Workshop: Dare to go digital

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The future of publishing – Dare to go digital

A workshop by Dick Ladage, specialist digital durability and digital publishing at Optima Graphic communication and xml2publish.

Description of workshop:
The Dutch government considers digital durability a hot topic, and for good reason. Almost all publications nowadays are stored digitally. Very practical, but with inherent vulnerabilities. Can we open a Word document or a pdf in 50 years without conversions first? Every expert will say no, with time a lot of data will become inaccessible. The consequence: a destruction of capital and knowledge. University repositories are working on a transition to XML, and you can be part of this proces by choosing an XML-workflow when working on the lay-out of your publications or dissertation.


Workshop: Saving tons of writing time

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Saving tons of writing time – dare to listen to the voice of the content

A workshop given by Drs. Lea Zuyderhoudt, Trainer scientific writing and Gijs Meeusen, founder of Artesc.

Description of workshop:
Getting your thoughts on paper can be easy. If you know how to organize your writing. And most of us haven’t got a clue because we are professional researchers but not professional writers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could write with more efficiency and joy? In this workshop you will learn to save tons of writing time and write with more pleasure and ease using ideas from professional writers.


Registration starts now!

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Registration for the fourth edition of National PhD day on September 23rd 2017 has now opened!
Admission is completely free for PhD candidates and registration will run until the 18th of September. The day starts at 10:00 AM, with the official opening at 11:00 AM, followed by the keynote speeches. The afternoon is reserved for 12 workshops, divided over three rounds. We will end the day with the Supervisor Award and drinks. Please study the graphic below carefully to see which workshops you want to register for. You can only choose one workshop per round. Once registered, you cannot switch between workshops. All the information about the workshops can be found on the website and on our Facebook page throughout the registration period.

Building a business out of your PhD? (round 1 – 90 people)
Can you use your PhD research as the basis for entrepreneurship?

Dare to present in an outstanding way! (round 1 – 40 people)
Use theatre tools to present your exciting results in the way they deserve.

How to stand out during your dissertation defense (round 1 – 40 people)
What to expect during the defense and prepare for any questions you might get.

The future of publishing – Dare to go digital (round 1 – 40 people)
Word or pdf are vulnerable digital formats, the future of keeping your data safe is XML!

How to stand out online! – Using social media for an optimal online profile (round 2 – 90 people)
Power up your professional online profile on platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook.

The secret of writing great sentences – Dare to steal prose writers skills (round 2 – 40 people)
Learn from prose writers to do justice to the content of your data.

How to stand out during your dissertation defense (round 2 – 40 people)
What to expect during the defense and prepare for any questions you might get.

Shape your career (round 2 – 40 people)
What is your ideal job and how would you approach the (Dutch) labour market?

Do you dare to live to your capabilities? (round 3 – 90 people)
Discover your capabilities and the internal factors that drive you, within and without your PhD work.

Saving tons of writing time – Dare to listen to te voice of the content (round 3 – 40 people)
Professional researchers are not professional writers, but you can write with more efficiency and joy.

Design a thesis cover that stands out! (round 3 – 40 people)
Design a thesis cover with that extra touch, make something that’s unique, really you and stands out!

Me at my best – Dare to show the best of you on stage (round 3 – 40 people)
You don’t just present your data, you’re presenting yourself as well!


Preparation for workshops

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Please check below if there are any preparations required for your workshops:

Working softly

To prepare for the workshop Working Softly, please reflect on the following:

What is working hard for you? When are you working hard? Which days/hours? What do you think when you are working hard? How does it feel physically (your forehead, eyes, neck, shoulders, belly, legs, feet, etc.)? What do others notice about you when you are working hard? What do you experience on the inside?

And how is all of this when you are working softly?


Design your own thesis cover

Hi PhD!

Thank you for subscribing for my workshop! I’m sending you a small, fun assignment to do at home as a warm-up for the 29th of October.

Over the next weeks look around you. Gather things you like, take pictures. What do you like about them? The colour, the composition, the letters? You can have a look at theses, but you really don’t have to. Magazines, tickets, music posters, they can all inspire you.

Please take everything you found with you to the workshop. It’ll help you to get going. Also, don’t forget to bring a pencil.

Enjoy, you’ll see the world with new eyes!


Crashcourse Cleaning Messy Data

Please bring your fully charged (!) laptop to the workshop, with the software ‘OpenRefine’ already downloaded at home.

You can download OpenRefine here


Skills for the PhD Afterlife

Dear participants,

How nice that you are joining our workshop!

We would like you to prepare beforehand with a short exercise, which
should not take more than 15-20 minutes.

This will give you the opportunity to come to the workshop with the
right mindset.


Please fill in the Belbin questionnaire (download here) and add
up the number of points for each team role.
Take note of your most preferred role -and of your second most
preferred, if the scores are very similar.

Read the descriptions of your team role and think about the following

– do you recognize yourself in the description? How do the
skills characterizing your role emerge in your daily research work?

