Wageningen Graduate School PhD/Postdoc training
Measures Coronavirus (Covid-19), update January 27- 2022
As of Monday 17 January, we are allowed again to offer on campus education and courses.We will continue as stated in the training schedules below. For exact information, please check the training schedules below.
Please note that the WGS courses adhere to the Covid-19 rules of Education (students).
- Keep a 1.5-metre distance where possible.
- Wear a medical facemask in all situations inside buildings. If people can sit at a distance of more than 1.5 metres, the facemask may be removed.
- Outside buildings you may gather with a maximum of 4 people, keep 1.5m distance, when 1.5m distance is not possible wear a medical facemask.
- The occupancy limit of any indoor space is limited to 75 persons, teaching staff and support staff not included.
- Perform a self-test* at least twice weekly.
- When on WUR premises, please adhere to the instructions detailed in the “Can I come to a WUR location’’ document (staff) or ‘‘Can I come to campus’’ document (students)
- Routing in the buildings remains in force where indicated/relevant.
Quarantine rules adjusted
With the omicron variant, the number of infected people is rising rapidly. This requires us to take responsibility: keep a 1.5-metre distance where possible, wear a medical mask where indicated, get vaccinated and use the booster shot, and self-test twice a week.
- If someone is infected, they go into isolation.
- If you are a roommate/travelling companion/near contact of an infected person, you must go into quarantine unless:
- you had a booster shot more than a week ago and have no complaints
- you were tested positive less than 8 weeks ago or this year (after 1 January 2022) and have no complaints.
- When in doubt, please check the 'Can I come to campus' checklist or the 'Can I come to a WUR location' checklist.
When to wear a (medical) nose mouth mask
- When walking through the WUR buildings and outside when it is not possible to keep one's distance due to the busy traffic;
- In all situations inside buildings. If people can sit at a distance of more than 1.5 metres, the nose mouth mask may be removed.
Medical masks are available at the reception desk of all WUR buildings on the campus.
- Outside on campus it is allowed to meet with four people, naturally at a distance;
- From 18 January 2022, PhD defenses can take place in the Aula, with a maximum of 75 people present. Here, the obligation to wear a medical mask also applies;
- Study-related activities on campus, organised by study associations, are possible again;
- Outdoor sports at, and sports in, SportCenter de Bongerd are again permitted. The corona entrance pass is mandatory for persons over 18 years of age, plus the wearing of a (medical) mouth mask. Only interdisciplinary competitions are permitted, without an audience.
*Self-tests form an addition to the existing measures on campus. We stress that the tests are taken voluntarily and are meant to identify infections rapidly to create a safe environment. The self-test is not a replacement for the GGD test. The option to order Self-tests is still available via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl/ You can also find (self-service) containers with self-tests at WUR locations.
For the Dutch (RIVM) measures against coronavirus, click here.
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Wageningen Graduate Schools
Below you can find a list of competences, skills and career oriented courses which are organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) in which the 6 Graduate Schools of Wageningen University (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS and WIMEK) are formally organised. All courses are intended for PhDs and postdocs, except the courses Professional in Supervision and Effective Leadership Styles which are intended for staff supervising WU PhD candidates. Please click on the course name for more information about the course and dates at which the course is given.
01. PhD Competence Assessments
02. Writing and Presenting training
03. Communication skills training
Bridging across cultural differences (online Course)
Key tactics for a global career: learn how to apply the understanding of cultural difference to improve your day to day interactions.
Communication with the Media and the General Public
Provides you with the necessary ideas and skills to communicate your work to non-scientists
Critical thinking and argumentation
Training to debate and speak in a clear, convincing and effective way
Debate training and practice tournament
The road to debating in science.
Effective behaviour in your professional surroundings
To assist you in building and empowering your attitude, behaviour and position in your professional surroundings
Making Impact: Increasing the relevance of research through science-society interaction (in person)
During this course, Dr. Harro Maat, Prof. Cees Leewis and Prof. Phil Macnaghten of the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation team will provide you with the scientific insights on how to make an impact. In addition, you can learn from them, and a panel of researchers on the different approaches they take to turn this into practical approaches.
