Third KNAW NWO PhD Event for Chinese PhDs

24 November 2016 from 10:00 to 17:30 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0779
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The scientific cooperation between China and the Netherlands dates back more than thirty years. It started with just one programme in 1980. Now in 2016 we have a full portfolio of strategic programmes. Throughout the years, training of talented young researchers has always been an important aim.

PhD candidates from both China and the Netherlands are involved in all our programmes, both specific PhD programmes and any of the joint research programmes. They benefit from the complementary expertise of excellent scientists in the two countries while getting to know the science system in both countries. They build closer ties and a lasting cooperation, forming a network of ambassadors for the Sino-Dutch research cooperation.

The PhD event is organised for this group of young researchers. Like the first two PhD events, we offer interesting and challenging disputes, workshops and lectures filled with very practical information for your PhD project and your future career. And also there will be a lot of opportunity to get to know each other. 


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.


Workshops are practical in design and give in a short amount of time direction, tips and trics 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.


You are all doing a PhD, so you have some idea about what a PhD is. But do you, really? Claartje van Sijl will guide you through a philosophical conversation with your peers about the what, why and how of a PhD. Starting from your personal views, you will discover that there is no single, easy answer to the question what is a PhD. Do you consider your PhD a process, or a product? Is it your life's work, a stepping stone, an academic ritual…? Where we end up remains to be seen. One thing is certain: you will leave the lecture with plenty of food for thought.