Mobilising your - scientific - network

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
21 and 28 September 2023 09:00 17:00 Wageningen Marcella Haan 20 / 20 Apply

Course description

Chit-chatting with the powers-that-be during breaks at conferences? Putting yourself at the forefront while mixing pleasure with business and mingle with peers, donors and diplomats at the umpteenth embassy cocktail party? If that is your image of networking, this training can offer you an entirely different picture.

Knowing what networking is can help you to make optimal use of it. Networks are essential for scientists. Networking helps PhD students in obtaining data, money and time, receiving valuable feedback and effectively completing their thesis. Networking is a competence - partly knowledge and skills but largely an attitude. If you are conscious of that, it will be an activity that brings unexpected opportunities and pleasure in work.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates and postdocs who want to map, mobilise and expand their - scientific - network
Group size: 15-20 participants
Duration training: Two separate full days
Language: English
Credit points: 1.0 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Dick van Vlooten & Koos Wolcken*
Venue: All participants receive a message about the location of the training a few weeks before the start

*  Koos Wolcken: European director Speaking Circles, experienced NLP trainer and personal coach / Dick van Vlooten: interim manager, trainer and coach

Programme and intended results

The training offers you the essential tools to create a network through a variety of introductions, discussions and assignments. You will find your personal style of networking and ways to improve your networking skills. You will learn how to determine whether there are more networks you should be part of and how you can make use of them. On the second day a guest speaker is invited to discuss experiences and good and bad practices.

Intended results

After this training you will know how to map your own existing network and where there is room for improvement or expansion. You will understand how the structure of your network and the environment of your networks influence both fun and gain. You will learn your own communication style and how you operate in networking. On the basis of that you will be able to build on that and mobilise your own network better.


Reduced fee:
  • PhDs that will graduate at Wageningen University, with an approved Education Plan (TSP), and member of one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
  • Postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 175,-
Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs and staff of Wageningen University € 350,-
External fee: All others € 700,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

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

  • You can find someone to replace you in the training and supply the coordinator (Heleen Danen) 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 (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).

In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For further information please contact
for practical information Marcella Haan:
for content information Dick van Vlooten: