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Date and Venue

PhD/PDEng Day - 21st of November 2019

Venue: The Gallery (area DesignLab) - Google Maps Route

Program Overview

12:00-12:30

Registration (link)

12:30-13:00

Welcome by Rector Magnificus, Thom Palstra

13:00-14:00

Keynote by dr. Nolen Gertz (link)

14:00-14:30

Opening Information Market, Pitches & First Contact (link)

14:30-15:15

Parallel Sessions I:

1. "Starting your own business after your PhD" by Novel-T and partners (link)

2. "What I learned from my depression" by Erik Kemp (link)

3. "PhDs: Slaves of science? Precarious working conditions of PhDs vs possibilities to do something about it" by Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) and Academic Union (VAWO) (starts at 14:15) (link)

4. "Networking: Building Sustainable Relations" by AcademicTransfer (link)

15:15-15:45

Break with Information Market (link)

15:45-16:30

Parallel Sessions II

1. "From discovering a passion to developing better materials for sustainable energy conversion" by Monica Morales-Masis (Hosted by the Female Faculty Network Twente, FFNT) (link)

2. "How to be a happy and successful PhD!" by Julia Wijnmaalen (link)

3. "Why happiness matters: The importance of psychological well-being and development as we move into the future" by The Collective Unconscious (link)

4. "Going to industry after your PhD - experiences from former PhD students" by Saab Technologies (link)

16:30-17:00

Refreshment break with closure of Information Market (link)

17:00-18:00

Keynote by Prof. Dr. Paul Frijters (link)

18:00-18:15

Closing Ceremony by P-NUT

18:15-19:00

Networking Drinks

19:00-21:00

Dinner (registration required!)

A certificate of attendance will be given to all participants who register and attend. It is calculated that the activities in the program equal 0.25 European Credits (ECs). 

Keynotes

Prof. dr. Paul Frijters
"Happiness professor"

Professor of Wellbeing Economics at the London School of Economics. Former professor at the University of Queensland and at the Queensland University of Technology. Nickname: "Happiness professor". More info click here

Dr. Nolen Gertz
Nihilism and Technology

Assistant professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente. Author of 'The Philosophy of War and Exile', 'Nihilism and Technology', and 'Nihilism'. Coordinator of the 4TU.Centre of Ethics and Technology's Taskforce on Risk, Safety, and Security. More info click here

Parallel Sessions I

Starts at 14:30 hours (except for the PNN workshop which starts at 14:15 hours). Parallel sessions I ends at 15:15 hours. 

"Starting your own business after your PhD" by Novel-T and partners


Novel-T offers direct support to entrepreneurs with innovation questions and startups in realizing their innovative business idea. They also screen groundbreaking research at the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences and connect this knowledge with the market. Novel-T facilitates in all phases: from the emergence of the business case to market entry. 

If you are a researcher with an interesting research result, a ground-breaking technology or a smart innovation, Novel-T can help you to bring your innovative idea or research to market. We offer you an inspiring workshop about the phases from researcher to a successful startup. We show what support the University of Twente Knowledge & Technology Transfer Office offers to start with your business. In addition, an entrepreneurial researcher from this region will share his story, experiences and tips about starting a business from research. After the workshop, you can find our experts on the information market where we would like to talk to you! 

"What I learned from my depression" by Erik Kemp


Erik Kemp is a MSc. Cyber Security student at the UT. Next to being actively involved in the UT student community, he has also dealt with a severe depression. After sharing his story publicly last May (featured in UToday), P-NUT has invited Erik to share his experiences at our PhD day.

“A depression should not be confused with feeling a little off sometimes. My depression taught me valuable lessons, but I really hope other people don’t have to go though the same process. During this workshop, I hope to give you an insight in what a depression can do with someone, and how (I think) we could prevent it from happening. For PhD students who have been in a depression or have seen it happening to colleagues: I really hope you will join the workshop. If you’re willing to share some of your experiences, we might find similarities and differences, through which we can learn from each other.“

"PhDs: Slaves of science? Precarious working conditions of PhDs vs possibilities to do something about it" by Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) and Academic Union (VAWO) (starts at 14:15)


The PhD Candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN) is the national organisation for PhD candidates in the Netherlands. Our primary goal is to represent the interests and improve the working conditions of all PhD candidates doing research in the Netherlands. PNN consists of a national network of PhD Councils from the Dutch universities, medical centres, and research institutions.

What options do you have for developing yourself during your PhD trajectory? What can you do when your promotor asks you to supervise yet another student on top of those others? How does your type of PhD contract influence your work?

It is important that you are aware of you rights as a PhD candidate. Together with the Academic Union, the PhD candidates Network Netherlands (PNN) will therefore provide you in this workshop with information, answer to your questions, and advice about PhD issues. After this workshop your PhD-life will be perhaps a bit more fun and easier, so don’t hesitate and join!

“Networking: Building sustainable relations” by AcademicTransfer

Do you ever think about your career step after your PhD? Are you aware of the importance to invest in your network? Do you need tips & tricks on how to start or expand your network? what about your personal branding? Find this out during this workshop. 

