Workshops

FIRST ROUND

Workshop 1.1. A balancing act: how to stay a happy PhD

Workshop leaders: Marieke Bos and Anika Bexkens (Assistant Professors, Developmental Psychology, Leiden University)

Marieke Bos

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Anika Bexkens

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Description of the workshop:

How to stay connected to yourself and fulfill your dreams and ambitions?

Work-life balance is a trending topic in society. Having the opportunity to stay connected to everyone 24-h a day may fade away this traditional distinction between work and private life. In academia the workload is high; pressure to publish, teaching load, and job uncertainty contribute to this. These issues may put the mental well-being of a (young) scientist at risk. How to deal with this pressure and stay a happy young scientist who is able to realize his/her own ambitions?

In this workshop we focus on how to stay connected to yourself! We will encourage you to think about your strengths and difficulties and how these match with your work environment. How are your soft spots triggered in your work and does this affect your well-being? In this workshop we aim to encourage you to reflect on how to healthy reach your goals and ambitions.

Homework: We would like to ask you to keep a daily diary for one week (including weekend) and keep note of the following:

  • Rate three times a day (morning, noon, evening) your stress-level at a VAS scale from 1 (no stress) – 10 (intolerable stress).
  • Rate three times a day (morning, noon, evening) your positive mood at a VAS scale from 1 (no positive mood) – 10 (very positive mood)
  • Record at the start and end of your working day:
    • Which activity will give/gave you energy
    • Which activity cost/costed you energy
  • Which activities do you do after your working day?

A general question: Please write down in a few sentences what the (unwritten) rules are in your lab/department concerning work hours/ working at home/output.

 

 

Workshop 1.2. Personal Qualities Workshop: from pitfalls to strength & from allergy to challenge

Workshop leader: Carmen Rietdijk Ph.D., PhD coach and founder/entrepreneur at CDrCoaching.

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Description of the workshop:                

How does your workshop enable connection?  You will find the connection between your dark side and your light side

This workshop is aimed at all PhD candidates that want to turn their vulnerabilities into strengths. During this workshop you will learn to see yourself in a different light. You will look at yourself in an honest way, discover sides to yourself that you didn’t know you had, and you will learn to use this self-knowledge to your advantage.  By sharing these insights with others you will learn to show your true self to the world. You will take the first step to initiate valuable connections with others by being authentic and open.

Homework assignment: To be uploaded, stay connected!

 

 

Workshop 1.3. Smart at Work by Working Soft: workshop on how to create solid results by staying connected to your energy 

Workshop leader: Claartje van Sijl, Career Counselor & Trainer for Academics

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Description of the workshop:

As a PhD, you are dedicated to your research and work hard at your career. It is the norm in the academic world. And it is catching and addictive, too. So, naturally, you put in all your energy, but before you realize what is happening you are overwhelmed and being lived by “shoulds” and “have to’s”. You have lost touch with yourself.

Working Soft® is the opposite of working hard. It is about take charge of your time, energy and mental space to deliver creative, innovative top results in a relaxed, sustainable way, without becoming drained and burned out in the process.

Workshop’s connection to the ‘Stay Connected’ theme:

This workshop takes participants out of their default working-hard mode and raises awareness about their energy levels and the impact thereof: what drains and what raises your energy, how does your energy level influence your perception, thinking, acting, communication – i.e. the quality of your work & life.

Homework Assignment: There will be no homework assignment for this workshop.

 

 

Workshop 1.4. Presenting Workshop: The Secret of Connecting

Workshop leader: Gijs Meeusen from Artesc

Description of the workshop:

One of the main challenges in communication is to connect. We can easily do that in a normal chat, but under severe circumstances such as presentations or job interviews we tend to disconnect. Why? Because we just haven’t got a clue how to connect. In this workshop you will learn the secret behind connecting and that will help you to connect better with anybody under any circumstance, and you can make your audience dead silent in only 7 seconds.

Homework Assignment: There will be no homework assignment for this workshop.

 

 

SECOND ROUND

Workshop 2.1. Networking Workshop: turn your passion into a job

Workshop leader: Carmen Rietdijk Ph.D., PhD coach and founder/entrepreneur at CDrCoaching,

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Description of the workshop:       

How does your workshop enable connection?    During this workshop you will connect with your fellow participants and prepare to connect with your own network.

This workshop is aimed at 3rd/4th year PhD candidates who want to prepare their jobsearch. When you are ready to put into words what you really want to achieve, to reach out to your network, and to take the next step in your career… then this workshop is for you! You will be working on individual and group exercises to connect your inner passion to your network. You will leave the workshop with a personal story, a new connection or two, and a new approach to networking.

Homework assignment: To be uploaded, stay connected!

 

 

Workshop 2.2. Interpersonal communication workshop: Stay connected with your supervisor

Workshop leader: Dr. jr. Marlies Zonderland-Thomassen from Cunera Coaching

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Marlies is a driven coach specialised in coaching PhD students. She is passionate as well as empathetic, with a big doses of perseverance. She has a unique background, being both an international academic expert in the field of sustainable farming systems, as well as holding a post-graduate coaching degree in the area of psychodynamics. Her passion is to support PhD students through obstacles during their PhD to help them flourish and cultivate their inner strength.

Description of the workshop:       

Do you feel like your supervisor isn’t understanding you well?

