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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

    Monday 4 February, 09:30 - 18:00 U

    VUB PhD CUP: *** Call for presentations ***

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reserve a spot on the pre-selections taking place during the PhD days of the Doctoral Schools and bring along your colleagues! You not only can win a spot during the finals in May, but will...

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reser...

    Monday 25 March, 09:00 - 16:30 U

    Getting things done with others

    The whole program is about getting things done from others and achieving your goals by conducting ‘positive politics’. Instead of having aggressive meetings, or avoiding a  discussion, you will benefit by learning how to build positive coalitions with the right people in the best...

    The whole program is about getting things done from others and achieving your goals by conducting...

    Tuesday 26 March, 09:00

    DSH - 3rd Demography Day

    Op dinsdag  26 maart 2019 organiseert de Vereniging Voor Demografie (VVD) de derde Dag van de Demografie aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Deze dag staat in teken van recente ontwikkelingen in de demografie en geeft ervaren én jonge onderzoekers de kans hun werk voor te stellen...

    Op dinsdag  26 maart 2019 organiseert de Vereniging Voor Demografie (VVD) de derde Dag van de De...

    Tuesday 26 March, 11:30

    DSH and NSE PhD network Lunch: Understanding your salary and how to negotiate for it

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you consider venturing out of academia after completing your PhD, you will want to be informed about what to expect and how to negotiate for what you want/deserve, because the question ‘What...

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you c...

    Thursday 28 March, 09:30 - 17:15 U

    DSh - Fictions of Europe: Imaginary Topographies and Transnational Identities across the Arts

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Friday 29 March, 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...

    Monday 1 April, 19:00

    VUB FuckUp Night - Stories About Failure

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no professors will tell you about their fuck-ups, but fellow brave PhD candidates and doctorate holders now working outside academia. They will tell their story in 7 minutes using 10 images....

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no prof...

    Tuesday 2 April, 13:00

    NSE PhD day and PhD cup

    The NSE doctoral school organizes his PhD day combined with the doctoral schools PhD cup pre-selections.

    The NSE doctoral school organizes his PhD day combined with the doctoral schools PhD cup pre-sel...

    Thursday 4 April, 09:00 - 17:00 U

    DSh - What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century academia?

    Young researchers are almost inevitably confronted with questions and...

    Young researchers are almost inevitably confronted with questions and...

    Thursday 4 April, 12:00 - 13:30 U

    Are you a Tech loving woman looking for a new career?

    Are you a Tech loving woman looking for a new career?...

    Are you a Tech loving woman looking for a new career?...

    Thursday 4 April, 13:00

    OPINNO educational module Brussels: Get to know the life sciences industry and its various job opportunities

    Are you studying life sciences and are you curious about what the life sciences industry has to offer? Then you should follow our OPINNO educational modules for students! This OPINNO module will tackle topics as: What can a career in a life sciences company look like? Which asset...

    Are you studying life sciences and are you curious about what the life sciences industry has...

    Friday 5 April, 12:00

    DSH - Gender, religion and secularism in Western public spaces

    This masterclass invites PhD-researchers with interests in studying dynamics of gender, religion and secularism in Western public spaces in disciplines like sociology, urban studies, gender studies, anthropology, social geography or philosophy. Participants can receive feedback and...

    This masterclass invites PhD-researchers with interests in studying dynamics of gender, religion ...

    Friday 5 April, 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

    Thursday 11 April, 14:00

    Your online brand can make or break your first impression

    Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedInon a daily basis to hunt for talent. The majority of them also check the other social media channels that potential candidates use and actively perform the so-called ‘Google check’ as a standard step in the recruitment process. Sometimes they don...

    Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedInon a daily basis to hunt for talent. The majority of them ...

    Tuesday 16 April, 09:00

    Time Management for young researchers

    This interactive training will help you to accomplish your time management goals through case study analysis, time management techniques, priority analysis, and hands-on exercises.

    This interactive training will help you to accomplish your time management goals through case stu...

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

    Statistics for research and data analysis 2018-2019

    Statistics for research and data analysis2018-2019...

    Statistics for research and data analysis2018-2019...

    Thursday 18 April, 13:00 - 17:00 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...

    Friday 19 April, 10:00

    Speedcourse interview training (only for pre-selected candidates)

    We would like to inform you about the support measures concerning your FWO PostDoc application and some important dates. Mid-April 2019 FWO will inform you if you passed the pre-selection and if so, will invite you for an interview at FWO headquarters. These interviews will take...

    We would like to inform you about the support measures concerning your FWO PostDoc application an...