Parallel Sessions II

Starts at 15:45 hours and ends at 16:30 hours. 

"How to be a happy and successful PhD!" by Julia Wijnmaalen

Julia Wijnmaalen is the author of The PhD Survival Guide (link). She loved doing a PhD. A process she stepped into driven by curiosity and with a smile of amazement on her face. Julia earned her PhD-tour-guide-stripes as she successfully managed to get a PhD whilst maneuvering between different research institutes, countries and life events. Are you doing a PhD? Are you thinking about starting one?

A PhD is nothing like any other project; it is very very personal. Doing a PhD often feels like an emotional rollercoaster. In this workshop Julia will share with you some insights into the world of science and its possible stressors, like the relationship with your supervisors or publication pressure. Being aware of these stressors, and how you can mitigate them, increases your effectiveness, succes and ensures your happiness! 

"Why happiness matters: The importance of psychological well-being and development as we move into the future" by The Collective Unconscious

The world is getting better, but it's leaving people behind. We've created incredible tools to connect with each other, but individuals feel more lonely than ever. Why the contradiction? TCU believes that as a society, we do not place enough importance on the psychological well-being and development of the people around us. This is especially obvious at the university level - where a student can graduate with honors, without anyone ever asking if he/she is happy. We also believe that how a person feels is just as important as what they create. And that a university degree cannot be considered a success if it leaves a student riddled with anxiety and self-doubt. Defining happiness, and why it is important, will be key if we hope to create a better tomorrow. 


Austin Piedmont - Austin Piedmont is the founder of TCU (The Collective Unconscious) and an advocate for student well-being and development. He believes that the mental health of students should be a priority at every university, so he created TCU as a way to bring people together who are interested in making this happen. 


Selene Illner - Selene Illner is a certified Laughter Yoga teacher. Since 2017, she has been regularly giving Laughter Yoga workshops and is currently writing her Master thesis about this topic. Her goal is to share her positive experiences in Laughter Yoga with others. 

The Collective Unconscious (TCU)

A group of individuals - free thinkers, creators, activists, students, professionals - we all come from different places and with different backgrounds and expertise. But what unites us is a drive to create a better tomorrow and the realization that we share a collective responsibility to make it happen. Our core mission is something that every member of TCU takes seriously and believes is possible - to accept responsibility for the psychological well-being and development of all world citizens and to create viable solutions to achieve this. Leading by example, and encouraging others to follow, we believe that it is possible to catalyze effective and positive change at any level - family, community, state, country, world - by focusing on the psychological well-being and development of individuals. 

"From discovering a passion to developing better materials for sustainable energy conversion" by Monica Morales-Masis (Hosted by the Female Faculty Network Twente, FFNT)

In this presentation, Monica Moralis-Masis will talk about her career path from her studies in Costa Rica all the way to her tenure track professor position in UT. The journey goes from Costa Rica, US, Japan, Switzerland, and The Netherlands, every step shaping her career and passion for Materials Science and renewable energy technologies. The title of her talk is therefore: From discovering a passion to developing better materials for sustainable energy conversion

Monica Morales-Masis is Tenure track professor at the University of Twente. Her work focusses on the development and study of new materials for optoelectronic devices, with strong focus on solar cells. She heads the Optoelectronic Materials group (https://www.utwente.nl/en/tnw/ims/research/research-morales/ ) part of the Inorganic Materials Science (IMS) chair at the Faculty of Science and Technology. 

Background Female Faculty Network Twente

An inclusive work environment is a key factor to retaining and leveraging female researchers’ talent and assuring long-term benefits and growth. The FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) is the professional network of female academic staff members at the University of Twente. Since 2005, FFNT engages with and for its members, with UT managers and administrators to keep up the dialogue about equity, diversity and inclusiveness. Our vision is to establish and maintain the current culture and the practices of diversity in our university. Our mission is to promote female academic leadership and help shape policies that increase gender diversity at our university. 

"Going to industry after your PhD - experiences from former PhD students" by Saab Technologies

Discover more about the next steps in your career outside academia. Two former PhD students, of which one is from the UT, will share their experiences about making the transition from academia to industry. Bence Bakondi is one of these students and he is eager to share his experiences with doctoral candidates. 

Information Market

The Information Market will be a networking activity held between rounds of parallel sessions. Attendants will be able to meet and talk with key stakeholders of industry, science, and society. Here is a list of who you will be able to meet: 

Bedrijvendagen Twente

www.bedrijvendagentwente.nl/en 

Are you interested in finding an industry job after finishing your PhD at the University of Twente? The Bedrijvendagen Twente creates multiple opportunities for PhD students to get in touch with more than 140 companies. From visiting the Career Fair and getting into contact with over 140 companies to getting to know a company on a less superficial level during the Ambition weeks; find the activity that suits you best! The Bedrijvendagen Twente strives to be the connection with your future! 

