Newsletters 2011

Newsletter July 2011

July 2011

Newsletter  # 7 – July 2011

July Events:

  • Short Survey for the New P-NUT
  • Lunch Meeting: Improve your public speaking skills with Toastmasters!  July 05th, 12:30 - 13:30
  • P-NUT Get-together  -  July 07th, 17:30
  • Tour to the Grolsch Factory - July 13th, 16:15 (from UT), 17:00 there

Short survey for the New P-NUT


P-NUT is going to change! From September onwards we will be a legal, registered association. P-NUT will be a proactive, effective communication platform between UT and the PhD candidates. We will keep abreast of all the changes in terms of policy and all the relevant issues that affect the PhD candidates. Today we would like to find out your opinion about what you wish of P-NUT in the future. Shall we organize more or less activities or represent you better?

We would really appreciate if you can answer this short survey, it only takes 2 minutes! Fill out here!


 Lunch Meeting: Improve your public speaking skills with Toastmasters! July 05th, 12:30 - 13:30

Do you want

(i) your fellow researchers to stop checking email during seminar presentations?

(ii) to energize your students during lectures?

(iii) to have an impressive PhD defense for your colleagues, friends and family?
Well, there are no guarantees, but here is a chance to improve your speaking skills, and have fun in the process:
On July 5th Twente Toastmasters will visit the University of Twente to demonstrate some of their methods for improving public speaking skills. Come by and see Toastmasters in action during the lunch.
Toastmasters members will introduce you to impromptu speaking through 'table topics', improving each other's speeches through evaluations, and keeping your 'uhms' and 'ahs' in check with the 'ah counter'.
Date: July 05th (Tuesday)
Time: 12:15 – 13:30
Venue: Carré 1C
Registration at:

Free registration. Light lunch of Sandwiches and Drinks are provided

P-NUT Get-together –  July 07th, 17:30 @ Faculty Club

This is our monthly get-together where you can meet your fellow PhDs from all the departments in UT. Drinks are on us!

Date: July 07th, 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 17:30
Venue: Bloomzaal Faculty Club (Building 42)
No registration is required

Tour to the Grolsch Factory July  13th, 16:15 (from UT), 17:00 there

Summer time! And as a PhD candidate, you have to know where the beer your drink comes from. That's why this month P-NUT is organizing a visit to Grolsch Brewery in Enschede.

During the tour Grolsch guides will explain and show how Grolsch is made, from the beginning to the end. After that, we are going to have a beer degustation of the different beers produced there.

Join us and invite your PhD friends as well!

Date: July 13th , 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 16:15 (we leave from UT at 16:15 and cycle there together - the tour starts at 17:00 and ends at 19:30
Venue: Grolsch Brewery
Costs: 10,00 per person
Registration at:

Other things that might interest you:

Conference on "Bridging the robotics gap: bringing together ethicists and engineers"
Place: The Drienerburght Hotel, Enschede (NL)

Date: July 11 and 12, 2011

Register at:


“Our processes determine the quality of our products”. This quote, taken from the work of Hugh Dubberly studying the multiple design processes of technologies, sums up the main aim of high quality engineering robot design: to create high quality robots by ensuring high quality design processes. But even high quality design processes may raise ethical issues. This conference brings together roboticists and ethicists working in the field to discuss the ethics of robot design.
Contact Information

PhD Network of the University of Twente
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