The PhD Academy proudly presents:
3rd Maastricht PhD Conference
15th May 2009, Stayokay Maastricht
The PhD Academy aims at organizing academic and social activities for PhD candidates from all UM faculties and institutes to stimulate interdisciplinary contact.
The theme of the 3rd Maastricht PhD Conference, is “Crossing Borders”, since all PhD candidates cross borders, literally or figuratively, during and after their PhD projects. Some PhD candidates gain some research experience abroad, while others have to deal with media attention or have to combine different academic fields in their research project. Also, questions arise as to what to do after your PhD project. Stay in the academic world or go elsewhere? The goal of the conference is to address all these different types of “crossing borders” and to provide PhD candidates with practical tools which could help ”crossing borders”.
The conference will be opened by Dr. Mariolina Eliantonio, one of the founders of the PhD Academy. Following that, the 1st key-note speaker, Prof. dr. Peter van Koppen (Maastricht University), will give a talk on the following: “Fact finding in criminal cases is science, or at least it should be”. The 2nd speaker Ruth Brauer (Maastricht University) will share her experiences with us of working abroad.
After lunch, several skills-training workshops are offered to stimulate personal development and coaching of PhD candidates. The workshops are ‘Career management’ which can help you make a motivated choice to continue your career within academia or elsewhere, ‘How to improve your presentation skills’, and ‘Media interview & dealing with the media’ which will provide you with tools to effectively deal with the media. Other workshops include ‘Speed reading’ and ‘The possibilities to obtain a grant after finishing your PhD’. After a coffee break, an interactive debate will take place with Gijs Weenink as moderator. During this session, we will explore the theme “Crossing Borders” in a broad sense, though related to doing a PhD. After a brief closing session, the day will concluded with drinks and snacks.
The conference is FREE and open to All PhD candidates of Maastricht University!!
REGISTER HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE
In case you have any questions, feel free to ask the organizers!
09.30 Registration at Stayokay (Maasboulevard 101)
10:30 Keynote Speakers:
Prof. dr. Peter van Koppen (Maastricht University)
Ruth Brauer (Maastricht University)
12:45 Skills-training workshops
15:15 Coffee break
15:45 “Lagerhuis” debate – Vote with your feet and Voice your views!
17:00 Plenary closing session
17:15 Drinks and snacks at Stayokay
Click here to download map of conference venue.
THE SKILLS TRAINING WORKSHOPS
1. Speed reading
So much information – so little time As a result of mounting information, people are increasingly suffering information overload. What can you do to process information faster, gain time and create a better balance in your work and life? Speed reading is an important technique in achieving this.
This workshop is aimed to provide you with the skills you need to double your reading speed within a short time, and then further improve it through continuous application of the techniques.
2. Career management
in this workshop a short introduction will be given of the following: how to gain recognition and improvement of personal competences, motives, desires and expectations. In addition, how to gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your personal style of communication, and improve your personal (career) skills. This will help you to make a motivated choice to continue your career within academia or beyond, and to formulate a personal action plan for your career.
3. Media interview & dealing with the media
There’s a saying that a newspaper can kill both a fly and a politician. A researcher is a fly nor a politician, but to him or her it’s equally important to know how to effectively deal with the media. In the workshop Dealing with the Media, the participants learn how to prepare themselves adequately for an interview, what to say and how to speak, the importance of short statements and soundbites, and how to lead the interviewer in a preferred direction. The workshop is given by former journalist en PR officer Marcel Schrijnemaekers.
4. How to improve your presentation skills
Do you like giving a presentation or do you hate it? How do you see your audience? As innocent puppies or as ferocious lions ready to rip you apart? Topics to be discussed during this workshop are ways of communication, body language and how to deal with difficult audiences. Many practical tips will be given.
5. The possibilities to obtain a grant after finishing your PhD
Many grant opportunities are available for (partly) financing research, training and fellowships on both a national level as well as an international level. Searching for a suitable grant opportunity is a first hurdle to take. When a fit between the research idea and the grant opportunity has been found, contact with the funding agency is of the utmost importance for a successful submission of the proposal. Then, the quality of the project proposal must be outstanding, not only for approval but also to smoothly execute the project after approval. But what if your research idea can be submitted in other programs? What strategy do you then follow? The workshop is an introduction in how to search for funding opportunities, how to write successful proposals and how to manage research projects.
“Lagerhuis” debate – Vote with your feet and Voice your views!
As an interactive debate session with a professional moderator and your precocious PhD peers, “Lagerhuis” debate seeks your views on the theme “Crossing Borders” in every sense – geographical, academic discipline, gender, age/demographic and culture/linguistic. Is there a gender glass ceiling in your faculty? Are there invisible barriers preventing productive cooperation across departments in the UM? Should the non-Limburgers learn Limburgish? The debate will surely provide exciting discussion pieces for the closing drinks.
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