Evaluate National PhD Day 2017!

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Evaluation of National PhD Day 2017

The National PhD Day committee would like to thank all attendees, speakers, workshopleaders, career coaches, and sponsors for making National PhD Day 2017 a success! We hope you all had an inspiring day with the keynote lectures by prof. Mike Jetten and prof. Maartje van der Woude in the morning and the workshops in the afternoon. We would also like to congratulate prof. Mike Jetten on his well deserved Supervisor of the year award!

Photographs of the day are forthcoming and we will upload those to our Facebook page as soon as possible. For information on either the keynote speakers or workshops and contact details, check the pages for speakers or workshops. The slides for the lecture by prof. Mike Jetten can be found here.

To make sure we keep improving future editions of National PhD Day, we would appreciate it if you could help us by filling out this evaluation form.

We hope to see you next year!

National PhD Day 2017 – Save the date!

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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.

For more information about #NationalPhDDay; follow us on FacebookTwitter where more details will be announced shortly.

National PhD Day
23rd September 2017
Location: Radboud University Nijmegen

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Review of the National PhD Day 2015

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Thank you for attending the National PhD Day 2015: ‘Enhance Your Career!’ at the Delft University of Technology on November 10th. With more than 200 participants, fifteen workshops in three rounds, an information market and the granting of the Supervisor of the Year Award, the day was a huge success. We are very much interested in your opinion about the day, so we would like to ask you to fill in our short evaluation form on the website.

We look forward to next year’s event!

A review from participant Tessa Dekkers of the National PhD Day 2015:

Past Tuesday it was time for the National PhD Day at the Delft University of Technology! As a first year Industrial Design PhD student I had no idea of what to expect, but seeing as I only needed to cross the street to attend the workshops I had no excuse to not check out what the PhD Day was all about. After a playful opening an intense discussion with the rector magnificus of TU Delft followed which mainly focussed on the question of whether PhD students should be paid employees or reimbursed students. I still don’t know where I stand on that point, but it was nice to see that PhD students and the rector could discuss these kind of topics without problems of hierarchy.

Up next were three round of workshops, of which the first was on pitching. Most PhD students, especially those who are just starting up, have a difficult time finding out what their research is all about – let alone successfully communicating this to others! I was most intrigued by a fun exercise to try at home: presenting your research to your grandma in such a way that she will find it relevant. Good luck!

I decided to stay seated for the next workshop on presenting and boy, was I glad I did. We – quite literally – learned to speech like Obama on the topic us PhD students fear most: rejection of all your research by all possible journals. This interactive workshop showed us that people clap the hardest after contrasting sentences, and that pauses are vital to bringing across emotions. The most important message was perhaps given at the end: “we are not in research for ourselves, not for our professors but for the future of science!” 

Finally, I found my talent in a workshop on personal branding. I already knew beforehand that this would deem interesting as people were standing in the back in order to follow the workshop and it indeed proved to be very fun. But what would you expect, when a teacher introduces himself through song?

The day was concluded with the Supervisor of the Year award and of course the Dutch pillar of all academic research – a borrel. Overall, the PhD day was full of intriguing workshops and I’m definitely going next year – even if that means having to travel a bit further!


PNN National PhD Day preannouncement

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The PNN National PhD Day 2015 will be organised on Tuesday the 10th of November 2015 with the collaboration of Promood at the Delft University of Technology.

Join us for interesting workshops for PhD candidates from all areas, an information market, interesting talks by our plenary speakers and the networking drinks afterwards.

And of course, the PhD Supervisor Award 2015 which was last year awarded to professor Frans-Willem Korsten of Leiden University will be awarded at the ultimate plenary session. Calls for nominations open soon!

We are still looking for one committee member which will be partly in charge of the external communications. For more information please contact the committee president Corine Meerman at

Save the date, as we will make it even better than last year!

Date: 10 November 2015
Time: 12:30 – 19:00
Location: Aula of the Delft University of Technology