PNN would like to invite you to the highly anticipated fourth edtion of National PhD Day, with the theme: Dare to stand out! Be sure to block Saturday 23rd of September in your schedule and make your way to Radboud University in Nijmegen to join us. There will be interesting workshops, inspiring keynote lectures, and the supervisor award ceremony to attend, together with PhD candidates from all fields of research.
National PhD Day
Date: 23rd September 2017
Location: Radboud University Nijmegen
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We are very curious to hear how you experienced this third edition of National PhD Day 2016. Did you enjoy the workshops, would you recommend it to coworkers, let us know!
Please fill out our evaluation form and tell us how we can improve this day and make National PhD Day 2017 even better!
If you leave your email address at the end of the questionnaire, you will have a chance at winning the professional profile picture photoshoot, offered to you by Mariske Krijgsman of LinkedInProfielfotograaf (value of €100)*.
* One entry per person, only for participants of National PhD Day 2016. Deadline: Wednesday 9th November 2016. Winner will be announced on Friday 11th of November.
Important: no need to wait for the announcement of the winner, before using the voucher in the goodiebag; in that case we’ll let LinkedInProfielfotograaf know you’re our winner!
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We’re getting quite a bit of emails about the details of National PhD Day. Great to hear that you’re all very excited about this Saturday, but to speed up the process of answering those emails, please check out our FAQ:
Q: What is the address of the Academy Building?
A: Check out our special Travel & Stay page
Q: At what time does National PhD Day start?
A: Registration will start at 10:00, official opening will start at 11:00. Check out the timetable.
Q: Do I need to bring a copy of my registration/ID/proof that I am a PhD?
A: No need, just mention your name at the registration desk and you will get access to National PhD Day.
Q: Which workshops did I register for?
A: Fortunately, you received a confirmation email (from: jotform.eu) with all the details of your registration. Please check your spam folder if you can’t find it.
Q: I did not receive the confirmation email (I checked the spam folder)?
A: If the email is not in the spam folder and you can’t remember which workshops you selected, don’t stress. We have lists at the registration desk for you to check which workshops you registered for.
Q: Do I need to prepare for the workshops?
A: Some workshops to require some preparation. The assignments were mentioned in the newsletter with Final Information and are listed here.
Q: Can I switch workshops or just go to a different workshop than the workshop I registered for?
A: Unfortunately the amount of seats per workshop room is limited and all workshops are fully booked. So you can only go to the workshops you registered for.
Still unanswered questions that can’t wait until Saturday? Let us know by sending us an email and we’ll get back to you!
See you this Saturday!
Besides providing a nutritious lunch, we’d like to give you some food for thought at National PhD Day 2016. Join us at lunchtime in the Kanunnikenzaal for a special discussion on questionable research practices by Rens van de Schoot
Temptation Island: Do you need questionable research practices to survive academia? By Rens van de Schoot, associate professor at the department of methods & statistics at Utrecht University | rensvandeschoot.com | @rensvdschoot
Description of Food for Though session
Science has always been a dynamic process with continuously changing rules and attitudes. While innovation and new knowledge production are essential in academia, making sure the best practices in research are widely known is vital. However, rules and traditions on responsible research practices differ greatly between research disciplines and often different rules apply in different fields. Most of these rules are subjective and in fact ‘unwritten’ that makes them difficult to identify, differentiate and grasp. The current debate about appropriate scientific practices is fierce and lively and has moved from academia to the public domain, resulting in many public opinions, not solely driven by objective information, but instead loaded by emotions. Many Early career scientists feel uncertain of how to act and who to talk to.
The Young Academy of the KNAW (www.dejongeakademie.nl/) has started a project titled ‘The living room of science: promoting responsible research practices through an interactive discussion’. The ultimate goal of this project is to create an accessible online open platform for early career scientists (ranging from Phd students to young assistant professors) to acquire information about appropriate research practices. We hope that arguments like “this is how we always do it”, or “get used to it, this is what it takes to publish your paper” will no longer be used.
The lunch session at the National PhD Day can be seen as a part of this larger project. I will present the results of a vignette study among PhD-students in The Netherlands and Belgium about responsible research practices (carried out in collaboration with PNN). Topics are data fabrication, deleting outliers to get significant effects, salami slicing, gift authorship and excluding information from your paper. Together we will search for ways to improve current research practices by means of an interactive discussion. So, bring your phone with you!
For more information about the programme, go to the programme page.
