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10 years Doctoral School

Missions accomplished & challenges ahead!

The Doctoral Schools are celebrating their 10th Birthday! Join us on October 9th!!

Welcome to the VUB’s PhD Day! This is a half-day event that is organized every other year by Researcher Training & Development Office and the Doctoral Schools for researchers and professionals in doctoral education. The idea is to bring together PhD candidates from all disciplines in order to share experiences, learn from each other and discover what’s new in doctoral support and education.   

In the past years, this day was a full day of workshops and (poster) presentations . This year’s a dash different based on input of PhD candidates themselves. The programs includes debates on the challenges of doctoral education, the premiere of an animation video about the Doctoral Schools and the final of the PhD Cup – the finalists need your support! We are granting the very first Supervision Award to promote styles of good supervision and support towards doctoral candidates.

Also, the Doctoral Schools are celebrating their 10th Birthday! To celebrate this milestone, the PhD Day will also be open to all researchers (including postdocs and supervisors) and to colleagues from ULB and all Flemish universities. This is a great opportunity to broaden your horizon and network! And since our Rector encourages us to look beyond the cosy VUB walls, we are doing it in Flagey, and amazing art-deco building and one of the cultural hotspots of our capital.

When? October 9th, 2018

Where? Flagey Brussels


Moderator: Xavier Taveirne (journalist Radio 1)

11:30 – 13:15      Welcome & interactive light lunch ​

13:15 – 13:30      Introduction by the Vicerector of Research Policy Prof. dr. Karin Vanderkerken

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 - 16:45      Debate: the challenges of tomorrow ​

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

17:00 – 19:00      Reception with Karaoke​


Stop the presses, this just came in: the Doctoral Schools of the VUB are organizing a very own home-brewed PhD-Cup! Next to being an expert in a specific research domain, VUB PhD candidates have been challenged to translate their research to a three minute message that enthuses and is understandable to a wide audience.

In May and June there were pre-selections in each Doctoral School to select three finalists each, who will after an extra day of training, compete one another for the Cup. The competition was hard and the level of presentations during the pre-selections already high, so the jury is very much looking forward to the final battle.

On the PhD day we will know who will be 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! Also the audience can vote for their favourite! The jury will be composed of the three Doctoral School Directors + one staff member of the Researcher Training & Development Office & the Science Outreach Office.

Winners of the PhD Cup 2018

Congratulations to all PhD Cup finalists, they did an amazing job on the big stage of Flagey! But only two candidates could win: the jury voted for Alexander Cruz with his presentation of ‘A dog’s nose in your smart phones – next generation gas sensors’, while the audience was totally convinced about the story of ‘Kevin’ from Home Alone as a possible solution to fight cancer brought by Aleks Murgaski. 

You can read their abstracts by clicking on the name. 

Award for Excellent PhD Supervision

The Researcher Training & Development 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  




Vice-rector research policy, 3 doctoral school directors, coordinator Researcher Training & Development 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.   

The laureates of 2018

During the PhD day 2018 celebrating 10 years Doctoral Schools we also granted our first Excellent Supervisor Award to three VUB supervisors.

A jury consisting of 8 members (3 Doctoral School directors, 3 representatives of phd candidates, the Vice Rector of Research Policy and the coordinator of Research Training & Development Monitoring) debated on the nominations made by doctoral candidates and postdocs. Each Doctoral School awards one supervisor. This award is worth 500 eur of working credit, to be used for a teambuilding activity.

All nominations were praiseworthy: it is demonstrated that each of the supervisor does a good and passionate job in supervising, inspiring and coordinating.

The laureates of 2018 are:

DSH: Christophe Vanroelen (ES)

LSM: Lieve Van den Block (GF)

NSE: Eric Jespers (WE)

Read a few short excerpts of these supervisors and who else got nominated in our booklet here.

The next edition will be organised in 2020.

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

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BUS : 38, 59, 60, 71

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