    Wednesday 24 April, 10:00

    DSh - Logical Methods

    Usually logical methods are seen as part and parcel of mathematical methods, but that view is too limited. Logic deals with an evaluation of the quality, including correctness, of all kinds of reasonings and argumentations, including as a borderline case, proof. Many examples will...

    Usually logical methods are seen as part and parcel of mathematical methods, but that view is too...

    Thursday 25 April, 13:30 - 16:30 U

    DSH - Introduction to Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Mplus: A hands-on course

    During a 12-hour course (4 modules of each 3 hours, divided over 2 days)  I will provide an introduction into Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA), the Mplus-language, and the application of CFA in Mplus.

    During a 12-hour course (4 modules of each 3 hours, divided over 2 days)  I will provide an intr...

    Monday 29 April, 12:30 - 15:30 U

    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.

    Tuesday 7 May, 09:00 - 17:00 U

    Course Systematic Review, by Cochrane Belgium

    This 3-day course will teach you all about the different steps to take to perform a high-quality, methodologically sound and reliable medically oriented literature overview, from designing a search strategy to performing meta-analyses. The course, taught by experienced Cochrane...

    This 3-day course will teach you all about the different steps to take to perform a high-quality,...

    Wednesday 8 May, 10:00

    DSH - Expert interviews in the Social Sciences

    This seminar (based on a combination of lecture and Q&A) focusses on the use of expert interviews in the humanities and social sciences. Although expert interviews are often used, there is little methodological work setting them apart of other interview techniques. This seminar...

    This seminar (based on a combination of lecture and Q&A) focusses on the use of expert interv...

    Wednesday 8 May, 14:00

    DSH - Publish and Flourish

    Name of lecturer: Prof dr Leo Van Audenhove...

    Name of lecturer: Prof dr Leo Van Audenhove...

    Thursday 9 May, 09:00

    Knowledge for growth (9/05/2019, Ghent): call for abstracts is now open!

    Showcase your life sciences* research or technology to 1200+ life sciences actors from over 550 companies! *We welcome abstracts within the broad spectrum of life sciences, i.e. healthcare, agriculture and food, or industrial applications

    Showcase your life sciences* research or technology to 1200+ life sciences actors from over 5...

    Thursday 9 May, 17:00

    Resume LAB

    6 SECONDSThat is the time recruiters in an eye-tracking study dedicated to evaluating a resume....

    6 SECONDSThat is the time recruiters in an eye-tracking study dedicated to evaluating a resume....

    Friday 10 May, 10:00

    Turning the Tables: Advanced Negotiation Skills

    Participants will leave this workshop with a completely different approach to negotiation skills. The workshop starts by exploring the biggest fears and blocks that accompany difficult situations and conflicts. It then moves onto revealing how proven techniques and psychological...

    Participants will leave this workshop with a completely different approach to negotiation skills....

    Monday 13 May, 10:00 - 17:00 U

    DSH - Modern linguistic approaches to languages from the past Activity type

    The course aims at familiarizing PhD students of ‘dead’ languages (e.g. Latin, Ancient Greek) or previous stages of modern languages (e.g. Old Dutch, Old/Middle English, Bantu-languages) with modern linguistic frameworks (corpus linguistics, functional linguistics, cognitive...

    The course aims at familiarizing PhD students of ‘dead’ languages (e.g. Latin, Ancient Greek)...

    Tuesday 14 May, 09:00

    Life after PostDoc: Should I stay or should I go?

    Doing a postdoc is a uniquely challenging adventure that allows you to further explore your passion for research, your potential as a scientist and to build strong leadership and project management skills. When postdoc researchers are surveyed, however, they often mention that this...

    Doing a postdoc is a uniquely challenging adventure that allows you to further explore your passi...

    Tuesday 14 May, 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. New insights in how the brain processes information,...

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

    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.

    PhD Introduction days

    No events available

    Research integrity

    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!

    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)

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    Monday 4 February, 09:30 - 18:00 U

    VUB PhD CUP: *** Call for presentations ***

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reserve a spot on the pre-selections taking place during the PhD days of the Doctoral Schools and bring along your colleagues! You not only can win a spot during the finals in May, but will...

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reser...

    Tuesday 26 March, 11:30

    DSH and NSE PhD network Lunch: Understanding your salary and how to negotiate for it

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you consider venturing out of academia after completing your PhD, you will want to be informed about what to expect and how to negotiate for what you want/deserve, because the question ‘What...

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you c...

    Monday 1 April, 19:00

    VUB FuckUp Night - Stories About Failure

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no professors will tell you about their fuck-ups, but fellow brave PhD candidates and doctorate holders now working outside academia. They will tell their story in 7 minutes using 10 images....