Today we’d like to further introduce one of our keynote speakers at National PhD Day 2016:
Dr. Martijn Kleppe works at the Research Department of the National Library of the Netherlands. After writing his dissertation on Iconic Photographs (Canonieke Icoonfoto’s, 2013) he worked as postdoctorate researcher on several Digital Humanities project at the Erasmus University Rotterdam that focussed on opening up and linking (audio) visual collections: Together with 12 partners he worked on the FP7-project AXES-Access to Audiovisual Archives and he supervised the projects PoliMedia, Talk of Europe and Mijn Icoonfoto’s. Before moving to the National Library of the Netherlands he worked at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the project ‘The New News Consumer’ and was researcher in residence at the KB. Since February 2016 he moved to the National Library of the Netherlands to work on several Digital Humanities projects.
Besides this position at the KB, he is editor of TMG – Journal for Mediahistory, founding member of the ADHO Audiovisual Material in Digital Humanities Special interest group and regularly writes about photography and digital research for a general/non-academic public in newspapers or magazines.
Martijn, what was the best advice ever given to you?
Share your doubts. When I attended a research seminar in the first year of my PhD, one of my academic heroes presented a new research project for the first time. While he was always very confident about his work, he started his presentation by saying: ‘This is new and I know there are people in the room who know way more about this topic than I do. However, I need your advice but especially your critique. This is the only way for me to get forward.’ Though my hero was already in a comfortable position, I admired the vulnerable stance he took.
How did you take charge of your career?
By realizing my fascination is in charge of my career. Not my current contract, project or supervisor.
In several projects I collaborated with both academic as well as non-academic partners. To get to know these non-academic partners I gave myself some time to understand why they participated in these projects. I visited them, worked at their premises and drank loads of coffee during 1 on 1 meetings with people I was interested in. Along the way I realized I liked the scientific side of these projects but got more and more curious on how to implement our academic research results. At that point I (finally) was in a relatively stable position, contract-wise, and worked on a NWO-funded project that was only halfway. Then I got the opportunity to take up a temporarily job at one of the partners I worked with before and admired most for their ambitions to incorporate academic research results in their core activities. What should I do? Loose my (almost fixed) contract and let me colleagues down by leaving a project that was only halfway? Or take up a temporarily contract in a world I did not know? Most of my academic colleagues thought I was completely out of my mind when I shared my possible job move with them: What? Are you willing to quite your job now you finally have a good position? But most of them said: Your boss and institute will not be happy when you will not finish the project and quit your contract. This was exactly the reason I was hesitant as well: these people worked so hard to get me a contract and now I am leaving them. Shouldn’t I be more loyal to them? It took me a while to realize I shouldn’t be: there will be plenty of colleagues who can take over my tasks while it will take some time before I will get another chance to follow my fascination. Let’s take that chance. I am in charge of my career. Nobody else.
Registration for National PhD Day 2016 is officially closed! Thank you all for registering and we’ll see you on the 29th of October!
National PhD Day 2016 will be kicked off by our PNN chair Rolf van Wegberg, who will introduce our two keynote speakers: Dr. Sarah de Rijcke & Dr. Martijn Kleppe. After lunch, we’re offering three rounds of interesting workshops, either focussing on general skills, scientific skills or career development.
More information on the workshops can be found here!
In the afternoon, we’ll announce the winner of the Supervisor of the Year-award. Read more about the Supervisor Award here!
Creating flow in academic writing
Taylor, what was the best advice ever given to you?
The best advice I ever received is about constantly improving yourself and not comparing yourself with others. I swam competitively for many years as a child. My dad always used to say: “It doesn’t matter how fast your competitor is swimming or whether you come in first, the only thing that matters is that you beat your own time.
Description of the workshop
In this workshop you’ll learn to apply a technique that will help your sentences flow from one to the other with more ease. Banish choppy, unrelated sentences and learn to look at your writing from the perspective of the reader.
For more information on the programme of National PhD Day 2016, go to the programme page.
Job application new style: What kind of doctor am I/will I be? – specifically for medical PhD candidates
Monique, what was the best advice ever given to you?
The best advice I was given was really a question: do you know what influence you have on other people?
Description of the workshop
Who gives me job advice? How do I write an impressive motivation letter? How do I look on social media? What is the best way to present myself?
BKV’s Job application training provides useful tips regarding job application skills and the use of social media.
Would you appreciate a cv check prior to the training or do you have specific questions about job applications? Please send your cv and/or questions before October 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org, referring to Training Job application National PhD Day.
For more information on the programme of National Phd Day 2016, go to the Programme page.