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.

Target group

PhD candidates (and postdocs) of all faculties of Leiden University and the LUMC.

Working method & course content

This workshop deals with ‘how’ to network based on scientific literature and on interviews with respected scientists of different age and background.
The course starts with theory on how to use a network, possibilities and strategies to approach people and how to maintain good relationships. Subsequently we will also list the individual questions and targets of participants and we will practise difficult or challenging situations.
We will end up with evaluating experiences of participants and each participant will formulate something ‘to do’ concerning networking.

Items that may be covered (depending on questions of participants):

  • Methods to get successfully into contact with relevant people;
  • Methods to overcome shyness;
  • Maintaining a good network and integrating it in your way of work;
  • Methods to find out when and where to meet relevant people

Enrolment & dates

Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others (or PhD's with no acces to Self service) can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration formto HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date by sending a mail to HRM-Opleidingen. As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


2017/1: Friday 24 March, from 9.00-13.00 hours
2017/2: Friday 16 June, from 9.00-13.00 hours

Venue: Academiegebouw/Faculty Club, Rapenburg 73, Leiden


The workload for this course amounts to 6 hrs in total, including preparation, attendance and reading.

Costs & cancellation

For PhD candidates (Leiden University and LUMC): no charge.

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation within two weeks before the first course date means we have to charge a cancellation fee of € 100.

Course tutor

Kick Moors works with Leiden University as a coach for researchers who are preparing their presentation for a grant proposal. He also is the tutor of the course Presenting skills

Any questions?

Experiences from participants

To give you an idea of the opinion of participants that took this course before, we have included comments of the evaluation forms from recent sessions:

Could you describe for us the essence of this course:
- self-awareness
- How to not spazz out when meeting intimidating and important people.
- Without an understanding of yourself and your skills, there could not be an effective networking. And networking is essential to develop and successful academic career
- networking is the key to the scientific community.

Last Modified: 04-11-2016