WIAS Course on Essential Skills (December 2017)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Wed 13 December 2017 until Fri 15 December 2017

Venue Orion, building number 103
Bronland 1
6708 WH Wageningen
+31 (0) 317 48 87 77
Room Orion room C3016

Wednesday 13 December

09:00 Focus of the programme

          Introductory round

          Explanation of the programme

          Working with colleagues

          Personal learning goals

          Coffee break

11:00 Presenting yourself: making an impact

           Tips for presenting yourself

           1-minute rounds (+video)

           Tips for delivering talks

           Selected talks (4 persons)

12:30  Lunch

13:30 Working in groups

          NASA exercise (discussion/video)

          Problem - solving in groups

          Managing discussions

          Coffee break

16:00 Effective Communication

          The Wilderness exercises

17:00 End of day


Thursday 14 December

09.00  Expectations from supervision

          What your supervisor wants from you

          What you want from your supervisor

          Practicing how to get what you need

          Coffee break

11:00 Support from supervisors

          Meetings with the supervisor (role play)

          Feedback from colleagues and a supervisor

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Dealing with diversity and culture

          Dimensions of cultural difference

          Practicing critical incidents

          Teamwork on cultural incidents

          Coffee break

15:30 Managing difficult people

           Dealing with conflict

           Influencing colleagues and teamworkers

17:00 End of day


Friday 15 December 2017

09:00 Everyday negotiation

           Principles of negotiation

           Negotiating across cultures

           Improving team skills

           Coffee break

11:00 Additional work

          Opportunities for personal development

          Open topics for further discussion/practice

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Planning the PhD

          Setting tasks and targets

          Individual planning

          Keys to success

          Coffee break

15:30 Personal planning

          Dealing with actions and stress

          Open issues and review

16:00 Closing: review and evaluation

Note: Preparing to attend the course!

If you would like the opportunity to practice giving a short (7-minute) talk on your research,  please contact the trainer, Frank Little, as soon as possible at :

If no "volunteers" contact him ahead of time, then four persons will be asked at random to make a presentation.

So please bring some materials or an existing Power Point presentation with you in case you are selected!