International Spring School Transferable Skills

Cluster Communication skills AND Cluster Research & Valorization

Target group

Doctoral candidates active in a collaborative research project (i.e. a project where you actively collaborate with a non-academic partner) are invited to apply
•    Within the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) project across all of the Welsh Universities, Wales,UK
•    Affiliated to the Industrial Doctoral School (IDS) Umeå University, Sweden
•    Candidates from Ghent University, Belgium, engaged in a collaborative research project (e.g. Baekeland mandaten)
•    Candidates from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
•    Candidates from the University of Aveiro, Portugal

This year we will also invite participants from non-E.I.D.S. universities.

  • Your application must consist of:

A.    An abstract (max one page) describing your research and the partner company/organization that you collaborate with. This abstract should be the basis for your poster
B.    A motivation letter expressing why you should be given the opportunity to join the workshop
C.    Your CV and if possible your list of publications

  • The latest day for applications is Monday February 22nd 2016

- KESS candidates: Dr Penny Dowdney - 
- IDS candidates: Benkt Wiklund -   
- Ghent University candidates: Dr Nele Bracke  - 
- University of Pardubice: Ing. Monika Vejchodova  - 
- University of Aveiro: Dr Antonio Teixeira  - 

All other candidates:    Dr Nele Bracke  - 

Method and aim

Within the framework of experiential learning you will work individually and in groups to develop your career as a young researcher. During the workshop you will experience and enhance strengths and knowledge on how to make a good poster, career pathways, advantages of collaborative research and planning your research budget. You will have opportunities to meet with departments or researchers in your field at Ghent University to discuss research and create your own network. The workshop will give you time for personal reflection, individual development and network building together with doctoral candidates from several universities. This 5th E.I.D.S. will also invite participants from non-E.I.D.S. member universities.

Time schedule & Venue

  • From Monday 9 May till Thursday 12 May 2016, hosted by the University of Ghent (Belgium)

Registration procedure

Ghent University will select 2 students who can participate in the spring school. Only researchers who collaborate with a non-academic partner (e.g. industry) are eligible. Candidates are required to send a motivation letter (co-signed by their supervisor) in which they indicate why they want to participate (added value) and present their collaborative research project.

Interested? Please contact Dr Nele Bracke Deadline: Monday 22 February 2016

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. A no show fee of 350 EUR will be charged for cancellations without valid reason after April 5th 2016. The course is non-residential for participants of Ghent University.



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

Non-periodic continuous assessment; 100% participation. The participants are required to bring a poster (for the poster session).