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    PhD workshops, seminars and training sessions

    The Doctoral Schools and the Researcher Training & Development Office sponsor a variety of events. You can find them all on this page, or select specific categories in the tabs above.

    To help guide PhD candidates along the course of their research, the Researcher Training & Development Office organises the Doctoral education tracks. Should you ever feel stuck, either at the start of your research or in later stages, you are always welcome to join these tracks!

    If you have any suggestions for new workshops or seminars, use this online form or send an e-mail at doctoral.schools@vub.be.

    Upcoming PhD events

    Friday 26 October, 15:30

    LSM_Campus Research Talks

    Bi-weekly friday afternoon seminar sessions (15.30) at the VUB Jette Campus

    Bi-weekly friday afternoon seminar sessions (15.30) at the VUB Jette Campus

    Monday 29 October, 12:30

    DSh Qualitative research lunches 2018-2019

    A space to build qualitative research expertise by sharing and learning from each other.

    A space to build qualitative research expertise by sharing and learning from each other.

    Monday 19 November, 09:00 - 18:00 U

    Challenges within and between omics data integration - 19 November 2018, Ghent

    During this training, we will introduce computational approaches that are at hand to analyze, integrate and interpret omics data. We target scientists with no or limited knowledge on omics data integration, more advanced levels will be addressed in following sessions in 2019....

    During this training, we will introduce computational approaches that are at hand to analyze, int...

    Thursday 22 November, 09:30

    LSM - BCF Career event Belgium

    The largest career fair for Bio, Chemistry, Food & Pharma in Belgium.

    The largest career fair for Bio, Chemistry, Food & Pharma in Belgium.

    Thursday 22 November, 10:00 - 12:00 U

    Web of Science

    This workshop presents a short demo on how to use the Web of Science for research information retrieval using several search strategies.

    This workshop presents a short demo on how to use the Web of Science for research information ret...

    Friday 23 November, 09:30

    LSM_Deliver the best presentation of your life… every time

    How to captivate your audience, get your message across and avoid that no-one gets distracted while you are presenting? 

    How to captivate your audience, get your message across and avoid that no-one gets distracted whi...

    Monday 26 November, 08:30 - 18:00 U

    Metabolism in Cancer and Stromal Cells (2nd edition) 26-27 NOVEMBER 2018, LEUVEN, BELGIUM

    After a successful first edition of the VIB Conference “Metabolism in cancer and stromal cells” in September 2015, we are pleased to announce the second edition that will take place in the beautiful and historic city of Leuven....

    After a successful first edition of the VIB Conference “Metabolism in cancer and stromal cells...

    Monday 26 November, 09:00 - 12:00 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...

    Monday 26 November, 13:00 - 16:15 U

    DSH - Anthropology of Religion, Ethics and Commodification

     Anthropology of Religion, Ethics and Commodification...

     Anthropology of Religion, Ethics and Commodification...

    Tuesday 27 November, 17:00

    Young ICT Personality - FITCE

    Convinced  that robots, machine learning, AI are the primary ICT technologies? Or will it be something else? 

    Convinced  that robots, machine learning, AI are the primary ICT technologies? Or will it be som...

    Wednesday 28 November, 09:00 - 12:00 U

    LSM - Writing and publishing a research paper in the life sciences and medicine

    "Publishing is an essential part of science, as it enables others to learn from your work, build on it, and give you credit for it. But many research papers fail to present the results and conclusions and their importance clearly and engagingly, and so they get fewer readers and...

    "Publishing is an essential part of science, as it enables others to learn from your work, build ...

    Thursday 29 November, 19:00

    VUB Fuckup Night

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. This edition will focus on failures of researchers and what we can learn from it. They will tell their story in 7 minutes using 10 images.

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. This edition will focus on ...

    Wednesday 5 December, 09:30

    Writing Articles for International Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

    This one-day workshop for researchers seeking to publish in international peer-reviewed journals focuses on the key criteria involved in journal editors’ selection processes and peer-review.  Based on the inside knowledge of an experienced academic publisher, it is designed to...

    This one-day workshop for researchers seeking to publish in international peer-reviewed journals ...

    Thursday 6 December, 10:00 - 16:00 U

    Writing Abstracts in the Human and Social Sciences

    A one-day intensive training session on writing research abstracts - a key form of scholarly communication - in the humanities and social sciences.

    A one-day intensive training session on writing research abstracts - a key form of scholarly comm...

    Thursday 6 December, 14:00 - 16:00 U

    From research question to literature study

    Setting up the research question should be the result of trial and error accompanied by the literature study. Too often, the research question is either seen as the climax of a literature study, or vice versa, as a means to expand the initial research question into other fields....