Expat Center East

https://www.expatcentereastnetherlands.nl/

The Expat Center offers services to international oriented companies, the universities and their international employees on matters like work permits and working in an international environment. With our events we offer internationals in Twente a social network and inform them about topics like taxation and career. 

Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT)


https://www.utwente.nl/en/ffnt/

An inclusive work environment is a key factor to retaining and leveraging female researchers’ talent and assuring long-term benefits and growth. The FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) is the professional network of female academic staff members at the University of Twente. Since 2005, FFNT engages with and for its members, with UT managers and administrators to keep up the dialogue about equity, diversity and inclusiveness. Our vision is to establish and maintain the current culture and the practices of diversity in our university. Our mission is to promote female academic leadership and help shape policies that increase gender diversity at our university. 

Ipskamp Printing

https://www.ipskampprinting.nl/

Ipskamp Printing has been printing theses since 1980 and we have been developing and optimizing our procedures and production process ever since. This results in Ipskamp Printing being market leader in thesis-printing. We are the trusted partner for thesis printing and layouting for over 1.250 PhD`s annually. Will you be next?  

Our head-office is located in Enschede, conveniently close to the university so if you want to drop by then please feel free to do so. 

Julia Wijmaalen, author of “The PhD Survival Guide”

Julia Wijnmaalen is the author of The PhD Survival Guide. She loved doing a PhD. A process she stepped into driven by curiosity and with a smile of amazement on her face. Julia earned her PhD-tour-guide-stripes as she successfully managed to get a PhD whilst maneuvering between different research institutes, countries and life events. 


https://thephdsurvivalguide.com/

Novel-T

https://novelt.com/en/

Novel-T offers direct support to entrepreneurs with innovation questions and startups in realizing their innovative business idea. They also screen groundbreaking research at the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences and connect this knowledge with the market. Novel-T facilitates in all phases: from the emergence of the business case to market entry. 

Promovendi Network Netherlands (PNN)
The Collective Unconscious

https://www.thecollectiveunconscious.com/ 

A group of individuals - free thinkers, creators, activists, students, professionals - we all come from different places and with different backgrounds and expertise. But what unites us is a drive to create a better tomorrow and the realization that we share a collective responsibility to make it happen. Our core mission is something that every member of TCU takes seriously and believes is possible - to accept responsibility for the psychological well-being and development of all world citizens and to create viable solutions to achieve this. Leading by example, and encouraging others to follow, we believe that it is possible to catalyze effective and positive change at any level - family, community, state, country, world - by focusing on the psychological well-being and development of individuals. 

The Chain Company

https://thechaincompany.nl/

The Chain Company specializes in recruitment for (young) professionals at HBO and WO level, PhD students and Postdocs. Our clients are professional and leading organizations in the Netherlands and West-Europe. The Chain Company mediates candidates for various positions within, among others, sales, marketing & communication, technology, finance and supply chain.

Temporary employees can be provided to you company at any time and in almost any profession. The candidates are employed at Chain Professionals, however they perform their activities at your company. Legally we are the employer, practically you are the manager and supervisor.

We are specialised in determine, enhancing and promoting your employer brand. With our knowledge and experience we will exploit your employer brand unmistakebly en we will enable you to attract more and better candidates for your company. Which is an absolute requirement in order to monitor the continuity of your company, let alone grow your company. 

UT Language Centre


https://www.utwente.nl/nl/ces/language-centre/

Language skills, 21st century skills, employability skills …  

Apart from studying and accomplishing the curriculum, skills are getting more and more important not only to study more effectively and successfully, but also to prepare for your future career. 

The UT Language Centre (UTLC) helps you to practice these skills. We offer workshops, trainings and events in both English and Dutch. Presentation skills, language courses, academic writing, brain training, entrepreneurial skills, business model thinking, visual thinking or project management. And what about cross-cultural competences in a global environment? Start working on your skills now!

The UT Language Centre identifies and supports the specific language learning needs of the University of Twente and its wider community in a flexible and professional manner. 

Organizers

P-NUT passes the borders of faculties, departments and even universities by bringing doctoral candidates with different backgrounds together to share their experiences and help each other to grow and become more efficient in their work. Our main objectives are to bring people who share similar interests together in both a professional and informal way, to inform them on the important aspects that might affect or benefit their careers as scientists and share and defend the rights of the PhDs at the UT. These objectives define the three main goals of P-NUT: connect, inform and represent the doctoral candidates of the University of Twente. 

Sponsors

The Chain Company (strategic partner)

This year the PhD Day will be partly organized in collaboration with our strategic partner The Chain Company. 

Gildeprint (platinum sponsor)


A platinum sponsor for the PhD Day 2019: Gildeprint. Gildeprint specializes in the designing and printing of theses. 

Ipskamp Printing (platinum sponsor)


A platinum sponsor for the PhD Day 2019: Ipskamp printing. The specialist in printing and binding of books, brochures, and manuals. 

Twente Graduate School (TGS)

A historic supporter and sponsor of the PhD Day: Twente Graduate School (TGS). TGS coordinates all doctoral programmes at the University of Twente.