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General training of the Research Administration Department

Transferable skills training organised by the Postgraduate Unit of the Research Administration Office is designed for all ULB PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers.

If you are a PhD candidate, transferable skills training may be validated with ECTS credits by your supervisory committee for doctoral training. It is up to your supervisory committee to decide how many credits to award for a training. For information purposes only, please see the indicative list annexed to ULB PhD regulations (annex 2).

If necessary, you may request an attendance certificate to the trainer. Normally, certificates are distributed during the last session.

Topics

Academic communication

Academic Communication in English

This training is organised by the CIDLV, in cooperation with the Research Administration Department.

The General Academic Communication course aims to provide doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with the communication skills used in both academic and professional environments (formal communication, scientific presentations at a research seminar, networking, summarising a research project, submitting a research project, writing your academic CV, and more...) The interactive courses are based on the researchers’ own work.

Academic Writing course: The Research Article course is intended for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who have already written, or are in the process of writing an article. The course is based on the researcher's own work and includes additional exercises. It also provides researchers with an introduction to good writing strategies and techniques.

Several General Academic Communication sessions are held throughout the academic year. The Academic Writing course is held twice a year: once in the first semester and again in the second semester. For further information on entry requirements, admissions, and course content, take a look at our online documentation:

  • Academic Writing

Trainer: Gillian Lucy

Targeted public: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Next sessions: 1st and 2nd quadrimesters 2017-2018.

Language: English

Regitration (mandatory): please follow the application procedurepdf. Deadline 1st quadrimester: September 26th, 2017 (extended deadline). Deadline 2nd quadrimester: January 18th, 2018.

  • General Academic Communication

Trainer: Alexander Tabor

Targeted public: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Next sessions: 1st and 2nd quadrimesters 2016-2017.

Language: English

Regitration (mandatory): please follow the application procedurepdf. Deadline 1st quadrimester: September 26th, 2017 (extended deadline). Deadline 2nd quadrimester: January 18th, 2018.

Scientific Presentation Skills and Career Planning

This training is organised by Tropimundo, the ULB Postgraduate Office (Research Administration Department) and the VUB Central PhD Office.

Description: this course aims at teaching researchers how to find and select essential scientific information to make a scientific presentation (e.g. preparation of research proposal, writing of an assignment, report or thesis, thesis findings to be presented in an international conference), under which form to present methods and results (text, tabulation, illustration and their content and layout) and how to defend them assertively. It also introduces common standards and practices and explains why it is important to follow them in Sciences. A huge chapter is spent to writing and layout skills and to plagiarism. This course also prepares you for stay within academia (academic career) or for the challenges young graduates face on the employment market (non-academic career). More information.

Trainer: Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Faculty of Sciences.

Targeted public: Master's students and PhD candidates 1st-2nd year (ULB and VUB). More advanced researchers (other PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers) are welcome too.

Next session: 7 and 8 December 2017

Language: English.

Regitration (mandatory): please fill in the registration form.

Number of participants: maximum 200 participants (first-come, first-served basis).

Writing your doctoral dissertation in French

This training is organised by the ULB Centre de méthodologie universitaire et de didactique du français (CMU), in cooperation with the Research Administration Department.

Description: available in French.

Trainer: Carole Glorieux, Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication.

Targeted public: doctoral researchers that write a thesis in French only. Priority for doctoral researchers 1st-2nd year. More advanced doctoral researchers are welcome but won't have priority.

Next session: 10, 17 and 24 November 2017, 10am-1pm (9h), room S15.215 (S building, 15th floor), Solbosch Campus.

Language: in French (advanced mastery of French is required).

Regitration (mandatory): registration is closed (deadline: 27 October 2017).

Number of participants: maximum 15 participants. Priority criteria: year of the PhD (see above: targeted public). Then, first-come, first-served basis.

Open Access and Bibliometrics: researcher and publications visibility

The first part of the training addresses the notions of open access to scientific publications and policies of research funding agencies in this regard. It then provides an overview of resources available in open access and presents DI-fusion, the institutional repository of the ULB. The second part of the training discusses the notions of bibliometrics and visibility, which are closely related. The main bibliometric indicators, used to evaluate research production, are first presented. Then tips are delivered to researchers in order to increase the visibility of their publications (and their research activities more generally) via social networking, Google Scholar and Open Access.

Language: the training is held twice a year: once in French and once in English.

Trainers: Françoise Vandooren and Valérie Durieux, Archives and Libraries.

Targeted public: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Language: the training is held twice a year: once in French and once in English.

Next sessions: to be confirmed

Regitration (mandatory): not open yet.

Number of participants: maximum 40 participants (first-come, first-served basis).

Research ethics

In 2017-2018, the training is part of the Ethics week. Three sessions are organised:

  • Researching researchers: research ethics in the humanities: Christiaens Jenneke, 4 December 2017, 10am-12pm, Etterbeek campus, D3.04.

    Information and registration

  • Ethics in research in the field of science and technology: Céline Kermisch, 5 December 2017, 9am-12pm, Solbosch Campus, NB2VIS (Human sciences library).

    Information and registration

  • Fake-news in biomedical sciences; towards a survival guide for PhD students:Chris van Schravendijk, 6 December 2017, 12:30 am - 4pm, Jette Campus, room FMR.

    Information and registration

Targeted public: doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

Language: English.

Knowledge transfer

Intellectual property and knowledge transfer

This course is an introduction to knowledge transfer: protection of intellectual and industrial property (patents, models…); knowledge and technology transfer; business models for knowledge and technology transfer (for instance creation of a spin off ).

