10th From PhD to Job Market: 'Put your PhD to Work!'

Career management event organized by UGent, VUB, UA, UHasselt and KU Leuven

Your career is likely to take you outside the hallowed halls of academia. Exploring the non-academic realm is a vitalizing and thoroughly exhilarating process, but often causes a great deal of anxiety and nervousness. From PhD to Job Market will help you reduce your fears and increase your “real-life” successes.

Join us for a supercharged and future-forward conference on career paths and opportunities for PhDs in (bioscience) engineering and natural sciences with keynote lectures, PhD career stories and several labour market oriented workshops.

Places are limited! Do not miss your chance to register for this cutting edge doctoral conference!


Career Management

Target group

PhD students in (bioscience) engineering and natural sciences from all Flemish universities (Ghent University, VUB, UAntwerp, KU Leuven and UHasselt)


Plenary lectures, PechaKucha and workshops


Thursday, 28 September 2017


    ArcelorMittal Gent, John Kennedylaan 51, 9042 Gent

    Meeting points for bus transfer to ArcelorMittal: Station Gent Dampoort or Station Gent-Sint-Pieters.


    8:30-9:30 Bus transfer from Gent-Sint-Pieters train station and Gent-Dampoort train station to ArcelorMittal

    Words of welcome by

    • Prof Dr Frank Witlox, director Doctoral School of Natural Sciences (UGent)
    • Dr Frederik Van De Velde, COO ArcelorMittal Gent

    Plenary session chaired by Prof Dr Frank Witlox

    • Keynote lecture by Dr An Steegen – imec – "The Power of a PhD"
    • Keynote lecture by Dr Filip Van den Abeele – subseawolf – "From PhD to Innopreneur: Embrace Change!"
    • PechaKucha presentations by
      • Dr Ann De Boeck – ArcelorMittal
      • Dr Kim Cao-Van – De Verdieping
      • Dr Michiel Vandegehuchte – VLIZ
      • Dr Pham Huy Hoang – Arcadis
      • Dr Jasmien Put – Renson
      • Dr Sarah Verschueren – MindBytes
      • Dr Barbara Kerkaert – Milcobel
    12:00-12:50 Lunch and networking


    • SPEED MEET: A quick way to explore job opportunities for PhD degree holders at ArcelorMittal
    • 'Where do I fit into the world beyond academe?’ (Filip Bauwens & Marion Liberloo, Propel Engineer Career Services)
    • 'You’re in the driver’s seat of your career' (Veroniek De Schamphelaere, Vlerick Business School)
    • ‘A career in the EU institutions: opportunities, application process and useful tips' (Michiel Humblet, DG ECFIN – Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs)
    • ‘"Welcome to the real world" – What is your role as PhD in R&D?’ (Damien Rogival, P&G & Robin Lefebvre, Grow2Excel)
    • 'Serving the world – working for the UN' (Christophe Verhellen, UNRIC)

    Site visit ArcelorMittal


    Bus transfer to Gent-Sint-Pieters train station and Gent-Dampoort train station




    Number of participants



    Contact your local Doctoral School coordinator

    Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

    Full participation (plenary session in the morning, workshop in the afternoon)

    Registration procedure

    Preregister through https://webapps.ugent.be/eventManager/events/tenthfromphdtojobmarket

    Registration fee

    Free of charge. Please note that a fee of €100 will be charged for registered PhD candidates who fail to attend the conference (deadline for cancellations: Monday 25 September 2017, 9 am).