European Doctoral Summer School 2021
European Doctoral Summer School 2021
© WWU Graduate Centre
European Doctoral Summer School 2021

Growth: personal, professional and in practice

A new edition of the annual European doctoral summer school will take place virtually June 14-17, 2021. Focussing on the positive lessons learnt from the pandemic, what we know is that now more than ever there is a need for researchers to communicate, collaborate, to be creative and to have the confidence and self belief to proceed when plans and circumstances change. In this context, the theme for the 2021 European Doctoral Summer School is "Growth: personal, professional and in practice". Working with colleagues from different institutions, culture and values, the sessions will enable you to consider how to maximise your strengths, skills, career prospects and self confidence in the context of change.

Please note: As the event is being held online and the content focus is on personal and professional growth postdocs are also invited to certain elements of the program.

Summer School Program

The registration period for the summer school is over.

  • 14.06.2021 / 11:30–12:30 / Virtual coffee club: The elements of success

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES


    Join us if you are keen to talk about self-discovery and things that make one’s life good and successful. Share what you’ve learnt about yourself and talk about changes you’ve made to enhance your life. Inspire and encourage others to make their life even better through your story. Whose idea do you admire and want to borrow? Which small step will you take to further grow and improve your life?

    Open to doctoral candidates from all three participating universities, this open forum provides an opportunity for cross-cultural discussion and to get to know each other.


    ORGANISER WWU Graduate Centre
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 45 (15 per university)


    Registration

  • 14.06.2021 / 14:00–15:30 / Effective Project Management in challenging circumstances

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    Effective project management is a critical skill in research. This workshop is designed to give you an insight into the fundamentals of successful research project management. It includes practical tips on how to adapt, adjust and mitigate risk to your research at the difficult times we are currently living in.


    ORGANISER RET Team, University of York
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 45 (15 per university)


    Registration

  • 15.06.2021 / 11:30–13:00 / The Power of Mentoring: who is on your bench?

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    Most large organisations, universities and many Fellowship schemes include mentoring and opportunities to network. This session explores the power of mentoring and relationship building in helping you develop and enhance your career as a researcher. Together we will explore the basic principles of mentoring, the value for both parties (mentors and mentees) and the added bonus of having someone ‘on your bench’ who will actively and selflessly identify opportunities that will enable you to grow. The session will include input from researchers about their experiences.


    ORGANISER RET Team, University of York
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 60 (20 per university)


    Registration (for Münster)

  • 15.06.2021 / 13:45–17:00 / Interpersonal dynamics - how to balance relationships in a hierarchical setting?

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES


    Communication is strongly influenced by the setting where it takes place. In hierarchical environments one communication partner might feel intimidated by the other person's status and "power". Understanding the interpersonal dynamics and finding appropriate tools for successful communication are two keys to avoiding misunderstanding and conflicts.


    ORGANISER WWU Graduate Centre
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 30 (10 per university)


    Registration

  • 16.06.2021 / 11:30–13:00 / Building your Online Profile

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    Social media and online networking are fast becoming essential academic tools. In this session we will help you to develop your online presence and learn how to leverage online tools to support your research career and promote your work.


    ORGANISER RET Team, University of York
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 45 (15 per university)


    Registration

  • 16.06.2021 / 14:00–17:00 / Science? Start-up? Small enterprise? On possibilities and personalities

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    Searching for jobs quite often focuses on job description and maybe on the offering company/institution. To perceive a job as satisfying in the long run it might be more relevant to take a closer look at the general environment. Are you a person seeking routine and reliability? Or do you prefer to work in a changing and flexible setting? Or is it most satisfying for you to have room for creativity to develop your own ideas? In this workshop we will explore the profiles of different fields and create a link to you and your personality.


    ORGANISER WWU Graduate Centre
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 30 (10 per university)


    Registration

  • 17.06.2021 / 10:00–12:30 / Update Your CV

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    Your CV shows who you are and is in fact your business card. With a good CV you can impress a future employer and increase the chance of being invited for an interview. What is a good CV, nowadays, both in- and outside of academia? And how do you express your experience and qualities in an authentic way? During this online workshop, you will get information about updating your own CV.

    Please note: You’ll have to share your CV with the other participants. Please don’t register if this is an issue.


