8th International Spring School Transferable Skills-2019

Cluster Communication skills, Cluster Research & Valorization AND Cluster Career Management

Target group

Doctoral candidates actively involved in a collaborative research project (i.e. a project where one actively collaborates with a non-academic partner) are warmly invited to apply.
• within the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) project across all of the Welsh Universities, Wales, UK
• affiliated to the Industrial Doctoral School (IDS) Umeå University, Sweden
• candidates from Ghent University, Belgium, engaged in a collaborative research project (e.g. Baekeland mandaten)
• candidates from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
• candidates from the University of Aveiro, Portugal


Your application must include:
1.    an abstract (1 pager max) describing your research and including information on the partner company/organisation you collaborate with. This abstract will be used as input for a poster to be presented during the Spring School.  
2.    a motivation letter expressing why you should be given the opportunity to join the Spring School
3.    a CV and if possible a list of publications
The deadline for applying is 15 February 2019

Submit your application to dr Katrien Daemen-de Gelder –

Method and aim

Within the context of experiential learning you will work individually and in small groups to further develop your career as a young researcher. During the Spring School you will further develop your poster making and abstract writing skills and look deeper into the matter of research integrity. In order to create a new network you will be given the opportunity to visit different departments and/or meet researchers within your discipline at the University of Pardubice. You will also be given a chance to visit a research intensive company in the neighbourhood of Pardubice. The workshop will furthermore give you time for personal reflection, individual development and network building together with doctoral candidates from several universities.

Time schedule & Venue

  • From Sunday 19 May through to Friday 24 May 2019, hosted by the University of Pardubice (Czech Republic)

Registration procedure

Ghent University will select 2 students to take part in the Spring School. Only researchers who collaborate with a non-academic partner (e.g. industry) are eligible to participate. Candidates are required to submit a motivation letter (co-signed by their supervisor!) in which they indicate why they want to participate (added value) as well as an abstract outlining their collaborative research project.

Interested? Please contact dr.
Deadline: Thursday 15 February 2019

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools. Please take into account that the full cost of the workshop, including travel and accommodation costs (approx. 1500 EUR),  will be charged for cancellations without valid reason after 31 March 2019.



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

Non-periodic continuous assessment; 100% participation. The participants are required to bring a poster (to put on display during the poster session).