    Setting up the research question should be the result of trial and error accompanied by the liter...

    Friday 7 December, 09:00

    DSh - Ostbelgische Querverbindungen. Literarische Repräsentationen einer Grenzregion

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Tuesday 11 December, 10:00

    From conflict to resolution

    We all find it easy to deliver positive messages to people that we like, but can find it extremely difficult to do the same with negative messages (saying no to something, for example). This gets even more difficult when we have a strained relationship with someone; a boss,...

    We all find it easy to deliver positive messages to people that we like, but can find it extremel...

    Wednesday 12 December, 14:00 - 13:00 U

    DSH - Elfriede Jelinek: Alterity, Xenophobia, and Cultural Translation - Interdisciplinary workshop for young scientists

    Description of the activity: Workshop for young researchers with mentorship by a team of international experts

    Description of the activity: Workshop for young researchers with mentorship by a team of internat...

    Thursday 13 December, 08:00

    LSM_Breakfast series: Exploring the diversity in Life Sciences Careers

    Ever wondered what wonderful things you can do with your Life sciences PhD? Come and have breakfast with interesting speakers.  Career stories will be shared, career choices will be explained, tips and tricks about getting into industry with your PhD will be given, and most...

    Ever wondered what wonderful things you can do with your Life sciences PhD? Come and have breakfa...

    Thursday 13 December, 10:00 - 13:00 U

    Excel for Junior Researchers

    The Central PhD Office organises a workshop on the use of MS Excel in an academic context.  

    The Central PhD Office organises a workshop on the use of MS Excel in an academic context.  

    Thursday 13 December, 12:30 - 18:00 U

    DSH - What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness

    What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness...

    What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness...

    Friday 14 December, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Data Collection & Analysis: Doing Focus Groups, and analyzing the data (basic level)

    Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to learn about the meaning and experiences that participants hold about a problem or issue, by identifying patterns or themes....

    Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to le...

    Monday 17 December, 09:00

    LSM - Preparing for a Career after your PhD

    Basic Toolkit for PhD-Students: Preparing for the transition into the job market

    Basic Toolkit for PhD-Students: Preparing for the transition into the job market

    Wednesday 19 December, 13:30

    LSM_Introduction to PhD portfolio and PURE

    Have you heard about Portfolio but you don’t know how it works? ...

    Have you heard about Portfolio but you don’t know how it works? ...

    Tuesday 8 January, 09:30

    Opinion article writing for researchers

    Would you like to publish an opinion article based on your research expertise? This is the half day workshop for you. We start from a draft you bring yourself: this can be anything from the 5 opening lines to a full text. We investigate how to craft a strong key message that is...

    Would you like to publish an opinion article based on your research expertise? This is the half d...

    Thursday 10 January, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Writing up your findings: the principles of getting your work published (basic level)

    Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to learn about the meaning and experiences that participants hold about a problem or issue, by identifying patterns or themes....

    Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to le...

    Monday 14 January, 09:30 - 17:00 U

    Linux and HPC

    The HPC team of the VUB-ULB Shared ICT Services Centre (SISC) is pleased to announce another series of training session, 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 another seri...

    Thursday 17 January, 09:30 - 17:00 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...

    Tuesday 22 January, 09:00 - 12:30 U

    Managing my PhD

    The training programme “Managing my PhD” is specifically designed for PhD students who have been working on their PhD project during 6 to 12 months. These sessions are for students of the Doctoral School of Human Sciences. 

    The training programme “Managing my PhD” is specifically designed for PhD students who have ...

    Tuesday 22 January, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Writing Seminar (basic level)

    Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to learn about the meaning and experiences that participants hold about a problem or issue, by identifying patterns or themes....

    Qualitative research may be defined as a research process that uses inductive data analysis to le...

    Introduction to research culture

    The Researcher Training & Development Office organises events to clarify what is expected of PhD research and to guide candidates depending on their needs.

    Research integrity

    No events available

    Funding and writing grant proposals

    No events available

    Finding the perfect workshops


    From research question to publishing a thesis, our special seminars are dedicated to setting PhD students on the right track!

    Academic writing and communication

    From ideas to publications, these training sessions will show you how to put your research on paper and present your findings.

    Academic Presentation skills

    Monday 10 December, 09:00 - 20:00 U

    Scientific Presentation Skills and Career Planning

    This course aims at teaching researchers how to find and select essential scientific information to make a scientific presentation (e.g. preparation of research proposal, writing of an assignment, report or thesis, thesis findings to be presented in an international conference),...

    This course aims at teaching researchers how to find and select essential scientific information ...

