Research days

Concept and overview


    • Gaining insight into the sort of research undertaken by our PhD researchers and their evolution.  You will get an idea of the central theme and the objectives of each PhD and the structure of the PhD (how many papers, methods….).  During the presentation the PhD student optionally presents a paper, much like at a scientific congress.
    • Doctoral students will be informed at an early stage about the types of PhD the faculty is looking for. They also get to know other doctoral students who may have similar problems to overcome.
    • A team building activity to get to know each other better.


      Plenary session

      • The keynote panel on ‘The Future of Cities’ will be held in Auditorium Quetelet. Further details (incl. speakers) will be announced soon.  



      • Workshop 1: Repository usage (by Ziad Choueiki, Data Steward of the Social and Behavioral Sciences cluster at Ghent University)

        Online repositories are an essential part of good Research Data Management and Open Science practices. They are a key infrastructure in making your data FAIR. For this session, we’ll be taking a closer look at what repositories actually are and what they offer to you as a researcher (as the benefits are multifold). Are you an early-stage researcher or a professor looking to evolve your skill set? Then this seminar is for you.

      • Workshop 2: Storytelling logic for researchers (by Wim Coessens, The Works)

        How to transform your scientific research and results into an attractive, accessible, engaging and structured story to the outside world. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare the story telling in a logical manner: think about your target audience and their needs; define your objective and key messages; organize your thoughts logically.

      • Workshop 3: Non-violent communication (by Pieter Detombe, Trustpunt)

        In this workshop you learn how to communicate based on your values and needs and you learn how to listen empathically. The focus will be on practicing these skills in a safe and playful context.

      • Workshop 4: Going abroad during your PhD (by PhD students from the faculty)

        Interested in going abroad during your PhD for a foreign research stay? Several PhD students from our faculty will share their international experience in this workshop. Special attention is given to selecting a visiting university, collaborating with professors and other practicalities. You will also get the opportunity to ask specific and practical questions.


      • 08h15 - 08h45: Registration @ Foyer
      • 08h45 - 09h00: Opening speech by the Dean @ Quetelet
      • 09h00 - 10h15: Plenary session @ Quetelet
      • 10h15 - 10h30: Coffee Break @ Foyer / hallway behind Quetelet
      • 10h30 - 12h00: Parallel paper presentations
      • 12h00 - 12h30: Poster sessions @ hallway behind Quetelet
      • 12h30 - 13h30: Walking lunch @ Foyer
      • 13h30 - 14h30: Workshops
      • 14h30 - 15h00: Poster sessions @ hallway behind Quetelet
      • 15h00 - 15h30: Coffee Break @ Foyer / hallway behind Quetelet
      • 15h30 - 17h00: Parallel paper presentations
      • 17h15 - … : Closing session @ Quetelet