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no prof...

    Tuesday 2 April, 13:00

    NSE PhD day and PhD cup

    The NSE doctoral school organizes his PhD day combined with the doctoral schools PhD cup pre-selections.

    The NSE doctoral school organizes his PhD day combined with the doctoral schools PhD cup pre-sel...

    Doctoral School of Life Sciences and Medicine (LSM)

    More events
    Monday 4 February, 09:30 - 18:00 U

    VUB PhD CUP: *** Call for presentations ***

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reserve a spot on the pre-selections taking place during the PhD days of the Doctoral Schools and bring along your colleagues! You not only can win a spot during the finals in May, but will...

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reser...

    Monday 1 April, 19:00

    VUB FuckUp Night - Stories About Failure

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no professors will tell you about their fuck-ups, but fellow brave PhD candidates and doctorate holders now working outside academia. They will tell their story in 7 minutes using 10 images....

    A global movement where people share stories of professional failure. During this edition no prof...

    Thursday 4 April, 13:00

    OPINNO educational module Brussels: Get to know the life sciences industry and its various job opportunities

    Are you studying life sciences and are you curious about what the life sciences industry has to offer? Then you should follow our OPINNO educational modules for students! This OPINNO module will tackle topics as: What can a career in a life sciences company look like? Which asset...

    Are you studying life sciences and are you curious about what the life sciences industry has...

    Friday 5 April, 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

    Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh)

    More events
    Monday 4 February, 09:30 - 18:00 U

    VUB PhD CUP: *** Call for presentations ***

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reserve a spot on the pre-selections taking place during the PhD days of the Doctoral Schools and bring along your colleagues! You not only can win a spot during the finals in May, but will...

    Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reser...

    Tuesday 26 March, 09:00

    DSH - 3rd Demography Day

    Op dinsdag  26 maart 2019 organiseert de Vereniging Voor Demografie (VVD) de derde Dag van de Demografie aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Deze dag staat in teken van recente ontwikkelingen in de demografie en geeft ervaren én jonge onderzoekers de kans hun werk voor te stellen...

    Op dinsdag  26 maart 2019 organiseert de Vereniging Voor Demografie (VVD) de derde Dag van de De...

    Tuesday 26 March, 11:30

    DSH and NSE PhD network Lunch: Understanding your salary and how to negotiate for it

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you consider venturing out of academia after completing your PhD, you will want to be informed about what to expect and how to negotiate for what you want/deserve, because the question ‘What...

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you c...

    Thursday 28 March, 09:30 - 17:15 U

    DSh - Fictions of Europe: Imaginary Topographies and Transnational Identities across the Arts

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    Activity type: Content Seminar / Workshop...

    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

    How to ROCK a Job Fair

    Career Blog

    Career development

    Tuesday 26 March, 11:30

    DSH and NSE PhD network Lunch: Understanding your salary and how to negotiate for it

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you consider venturing out of academia after completing your PhD, you will want to be informed about what to expect and how to negotiate for what you want/deserve, because the question ‘What...

    Maybe you never questioned your salary or compensation package as a PhD-candidate, but when you c...

    Thursday 4 April, 12:00 - 13:30 U

    Are you a Tech loving woman looking for a new career?

    Are you a Tech loving woman looking for a new career?...

    Are you a Tech loving woman looking for a new career?...

    Thursday 11 April, 14:00

    Your online brand can make or break your first impression

    Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedInon a daily basis to hunt for talent. The majority of them also check the other social media channels that potential candidates use and actively perform the so-called ‘Google check’ as a standard step in the recruitment process. Sometimes they don...

    Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedInon a daily basis to hunt for talent. The majority of them ...

    Thursday 9 May, 17:00

    Resume LAB

    6 SECONDSThat is the time recruiters in an eye-tracking study dedicated to evaluating a resume....

    6 SECONDSThat is the time recruiters in an eye-tracking study dedicated to evaluating a resume....

    Tuesday 14 May, 09:00

    Life after PostDoc: Should I stay or should I go?

    Doing a postdoc is a uniquely challenging adventure that allows you to further explore your passion for research, your potential as a scientist and to build strong leadership and project management skills. When postdoc researchers are surveyed, however, they often mention that this...

    Doing a postdoc is a uniquely challenging adventure that allows you to further explore your passi...

    Tuesday 21 May, 09:00

    LSM - Preparing for a Career after your PhD

    This workshop is recommended to anyone wishing to embark on a successful job-hunt during or after the PhD experience.

    This workshop is recommended to anyone wishing to embark on a successful job-hunt during or after...

    Entrepreneurship

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