    Monday 18 February, 09:00 - 17:00 U

    Inspiring others: prepare and deliver the best presentation of your life… every time

    How to captivate your audience, get your message across and avoid that no-one gets distracted while you are presenting? Conferences, workshops, interviews, competitions… you will face plenty of situations during your career where you need to present your work and convince your...

    How to captivate your audience, get your message across and avoid that no-one gets distracted whi...

    Thursday 7 March, 14:00 - 16:30 U

    Writing and Giving Conference Papers in the Humanities and Social Sciences

    Presenting your research at an academic conference can be a daunting experience.  Even before you get there, there is the question of identifying the right conference to make your debut, submitting an abstract and getting accepted - and of course writing the paper.  What makes an...

    Presenting your research at an academic conference can be a daunting experience.  Even before yo...

    Monday 25 March, 09:00 - 17:00 U

    The science of scientific writing: storytelling facts, removing junk

    Writing is one of the most important tasks of researchers: during your career you will see yourself drafting journal and conference articles, applications, proposals, reports, thesis, etc. You may have noticed that scientific articles are often hard to read though. Most of the...

    Writing is one of the most important tasks of researchers: during your career you will see yourse...

    Doctoral School seminars and Master Classes

    Doctoral Schools organise highly specialised activities which can prove valuable to PhD candidates within the same research domain.

    Doctoral School of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering (NSE)

    More events
    Monday 19 November, 09:00 - 18:00 U

    Challenges within and between omics data integration - 19 November 2018, Ghent

    During this training, we will introduce computational approaches that are at hand to analyze, integrate and interpret omics data. We target scientists with no or limited knowledge on omics data integration, more advanced levels will be addressed in following sessions in 2019....

    During this training, we will introduce computational approaches that are at hand to analyze, int...

    Monday 26 November, 08:30 - 18:00 U

    Metabolism in Cancer and Stromal Cells (2nd edition) 26-27 NOVEMBER 2018, LEUVEN, BELGIUM

    After a successful first edition of the VIB Conference “Metabolism in cancer and stromal cells” in September 2015, we are pleased to announce the second edition that will take place in the beautiful and historic city of Leuven....

    After a successful first edition of the VIB Conference “Metabolism in cancer and stromal cells...

    Monday 26 November, 09:00 - 12:00 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 27 November, 17:00

    Young ICT Personality - FITCE

    Convinced  that robots, machine learning, AI are the primary ICT technologies? Or will it be something else? 

    Convinced  that robots, machine learning, AI are the primary ICT technologies? Or will it be som...

    Transferable skills

    Communication, personal development and more. Here, you can acquire skills that will prove useful even outside of a research environment.

    Discover your potential

    These workshops will focus on wellbeing and give you the skills and orientation you need in order to navigate the demands and opportunities of the job market.

    Job coaching for VUB researchers

    The VUB Career Center offers tailor-made advice and coaching to guide young researchers to their dream jobs. It can offer its services to candidates and postdoctoral researchers even up to 5 years after finishing their PhDs.

    For more information, please consult the offers of the VUB Career Center or contact Annelies Colpin.

    Find the job that suits you best!

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    Thursday 22 November, 09:30

    LSM - BCF Career event Belgium

    The largest career fair for Bio, Chemistry, Food & Pharma in Belgium.

    The largest career fair for Bio, Chemistry, Food & Pharma in Belgium.

    Tuesday 4 December, 10:00

    Check this out: PhD Job Fair @ Leuven

    An excellent opportunity to find out what kind of employers are looking for researcher profiles, what kind of jobs they have to offer and a great way to determine your own set of criteria to define what may make a match for you!

    An excellent opportunity to find out what kind of employers are looking for researcher profiles, ...

    Monday 10 December, 09:00 - 20:00 U

    Scientific Presentation Skills and Career Planning

    This course aims at teaching researchers how to find and select essential scientific information to make a scientific presentation (e.g. preparation of research proposal, writing of an assignment, report or thesis, thesis findings to be presented in an international conference),...

    This course aims at teaching researchers how to find and select essential scientific information ...

    Thursday 13 December, 08:00

    LSM_Breakfast series: Exploring the diversity in Life Sciences Careers

    Ever wondered what wonderful things you can do with your Life sciences PhD? Come and have breakfast with interesting speakers.  Career stories will be shared, career choices will be explained, tips and tricks about getting into industry with your PhD will be given, and most...

    Ever wondered what wonderful things you can do with your Life sciences PhD? Come and have breakfa...

    Monday 17 December, 09:00

    LSM - Preparing for a Career after your PhD

    Basic Toolkit for PhD-Students: Preparing for the transition into the job market

    Basic Toolkit for PhD-Students: Preparing for the transition into the job market

    Coaching

    No events available

    Entrepreneurship

    No events available