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oCPS Professional training: Organisation, integrity and IP (session 1)

December 12, 2016 - December 16, 2016

Course Content Overview:

1.      Scientific integrity (Monday 12th December from 13:30 to 17:00)

Overview: The aim of the course is to raise awareness of possible scientific issues in research at the oCPS program. After finishing this course you will be able to identify a number of categories of scientific integrity issues and recognize situations in which scientific integrity can be compromised. The main part of the course consists of two or three activities, each of which focuses on a specific sub-area of scientific integrity.

13.30 – 14.00
  • Welcome
  • Round of introductions
  • Video of a recent case of research fraud
14.00 – 14.30
  • What is Scientific Integrity?
  • Types of unethical behaviour
14.30 – 15.00
  • Preparing three modules.
  • Tea break
15.00 – 15.30 First module: external funding and conflicts of interest.
15.30 – 16.00 Second module: responses to unethical behaviour.
16.00 – 16.45 Third module: presenting research output
16.45 – 17.00 Conclusions

 2.      Taking Charge of your PhD Day 1 (Tuesday 13th December from 10:00 to 17:00)

Overview: The workshop focuses on the success factors of PhD projects and the role of the supervisor. Sharing tips on planning, time management, and help-network will help you to make the project your own. With the aid of an actor we practice conversational skills involving feedback, conflicts, negotiations, and other subjects

10.00 – 10.20 Introduction by the trainer
10.20 – 10.45 Making acquaintance: drives and barriers in science
10.45 – 11.30 Formal conditions and clarifying working conditions
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee /tea break
11.45 – 12.30 Planning and time management
12.30 – 13.00 Professional and social help network
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch.
14.00 – 14.30 Energizer and discussing cases
14.30 – 15.15 Giving and receiving feedback: theory and exercises
15.15 – 15.30 Break: refreshing drinks
15.30 – 16.15 Dealing with supervisors: negotiation and conflict
16.15 – 17.00 Conclusions and evaluation

 3.      Information Literacy and Research Data Management (Wednesday 14thDecember from 09:00 to 13:00)

Overview The basic course “Information Literacy and Research Data Management” focusses on the steps involved in performing a literature study and which aspects are important when managing your (experimental) data.

The course takes about 4 hours and takes place in the library instruction room  (MF 10, ground floor of TU/e Library),

The course will cover practical aspects of information literacy and research data management. It will help students become effective and efficient researchers by developing their skills and competencies in:

  • retrieving, evaluating and managing scientific literature, and;
  • managing their research data before, during and after their research project.

The course covers the following topics regarding information literacy and research data management.

  • Information literacy
  • analyze and define your research topic;
  • look for background information and search scientific information in relevant resources (databases);
  • evaluate your results
  • manage and organize your search results;
  • cite your references.

Research data management

  • data management plans, or data management in order to meet requirements of research funders;
  • data labs, or data management in order to protect and secure existence, usefulness and intelligibility of research data during your research;
  • data archives, or data management in order to share or publish research data.

4.      Research & IP Challenges (Wednesday 14th December from: 14:00 to 17:00)


 5.      Given an audience focused presentation day 1 (Thursday, 15th December from 09:15 to 17:15).

Content of the course: In this training you will be stimulated to give an audience-focused presentation, instead of a content- or screen focused presentation. You will look at all the important aspects of a presentation from the audience’s point of view; content, expression, relation, appeal and visual aids. You will learn how to use your body as an instrument to deliver your research; so you will know how to stand, when to move and where to leave your hands. You will also discover how to make your story clearly heard, visible and tangible. This will help you to captivate your audience’s attention more. In short, this training will challenge you to think in a whole new way about presentations.

Way of working: It is a very practical, hands-on course. It’s meant as a rehearsal space in which you can practice your presentation skills. You will work in small groups. Each group has a trainer who will act as a stage director. You will receive a lot of detailed feedback and personal stage directions. You will apply those, with immediate result, to a mini lecture that you need to prepare in advance. Prior to the course we also ask you to watch a short video on structuring your content.

All the techniques on offer will help you to present your research in a clear, memorable and audience-focused way at conferences.

09:15 – 09:30 Introduction
09:30 – 10:15 Individual presentations + first feedback
10:15 – 10:30 Vision: give an audience focused presentation
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee /tea break
10:45 – 11:15 Starting blocks: how to make a good start
11:15 – 11:45 Relation: how to make contact with your audience
11:45 – 12:30 Expression:

  • voice and lay-out for oral information
  • posture and effective use of gestures and space
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Content:

  • a tool for preparation
  • how to structure your presentation in an audience-focused way
14:30 – 15:15 Visual aids: guidelines for visual impact
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee /tea break
15:30 – 17:00 Individual presentations + stage directions
17:00 – 17:15 Conclusions

 6.      Career Orientation (Friday, 16th December from 09:00 to 14:30)

Overview: The PhD is a career stage where young researchers carry out a number of years of research to deliver a high quality thesis. Whereas daily work is mostly content focused and leads to specialisation, the future of the PhD student may not necessarily be in the same role or field as the PhD project.

This interactive career training provides an overview of career options for PhDs. More importantly, it challenges participants to put their PhD in perspective in order to learn how they can make the most of the PhD for the future.

  • What do you (want to) gain from your PhD?
  • How can you increase your professional attractiveness?
  • How to decide on your future career?


Please contact Víctor Sánchez (v.sanchez.martin@tue.nl) by 15 November 2016 the latest acknowledging participation.

Social dinner + Activity: On 13th December there will be a team building activity, plus a social dinner starting at 18:30 on Mathildelaan 1a, 5611 BD Eindhoven

Practical info
Most activities will be held at TU/e, Electrical engineering department, Flux building 4th Floor.


December 12, 2016
December 16, 2016


Marja de Mol


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