Programme Academy PhD Event How to grow a PhD

On 11 June 2015 the Academy will organise the Academy PhD Event How to grow a PhD, meant for all 170 PhD students working at Academy institutes.


09.00 a.m.

Arrival, coffee/tea

09.30 a.m.

Welcome and introduction by Theo Mulder, director of the Royal Academy institutes

09.45 a.m.

Elevator pitches: The 16 Academy institutes

10.15 a.m.

Plenary session: ‘The 5 Secrets of a Successful PhD’ by Linda van der Wal

12.00 a.m.

Lunch, information market, Trippenhuis tour

01.45 p.m.

Parallel workshops, session 1

02.45 p.m.


03.15 p.m.

Parallel workshops, session 2

04.15 p.m.

Reconvening and conclusion

04.45 p.m.

Closing remarks by Theo Mulder

05.00 p.m.

Drinks, Trippenhuis tour

06.00 p.m.


Morning sessions

Theo Mulder

Professor Theo Mulder is the overall director of the sixteen Academy institutes. He will introduce the Academy’s organisation and talk about supervising PhDs and preparing them for their future careers.

Elevator pitches

One PhD student at each Academy institute will be invited to present a one-minute elevator pitch about that institute.

Plenary session: The 5 Secrets of a Successful PhD

How can you get the most out of your PhD? The plenary morning session consists of an interactive presentation by Linda van der Wal. Linda’s  session will include exercises and show you how you can immediately apply new techniques in everyday practice. Above all, the session is funny and entertaining. One of the things  you will learn is a technique scientifically proven to increase your impact at meetings within two minutes.

Linda has a background in social science and more than ten years of experience as an independent trainer and coach. She has helped thousands of smart professionals increase their impact, develop their leadership skills, and take the next step in their career.

Afternoon sessions


In the afternoon we offer six different workshops. You may choose two workshops that you would like to attend in the two consecutive workshop sessions.

  • Workshop 1Socratic Dialogue: What is a PhD anyway? – Claartje van Sijl
  • Workshop 2 The Seven Sources of Happiness at Work: To enjoy work and perform well – Marjorie van der Kruijs
  • Workshop 3: Identity and how we perceive each other – Elly van de Braak
  • Workshop 4: Finding your voice: How to be true to yourself, speak up and be heard – Ariëlle Brouwer
  • Workshop 5: How to manage your supervisor – Linda van der Wal
  • Workshop 6: Managing your stress: Practice makes perfect! – Marlou Kleve

More information about the workshops and the workshop leaders.

Workshop registration is on arrival at the Trippenhuis Building on 11 June between 9.00-9.30 a.m.

Information market

During the lunch break, you will have an opportunity to visit our information market, with stands by the workshop leaders (with speed-coaching, etc.) and by Matchpoint, an Academy unit that offers advice on career mobility, assessments, coaching, in-company training, recruitment, and so on.

Trippenhuis tour

During lunch and afternoon drinks, you are welcome to take a guided tour of the Trippenhuis Building, the Royal Academy’s seventeenth-century headquarters. The tour covers the history of Amsterdam, the Royal Academy, and the building itself.