WIAS Course on Essential Skills (November 2018)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Tue 27 November 2018 until Thu 29 November 2018

A 3-days course with the following programme:

Day 1 - 27 November 2018

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


Day 2 - 28 November 2018

          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

Day 3 - 29 November 2018

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!