Brain-friendly working (new online format)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator    
30 March, 6 and 13 April 2021
30 March (9.00-12.00hrs), 6 April (9.00-11.00 hrs), 13 April (9.00-13.00 hrs)
09:00 Yvonne Smolders Course is fully booked

Course description

This program aims to increase understanding of the brain and provide tools on how to directly apply the knowledge in the PhD work. Over the course of three weeks, the participants practise with the material between sessions and get feedback on these exercises from the trainer. Screen time will be as minimal as possible by providing short online sessions.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates, PostDocs
Group size: 16
Course duration: 3 sessions, total 9 hours
Language: English
Credit points: 0.4 ECTS
Self-study hours: 1
Name lecturer: Cor van Drieberge
Venue: Online


3-week programme

1st week: Brain-friendly working + Flow (3hr session)

Preparation: participants introduce themselves through e-mail. They explain how they think this program could help them and why do they want to follow it (max 100 words).

The session:

  • Introduction to the 3-week program
  • How does the brain work
  • How you can get control over your brain, schedule and work more brain-friendly
  • Basic understanding of flow: the good side, the bad side and how to achieve flow.

During the workshop, students will receive exercises and tips to create more flow and brain-friendly working in their system.

2nd Week: Coaching & mindset + How to work most effective from the screen (2 hr session)

Preparation: participants provide feedback through mail on where they are bumping into concerning the testing tips from the first session.

The session:

  • How is the implementation of what the participants have learned going?
  • What do the participants need more to work more effectively?  
  • Effective working behind the screen

3rd week: Skills (4 hr session)

Preparation: participants bring a book and a pdf article. Also, they have thought about subjects to write about and facts they want to learn how to memorize

When you have the foundation of brain knowledge, the mindset to start using it, the final step is to improve on skills:

  1. Speedreading + effective reading from the screen
  2. Effective writing
  3. Memorization of facts for presentations/reading materials
  4. Summarizing the complete program


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 75
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 150
External fee: All other participants € 300


Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to 1 month before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (circumstances beyond your control).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact Yvonne Smolders (