Personal effectiveness and communication

Communication in Science

The course Communication in Science is designed for PhD candidates who need to be able to present their research findings to an international audience. The various forms of written and oral presentation will be approached from the perspective of interaction, with special attention to some linguistic issues. Participants apply what they have learned in the work groups and video sessions. The course is conducted in English.

Intercultural communication

The academic world is increasingly becoming an international community. While researchers are well used to this, staff members are also increasingly becoming confronted with different nationalities and cultures, as well as different backgrounds and sexual orientations. The University has therefore developed a new policy that focuses on diversity and inclusivity. This short training is an opportunity to become more familiar with this new policy.


We do not always use the term 'negotiate' when we negotiate, but in practice there are many situations in which we want to achieve something and at the same time be prepared for the possibility that the other person does not agree. For example, when you have conflicting interests, you can try to reach a solution by negotiating with the other person. In this training programme you will learn how you can negotiate.

Networking skills for young scientists

As a young scientist there is a lot to do: research, coaching students, publish. Still, it seems to improve both your research as your career when you add at least one more activity to that list, which is networking. Not only is networking a good way to get into contact with potential mentors and people to cooperate with, research into networking suggests that scientist who work together actually perform better in research.

Presenting skills

Whether you are a PhD candidate, postdoc or otherwise engaged in research: giving a lecture, defending a grant proposal or presenting at a conference is part of everyday life. Wherever you have to do this, with a good presentation people understand better what you mean and –perhaps even more important- remember you better.

Project management skills for doctoral research

This course aims to introduce PhD candidates to the principles underpinning effective project management and the application of these principles to their dissertation projects. Various aspects of planning, implementation and monitoring will be addressed, as well as the personal and organisational context of PhD research. Participants will leave the course with a concrete research plan and a clear understanding of what is required to implement it.

Writing for a wider public (Course in Dutch)

Writing with an increasing popular appeal: Researchers are required to write on a regular basis and to formulate their research results in an appealing manner. While they are often very successful in bringing their research across to colleagues, writing for a wider public is a different matter altogether.