9th International Spring School Transferable Skills-2020

Cluster Communication skills, Cluster Research & Valorization AND Cluster Career Management

Target group

Doctoral candidates actively involved in a collaborative research project (i.e. a project in which one actively collaborates with a non-academic partner) are warmly invited to apply.

•    candidates from Ghent University engaged in a collaborative research project (e.g. Baekeland scholarships)
•    candidates from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
•    candidates from the University of Aveiro, Portugal
•    candidates affiliated with the Industrial Doctoral School (IDS) of Umeå University, Sweden
•    candidates from different Welsh Universities, Wales, UK (within the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) project)


Your application must include:
1.    an abstract (1 pager max) describing your research and including information about the partner company/organisation you collaborate with. This abstract will be used as input for a poster to be presented during the Spring School.  
2.   a motivation letter indicating why you should be given the opportunity to join the Spring School. This letter should be signed by yourself as well as your supervisor.
3.   a CV and if possible a list of publications.
The deadline for applying is 3 February 2020
Submit your application to dr Katrien Daemen-de Gelder –

Method and aim

Within the context of experiential learning you will work individually and in small groups to further develop your career as a young researcher. During the Spring School you will sharpen your poster making and abstract writing skills and look deeper into the matter of research integrity. In order to create a new network you will be given the opportunity to visit different departments and/or meet researchers within your discipline at the University of Aveiro. You will also be given a chance to visit a research intensive company in the neighbourhood of Aveiro. The workshop will furthermore give you time for personal reflection, individual development and network building together with doctoral candidates from several universities.

Time schedule & Venue

  •  From Sunday 10 May through to Friday 15 May 2020, hosted by the University of Aveiro (Portugal)

Registration procedure

Ghent University will select 2 PhD candidates to take part in the Spring School. Only researchers who collaborate with a non-academic partner (e.g. industry) are eligible to participate. Candidates are required to submit a motivation letter (co-signed by their supervisor!) in which they indicate why they want to participate (added value), a CV (+ list of publications, if possible) as well as an abstract outlining their collaborative research project.

Interested? Please contact dr.
Deadline: Monday 3 February 2020

Registration fee

Free of charge for  members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools. Please take into account that the full cost of the workshop, including travel and accommodation costs (1500 EUR in total), will be charged for cancellations without valid reason after 31 March 2020.