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PhD workshops, seminars and training sessions

The Doctoral Schools and the Central PhD 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 students along the course of their research, the Central PhD 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

maandag 6 augustus, 09:00 - 17:00 U

SAS Summer School: 6 - 10 August 2018

Are you… a student, Master or PhD from a Belgian or Luxembourg University or University College? Are you… aware how Analytics and Digital skills can help you finding a job, and building your CV? Are you… interested in learning SAS, a powerful Data and Analytics Software package? ...

Are you… a student, Master or PhD from a Belgian or Luxembourg University or University Colle...

maandag 10 september, 08:30 - 17:00 U

FLAMES SUMMER SCHOOL

The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodological and statistical training for young researchers from all disciplines. 10 – 21 September 2018 @ KU Leuven

The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodo...

maandag 10 september, 09:00 - 17:00 U

DSH - Eye-tracking research in the humanities

This two-day workshop provides an introduction to eye-tracking research in the humanities, with an emphasis on its applications in the language sciences.  The first half day will be devoted to an introduction of eye tracking research in the humanities and illustrations, by PhD...

This two-day workshop provides an introduction to eye-tracking research in the humanities, with a...

zondag 16 september, 16:00 - 13:00 U

XIV Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics

Summer school for PhD students in high energy theoretical physics

Summer school for PhD students in high energy theoretical physics

maandag 17 september, 18:30 - 17:30 U

DSH - Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar:

DSh 2018 09 17-19 Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar: Critical Ethnography and Feminist Epistemology Activity typeContent Seminar / Workshop Doctoral SchoolDSh Research groupRHEA Name(s) of the VUB organizer(s)dr. Sophie Withaeckx (FILO/RHEA)prof. dr. Gily Coen (FILO/RHEA) Na...

DSh 2018 09 17-19 Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar: Critical Ethnography and Feminist Epis...

woensdag 19 september, 09:00 - 12:00 U

DSH - Language planning, maintenance and shift: Chinese and European perspectives

Language planning, maintenance and shift:  Chinese and European perspectives...

Language planning, maintenance and shift:  Chinese and European perspectives...

donderdag 20 september, 08:30

11th From PhD to Job Market

Join this 1-day conference aiming to boast and boost employment opportunities for PhDs in the social sciences and the humanities.

Join this 1-day conference aiming to boast and boost employment opportunities for PhDs in the so...

donderdag 20 september, 09:00 - 17:30 U

DSH - PhD presentation day

PhD presentation day...

PhD presentation day...

donderdag 20 september, 10:00 - 17:00 U

Communicating with impact as a PhD candidate

As a PhD candidate, your ultimate goal is to become 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 academic...

As a PhD candidate, your ultimate goal is to become an expert in your field. However, in order to...

maandag 24 september, 10:00 - 18:00 U

Functional Coatings 2018

The Flemish Doctoral Schools organize a four-day summer school on “Functional Coatings”. During this summer school, the latest topics in ink formulation, coating chemistry and functional coating engineering will be discussed. International experts in their fields, doctoral students...

The Flemish Doctoral Schools organize a four-day summer school on “Functional Coatings”. ...

maandag 1 oktober, 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...

donderdag 4 oktober, 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 ...

vrijdag 5 oktober, 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.

maandag 8 oktober, 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. The morning session will inform you about pursuing a PhD at the VUB: you will hear significant talks from the coordinator of...

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

vrijdag 12 oktober, 09:00 - 18:00 U

Grow Your Future Effectiveness

Do you...

Do you...

maandag 15 oktober, 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...

dinsdag 16 oktober, 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’...

dinsdag 16 oktober, 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...

vrijdag 19 oktober, 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....

dinsdag 23 oktober, 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...

maandag 29 oktober, 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...

dinsdag 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 ...

dinsdag 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...

woensdag 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...

donderdag 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...

maandag 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 ...

woensdag 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...

donderdag 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...

maandag 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...

maandag 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...

Introduction to research culture

The Central PhD Office organises events to clarify what is expected of PhD research and to guide students depending on their needs.

Research integrity

Geen events beschikbaar

Funding and writing grant proposals

Geen events beschikbaar

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

maandag 29 oktober, 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...

maandag 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 ...

donderdag 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...

donderdag 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...

donderdag 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

Geen events beschikbaar

Analysing data

Geen events beschikbaar

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

donderdag 11 oktober, 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...

maandag 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...

woensdag 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 ...

donderdag 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 students within the same research domain.

Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh)

More events
maandag 10 september, 08:30 - 17:00 U

FLAMES SUMMER SCHOOL

The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodological and statistical training for young researchers from all disciplines. 10 – 21 September 2018 @ KU Leuven

The 6th edition of the FLAMES Summer School (FSS 2018) will offer 16 modules on practical methodo...

maandag 10 september, 09:00 - 17:00 U

DSH - Eye-tracking research in the humanities

This two-day workshop provides an introduction to eye-tracking research in the humanities, with an emphasis on its applications in the language sciences.  The first half day will be devoted to an introduction of eye tracking research in the humanities and illustrations, by PhD...

This two-day workshop provides an introduction to eye-tracking research in the humanities, with a...

maandag 17 september, 18:30 - 17:30 U

DSH - Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar:

DSh 2018 09 17-19 Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar: Critical Ethnography and Feminist Epistemology Activity typeContent Seminar / Workshop Doctoral SchoolDSh Research groupRHEA Name(s) of the VUB organizer(s)dr. Sophie Withaeckx (FILO/RHEA)prof. dr. Gily Coen (FILO/RHEA) Na...

DSh 2018 09 17-19 Critical Ethnographic Research Seminar: Critical Ethnography and Feminist Epis...

woensdag 19 september, 09:00 - 12:00 U

DSH - Language planning, maintenance and shift: Chinese and European perspectives

Language planning, maintenance and shift:  Chinese and European perspectives...

Language planning, maintenance and shift:  Chinese and European perspectives...

Transferable skills

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

Other transferable skills

maandag 17 september, 10:00

Follow-up session of Coalition Building inside and outside Academia (for postdocs)

This practical 2 days case-based training program is about getting things done from others by conducting ‘positive politics’. Instead of having aggressive meetings with others, or avoiding the discussion, you will benefit from this program by learning how to build positive...

This practical 2 days case-based training program is about getting things done from others by con...

vrijdag 5 oktober, 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.

vrijdag 19 oktober, 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....

dinsdag 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 ...

maandag 25 februari, 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...

dinsdag 12 maart, 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...