Research Data Management - a practical course


Research & Valorization

Target Group

Doctoral candidates


This in-depth course will help doctoral students to develop their knowledge and practical skills in handling and managing the research data they collect. Having these skills becomes increasingly important to researchers seeking to advance their careers. The lecturer will guide the attendees through the key aspects of how to manage, document, store and safeguard research data well and how to plan and implement good data management in research projects.

Learning outcomes of the course

Upon completion of this course, students should have an understanding of what Research Data Management is, what it all comprises, and why it is important in academic research. They should have an understanding of the FAIR data principles, and how they can make data more FAIR. They should be able to successfully manage all types of research data and to document both the research itself, as well as the data in a comprehensive way.

Students should be able to comply to the UGent and funders’ policies with regard to RDM- and DMP (Data Management Plan) requirements. They should also be fully aware how to use UGent infrastructure for RDM related tasks, and able to work with data in a secure way (both in terms of physical storage as in methods to safeguard sensitive/personal data).

Topic of the course

Essential key-concepts and skills in Research Data Management(RDM) will tackled. This hands-on workshop will focus on all kinds of data (both qualitative and quantitative) and cover the following aspects:

  • Introduction: Why and how to manage research data?
  • What is FAIR data? (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)
  • Planning: How to plan your research data management and write a data management plan?
  • Documenting: How to make research data and data processing understandable and reusable?
  • Storage: Strategies for storing data during and after the project.
  • Security: How to safeguard your data?
  • Organisation & structure: Strategies for naming, organising and structuring your data files.
  • Data Sharing & Open Science: How to share research data? Introduction to open science.
  • Ethical and legal issues in data sharing and handling confidential information.
  • Working with Personal Data

Organizing Committee & Lecturers

Doctoral School

Time schedule & Venue

Faculty Time Date Venue
  • Law and Criminology
  • Arts and Philosophy
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Political and Social Sciences
09:00-12:30 22 and 23 April 2024 Leslokaal 2.4 (Campus Dunant)
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Bioscience Engineering
09:00-12:30 29 and 30 April 2024 Vergaderzaal B0.3 - Graniet, Blok B, Campus Coupure
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
09:00-12:30 2 and 3 May 2024

02/05: Leslokaal 3.3, K3, Campus UZ Gent

03/05: Leslokaal 4.1, K3, Campus UZ Gent

  • Sciences
09:00-12:30 25 and 26 April 2024 Vergaderzaal 0.1 (S8, campus Sterre)

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members. The no show policy applies.


Follow this link for the registration and waiting list.

Teaching and learning material

Lecture combined with practical exercises. Presentation slides.

Number of participants

maximum 25



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100 % participation

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this takes up to one to two months after completion of the course.