Short Sessions on Hot Topics (SSHT)


SSHT Breakfast Meeting

The SSHT Breakfast meeting is a brainstorm session where young/new researchers can determine together for which techniques/software they want practical sessions organized by the library.  This is organized at the beginning of the academic year.


According to the results of the breakfast meeting the library will organize a number of practical sessions suggested by the researchers during the second half of the academic year for all researchers of the faculty.

Program 2022


Tuesday 09/11/2021





Datastorage Applied

by Ewald Pauwels (UGent, DICT)

In this online session Ewald starts with a short overview of the different UGent data storage options and then gives practical demos of them. He will distinguish between, and guide you through the applications for:

- data for groups

- archival data (inactive data)

- large dat a sets

Tuesday 30/11/2021





GDPR, ethics and my research

by Hanne Elsen (UGent, Data Protection Officer)

In this hybrid session Hanne starts with some general information about the GDPR. Then she addresses its implications on your research design, during and after your research. 

In addition, she will answer your specific questions. Which you can already submit at registration via the question box.

Wednesday 15/12/2021





Mendeley - working with a professional reference manager

by Jan Claes (Artevelde Hogeschool, lecturer)

In this hands-on session you will learn how to work with Mendeley.

The session will start with a brief look at the choice, setup, and configuration of the software. It is recommended however that you try to download and install Mendeley already before coming to the session. 

The main part will focus on how to add papers to your collection, make notes, mark passages, synchronise between different devices, and how to add citations in Word using the accompanying plugin. 

Finally, we will zoom on more advanced features, such as LaTeX (briefly), collaborating permanently or temporarily, and adapting citation styles.

There will also be room for questions. 

Friday 14/01/2022




Recording (session starts at 6'19)

Writing your Data Management Plan: step by step

by our FEBs datasteward & Thomas Van de Velde (UGent)

Data Management Plans have become an essential part of both research and research applications. In this seminar, we will take a closer look at, the tool that is used at Ghent University for drafting dmp's. We'll guide you through the process of making a new dmp and cover all the different sections.  

How do you describe data (be it observational, survey, interviews, ...)? Where will you store and archive the data? How about the metadata? What about confidential data? All these questions, and more, will be answered in this seminar.

Friday 25/03/2022


on campus


Campus Tweekerken, HOV ground floor, class room 0.1 L. De Smet (40p.)

How to pitch your research?

by Dietmar Hertsen & Edward De Vooght (De Redenaar)

Do you need to pitch your research and do you want to actively learn how best to do so? In this seminar packed with tips, trics and do's, Dietmar and Edward, aka De Redenaar, will guide you through the whole process interactively, with precision and humour.  

In 3 hours they discuss all the most important pillars (structure, body language, visuals and language). Besides short pieces of general theory given in a refreshing way, they give as many practical excercises as possible to you, the pitcher.

There is only one rule: everyone speaks.

Tuesday 26/04/2022



Campus Tweekerken, HOV ground floor, class room 0.1 L. De Smet (40p.)

How to design an effective poster?

by Evelynn Devos (UGent, PhD student)

Have you ever considered that a conference poster is practically a billboard?

Just like a billboard, your poster should draw attention, be simple yet creative and bring a simple message across in a matter of seconds.

In this short interactive session, I will give you some tips, do's and don'ts to design your poster.

The main focus of this session will be on the content of a poster, not on how to pitch it (for a session on pitching see the SSHT session "How to pitch your research?" by 'De Redenaar' on Friday 25/03/2022). 

Program 2021


Monday 09/11/2020

Datastorage@UGent Theory

by Ewald Pauwels (DICT)

Datastorage@UGent Theory (ppt)

No recording

Tuesday 08/12/2020

Datastorage@UGent Applied

by Ewald Pauwels (DICT)

Datastorage@UGent Applied (ppt)


Tuesday 26/01/2021

Python for Dummies

by Frederik Gailly (FEB)

Python (ppt)


Thursday 11/02/2021

Graphic Design 

by Dries Benoit (FEB)

Data Visualization (ppt)


Thursday 25/02/2021

GitHub for Dummies

by Frederik Gailly (FEB)

GitHub Cheat Sheet (pdf)

Recording GitHub

Friday 30/04/2021

Critical Thinking (Reviewing)

by Gert Peersman (FEB)

Preparing a referee report (ppt):

the basics of reviewing, how to start a review, tips & tricks, do's & don'ts 

Thursday 25/03/2021

How to pitch your Research 

by Edward De Vooght + Dietmar Hertsen (De Redenaar)