Trainers: Jean-Marc Brulet, Aurore De Boom, Fiona Demeur, Patrick Di Stefano, Frédérique Margraff and Arnaud Quintens (Research Administration Department, Technology Transfer Office).

Targeted public: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Language: the training is held twice a year: once in French and once in English.

Next sessions:

  • Session in French : 15 February 2017, 9.30am-5pm, Henri Janne room (S building, 15th floor), Solbosch Campus

  • Session in English : 10 March 2017, 9.30am-5pm, Henri Janne room (S building, 15th floor), Solbosch Campus

Regitration (mandatory): please fill in the registration form. Deadline session in french : registration is closed (8 February 2017). Deadline session in English : registration is closed (3 March 2017).

Number of participants: maximum 40 participants (first-come, first-served basis).

Searching in patent databases

Description (in French).

Trainers: Matthieu Doyen (Picarré), Patrick Di Stephano (Research Administration Department, ULB)

Targeted public: researchers.

Language: French

Next sessions:

  • 15 November 2017, 9am-1pm, Gosselies, Point Centre (bus transfer available from Campus du Solbosch)

  • 1st semester 2018, Solbosch Campus

Regitration (mandatory): email to sibylle.rocher.barrat@ulb.ac.be or pauline.urger@ulb.ac.be.

Number of participants: maximum 15 participants (first-come, first-served basis).

Team management: an introduction

Description (in French).

Trainer: François Baty-Sorel (University of Poitiers)

Targeted public: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Language: French.

Next session: 25, 26, 27 April 2017 (9:00 AM - 17:30 PM) ; PerformanSe : 28 April (Schedule to be defined)

Registration (mandatory): registration is closed (deadline: 2 April 2017).

Number of participants: maximum 15 participants.

Project management

Project management

All researchers supervise at least one research project. The purpose of this training is to develop the participants’ competence in managing project applied in first instance to their research project and possibly to their future professional project. This skill is divided into four parts:

  • how to define a project or a task : understanding and description;

  • how to define a project : principle and steps;

  • How to carry and report a project;

  • learning from past experiences as a project manager.

Trainer: Marc Doorenbos (Pro Temporis).

Targeted public: doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Language: the training is held twice a year: once in French (October 2017, 16th and 23rd) and once in English (April 2018, 18th and 25th).

Next session: 14 and 21 January 2017, (2 days + application of the theory to a personnel project outside training hours), 8:30am-16:30pm

Registration (mandatory): registration will open on December 13th. Deadline : January 31th.

Number of participants: maximum 14 participants (first-come, first-served basis).

Project management for PhD candidates: Tips and tools to simplify your daily life

The thesis is a project. In order to optimize its management, why would you not use some management tools that are applied in other sectors? These tools can provide a gain in efficiency and productivity while developing professional skills that will be valuable in any career.

More informationpdf

Trainer: Laurence Theunis, Aina Astudillo Fernandez (Doctorat.be).

Targeted public: doctoral candidates.

Language: the training is held twice a year: once in French and once in English.

Next sessions:

  • 15 November 2017, 9am-4.30pm (in French), Solbosch Campus, Janne room (S building, 15th floor), Solbosch Campus

  • 23 November 2017, 9am-4.30pm (in English), Solbosch Campus, Doucy room (S building, 15th floor), Solbosch Campus

Registration: registration is closed (deadline: November 2017, 3rd).

Number of participants: maximum 20 participants (first-come, first-served basis).

Marketing your skills

Summer School "Boostez votre carrière/Boost your career"

The Summer School "Boostez votre carrière/Boost your career" (July-August 2016) is intended for ULB doctoral, post-doctoral and non permanent researchers willing to acquire tools to prepare and develop their career, in particular outside Academia.

Information and registration (deadline: 21 June 2017).

In cooperation with doctorat.be (Focus Research)

PhDs@Work are workshops for PhD candidates and PhD holders, organised by doctorat.be in cooperation with all the universities from the Communauté française (website in French)

  • PhDs@Work 2017: Comment briller dans les médias ? Organised in French by doctorat.be in cooperation with all the universities from the Communauté française on September 27th and 28th (2 days) in Liège. Information and registration.

Trainers: Laurence Theunis, Aina Astudillo Fernandez, Ana Franco.

Targeted public: doctoral researchers.

Number of participants: maximum 20 participants.

Language: those training sessions are held twice a year: once in French and once in English.

In order to build a professional project it is essential to know yourself well. This introspection entails an individual assessment of your skills ( personal and professional) and to look at your research experience from a different perspective. The results of this introspection have to be analysed along with the labor market in order to establish a coherent professional project.

Next sessions: 17 May 2018 (in French) et 24 May 2018 (in English).

Regitration (mandatory): not open yet.

Preparing the after-PhD involves asking the question of the professional project. Do I pursue an academic career, do I reorient myself outside of research? This questioning is all the more important in humanities, where the valorisation of doctoral skills is still at an early stage. In this half-day workshop, we propose a discussion relating to the skills developed during a PhD in humanities, some tools to develop a professional project outside of academia, and ideas of potential employers.

Next sessions: 7 June 2018 (in French) et 20 June 2018 (in English), 9:30am-5pm.

Regitration (mandatory): not open yet.

Searching for a job cannot be reducted to look at job vacancies. Indeed, these represent only 30% of the labor market. The other 70%, the hidden market, are only accessibke trough the development of the professional network.

Langue : 14 juin 2018 (en français) et 21 juin 2018 (en anglais).

Regitration (mandatory): not open yet.

  • Other events organised by or in cooperation with doctorat.be (website in French)

Marie-Noëlle Chapelle