PhD Days


THURSDAY, 15TH OCTOBER 2015, 09:30




Academia versus Industry

PhD candidates are often overwhelmed by the possibilities of future career paths. The choice between industry and academia is easy for some, while incredibly fraught for others. In addition, PhDs are often unaware of ‘alternative’ and non-traditional career options, such as starting as an entrepreneur or working for a governmental agency.

During this edition of our PhD day, we want to present you with a variety of career opportunities and to better prepare you for achieving your desired position. Therefore we invited many interesting speakers and offer free workshops preparing you for the future!

The day program is full of interesting speeches, presentations and workshops all tailored to help you to get your dream job. We also provide you with a free lunch!

The evening program will start with a dinner at the restaurant De Kater; followed by a pub quiz organized by Tom Kuipers of Let's Quiz!

Check the full program, speakers, workshops and details below.

Join us at the PhD Day 2015 and get ready for your future!


This event is made possible thanks to the support of:









Day Program


09:30 – 10:00

Walk-in and Registration

10:00 – 10:05


10:05 – 10:15

Opening Speech

by Victor van der Chijs (President Executive Board of the UT)

10:15 – 10:45

University & Industry

by Liudvika Leisyte (UT, FFNT)

10:45 – 11:15


by Kees Eijkel (Kennispark)

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00


by Roy Kolkman (UT)

12:00 – 12:30

A Career in Industry

by Theo Driessen (ASML)

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00


Parallel Sessions 1

The Power of LinkedIn

by Selling Me

Landing a Grant

by Melanie ten Asbroek (EU Office)

Your PhD as a Stepping Stone to Success


15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00


Parallel Sessions 2

The Power of LinkedIn

by Selling Me

Your PhD as a Stepping Stone to Success


17:00 – 17:15

Lottery Draw and Closure

Evening Program


19:00 – 20:30


at de Blauwe Kater

20:30 – 22:30

Let’s Quiz

Pub Quiz by Tom Kuijpers


For the morning part of the program, we have invited 5 alluring speakers to deliver either a talk or a presentation on a topic related to the theme of the PhD Day 2015: Academia versus Industry!

Victor van der Chijs (President Executive Board of the UT)

He studied Law in Amsterdam and completed postgraduate education at the Amsterdam School of International Relations and INSEAD. Van der Chijs worked at ING, lastly as Vice President Structured and Project Finance in Hong Kong. In 1998 he started at Schiphol Group, first as Director of Public Affairs, while in later years he became responsible for Schiphol’s activities in the USA. In 2003 he took on responsibility for all of Schiphol’s international activities. A year later he was asked by Rem Koolhaas to take on the management of OMA.

Liudvika Leisyte (UT, FFNT)

She holds a PhD degree from the University of Twente, where she defended her dissertation on University Governance and Academic Research in 2007. Liudvika obtained the MPhil degree in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oslo (Norway) in 2002 and holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Business and a BA degree in Linguistics from Vilnius University (Lithuania). At the University of Twente Liudvika is involved in research and teaching in the areas of research governance and management, academic work and academic entrepreneurship. Besides, she is the chair of the Twente Female Faculty Network (FFNT) and member of the Faculty of Governance and Management Council.

Kees Eijkel (Kennispark)

Kees Eijkel is CEO of Kennispark Twente, the shell for commercialization in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University, in cooperation with the province of Overijssel and the city of Enschede on behalf of the cities in the region. As managing director of the University Holding, Kees manages the university’s participations. He has actively supported many new start-up firms. Before Kennispark, Kees was technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. He holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences from the University of Twente.

Roy Kolkman (UT)

In the position of Director Roy Kolkman High Tech Facilities is responsible for the operation and organization of the production High Tech Factory. He studied technical physics at the University of Twente and received his PhD in 2002 from the same university. He then worked as a researcher in the development of new medical imaging technologies. Since 2010, Roy worked as a patent expert for the business development team of the University of Twente. Roy combines the High Tech Facilities management with his work for the university's business development team.

Theo Driessen (ASML)

Theo studied technical physics at the University Twente and received his PhD in 2013 from the same university. Currently he works at ASML, Veldhoven.


The afternoon part offers two parallel sessions with 2 workshops to choose from.

Your PhD as a Stepping Stone to Success by PCDI

PhD student: What’s your future? Your position is temporary and academic positions are scarce. What does this mean for the next step of your career? To make a well-informed decisions on your professional future, you need to know your skills and motivational drives, but also what’s out there. Your PhD is valuable in and outside academia. Are you sufficiently aware of your potential and options? Non-traditional careers are not limited to teaching and industry. This workshop is meant to put your career in perspective and provides insight in what you can do now to make your PhD your stepping stone to success.

Landing a Grant by Melanie ten Asbroek (EU Office)

Melanie ten Asbroek works for the EU office of the Univeristy of Twente. She gives advice about non-Dutch grants. She helps researchers with strategic preparations, finding the right grant and writing the proposal.


The Power of LinkedIn by Selling Me

LinkedIn is no longer an optional activity when it comes to long-term career success. Active use of an online profile and maintenance of online professional relationships is nowadays the investment which is required to achieve a successful career. Learn how you can present yourself on LinkedIn with attractive profile so that employers and recruiters can find you!


As a gesture of appreciation for the attendees of the PhD Day 2015, a small tombola is organized. Three different prizes are planned this year, and we are sure that you will like them. Each attendee will receive one tombola ticket and the three happy winners will be randomly drawn at the end of the day.


The evening program of the PhD Day 2015 will start at 19:00 with a dinner at De Kater.


After dinner, the evening continues with a Pub Quiz organized by Tom Kuijpers of Let’s Quiz! Form a team with some fellow PhDs and prepare to answer questions concerning the UT and Enschede, but also current news and general culture!