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preliminary program

11:30 – 13:00 Welcome & interactive light lunch ​

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome ​

13:30 – 14:30 VUB Cup finalists ​

14:30 – 15:00 Good practices in supervision: laureates of 2018 ​

15:00 – 15:30 Break ​

15:30 – 15:40 Animation film 10 years Doctoral Schools at VUB ​

15:40 – 16:00 Doctoral education revisited: pro and con’s ​

16:00 – 16:45 Debate: the challenges of tomorrow ​

16:45 – 17:00 Presentation of the winner of the VUB Cup ​

17:00 – 19:00 Reception with Karaoke​

VUB PhD Cup - call for presentations

Desoxyribonucle-saywhatnow…? Stop the presses, this just came in: the Doctoral Schools of the VUB are organizing a very own home-brewed PhD-Cup! Naturally, we trust you’re an expert in your research domain and you can bamboozle everyone with field-specific lingo. That’s why we challenge you to translate your research to a three minute message that enthuses and your goldfish (or even your supervisor) could understand. Be sure to check the guidelines and sign-up, maybe you’ll be the one drinking the juice of victory (or the tears of your competitors) out of the very first official VUB PhD-Cup and win 500 eur working credit!

What? The Doctoral Schools are looking for PhD candidates and recently defended PhD holders who can enthuse a large audience about (a part of) their research. Only a small share of all the research produced at VUB gets its way to the general public. The Doctoral Schools are proud of their PhD researchers and want to put them in the picture. During the PhD day organised on 9 October 2018 we will give the floor to 8 PhD candidates who will battle for the VUB PhD Cup.

Format: Give a three-minute presentation of your research in English, tailored to a large audience. You can make use of a powerpoint or other objects to get your message across.


To nominate PhD candidates for the PhD day, each Doctoral School will organize a pre-selection in which you can present your research. Peers decide on the best presentations, as well as a jury composed of the DS director, one staff member of the Central PhD Office and one staff member of the Science Outreach Office. The audience will account for half of the votes, and the jury for the other half. In case there is an ex aequo the jury decides based on a combination of the following criteria: presence, story, comprehensibility and originality of bringing the story. 2 members from LSM will be nominated, and 3 each from DSH and NSE.

Pre-selection NSE: 23/5

Pre-selection LSM: 25/5

Pre-selection DSH: 20/6

After each pre-selection, a DS-specific social event will be organized.

Register with a short abstract up to 250 words: here

Award for Excellent PhD Supervision: Call for nominations

The Central PhD Office and the Doctoral Schools will award a supervisor (or supervisory team) for their excellent supervision, and this on a two-yearly basis, starting in 2018. PhD candidates can nominate their supervisor, a tandem of supervisors or a supervisory team. The idea is that PhD candidates take the “good supervisor” guidelines, annexed to the Central PhD regulations, as a basis to evaluate if their supervisor is doing a good job and explain in 500 to 1000 words max why their supervisor should earn this award.


This is part of the overall quality monitoring of the PhD progress. Firstly, this is done through the survey results of the annual PhD survey – which can pinpoint possible problems and give a general overview of current practices (the general amount of time spent on guidance, implementation of advisory commissions, overall concerns of PhDs). Secondly, we want to give the floor to good supervisors and be an inspiration to other (starting) supervisors.  

Need some good examples? Check: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/jun/08/what-ma...  

Eligibility criteria  

All PhD candidates enrolled in the doctoral program or postdoctoral researchers who defended their PhD less than two years ago at the time of   

Only VUB teams or VUB supervisor(s) can be nominated  


Fill out the nomination form, including background information of yourself and your supervisor, as well as a statement up to 1000 words describing why your supervisor should earn the prize. 

File in NL 
File in EN 

Mail your form to doctoral.schools@vub.be


Vice-rector research policy, 3 doctoral school directors, coordinator Central PhD Office and 3 PhD representatives (one from each DS) will select 3 supervisors/advisors who will be honoured on the award ceremony.  

Award Ceremony  

The Award Ceremony will take place during the PhD Day on 9 October 2018. The three nominated supervisors will be invited for a panel debate to give a short account of their supervisory work.  

See preliminary program of the PhD day here 

They will receive a budget of 500 eur to organise a teambuilding event with their PhD candidates and an interview in the HENRI.   

Keep in mind the following dates 

02/04/18      Call open for nominations by PhD candidates  

30/06/18      Deadline for submission of nominations   

07/09/18      Selection of 3 award winners  

25/09/18     Academic Opening VUB

09/10/18  Talk with the 3 award winners during the PhD day  


If you have problems registering, contact doctoral.schools@vub.be

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