Disputes and Workshop 2nd KNAW NWO PhD Event

Disputes

Disputes are about the exchange of ideas and views about a specific subject in a small group. Two speakers will give their vision, after which the participants will discuss the subject looking at it from different scientific disciplines. No powerpoints. All participants are equal and can freely express their views and opinions.

1. Expectations of PhD and promoter

Working as a Chinese PhD candidate in the Netherlands means adjusting to the Dutch scientific system, to different customs and expectations. What is expected of you by this system and by your promoter? Equally important, what do you expect from your PhD project and from your promoter? Which problems does a Chinese PhD candidate encounter during a PhD project in the Netherlands? Sharing tips and tricks.

2. Academic freedom and ethics

Doing research and publishing the results, brings responsibilities. How to handle these responsibilities and conflicting situations that may occur? Looking at: integrity, confidentiality against the necessity to share your data, verifiability of your data, freedom to publish your research results, open access publishing.

Workshops

Workshops are practical in design and give in a short amount of time direction, tips and tricks to broader subjects. In a small group with one instructor the participants will actively work on a subject and at the end will be able to put their new skills into practice.

1. Scientific writing (natural and life sciences)

In this workshop you will get tips and tricks you can use in the process of writing. Writing a scientific article or a chapter of your PhD thesis in a new environment with different customs and codes than you are used to, is challenging. At the end of the workshop you will have the structure or the index of an article or chapter you have to write. This workshop is focussed on research within the natural and life sciences.

2. Scientific writing (social sciences and humanities)

In this workshop you will get tips and tricks you can use in the process of writing. Writing a scientific article or a chapter of your PhD thesis in a new environment with different customs and codes than you are used to, is challenging. At the end of the workshop you will have the structure or the index of an article or chapter you have to write. This workshop is focussed on research within the social sciences and humanities.

3. Creative thinking for PhDs

Being creative and independent in formulating your research questions and in solving problems within your research are valuable skills in the Dutch academic system. This workshop will provide tools, tips and tricks in generating alternative ideas, that are unique and effective, and in exploring ways to confront problems, making new connections and looking at things from different angels. 

4. Pitching and networking

In this workshop you will learn how to present yourself and your research in a clear and inspiring way. This is very important, even more when you are working as a foreign researcher in a new country. You will get tips and tricks for your own ‘elevator pitch’ and for developing professional contacts.