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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

    Wednesday 26 September, 09:30 - 17:30 U

    LSM - ƒ-TALES: Big Data in Life Sciences and Biomedicine

    The Flanders Training Network Life Sciences (ƒ-TALES) is a joint training initiative of the 5 Flemish universities (Free University of Brussels, Ghent University, Hasselt University, KU Leuven and University of Antwerp) that offers top class workshops open to doctoral (and...

    The Flanders Training Network Life Sciences (ƒ-TALES) is a joint training initiative of the 5 Fl...

    Friday 28 September, 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 1 October, 18:15 - 19:00 U

    Boost your entrepreneurship and build your own business

    VUB TechTransfer wishes to create more awareness of entrepreneurship with researchers and young professionals and organizes two courses: the Starter Seminars and the Advanced Starter Seminars. Since 1995 the Starter Seminars provide a short but intensive introduction on the...

    VUB TechTransfer wishes to create more awareness of entrepreneurship with researchers and young p...

    Tuesday 2 October, 14:00

    DSh An introduction to Generalized Additive Modeling in R

    During his lecture, Dr. Wieling will provide a hands-on introduction to generalized additive modeling (GAMs).

    During his lecture, Dr. Wieling will provide a hands-on introduction to generalized additive ...

    Thursday 4 October, 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 ...

    Thursday 4 October, 16:00 - 18:00 U

    LSM: Introduction to Prodrugs and Related Technology

    Introduction to Prodrugs and Related Technology Short-type PhD level course (3 x 2h) – Michel Guillaume, PhD. – October 2018 This course consists of 3 modules of 2 hours each: •          Module 1: Thursday 4 October, 16-18h •          Module 2: Thursday 11 October, 16-18h •      ...

    Introduction to Prodrugs and Related Technology Short-type PhD level course (3 x 2h) – Michel...

    Friday 5 October, 09:00

    PhD Talent Career Fair

    Don’t miss the biggest European Career fair for PhD Talent on October 5th, 2018 (9 – 18h). The event is hosted in the city of love: Paris, so this location may as well inspire you to fall in love with your next job. 120 potential employers will be presenting themselves and their...

    Don’t miss the biggest European Career fair for PhD Talent on October 5th, 2018 (9 – 18h). Th...

    Friday 5 October, 09:00

    Standing up for science

    Find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science.

    Find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science.

    Monday 8 October, 09:00

    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.

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

    Tuesday 9 October, 11:30

    VUB PhD Day

    The PhD Day is an event organized by the Researcher Training & Development Office and the Doctoral Schools for PhD candidates and Researchers to broaden their research and career perspectives. 

    The PhD Day is an event organized by the Researcher Training & Development Office and the Doc...

    Friday 12 October, 09:00 - 18:00 U

    Grow Your Future Effectiveness

    Do you...

    Do you...

    Monday 15 October, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Research Design, incl. Research Integrity & Ethics (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 15 October, 16:00

    Researchers & Social Entrepreneurship: An excellent match

    •Do you have an idea to make our world a better place, yet no clue where to start?...

    •Do you have an idea to make our world a better place, yet no clue where to start?...

    Tuesday 16 October, 09:30 - 16:30 U

    Research presentations and posters with impact

    Workshop 1 in the series ‘Research presentations and posters with impact’...

    Workshop 1 in the series ‘Research presentations and posters with impact’...

    Tuesday 16 October, 10:00 - 13:00 U

    DSH - Bibliographic software. Why and How?

    In this workshop we want to do three things: (1) Explain the benefits of bibliographic software to insert citations and generate reference-lists in word-processing software, but also to manage (annotated) pdfs. (2) Give an overview of the features of some of the more popular...

    In this workshop we want to do three things: (1) Explain the benefits of bibliographic software t...

    Friday 19 October, 09:00 - 13:00 U

    Networking Skills

    Who you are and who you know in your professional environment is becoming increasingly important. Just by knowing the right people, you can create the perfect opportunity to make it happen.

    Who you are and who you know in your professional environment is becoming increasingly important....

    Tuesday 23 October, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Data Collection & Analysis: Doing Interviews and using Thematic Analysis (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 29 October, 13:00 - 17:00 U

    Information Retrieval

    Information retrieval spans over its influence on a multitude aspects in research. It is not simply a set of mechanical searches, but an ongoing process linked to different stages throughout your research. Effective and successful information retrieval requires information literacy...

    Information retrieval spans over its influence on a multitude aspects in research. It is not simp...

    Monday 5 November, 09:00 - 15:00 U

    LSM_Grant-Writing Workshop

    Excellent science is not enough for writing a successful grant proposal. To get funded, you also need excellent grant writing skills. 

    Excellent science is not enough for writing a successful grant proposal. To get funded, you also ...

    Tuesday 6 November, 10:00 - 16:00 U

    Cross-cultural intelligence in academic environments

    In this course, you gain insight in how cultures differ. You assess your own cultural background and ‘natural or intuitive’ ways of communicating, and how that impacts your academic and professional activities. You develop cultural competence to improve your communication skills in...

    In this course, you gain insight in how cultures differ. You assess your own cultural background ...

    Tuesday 6 November, 12:00 - 14:30 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 7 November, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Data Collection & Analysis: Doing Interviews, and using Narrative Analysis (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...

    Thursday 8 November, 09:00 - 18:00 U

    Coaching for Growth

    When do you learn the most? When someone tells you the solution or when someone helps you find your own solution? How can you help your students or researchers to help themselves?