– and can you assess what team role might your supervisor have?

There is no need to send us the results of the test beforehand, but
those will be used as a starting point for our discussion, so it is
important for you to prepare in advance.

Looking forward to meet on the 29th of October!

Frerik & Serena

Workshopleaders ‘Skills for the PhD Afterlife’
National PhD Day 2016


Job application new style

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, referring to Training Job application National PhD Day.

National PhD Day 2016 – Registration closed!

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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!


Workshop: skills for the PhD afterlife

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Skills for the PhD Afterlife


Workshop by Frerik van Beijnum, system engineer, and Serena Oggero, consultant Data Science for Intelligence at TNO | @TNO_nieuws

Description of the workshop

You are about to or you have just finished your PhD. And now what?

You are now officially a star researcher with highly valued academic skills, but what about your interpersonal skills?
During your research, you are already creating a solid base that will help you face the “PhD afterlife”, but the focus on the interpersonal dimension is probably secondary and in need of some refreshing.

Which skills will also become relevant after academia? Can you become aware of your potential already now? This interactive workshop is all about that: project management, networking & commercial skills.

For more information on the programme of National Phd Day 2016, go to the Programme page.

Workshop: Brainfriendly Persuasion

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Brainfriendly Persuasion


Workshop by Victor Vlam, communication trainer and coach at Debatrix | @victorvlam

Description of the workshop

Discover psychological and neurological persuasion techniques and apply them in a brainfriendly manner!

The past couple of years there has been a lot of scientific research on the psychological processes that constitute these decisions. This knowledge brought forward a large amount of psychological techniques. Techniques that can influence the processes (and the decisions) of others. During this workshop you will learn the most important techniques that will help you become more persuasive!


For more information on the programme of National Phd Day 2016, go to the Programme page.

Workshop: Speak like Obama

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Speak like Obama


Workshop by: Victor Vlam, communication trainer and coach at Debatrix | @victorvlam

Victor, how did you take charge of your career?

Finding out what you are good at and enjoy doing. Then figuring out how you can use those talents to add value. In that order. To become good at what you do, you have to like doing it. To become the best at something you have to practice to the point at which it almost isn’t rational anymore to do so. For me that insight was crucial.

Description of the workshop

Learn how to give speeches that will touch, captivate and inspire your audience!

Barack Obama knows like no other how to inspire millions of people all around the world with just one speech. During this lecture you will learn the same techniques that Obama uses, which will ensure that you will touch, captivate and inspire your audience – just like Obama. In 2008 and 2012 the trainer of this workshop campaigned for Barack Obama and he will give you a little behind the scenes… Yes you can, Yes we can!

For more information on the programme of National Phd Day 2016, go to the Programme page.

Workshop: Valorisation in practice

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Valorisation in practice: bringing research, business and society together


Workshop by Daphne Truijens, SMO management team, founder SMO Promovendi | @instituutSMO

Daphne, how did you take charge of your career?

After obtaining a double degree in Law and Philosophy at Leiden University in 2014, I knew I loved research and working with researchers. However, I was not so sure a fulltime position in academia would be my thing. Since I love both studying and building and optimizing organisations, I did not want to leave academia but I also didn’t want the chance to work in (social) business slip. Therefore, I decided to do internships at SMO and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and learn about working with research and researchers in different settings. I quickly learned how much entrepreneurs and researchers can learn from each other and discovered my passion for valorisation: using research to make a positive societal and economic impact. But still, I wanted to do research myself too and decided that finding your dream job is nearly impossible, but creating it is not. After some hard work and relentless perseverance, I am now a parttime PhD student in Philosophy of Economics at the Erasmus University, member of the management team of SMO, and founder and program manager of SMO Promovendi; a group of +- 40 PhD students and student assistants from universities all over the Netherlands working on wicked societal challenges in healthcare and circular economy. Combining these different positions is not always easy, but very rewarding and simply perfect for me.


Description of the workshop

Knowledge Valorisation, applying scientific research to make both economic and societal impact, is a hot issue in the Netherlands. But what is valorisation exactly and how can you make your own research valuable for society?
SMO is the think tank for the Netherlands since 1968. Based on multidisciplinary research, SMO connects and activates stakeholders to work on wicked societal challenges and make the necessary transitions for a sustainable future. SMO works within five theme’s: Education & Research, Healthcare, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and the Labor Market. Working with researchers of all levels, from students to professors from universities all over the Netherlands, SMO has build a strong reputation on valorisation and is renowned for its new ways of bringing researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs together. In this workshop, we’ll talk about valorisation and discuss how you can apply your academic knowledge and skills for the good of the society and even make a job out of it! Hope to see you there!
For more information on the programme of National PhD Day 2016, go to the programme page.

Workshop: Creating flow in academic writing

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Creating flow in academic writing


Workshop by Taylor Krohn, English teacher at Premier Taaltraining | @premiertaal

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.