Workshop: Crashcourse Cleaning Messy Data

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Crashcourse Cleaning Messy Data

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Workshop by Mateusz Kuzak, Research Engineer at eScience Center | @matkuzak

Mateusz, how did you take charge of your career? 

I realized I can make much bigger impact as the research software engineer, bridging the gap between science and computing. I focused on developing skills in that direction instead of academic career.

Description of the workshop

During this workshop, you will learn how to use OpenRefine,  a tool for working with ‘messy’ data. You will:

• Get an overview of a data set
• Resolve inconsistencies in a data set
• Split data up into more granular parts
• Match local data up to other data sets
• Enhance a data set with data from other sources

In order to participate in this workshop, you will need to bring your laptop computer and make sure you have installed the OpenRefine tool prior to National PhD Day. The installation instructions can be found here


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


Workshop: How to write with ease

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How to write with ease

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Workshop by Arjenne Louter, also known as the Dutch PhD Coach | LouterPromoveren

Description of the workshop
Most PhD students struggle with their writing. And that is actually not surprising, because most PhD students never learned anything about the writing process.


In this workshop you will get basic knowledge about the writing process and you will practice with a tool that will speed up your writing as soon as you use it. So make sure you bring a pen and paper to the workshop, because you are actually going to write!


On top of that you will learn about the biggest obstacles that PhD students meet and how to deal with them.

Workshop: Job application new style; what kind of doctor am I/will I be?

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Job application new style: What kind of doctor am I/will I be? – specifically for medical PhD candidates

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Workshop by Monique Eland, Managing Consultant at BKV | | LinkedIn | Twitter |

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, referring to Training Job application National PhD Day.


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

Workshop: Design your own thesis cover

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This edition of PNN’s National PhD Day will be no exception. We have gathered an interesting programme full of inspirational keynote speakers as well as useful workshops. In the upcoming weeks we will keep adding workshop descriptions and information about the workshopleaders to the Programme page, so stay tuned!

Today we will start by revealing the first workshop:

Design your own thesis cover

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Workshop by Evelien Jagtman, illustrator and graphic designer with a medical background |

Evelien, how did you take charge of your own career?

By being brave enough to quit my ‘safe’ job and start my own business.

Description of the workshop

Would you like to give just that extra touch to your thesis?
Would you like to design something yourself?
Or do you want to get new energy by looking at your PhD in a creative way?

Then subscribe for my workshop!

We will create a bird’s eye view of your PhD by finding images that represent your subject. I’ll give you tips on brainstorming and about the designing process. You’ll go home with new ideas, inspiration and a personal concept for your cover design. Note, this is not a computer course: you’ll get the best ideas on paper.