treatment: To the Beta Cell and Beyond

    Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders that occurs as a result of disturbed glucose homeostasis. The defects can be inferred by monogenic, polygenic, multifactorial or secondary causes all resulting in either absolute or relative insulin deficiency....

    Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders that occurs as a result of dist...

    Thursday 7 June, 08 U - 17 U

    Theory at sea 2018

    On 8-7 June 2018 theoretical and mathematical physicists working in Flanders meet in an informal joint workshop at Domein Westhoek in Oostduinkerke.

    On 8-7 June 2018 theoretical and mathematical physicists working in Flanders meet in an informal ...

    Thursday 7 June, 09 U - 13 U

    Practical Aspects of Structural Biology

          Practical Aspects of Structural Biology WHY ATTEND? This training will showcase tools, methods and technologies to interpret and determine protein structures. We will start this training with a comparison of the different technologies that are commonly used for structure d...

          Practical Aspects of Structural Biology WHY ATTEND? This training will showcase tools...

    Friday 15 June, 09 U - 17 U

    Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research

    What are the good and bad practices in research, and how can you preserve research integrity? This workshop invites you to look at your research skills and research environment more critically. 

    What are the good and bad practices in research, and how can you preserve research integrity? Thi...

    Wednesday 20 June, 09 U

    LaTex for junior researchers

    LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system, with features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. But even for the lay-out of straightforward text, LaTeX...

    LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system, with features designed for the production of technica...

    Wednesday 20 June, 13 U - 17 U

    VUB PhD Cup: DSH pre-selection

    The Doctoral Schools are looking for young researchers who can enthuse a large audience about their research.

    The Doctoral Schools are looking for young researchers who can enthuse a large audience about the...

    Thursday 21 June, 09 U - 17 U

    Get your message across with effective graphs

    As a researcher, a big part of your job is to present data in a meaningful way. The habits from your field and the tools you are using are not always helpful. You want to get your message across with effective graphs. This training of two days includes discussions in plenary groups...

    As a researcher, a big part of your job is to present data in a meaningful way. The habits from y...

    Monday 25 June, 09 U - 17 U

    Introduction to Stata

    The course provides an introductory training in Stata. Stata is a powerful statistical package with smart data-management facilities, a wide array of up-to-date statistical techniques, and an excellent system for producing publication-quality graphs. Stata is easy to use and thus...

    The course provides an introductory training in Stata. Stata is a powerful statistical package wi...

    Thursday 28 June, 09 U

    BibTex for junior researchers

    BibTeX is a sofware package that allows you to create and use bibliographies within LaTeX. BibTeX will automatically turn the bibliographic references cited in your text into a structured file. There are several different styles of bibliography, allowing you to adapt the format of...

    BibTeX is a sofware package that allows you to create and use bibliographies within LaTeX. BibTe...

    Monday 10 September, 08 U - 17 U

    FLAMES SUMMER SCHOOL

    The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodological and statistical training for young researchers from all disciplines. 10 – 21 September 2018 @ KU Leuven

    The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodo...

    Sunday 16 September, 16 U - 13 U

    XIV Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics

    Summer school for PhD students in high energy theoretical physics

    Summer school for PhD students in high energy theoretical physics