Portal for

    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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    Thursday 18 January, 10 U - 16 U

    FLAMES 2017/2018 - Qualitative Research: Data Collection Methods

    This two-day seminar discusses various data collection methods within several qualitative traditions: semi-structured interview, video data, participative observation, probing notes, etc.

    This two-day seminar discusses various data collection methods within several qualitative tradit...

    Wednesday 7 February, 09 U - 17 U

    Leadership for postdocs

    As a Post-Doctoral researcher, your ultimate goal is to be an expert in your field. However, in order to be recognized as such and to have impact with your knowledge, communication and influencing skills are essential. Both for a career within academia as well as outside of the...

    As a Post-Doctoral researcher, your ultimate goal is to be an expert in your field. However, in o...

    Monday 12 February, 09 U

    Introduction Day for New PhD candidates

    As the name suggests, the Introduction Day is meant to welcome starting PhD candidates and gives them essential information about the VUB’s research culture. The morning session will inform you about pursuing a PhD at the VUB: you will hear significant talks from the coordinator of...

    As the name suggests, the Introduction Day is meant to welcome starting PhD candidates and gives ...

    Wednesday 14 February, 09 U - 17 U

    Linux and HPC Training (for DSH/LSM/NSE)

    The HPC team of the VUB-ULB Shared ICT Services Centre (SISC) is pleased to announce two new training sessions, in collaboration with the Vlaams SupercomputerCentrum (VSC) and the Consortium des Équipements de Calcul Intensif (CECI), focussing on young and/or early stage...

    The HPC team of the VUB-ULB Shared ICT Services Centre (SISC) is pleased to announce two new trai...

    Thursday 15 February, 13 U - 17 U

    Career Coaching Course for PhDs

    The Central PhD Office and the Doctoral Schools in collaboration with the VUB Career Center present the Career Coaching Course for PhDs!

    The Central PhD Office and the Doctoral Schools in collaboration with the VUB Career Center prese...

    Tuesday 20 February, 09 U - 12 U

    Writing Articles and Abstracts in the Natural and Applied Sciences

    How do you structure and write your research paper to give it the best chance with a journal? Learn about the conventions of research paper styles and find out ways to make your writing clearer and more concise.

    How do you structure and write your research paper to give it the best chance with a journal? Lea...

    Tuesday 20 February, 12 U - 14 U

    Mindfulnesstraining

    Mindfulness (voluit Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductie) is een wetenschappelijk onderbouwde vorm van aandachttraining waarin je vaardigheden leert om beter om te gaan met de gevolgen van stress. Het programma combineert aandachttechnieken (die hun oorsprong hebben in...

    Mindfulness (voluit Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductie) is een wetenschappelijk onderbouwde vorm v...

    Wednesday 21 February, 11 U - 14 U

    ChemCYS 2018 - Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists

    ChemCYS 2018 focuses on the typical research domains in chemistry. Young attendees have the opportunity to present early results of their research. In parallel, six seminars focusing on soft skills will prepare the participants for life after graduation.

    ChemCYS 2018 focuses on the typical research domains in chemistry. Young attendees have the opp...

    Monday 12 March, 13 U - 17 U

    Conceptualizing and Scaling PhD Research

    Identify and evolve your PhD idea from the initial thought through the various stages to conceptualize it and settle it within a research domain.

    Identify and evolve your PhD idea from the initial thought through the various stages to conceptu...

    Wednesday 14 March, 10 U - 17 U

    Strings, Cosmology, and Gravity Student Conference - SCGSC 2018

    The Strings, Cosmology, and Gravity Student Conference brings young PhD and early stage postdoctoral researchers together which are working in theoretical high energy physics, especially in the areas of string theory, cosmology, and gravity.

    The Strings, Cosmology, and Gravity Student Conference brings young PhD and early stage postdoct...

    Thursday 15 March, 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...

    Monday 19 March, 09 U - 18 U

    Personal Effectiveness

    Get acquainted with the principles, techniques and methods of time management and learn how to make the most of your available work-time.

    Get acquainted with the principles, techniques and methods of time management and learn how to m...

    Thursday 22 March, 10 U - 16 U

    FLAMES 2017/2018 - Qualitative Research – Data Analysis

    This two-day seminar discusses various data analysis methods within several qualitative traditions, including, among others, thematic analysis, listening guide method, and interpretative phenomenological analysis.

    This two-day seminar discusses various data analysis methods within several qualitative traditio...

    Thursday 24 May, 10 U - 16 U

    FLAMES 2017/2018 - Qualitative Research – Writing up your findings

    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...

    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.