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Graduate School Day

On Wednesday June 29, 2022 we will organize our 5th annual Graduate School Day for our PhD candidates and CNS Master students!

What is it about?
The Graduate School Day will be an afternoon full of workshops and fun activities followed by a dinner. You can follow sessions on career development, pitching your research and learn how to make impact with your research, diversity and inclusion, transferable skills, or learn how to take better decisions! Of course, not all at the same time.

On behalf of the organization committee, we hope to see you June 29th!

Who is this day for?
The day is free of charge and open to all CNS students and PhD candidates of the Donders Institute. Please note that attendance of this day is obligatory for PhD candidates who have started their PhD project in 2016 or later, more information (see transition rule).

The day will be hosted at the Sanadome in Nijmegen (Weg door Jonkerbos 90, 6532 SZ Nijmegen).

Programme 2022
12.30: Opening lecture – prof. Lucas Noldus
13.30: Break
14.00: Workshop round 1
15.30: Break
16.00: Workshop round 2
17.30: Dinner


Registration has been closed, you can contact the organization committee by email in case you have further questions.

Opening lecture

From scientific idea to international company - prof. Lucas Noldus


Workshop 1: Posters and Pitching (by Sarah Dresden, Radboud in'to languages)
In this workshop about Posters and Pitching, you’ll learn how to design a poster that is both informative and attractive and how to create an enticing research pitch. You’ll learn how to persuasively communicate your ideas to make your audience care about you and your topic.

Workshop 2: Networking (by Wencke Kieft, career officer Radboud University)
Many people claim that networking is important, especially if you’re looking for a (new) job. But you are wondering: “where to start and what to do?” And maybe you have no clue on what is appropriate and what is not. If you like to know more about networking, but still have a few questions or doubts, then join this workshop.

Workshop 3: Know your Transferable Skills ((by Hertz)
As a Master student or PhD student deciding on your next step in your career, you should know your own skills and should be able to communicate them. However, that is difficult. Most students can present their scientific knowledge, their research- and their practical skills very well. You probably are, however, less aware your the social, communication and directing skills.

Don’t forget you have experience with completing your thesis, maybe also with applying for grants, organizing conferences and collaborating with other students.
You clearly possess a collection of skills you could see as your ‘Transferable Skills’;
these are skills you can use in any situation and which make you valuable for the job market.

With use of some practical exercises this workshop will make sure you get a better view on your own skills. You also will be able to present them with the use of good examples during e.g. a job interview.

Workshop 4:  Diversity and Inclusion at the Donders Institute: you have a part to play (by Joke Leenders)
The Donders Institute strives for a research culture that is open, inclusive, and diverse. In this workshop, we will explore what diversity and inclusion actually means, what both the Donders Institute and Radboud University are doing to enhance diversity and inclusion among staff, and how you can play a part and contribute to an open, inclusive and diverse research culture. The workshop will be led by Joke Leenders, senior researcher and policy officer gender equality at the division Human Resources and affiliated with the Diversity Equity and Inclusion office at Radboud University.

Workshop 5: Find your compass (by Minds for Science)
The compass tells us in which direction to go. Do you feel lost? Are you doubting between different options in your life or in your career? The neuroscientist and career coach Sara Fabbri will guide you to reflect on your life values and use them as a compass to take your life decisions with confidence. By the end of the workshop, you will know in which direction you want to go and what steps to take to get there.

Workshop 6: Creating impact with your research (by Inge Volman, Business Developer & Knowledge Transfer Officer)
This workshop gives you a crash course on how to create value with your science for society. What are the possibilities with the results or the technologies of your research? We will discuss collaborations with non-profits and companies, co-creation processes, and entrepreneurship. Most importantly we will make a start to translate your research outcomes into impactful solutions.

Workshop 7: Open Science (by Johannes Algermissen, Open Science Community Nijmegen)
In the last ten years, several "crises" in psychology and biomedical research have triggered calls for a more "open" science. "Open Science" is a broad and fuzzy term. it includes buzz words like pre-registration, reproducibility, data and code sharing, research data management, open access, but also attempts to make science more inclusive and diverse. Many grant agencies (NWO or the ERC) and journals make aspects of Open Science mandatory. At the end, the workload that comes with those requirements often ends up with the PhD students. But how to manage these "extra tasks" alongside your regular PhD work? Especially if your PI has never learned how to do these things either and can't teach you?
Johannes just finished his PhD at the Donders and is part of the Open Science Community Nijmegen (OSCN,

Coaching sessions

Coach 1: Margien Sybesma 
Margien is an experienced coach and works for the department Strategy Policy Development, the HR division. She can help you with dilemmas regarding career (choices), job satisfaction, work-life balance and influence skills. In summary: how do I keep a grip on my work?

Coach 2: Harriët Reker 
Already for many years I enjoy my work as a coach, career coach and trainer for Radboud University HR Division - Strategy Policy Development. On 29th June we can discuss topics such as your next step in your career, how to present yourself, personal leadership, stress, communication with your supervisor, diversity equity and inclusion or whatever topic you would like to discuss.