Workshop: Creating flow in academic writing

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.

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?

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.

National PhD Day 2016 – Preregister now!

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Preregistration is now officially open! Make sure you preregister in order to save your spot on October 29th!

Not yet convinced? We’ll let the official teaser do the talking!

Already preregistered? Let your friends and colleagues know by attending the official Facebook event.

Meet the National PhD Day committee

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committee 2016

Meet the people who are making this edition of PNN’s National PhD Day happen! Our committee is working very hard on a great programme and are happy to hear your ideas on how to fill in those final slots. Let us know!

Don’t forget to follow @nationalphdday on Twitter, like the official National PhD Day Facebook page and let your colleagues know you’re joining us at National PhD Day on the 29th of October by attending the official Facebook Event.

Call for ideas

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The committee is putting together a great programme for this year’s National PhD Day, but we would like to hear from you how we can make this third edition the best ever. Click the link – – and let us know who you would like to meet at #NationalPhDDay 2016!

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National PhD Day 2016 – Save the date!

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PNN proudly presents already the third edition of National PhD Day, themed: take charge of your career! Be sure to block Saturday the 29th of October in your schedule and join us for interesting workshops, inspiring keynote lectures and the supervisor award ceremony together with PhD candidates from all fields of research.

For more information about #NationalPhDDay: follow us on Facebook | Twitter where more details will be announced shortly.

National PhD Day
Date: 29th October 2016
Location: Academy Building of Utrecht University

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