Wageningen Graduate School PhD/Postdoc training
Measures Coronavirus (Covid-19), update September 20 - 2021
We offer training sessions as stated in the training schedules below (in-person, online and blended).
We strictly adhere to the corona rules of Wageningen University and the Dutch government, safety and health are paramount. When the rules for training sessions change they will be posted on this website.
From 25 September, the maximum of 75 persons per room no longer applies, and facemasks are no longer required when moving through a building.
Many have eagerly awaited these adjustments, and it is great to be able to see each other “live” once more. However, we will adhere to the basic measures: take a self-test twice a week, wash your hands frequently, cough and sneeze in your elbow and no shaking hands. Let us give each other room to adjust to this new situation gradually
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. Instead, Higher Education will receive self-tests from the government/OCW for dissemination. These will be distributed by WUR itself from 1 August. There will be (self-service) containers for this at each WUR location. As soon as the inventory has been completed, we will inform you where these self-service bins will be placed.
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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
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.
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
05. Training on Teaching
Skills in teaching and supervising training sessions are offered by Educational Staff Development
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.
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
11. Links to training organized by individual Graduate Schools