    When do you learn the most? When someone tells you the solution or when someone helps you find yo...

    Thursday 8 November, 09:00 - 13:00 U

    Career Coaching Course for PhDs

    The Researcher Training & Development Office and the Doctoral Schools in collaboration with the VUB Career Center present the Career Coaching Course for PhDs!

    The Researcher Training & Development Office and the Doctoral Schools in collaboration with t...

    Monday 12 November, 09:30 - 16:30 U

    Speed reading

    The modern knowledge worker has to read more and more in our information society. Without proper training, our average/habitual reading speed of 250 words per minute would require more than 6 hours per day to remain up to date.

    The modern knowledge worker has to read more and more in our information society. Without proper ...

    Wednesday 14 November, 09:00 - 18:00 U

    DSH - Campusliteratuur: Literaire en intermediale constructies van de universitaire wereld

    Campusliteratuur: Literaire en intermediale constructies van de universitaire wereld...

    Campusliteratuur: Literaire en intermediale constructies van de universitaire wereld...

    Wednesday 14 November, 17:00 - 20:00 U

    LSM_Writing a good application for ethical approval for laboratory animal experiments.

    Research projects involving live, non-human, vertebrate animals, performed on- or off-campus by students or staff of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), must receive ethical clearance. Therefore, a project application needs to be submitted to the Ethical Committee for Laboratory...

    Research projects involving live, non-human, vertebrate animals, performed on- or off-campus by s...

    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 (1 day workshop + ½ day follow up)

    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...

    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!

    Research methods and organisation

    Planning and working on your PhD research takes time, but there are methods and facilities which can help you organise your activities.

    Preparing and organising data

    Monday 29 October, 13:00 - 17:00 U

    Information Retrieval

    Information retrieval spans over its influence on a multitude aspects in research. It is not simply a set of mechanical searches, but an ongoing process linked to different stages throughout your research. Effective and successful information retrieval requires information literacy...

    Information retrieval spans over its influence on a multitude aspects in research. It is not simp...

    Monday 12 November, 09:30 - 16:30 U

    Speed reading

    The modern knowledge worker has to read more and more in our information society. Without proper training, our average/habitual reading speed of 250 words per minute would require more than 6 hours per day to remain up to date.

    The modern knowledge worker has to read more and more in our information society. Without proper ...

    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...

    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...

    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.  

    Collecting data

    No events available

    Analysing data

    No events available

    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.

    Writing academic papers

    Thursday 11 October, 12:00 - 16:00 U

    Regular Course: ‘Academic English for PhD students’ in cooperation with the Academic Centre for Language Education (ACTO)

    An intake test will be organized to measure your level of English*. You need to complete the test after preregistration, and then you will receive an email which course you are enrolled in....

    An intake test will be organized to measure your level of English*. You need to complete the te...

    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...

    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...

    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 Life Sciences and Medicine (LSM)

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    Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh)

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    Tuesday 2 October, 14:00

    DSh An introduction to Generalized Additive Modeling in R

    During his lecture, Dr. Wieling will provide a hands-on introduction to generalized additive modeling (GAMs).

    During his lecture, Dr. Wieling will provide a hands-on introduction to generalized additive ...

    Monday 15 October, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Research Design, incl. Research Integrity & Ethics (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...

    Tuesday 16 October, 10:00 - 13:00 U

    DSH - Bibliographic software. Why and How?

    In this workshop we want to do three things: (1) Explain the benefits of bibliographic software to insert citations and generate reference-lists in word-processing software, but also to manage (annotated) pdfs. (2) Give an overview of the features of some of the more popular...

    In this workshop we want to do three things: (1) Explain the benefits of bibliographic software t...

    Tuesday 23 October, 10:00

    DSH - 2018-2019_Qualitative Research Seminars: Data Collection & Analysis: Doing Interviews and using Thematic Analysis (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...

    Transferable skills

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

    Other transferable skills

    Friday 5 October, 09:00

    Standing up for science

    Find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science.

    Find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science.

    Friday 19 October, 09:00 - 13:00 U

    Networking Skills

    Who you are and who you know in your professional environment is becoming increasingly important. Just by knowing the right people, you can create the perfect opportunity to make it happen.

    Who you are and who you know in your professional environment is becoming increasingly important....

    Tuesday 6 November, 10:00 - 16:00 U

    Cross-cultural intelligence in academic environments

    In this course, you gain insight in how cultures differ. You assess your own cultural background and ‘natural or intuitive’ ways of communicating, and how that impacts your academic and professional activities. You develop cultural competence to improve your communication skills in...

    In this course, you gain insight in how cultures differ. You assess your own cultural background ...

    Monday 25 February, 09:30 - 16:30 U

    Creative Thinking

    In this training we build up knowledge and experience on creativity and the creative process. The purpose is not to achieve a technical or artistic innovative output during the training. The focus is on how to stimulate creative thinking in a group. Therefore we practice a number ...

    In this training we build up knowledge and experience on creativity and the creative process. Th...

    Tuesday 12 March, 10:00 - 16:00 U

    Optimizing cooperation in international research groups

    In this course, you learn to map your position within the international team and within your network of international relations, interests and stakeholders. This will help you to understand who you are and what you want to achieve, what others expect from you and how you can manage...

    In this course, you learn to map your position within the international team and within your netw...

    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!

    VUB Career Center