Note: this course will take place on campus as an in person training
Mobilising your - scientific - network
Offers you the essential tools to create a network through a variety of introductions, discussions and assignments
Introduction to the Strength of Visual Thinking (FULLY BOOKED)
This short workshop will focus on how visual thinking can enhance creativity, improve clarity and how it can help you to engage others. You will also be introduced to the basic drawing alphabet which you can use to visualize your message.
This course is fully booked.
Effective and efficient communication in academia and beyond
Reviews previous participants
Supply insight, understanding and a set of tools in verbal communication that allow participants to communicate in an effective and efficient manner and prevent miscommunication
04. Project and Management skills training
Mindful Productivity for scientists -online
The course will help scientists to have a more creative, productive, and happier academic life. To do that a mindful approach (that is not spiritual)is applied, to overcome common mental and especially emotional struggles that scientists have, while they are getting things done.
Project and Time Management
Planning, control, monitoring and management of the research project and time are essential in accomplishing the PhD.
Research Data Management (online training)
This course consists of lectures and practical assignments that cover various aspects of managing research data: from organising your data files during data collection to publishing your final dataset.
Searching and Organising Literature (online training)
Make effective use of scientific information sources in the Wageningen University & Research Digital Library and EndNote
The Choice: Un-box your PhD process & take charge of your performance
The Choice is an experiential personal leadership course that provides you with tools and insights to become more in charge of your own performance as you proceed with your PhD process, using both reflection and physical exercise (boxing).
05. Training on Teaching
Skills in teaching and supervising training sessions are offered by Educational Staff Development
Exploring Teaching Outside Academia: orientation and reflection
This introductory course is meant for PhD candidates and postdocs who want to explore the art of teaching and the teaching profession outside academia.
Start to supervise BSc & MSc thesis students
Students expect certain behaviour of their supervisor, but the supervisor also has expectations of his/her student. Questions about responsibilities for supervisor and student arise. In this 2,5 hour workshop you will be provided with some general information about supervising thesis students at Wageningen University and discuss good practices, expectations, basic skills. Furthermore there will be room for questions.
Start to teach at university
This introductory course is meant for PhD candidates who want to explore the art of teaching within university settings
Teaching and supervising Thesis students
This course is intended for PhD candidates, postdocs, and academic staff who are or will be supervising students during their BSc or MSc thesis
06. PhD/Postdoc Well Being
07. Ethics training
08. Career oriented training / Assessment
09. Other training
Academic English (online training)
This course improves your English writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in an academic context and improves your academic grammar and vocabulary. It also prepares you for the IELTS or RATEr exam.
Adobe InDesign (online training)
This course in InDesign will help you create beautiful but also functional print and web layouts.
Introduction to Git for scientific software development
Do you write scientific software? Or do you write scripts as part of your research (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, Perl)? This course introduces the git protocol, the command-line and GUI clients available and the concepts that make git such a popular versioning tool. The course is free of charge for WUR PhD candidates.
Short Workshop - Introduction to LaTeX
An introductory workshop that covers the basics and the useful features of LaTeX; an automated document preparation system and mark-up language which can be used as an alternative to text processors like MS-WORD.
Introduction to WUR Library for PhD candidates (online training)
Introduction to the tools and services of the Library relevant to the first steps of your research
Last Stretch of the PhD Programme
Issues and questions: what must you do first, who is responsible, printing your thesis, do's and don'ts.
Course to learn basic principles of RMarkdown as a tool for open science. After this course you will be sufficiently equipped to apply RMarkdown to your own research project.
Scientific Artwork, Data visualisation and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator (online training)
This course will help you create beautiful and functional scientific graphics.
10. Staff training on PhD Supervision
Trainings are strongly recommended as element of Tenure Track
Professional in Supervision for PhD supervisors
Focus on communication styles, Supervising the writing process and giving effective feedback, coaching formats, leadership, cultural issues, distance based supervision and personal needs.
WGS Lunch Workshops for PhD Supervisors
In this workshop for PhD supervisors specific topics and issues with regard the PhD programme and supervision will be discussed. The lunch workshops are organised as a live event including catered lunch on the first Thursday of the even months.
11. Links to training organized by individual Graduate Schools