The LUCAS PhD-programme

The LUCAS PhD-programme is open to all LUCAS PhDs. It is aimed at the acquisition and exchange of research insights and skills.

The LUCAS PhD-programme

In a series of ten monthly meetings the programme combines workshops in transferable skills with project presentations. The sessions will focus on project-specific questions and concerns of the participating PhDs but will also address aspects of academic life in a broader sense. Simultaneously, the meetings will contribute to strengthening the LUCAS PhD community, enhancing collective problem solving, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and favours, such as proofreading, mock dissertation defences, practice presentations etc. Internal PhDs are expected to attend at least 7 out of 10 sessions per year. External PhDs are vigorously encouraged to participate. Each session will be chaired by a senior staff member of LUCAS or an outside expert.
The meetings take place every third Thursday of the month. Duration: 2,5 hours (15:30-18:00).


Preparation

In advance of the first meeting, participants are asked to send in a question for discussion or a problem for collective solution. Similar preparations might be asked in advance of other workshops too. The presentation sessions are structured around three PhD presentations of 20 minutes, each followed by 20 minutes of discussion. In his or her presentation the PhD candidate sets out a research problem that (s)he is currently struggling with. This problem can involve method, approach or structure but also the specific content of the dissertation. Contrary to the former setup of LUCAS PhD gatherings, the presentation no longer aims to deal with the methodology alone. Instead, the presenter provides the audience with the information necessary to think along with the posed problem. In preparation of the meeting, the presenting PhD candidate sends a 1 to 2 page (max.!) project summary to all participants, following the ‘points of reference’ that provide the structure for PhD presentations. The last 20 minutes of these gatherings will be dedicated to presentation skills (both general recommendations and – on request of the presenter – personal feedback).

Schedule 2015-2016

Session

Date

Theme

Form

Location

Tutor

1

17-09-2015

Methodological questions

Workshop

Lipsius/002

Thony Visser and
Frans-Willem Korsten

*Extra

23-09-2015

PhD-meeting former format (19.00-22.00 uur)

Presentations

Lipsius/148

Thony Visser

2

20-10-2015

PhD Project Management

Workshop

Lipsius/148

Jeroen Westerman

3

19-11-2015

Abstracts: Articles vs CFP’s

Workshop

Lipsius/002

Ineke Sluiter

4

17-12-2015

Publishing: skills and strategies

Workshop

Lipsius/002

Eric de Bruyn

5

21-01-2016

Conferences, winter- and summer schools: finding them, visiting, getting most out of them.

Workshop

Lipsius/148

Elisa Steinbock

6

18-02-2016

Discussing current research issues

Presentations

Lipsius/002

Frans-Willem Korsten

7

17-03-2016

Discussing current research issues

Presentations

Lipsius/148

Thony Visser

8

21-04-2016

Academic editing

Workshop

Lipsius/002

Joy Burrough

9

19-05-2016

Discussing current research issues

Presentations

Lipsius/148

Geert Warnar

10

16-06-2016

Academic life around and after PhD

Workshop

Lipsius/148

Thony Visser


* For PhD researchers who are unable to attend during office hours, two evening meetings will be organized each year. Presentations and discussions can be either in Dutch or in English.

Last Modified: 18-09-2015