WIAS Introduction course on personal effectiveness for your PhD (1.2 ECTS)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Wed 1 March 2023 until Fri 3 March 2023

Duration 3 days
Venue Wageningen Campus
Room TBA

Course description

This course in an introductory course covering different skills that are necessary for successful pursuit of your PhD. The course consists of the following topics:

Reflection on necessary skills

The course provides an overview of the necessary skills every academic research should have. Participants reflect and prioritize what they think is essential for them. 

Stress management

Doing research can be stressful and managing stressful situations properly is vital for your success. This course covers the important aspects of how stress is triggered and what you can do to reduce stress.

Mindful communication

Effective communication is vital to achieving your goals. In this course the mindful communication framework is used to practice effective communication.


Supervision is an important part of your PhD. As a PhD candidate your will be supervised and will be supervising as well. This course covers the essential aspects of supervision which are then practiced with a real supervisor.

Effective meetings and negotiation

Meetings and negotiation are not always fun to attend and organise. Yet they are necessary. In this course a framework for effective meetings and negotiations is covered and practiced.

Giving and receiving constructive feedback

In this course the OEPS framework for giving and receiving feedback is covered and practiced. The OEPS framework is simple yet effective.

Time management

Juggling different tasks and responsibilities can become stressful if not managed properly. In this course the Getting Things Done (GTD) framework will be covered and practiced.

Learning goals

  1. You have an overview of the various skills needed for effective academic research
  2. You understand how stress is triggered
  3. You can reflect on your own personal stress triggers and come up with ways to deal with stressful situations
  4. You understand the mindful communication framework
  5. You can use the mindful communication framework in various settings
  6. You have an overview of the expectations regarding supervision. Both being a supervisor and a supervisee
  7. You understand the mechanism of meetings and communication techniques that can be used in the various stages of meetings to make meetings more constructive.
  8. You can use the OEPS framework to give and receive feedback
  9. You know how to handle negative feedback
  10. You understand the GTD framework and can use that in your daily work.
WIAS PhDs with a TSP Free
Other WUR PhDs, postdocs and WUR staff €220

Cancellation conditions

1. You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. 2. If you cancel after four weeks of the start of the course you will be charged with the full fee unless:
• You can find someone to replace you in the course and provide 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 (PhD 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.
3. If you do not attend the course and have not cancelled your registration, you will be charged the full fee.
Information: For more information, please contact wias@wur.nl