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Training offer for PhD candidates

PhD candidates today face many challenges: conducting good research, presenting it at international conferences and forums, collaborating with other (international) researchers, and communicating their findings to a broad audience; on top of that, there’s assisting a professor with his/her courses, giving (guest) lectures, advising students, etc. 

Below, you can explore the various categories of available resources for training and support.

TEACHING


How do you assist a professor in a course? HOW DO YOU ACTIVATE STUDENTS? ETC.

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RESEARCH


All about research culture, methodology, specialist skills and scientific writing, presentation and publishing.

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VALORIZATION


COMMUNICATING YOUR RESEARCH TO A LAYMEN AUDIENCE? CONVERTING YOUR SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE INTO ECONOMIC ADDED VALUE?

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WELL-BEING AND CAREER


HERE, YOU'LL FIND INITIATIVES FOR MORE CONSCIOUSLY BUILDING YOUR CAREER AND YOUR PERSONAL RESILIENCE.

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TRANSFERABLE SKILLS


ALL-ROUND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS, INCLUDING MANAGEMENT, ORGANISATION, COMMUNICATION, ICT AND LANGUAGES.

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Teaching

Education at the VUB revolves around a student-focused approach, and around promoting a critical, inquisitive and non-dogmatic mindset. But how do you coach students in acquiring these and other skills? How do you activate students? How do you use technology to support the learning process?

Training for teaching assistants

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Short trainings and info-sessions (mostly in Dutch)

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Developing, implementing and supporting education is no easy subject matter. That’s why the VUB offers a wide range of support to help you to optimally fulfill these responsibilities:

“Having completed this session, I now can’t wait to start teaching. Let the academic year begin :-)”

Training for teaching assistants

Are you a teaching assistant with one or more teaching responsibilities? Then this training is for you!

Join us for this one-day training course. Questions covered include “How do I prepare a lesson?”, “What are areas for particular attention during the class itself?”, “How to coach students?”. The focus is on sharing experiences and on your personal teaching approach.

“It was a special experience that will stay with me for a long time.” Participant in the session on Vocal Techniques

Short trainings & info-sessions

These sessions are available for all teaching staff. The length of the sessions varies from one hour to a half day.

Each session covers a specific educational theme, ranging from teaching to education technology and policy-related topics.

A suitable approach will be chosen depending on the goals. This could be an information session or a workshop, as well as a follow-up session to further monitor progress and to share experiences. There are also lunch sessions in which colleagues share good practices and inspiration.

Most of the sessions are in Dutch. Requests for sessions in English will be considered if the demand is high. Please contact lrn@vub.be

Would you like to learn in a flexible way?


Besides the face-to-face training courses we offer online support on several educational topics.

Online support

Research

The VUB prides itself on freedom of inquiry and giving freedom to our researchers. But that doesn't mean you'll be on your own. As a PhD candidate, you constantly face new challenges in terms of knowledge and skills. Whether you're just starting out, or have already grown into an expert in your field, we offer you a range of support for overcoming these challenges. Click the links in the categories below to get an idea of the currently scheduled range of training. Check back regularly to view new sessions!

INTRODUCTION TO THE RESEARCH CULTURE


SUCCESSFULLY STARTING YOUR DOCTORAL STUDIES IS NOT UP TO YOU ALONE! HERE, YOU'LL FIND AN INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH INTEGRITY AND ETHICS AS WELL AS HELP WITH WRITING PROJECT PROPOSALS OR PREPARING PRESENTATIONS FOR A JURY.

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METHODOLOGY


Would you like to develop your skills in a specific statistical technique? Having trouble framing a research question? Could you use some help in developing a high-quality research practice?

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SCIENTIFIC WRITING, PRESENTATION AND PUBLISHING


Would you like to improve your writing and presentation skills in English? Or learn more about how best to structure a scientific paper?

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SPECIALIST SKILLS


The doctoral schools regularly invite international guest speakers to give masterclasses & seminars on specific topics. CHECK HERE FOR REGULAR UPDATES SO THAT YOU WON'T MISS THESE EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR ACADEMIC FIELD!

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Valorization of research

The VUB supports research that is engaged with, and in service of, society. In your role as an expert in your field, it is very important for you to be able to effectively communicate about your research to a broad audience. Your research can contribute to a critical social debate, or to the pursuit of innovation and economic added value.

