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Foundations: setting the stage for a succesful PhD – Course I

8 Apr 24
- 9 Apr 24

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: “Foundations: setting the stage for a succesful 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.

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, so it’s a perfect opportunity to expand your network of colleagues and collaborators. Participants need to attend the course in full to receive a certificate. (This course was named “How to succeed in your PhD in its past editions).

Target: First year PhD students. Students from 2nd year will also be accepted, but first-year will be given priority.

Trainers: Andreu Gual & Holly Blondin


  • Monday 8th April, 9.30-18.00
  • Tuesday 9th April, 9.30-18.00

Venue: Recinte la Maternitat, room TBC

Organiser: BIST


Registration at

Participants are expected to attend all sessions. All sessions need to be attended in order to receive a certificate.


Day 1:Day 2:
09:45 – 10:30: Introduction09:30 – 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 researcher10:30 – 11:10: Creativity activity: air vehicle challenge
11:50 – 12:50: Planning your PhD11:10 – 11:30 Coffee break
12:50 – 13:30: Time management11:30 – 12:30: BARNGA
13:30 – 14:45: Lunch break12:30 – 13:30: Conflict resolution
14:45 – 15:45: Team working + feedback13:30 – 14:45 Lunch break
15:45 – 16:00: Coffee break14:45 – 17:30: Research collaboration project (coffee break included)
16:00 – 17:00: Communication17:30 – 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