PhDC 2011

PhDC 2011

PhDC 2011
PhDC 2011
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PhDC 2011: 4th Maastricht PhD Conference

Theme: Communicating Effective Narratives

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Dear PhD candidate,

PhD Academy would like to cordially invite you to the 4th Maastricht PhD Conference (PhDC 2011) on the topic ‘Communicating Effective Narratives’. It will be held on May 26, 2011, in La Bonbonniere, a beautiful theatre in the centre of Maastricht.

The conference will offer informative workshops and inspirational keynote talks on how to communicate your work effectively and successfully. Presentations and posters will give an insight into the variety of PhD research in various departments of Maastricht University.

Call for presentation and poster submissions

This event will provide a prime opportunity to promote your research to your peers, and to establish inter-departmental networks. To present your work, you can make use of

  • a presentation of about 10 minutes plus questions
  • or a poster of max. 90x120cm.

Presentations and posters can cover any topic within your field of study, as long as the style of presentation is suitable for a broad audience.

The presentation part of the conference will consist of 3 parallel tracks with a general orientation towards

  1. Arts and Humanities
  2. Natural and Life Sciences
  3. Multi-disciplinary

The poster session will be organized depending on the submissions.

Program overview, 26 May 2011 

Time Activity
Colors indicate: Plenary talks, breaks, workshops, PhD contributions
08.30 - 09.00 Registration
09.00 - 09.20 Opening speech by Prof. Martin Paul
09.20 - 10.00 Tell to win: how storytelling boosts the public awareness for scientific research by Katja Schleicher
10.00 - 10.15 Coffee break
10.15 - 12.15 Communication skills Convincing argumentation Improvisation Journalistic thinking Voice training
12.15 - 13.15 Lunch
13.15 - 14.00 Lost in Translation by Shyama V. Ramani
14.00 - 14.15 Coffee break
14.15 - 15.15 PhD Presentations Writing for publication
15.15 - 15.45Research Visibility and Reputation - Library assistance
15.45 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.00 Mosquitoes, and the biting truth about malaria by Bart Knols
17.00 - 17.15 Closing by Michael Kaisers and Stéphanie van Nispen
17.15 - 19.00 Drinks

Bas Haring had to cancel on short notice. His keynote speech has been filled by Katja Schleicher.

Workshop details

  • Communication skills by Remco van Bebberen, max. 40 participants

    How do you speak to an audience in such such a way that you capture everyone’s attention, and how do you make people remember the message you would like to convey? This question forms the core of the workshop Communication Skills. During this workshop, you will learn how to speak in a convincing manner, how to playfully get and hold the attention of your audience, how to direct the group process and how to use tools. Other topics that will be covered are multi-level group communication, achieving multiple goals, and structuring a presentation.

  • Convincing argumentation by Dimitri Arpad, max. 25 participants

    Convincing people in a good discussion or debate, is something quit different than presenting your research or project results convincingly! In a debate or discussion, arguments and presentation alone, aren’t enough to state you’re point. You’ve to play with the three main motives in live: fear, desire and the will to be a part of something! In this workshop you gain some insides on how you can do this while having grip on discussions or in a debate as well. We will go into the three A’s: Arguments, Attention and Appeal! And more... Today’s the day to do this; come in and discover how convincing you can be!

  • Improvisation :: Creating a narrative from nothing by Fritz Alkemade, max. 20 participants

    Improvisation. It sounds scary but in fact it's really fun. Fritz Alkemade will give you a sneak peek into the world of improvisation. You will learn theatre techniques you can apply in your daily life. Techniques that will be taught are accepting, confirming, listening and much more. You'll learn these through fun improvisation games. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to create something out of nothing.

  • Journalistic thinking by Franka Hummels, max. 30 participants

    Journalists ignore all relevant details and seem to focuss on controversy, on fights. Or do they? This interactive workshop gives you insights in the average journalists brain. But also in those of your neigbours aunts. Why in the world would she read about your research? That is an important question, because it is she who the journalists are working for, not you. What line of thinking do you need to adopt to get your work published in the regular, non-scientific media? This workshop teaches you to write like a reader and read like a writer and gets you started on exploring media options.

    Franka Hummels is an experienced freelance journalist. She worked as a newspaper correspondent in London, as a feature writer for magazines, as a desk editor for a radio news show, and regularly reports on (social) research. She is the author of 'De Generatorgeneratie', a non fiction book about the generation that were children when the Chernobyl disaster happened. She holds a history and a journalism degree and regularly teaches journalism to phd candidates.

  • Voice training for professional speakers by Margarita Jeliazkova, max. 20 participants

    Learn how to speak with more power, flexibility, range and expression, without straining and damaging your voice. Explore the power of your voice, learn to trust it when you have to teach and present. Have fun interacting with others while acquiring valuable speaking techniques.

    Margarita Jeliazkova teaches, among other things, speaking techniques to teacher trainees and professionals at the University of Twente, Enschede. She is also a trained classical singer. In her work she combines innovative voice approaches with extensive international teaching experience.

  • Research Visibility and Reputation - Library assistance by Henk van den Hoogen
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    Do you need to select the right journal for publishing? The university now offers research supporting services of the University Library. This talk will give insights into what the library can do for you as a researcher, and how you can approach them.

  • Writing for publication by Stephen O'Connor
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    Scientific journals have experienced an exponential rise in the number and variety of manuscripts submitted for peer review in recent years. China is set to overtake the USA in terms of its scientific outputs within the next few years, and there is a marked increase in the number of papers being submitted from Turkey, India, Brazil, Taiwan and Indonesia - to name but a few of the countries which are seeking to establish themselves as future leading knowledge economies and academic centres on the world stage. This means that competition for publication space in reputed, well-established scientific journals is going to become much stiffer, and editors much more discerning about the type of manuscripts they will accept for publication in their journals. Writing for publication is both an art and a science however, and there is much to be gained from looking at the manuscript submission and review process from an insider-perspective.

    During this workshop, the editor of an international peer reviewed scientific journal will give advice and pointers as to how you can increase the acceptance and citation potential of your manuscript. The quality indicators which editors look for when appraising a manuscript’s potential will be discussed, together with a light-hearted appraisal of some of those which don’t!

Important dates

  • April 12, 2011 registration opens
  • May 9, 2011 registration and submission deadline
  • May 16, 2011 author notification
  • May 26, 2011 conference

Submission details

Please submit a title and abstract of your poster or presentation together with your registration via the registration page [now closed].
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Chair Michael Kaisers; Co-Chair Stéphanie van Nispen; Steering Committee Members Hendrik Baier, Madeleen Bosma, Irina Burlacu, Patrick Granton, Francesca Guadagno, Jennifer Taborda, Barbara Zarzycka

PhDC Committee
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