Platforms for science communication

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Science outreach training

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Starter seminars

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Valorization in project applications


For help with project applications in terms of innovation and maximising impact, you are welcome to contact Techtransfer

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Science outreach

We offer a variety of specific initiatives and support for bridging the gap between researcher and society:

  • Are you interested in writing a popular scientific article? Then our science blog “wtnschp.be” is certainly for you. You can count on support from our editorial team;
  • Would you prefer direct contact with the general public or would you rather inspire the next generation of researchers? Then you'll surely find what you are looking for amongst the various platforms available, with initiatives such as the PhD Cup, Science Festival, Bright Club Brussels or the VUB Children's University. As part of some of our initiatives, we provide workshops or direct support;
  • The Science Outreach office is also happy to provide advice on your own outreach initiative. You can contact us here;

Independent of such specific initiatives, you can sharpen your science communication skills via the following training offer:

  • Try out a science outreach training for young researchers. You can find schedules sessions under the category 'Science Outreach' at the bottom of this page;
  • In addition, you can get inspiration to communicate with impact via diverse media channels, such as communication through press and media. These courses are non-research specific, taught in Dutch, aimed towards all VUB staff and will be scheduled by our VUB-expertise centre MarCom. Requests for English sessions will be considered if there is a sufficient demand. E-mail us.

Economic valorization of research

Do you dream of starting your own spin-off?

During the first semester, you can take two interactive courses on entrepreneurship with a focus on innovation and technology:

  • The Starter Seminars are primarily focused towards VUB Master and PhD students, as well as towards senior researchers who are interested in the link between research and entrepreneurship; 
  • The Advanced Starter Seminars are for those who have a basic knowledge of business management, or for those who have (concrete) plans for launching their own start-up.

These intensive courses consist of a series of evening seminars covering various basic principles of entrepreneurship, such as drawing up a business plan, marketing and innovative forms of financing. In addition, the seminars invite high-level professionals to share their knowledge and expertise, and you will have the opportunity to have your own project evaluated by them.

Well-being and career

As a doctoral candidate, especially towards the end of your Ph.D., developing your career will involve networking and exploring your options within the academic world and beyond. Focusing on your career and awareness of your own potential is good for your motivation and confidence. As a university, we therefore want to encourage young researchers to actively develop their careers and well-being. Whether you know exactly where you want to go next, or have no idea, we offer a number of initiatives to support you.

Scheduled trainings for young researchers

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Career Center


BESIDES TRAINING & EVENTS, YOU CAN CONTACT THE CAREER CENTER FOR INDIVIDUAL CAREER COACHING (CV, MOTIVATION LETTER, JOB INTERVIEW,...).

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Scheduled trainings for all staff (mostly in Dutch - contact lrn@vub.be for English)

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Well-being

Just like our society, our work context is constantly in motion. How can we stay strong and resilient in the face of all this change? The training ‘Staying resilient in rapidly changing circumstances’ helps you identify the warning signs of stress and learn how to talk about this with your supervisor and colleagues.

In addition, there are initiatives specifically designed for young researchers, such as the Mindfulness course, a series of eight two-hour sessions in which you will learn a working method for a mindful approach to combating stress, including group exercises and the opportunity to share experiences. There is also the workshop 'From conflict to resolution' which will show you how to best handle conflicts.

As VUB-community, we also pay extra attention to Gender and diversity. So make sure to keep an eye out for lectures and events, such as Gender Week, via VUB events calendar.

Career

Would you like to do some thinking about your career? The two-day training ‘In the driver’s seat of your own career’ will help you to identify your talents and learn what acts as a source of energy for you, and what doesn't. You will then be encouraged to more clearly formulate your career expectations and dreams, and to consider what it would take to make them a reality.

Also, be sure to check the career events for young researchers, including job fairs, testimonials and workshops. View upcoming events here under 'Career development'.

And don't forget that your talents and skills are highly applicable in the non-academic job market as well! We therefore warmly encourage all young researchers to develop a strong set of transferable skills, such as leadership, coaching and management.

Transferable skills

What's the best approach to personal organisation during your PhD? What are some tips for building a network in your field of expertise? How to develop independence? We organise a number of courses to help reinforce your transferable skills.

Organisation, networking and leadership

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Further professionalisation


Would you like to develop other transferable skills? We organise many training courses that are open to all categories of staff. These courses are taught in Dutch, but requests for English sessions will be considered.

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Organisation

How to tackle that (ever-growing) to-do list? Learn new tips and tricks, for example in the courses ‘Managing my PhD’ and ‘Grow your future effectiveness’.

Networking and leadership

  • To help you find your way in the academic network and to further develop your interpersonal skills, we organise courses for young researchers on 'Networking skillsand 'Getting things done with others';
  • How to coach someone to build their independence? There’s no ‘one size fits all’ formula for being a good mentor for others – but the 2-day course ‘Coaching for growth’ will give you a wide range of tools for ‘non-directive coaching’.