    ORGANISER Staff Career Centre, Maastricht University
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 24 (8 per university)


    Registration

  • 17.06.2021 / 13:30–15:00 / Networking for Early Stage Researchers

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    Most scientists know that networking is important for success, whether in their research or career, but many still find the mere word off-putting. For many scientists, the thought of stepping into a room full of strangers and striking up forced, superficial conversations over wine and cheese cubes feels icky and can produce anxiety. These days, very few aspects of science are done in isolation. Many projects are conducted in collaboration with researchers in other disciplines, and new ideas are frequently sparked by conversations with other scientists. Moreover, finding a job in academia is often helped by knowing people who have a position to fill, or who can point you to those who do. And when venturing outside academia, meeting people who can give you valuable information about how to enter a new work sector is crucial. It often takes skill, and practice, to start enjoying and reaping the benefits of networking. But it doesn’t need to be that way—and to be effective, it shouldn’t be. Good networking requires a genuine conversation about your interests, those of the other person, and how they may benefit each other. Getting to the point where networking is a pleasure instead of a chore, however, may not be easy. It often takes skill, and practice, to start enjoying and reaping the benefits of networking.


    ORGANISER Staff Career Centre, Maastricht University
    SPEAKER Professor Harry Steinbusch, Professor in Cellular Neuroscience
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 60 (20 per university)


    Registration (for Münster)

  • 17.06.2021 / 16:00–17:30 / Public Engagement: Presenting at Online Conferences

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    In this session, Daniel Roy Connelly will provide hints and tips about how to give impactful presentations at online conferences. Daniel will explore the (dis)contents surrounding the use of Zoom (and other online platforms) and provide advice about public speaking in general using this medium. There will also be an opportunity for some breakout discussions and practice.

    Daniel is a former British diplomat, a theatre director, actor, writer and academic. Published poet, and teaches at the American University of Rome.


    ORGANISER RET Team, University of York
    VENUE virtual event
    AVAILABLE PLACES 60 (20 per university)


    Registration (for Münster)

  • Ongoing / International Research Conversations

    DOCTORAL CANDIDATES & POSTDOCS


    The University of York’s Centre for Global Programmes has offered to facilitate a regular fortnightly session which will enable researchers to come together online and discuss themes related to various aspects of research. These sessions will provide an opportunity for the sharing of research ideas, skills and practice as well as promoting cross-cultural conversations between early career researchers from all over the globe. The sessions will take place via zoom and breakout rooms will be used to encourage discussions between participants.


    More information

From our partner in York

Invitation to York's Annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Thursday 10 June 2021, 7pm to 8.30pm (CET)

Meet inspiring University of York PhD students and learn how their cutting-edge research is expanding knowledge and understanding of our world and beyond. In a challenge against the clock, competing students each have just three minutes to explain how their ideas can answer the big cultural, economic and scientific questions of our time.

Join us for the final of York’s 3 Minute Thesis competition and book your free ticket here.

European Doctoral Summer School 2020

The 2020 European Doctoral Summer School took place online. We aimed to give you the opportunity to dip in and out of four training sessions from the comfort of your own home. The sessions were short, sharp and streamlined to help the participants to digest the content and have time to reflect on their learning. The programme had been designed to support the participants during this time of paradigmatic and social change.

Taken as a package the programme provided an opportunity to develop and enhance presentation and communication skills, which are so important now that we are all holding meetings online. It considered the participants' skill set and how it appeals to employers and funders in this changing environment and supported their future career transitions by developping a CV.

8-11 July 2019, York, UK
© RETT, University of York

European Doctoral Summer School 2019

The European Doctoral Summer School in Professional Development has been deliberately designed to maximise the opportunity for doctoral
candidates to get to know each other and to engage in workshops where there will be tangible outcomes for each participant. The focus in 2019 was on developing skills of networking, communication and profile development with a view to presenting the best possible version of oneself to funders, employers and industry.

We are so proud of fifteen participating doctoral candidates, who approached pitching, career and entrepreneurship sessions with enormous enthusiasm and a strong sense of purpose. They were brilliant pitching their research in a 3MT style competition on the last day, with our Giulia Marchetti winning the Panel’s Choice Award with her persuasive yet humor-filled speech about 'how microalgae can save us from the end of the world.' Another real treat: all delegates met the Lord Mayor of York and Sheriff of York at the Mansion House!

July 2018, Münster, Germany
© Matteo Bozzon

European Doctoral Summer School 2018

The first European Doctoral Summer School run by the Universities of Maastricht, Münster and York took place in June 2018 in Münster, Germany. Fourteen engaged doctoral candidates had the opportunity to take part in workshops, enjoy a vast cultural programme and to network. New friends were made and the foundation for the annual summer schools was laid! Click here to see some impressions University of York has collected.