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 2021


Monday 09/11/2020

Datastorage@UGent Theory

by Ewald Pauwels (DICT)

Datastorage@UGent Theory

No recording

Tuesday 08/12/2020

Datastorage@UGent Applied

by Ewald Pauwels (DICT)

Datastorage@UGent Applied


Tuesday 26/01/2021

10-12 am


Python for Dummies

by Frederik Gailly (FEB)

What to expect:

  • How to install Python and your first Python program
  • How to learn Python: book; online platforms: Dodona & Datacamp, UGent course
  • Python for researchers: Jupyter Notebooks, ...

Thursday 11/02/2021

10-12 am


Graphic Design 

by Dries Benoit (FEB)

What to expect:

  • a session focused on presenting numerical data (in the context of papers or posters)
  • which software to use for statistical analysis: R, Stata, SPSS and MATLAB

Thursday 25/02/2021

10-12 am


GitHub for Dummies

by Frederik Gailly (FEB)

What to expect:

the basics of GitHub

To be defined

Critical Thinking (Reviewing)

by Gert Peersman (FEB)

What to expect:

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

Thursday 25/03/2021

13.30-16.30 pm


Pitch your Research 

by Edward De Vooght + Dietmar Hertsen (De Redenaar)

What to expect:

  • a concise theoretical introduction to 'pitching'
  • get to work, pitch your own research and get feedback

Program 2020


How to write a data management plan?

When: Thursday 23/01/2020

Speaker: Jan Lammertyn, Data Steward Research Data Management at DOZA

Description: Do you need to write a DMP and would you like to receive advice on specific steps and answers to your questions? Such as where and how best to store data? Are you interested in going over practical examples for various methodologies? e.g. what does a DMP plan look like when you do qualitative research, when you do survey research, when you do experimental research, when you follow your case study approach, when you are working with big data or research on large databases….


Datastorage@UGent and working with GitHub

When: Friday  7/02/2020

Speakers: Johan Van Camp, Ewald Pauwels and Steven Rogge, our colleagues from DICT (resp. Datacenters, High Performance Computing and ICT User Support)

Description: Do you want to know all about Datastorage at UGent and working with GitHub? What are the data storage possibilities at UGent? What is GitHub and how to use it? Get all the information you need and an answer to all your related questions.


Biblio uploading and VABB information

When: Friday 21/02/2020

Speaker: Anniek Toye, coordinator of the Policy Cell, Bibliometrics and research reviews (Research Department, Research Coordination Office).

Description: Learn how to upload your publications in the UGent Academic Bibliography and get specific VABB information and answers to all your related questions from our own UGent expert Anniek.


Pitch your research

When: We 4/03/2020

Speakers: "The Orator", UGent alumni Dietmar Hertsen and Edward De Vooght

Description: Do you need to pitch your research and do you want to actively learn how to best do so? Dietmar and Edward, aka “The Orator” interactively take you by the hand and guide you through pitching land. You definitely want to grab this opportunity to learn and practice how to pitch your research in this highly recommended workshop loaded with excercises, tips, tricks and do's. "The Orator" guides you through the whole process with precision and humour. They offer you a 3 hour workshop in which all the most important pillars (structure, body language, visuals and language) are discussed. In addition to short pieces of general theory given in a refreshing way, they try to give as many practical exercises as possible to you, the participant. There is only one rule: everyone speaks.

NB: please cancel ( or find a substitute if you should be unable to attend.


GDPR, ethics and my research

When: Friday 24/04/2020

Speaker: Hanne Elsen, data protection expert (UGent, Department of Administrative Affairs)

Description: Do you want to know all about GDPR and what it means for your research? Hanne Elsen, data protection expert (UGent, Department of Administrative Affairs) shares her expertise with you in this session. In this year's session Hanne Elsen will once more not only give general information about the GDPR. She will also shine her light over the implications of GDPR on your research design, during your research and after your research. In addition, she will answer your specific questions.

Program 2019

SSHT Breakfast (2018-2019)

When: 27th of November 2018 from 9am until 11am

Where: Faculty Board Room


How to use the Open Science Framework?

When: 11th of February 2019

Teacher: Dr. Antonio Schettino (FPPW, Dept. of experimental clinial and health spychology)

Description:  The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open-soure web-app that manages research projects at all stages of the research lifecycle and connects the tools researchers use.  Which means that when you're looking for an online platform specifically developed for reseachers to collaborate with their international colleagues on all levels of the project, the OSF might be something you will like to use.  From quick file senders, awards for preregistration, the integration of Dropbox, Github, figshare to DOIs and repositories, OSF covers every aspect of the research lifecycle. And in this session Dr. Schettino will show you how to use OSF. More info:

Birds of a feather tweet together

When: 21st of February 2019

Teachers: Esther De Smet (DOZA) and Lies Vermeesch (FEB)

Description: This sessions is for researchers who no longer need convincing that setting up a communication and outreach strategy is part of being a modern scientist or scholar.  They also believe that social media has earned its place in this strategy.  But they are not quite sure how to take it to the next level.  Sure, they read the occasional blog or have created a Twitter account but now what?  Esther will show you how social media (with a focus on Twitter) can fit into the larger scheme of developing your skills, enlarging your network, and sharing your knowledge.

  • Presentation:

How to write a data management plan

When: 12th March 2019                     

Teacher: Inge Rutsaert (EBIB)

Description: In case you haven't noticed it yet, but more and more funders (FWO, H2020) demand a data management plan (DMP) when applying for funding.  Eventhough some do consider this as an administrative burden, DMPs have lots of advantages and will come in handy throughout the whole project.  During this workshop Inge (EBIB) will explain those advantages and show you how to write a DMP according to the requirements of the FWO.

What does GDPR mean for my research?

When: 1st April 2019

Teacher: Hanne Elsen (DOZA - DPO)

Beschrijving: Since May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation, a.k.a. GDPR, came into use and caused quite some commotion amongst many. Now the new data protection officer for UGent, Hanne Elsen, has found her way around she's happy to tell you more about the effects GDPR will have on your research and the Do's an Don't's you will have to keep in mind.

What about open access, licensing and authorship?

When: 23rd of April 2019                                               

Teachers: Inge Van Nieuwerburgh (University Library) and Prof. Dr. Elsy Verhofstadt (EB21)

Beschrijving: These days the terminology on open access and open access policies of funders and journals have become much more confusing.  What's the good open access and what's the bad open access?  Why do we still have to pay?  And what's this thing called Plan S and how does the Belgian law change in 2020?  Inge Van Nieuwerburgh of the University Library will talk about all of the above and about how to license your publications/data. After this prof. Elsy Verhofstadt will quickly talk about the faculty guidelines on authorship.