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How to succeed in your PhD [I]

20 febr. 23
- 28 febr. 23

What can you do to make yourself a more effective doctoral researcher and get the most out of your PhD?

BIST centres by using the VITAE’s framework, have organised an interactive and intensive two-day course: “How to succeed in your PhD?”, which has been designed for you as first year doctoral researcher and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD.


The program covers PhD project planning, effective working practices, working with others in the research environment, creativity for collaborative research, negotiation skills, motivation and getting feedback. Participants are placed in learning groups to work on a range of activities. From this you will gain awareness of your performance as an individual and in a team. You will use and develop skills that are essential for a researcher, such as communication, planning, time management, problem solving, conflict resolution, as well as building a greater self-awareness of your learning and working styles. Furthermore you will create good atmosphere to promote collaborative research among your peers from different scientific fields.

The ‘How to succeed in your PhD I’ course is an interactive programme organised in two days and it is compulsory to attend all sessions. This is because the sessions build on one another, and messages are frequently delivered across the sessions and days, rather than in discrete activities. There are two equivalent courses with 25 participants each. Both courses have the same content and you will find PhD students from all BIST research centres.

  • Course 1: 20-21 February
  • Course 2: 27-28 February

Venue: BIST (Carrer Comte d'Urgell, 187, Building 12, 08036 Barcelona)

Registration: fill in the registration form here

There are limited places. A confirmation email will be sent to all participants.


Please take into account that this course is a two day and interactive programme – and that it is compulsory to attend both days in full. If you are registered and finally cannot attend, please send us an e-mail  in order to give others the opportunity to participate.


Day 1: Day 2:
09:30 – 10:30: Introduction 09:30 – 10:00: Check in of day 2
10:30 – 10:50: Getting to know each other (postcards) 10:00 – 10:30: Creativity
10:50 – 11:50: The perfect researcher (PhD poster) (coffee break included) 10:30 – 11:10: Creativity activity: air vehicle challenge
11:50 – 12:50: Planning your phd 11:10 – 11:30 Coffee break
12:50 – 13:30: Time management 11:30 – 12:30: BARNGA
13:30 – 14:45: Lunch break 12:30 – 13:30: Conflict resolution
14:45 – 15:45: Team working + feedback 13:30 – 14:45 Lunch break
15:45 – 16:00: Coffee break 14:45 – 17:30: Research collaboration project (coffee break included)
16:00 – 17:00: Communication 17:30 – 18:00: Check out of the course
17:00 – 17:30: Check out of day 1


  • Andreu Gual: Co-Founder of Corkscrew Thinking and Nexgen Careers
  • Holly Blondin: Adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design