Good communication with your supervisor(-s) is a major key in the progress of your PhD. However, in some situations it is just not going as smooth as you’d wished for. This can lead to frustration, or even a feeling of ‘being disconnected’ with your supervisor. This workshop helps to improve the connection with your supervisor by doing interactive communication exercises. Join this workshop if you want to learn more how to improve the communication with your supervisor(-s).

Homework assignment: There will be no homework assignment for this workshop.

 

 

2.3. Jump-in Theater: immersive theatre show!

Theatre group: Jump-in Theater

Description:

It’s common knowledge that getting a PhD is hard. It’s meant to be. Some even say that if you’re not up all night working or skipping meals, you’re doing it wrong. Plenty of jobs require work outside the typical 9-to-5-hours. But scientists’ hours sometimes veer into absurdity, because of the sheer randomness of the hours sometimes required.

We all have to deal with physical and emotional stress in a certain way. Stress and burn-out have become an increasing and often-discussed phenomenon over the last decade. Are these ‘normal’ feelings that come with taking things serious? What stresses you out? How do you deal with it?

The performance ‘Dealing With Stress’ shows 3 different persons dealing with pressure and shows the emotions that come with this. In the workshop the audience discusses ways to deal with it, communicating with intern and extern factors of stress.

THIS IS PART 1 OF THE SHOW. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD REGISTER FOR BOTH PARTS OF THE SHOW, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND ONLY ONE PART.

 

 

Workshop 2.4. Writing Workshop: Connect to the Mind of your Reader

Workshop leader: Gijs Meeusen from Artesc

Description of the workshop:

Isn’t it peculiar? When you are reading an article about your topic you lose attention after a couple of seconds! How come? You were really interested in the content!! Every scientist faces this problem. Now wouldn’t it would be great if your text connected to the mind of the reader. In this workshop we will find how to do that by looking at prose writing. Authors easily reach our minds and can let their text resonate with the voice inside your head. Why not steal their ideas?

Homework Assignment: There will be no homework assignment for this workshop.

 

THIRD ROUND

3.1. LOVE YOUR DATA: HOW STAR WARS AND LEGO UNDERPIN OPEN SCIENCE

Workshop leader: Alastair Dunning (TU DELFT)

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Description of the workshop:

Discipline, you are collecting data – such as notes from archives, results of experiments, interviews and surveys, output of simulations – and this data will underpin your thesis. This interactive workshop helps explain why it’s good to love your data, and why good data management is crucial to open science.

Homework Assignment: There will be no homework assignment for this workshop.

 

 

Workshop 3.2. Motivation workshop: stay connected with your true motivation

Workshop leader: Chiat Cheong (Qia Consultancy & Training) & Ralph Rousseau

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Both trainers are PhD graduates and initially pursued research careers. When they took the leap and applied their PhD skills outside research, it resulted in unexpected but successful and rewarding career paths.

Description of the workshop:

What makes your workshop stand out? Every PhD candidate faces career decisions. Trainings for PhD candidates usually focus on boosting your profile: strengthening discipline-specific or practical skills such as project management, job application, learning ‘How to …’, etc. In this workshop, however, we intend to focus on introspection and empowerment. We challenge the participants to discover their capabilities and the internal factors that drive them, within and without their PhD work. A new connection to their true intrinsic motivation. We sincerely believe that these insights are the critical first steps towards truly fulfilling careers.

Connect to your true motivation!

How do you arrive at the decisions that determine your career as a PhD? The options may be far more extensive than you may imagine, especially in today’s world. So what is going to determine these choices? Your knowledge, your capabilities, or opportunities that just happen to arise?

We challenge you to discover your true PhD Power and the internal factors that drive you in whatever you do. The question then becomes: to what extent will you dare to let your true motivation determine your career path? Connecting to this intrinsic motivation is the prime subject of this workshop.

 

Homework Assignment: There will be no homework assignment for this workshop.

 

 

3.3. Jump-in Theater: immersive theatre show!

Theatre group: Jump-in Theater

Description:

t’s common knowledge that getting a PhD is hard. It’s meant to be. Some even say that if you’re not up all night working or skipping meals, you’re doing it wrong. Plenty of jobs require work outside the typical 9-to-5-hours. But scientists’ hours sometimes veer into absurdity, because of the sheer randomness of the hours sometimes required.

We all have to deal with physical and emotional stress in a certain way. Stress and burn-out have become an increasing and often-discussed phenomenon over the last decade. Are these ‘normal’ feelings that come with taking things serious? What stresses you out? How do you deal with it?

The performance ‘Dealing With Stress’ shows 3 different persons dealing with pressure and shows the emotions that come with this. In the workshop the audience discusses ways to deal with it, communicating with intern and extern factors of stress.

THIS IS PART 2 OF THE SHOW. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD REGISTER FOR BOTH PARTS OF THE SHOW, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND ONLY ONE PART.

 

 

3.4. Why Time Management is Nonsense for PhD-candidates?

Workshop leader: Arjenne Louter,  Louter Promoveren/The Dutch PhD Coach

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Description:
If you know how to spend your time wisely, there is more time for you. It ‘s not a good idea to work 24/7 on your PhD, but how to do it
differently? Time-management is not the answer, but what is? Find that
out during the workshop and get more useful tips & tools on how to
stay well during your PhD.

Homework:
Make sure to bring pen & paper to this workshop.