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BIST PhD Training Programme – How to succeed in your PhD II

16 Abr 21
- 30 Abr 21

The course “How to succeed in your PhD II”, which has been exclusively designed using VITAE’s framework in close collaboration with BIST offers a blend of experiential and reflective learning opportunities to support researchers in the middle stages of their PhD journey. Participants will be involved in 4 days of activities spread over 2 weeks relating to the key themes of Purpose, Bravery, Permission and Courage.



The course is offered to 35 PhD students currently working at BIST research centres (CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, IRB Barcelona). Five places will be made available to the external community.

 By the end of this course, participants will have:

  • Experienced various practical learning activities that will build an understanding of research resilience, productivity, wellbeing and career potential.
  • A take-away kit of pragmatic tools to enhance communication skills in the virtual and real world.
  • Had the opportunity to put into practice techniques relevant to maintaining progress within the PhD during a number of protected productivity sessions.
  • Built a network of supportive peers to support completion of their research and further their future careers.

Designed to be both practical and reflective, the course recognises the challenges a global pandemic has placed on young scientists and supports them in making and maintaining progress in their research activities. The course will build a community of like-minded researchers able to support themselves and each other. Each half-day activity will encourage participants to experience, share and reflect on an activity and take steps towards implementing their learning in a practical and pragmatic manner. Unlike other training courses, it will provide opportunities for protected productivity where participants can implement their learning immediately, making real progress in their research or research writing. As a result, new habits will be embedded and adopted before the course has ended.

The first session and final session are mandatory for all participants (maximum 36). The sessions on 21, 23, 26, 28 April are ‘stand-alone’, meaning that researchers do not need to attend all the sessions but can choose those they consider most useful. So participants can choose 2 stand-alone sessions, thereby allowing a choice whilst also limiting the number of researchers at each one to 15 and thus allowing for more conversations and community mixing.

  • 16 April (10:00 - 12:15 CET TIME) - Mandatory Initial Session 1 (36 participants): High Intensity Productivity: Maximising the impact of short time periods or opportunities for progress
  • 21 April (10:00 - 12:15 CET TIME) - Optional Session 2 (15 participants): PGR wellbeing and resilience
  • 23 April (10:00 - 12:15 CET TIME) - Optional Session 3 (15 participants): Different not wrong: Communicating with impact
  • 26 April (10:00 - 12:15 CET TIME) - Optional Session 4 (15 participants): Coach Yourself Through Impostor Syndrome
  • 28 April (10:00 - 12:15 CET TIME) - Optional Session 5 (15 participants): Effective communication with my supervisor
  • 30 April (10:00 -12:15 CET TIME) - Mandatory Final Session 6 (36 participants): What next? Your career post-PhD

Registration: Fill in the registration form before 4 March. A confirmation email will be sent to all participants. Participants will receive access details prior the starting of the course and will be able to choose the optional sessions.

The course is aimed at 2nd-3rd year PhD researchers.

If you are registered and finally cannot attend, please send an e-mail to in order to give others the opportunity.


Note about sessions:

All sessions include a 15min break.
Throughout all the sessions researchers will be encouraged to be open and honest in their learning, engaging with an open, positive and growth mindset, therefore, for sessions on 21, 23, 26 and 28 April there would be limit the number of participants to 15 participants per sessions.
All session would be run using Zoom to facilitate breakout rooms and utilise padlet as an online virtual space for sharing resources. The session will require a member of BIST staff to manage the online hosting/participant technical questions, organise and manage bookings.

The document attached provides more information regarding the content of the sessions.


Dr. Katy Mahoney
Dr Katy R Mahoney is an independent professional development coach, trainer and consultant. She specialises in researcher coaching by supporting researchers who want to improve their productivity, self-confidence and communication skills in order to be successful. Katy recognises that conducting all research comes with big challenges and also great rewards. She ensures that the researchers she works with leave her training and coaching sessions fully equipped to recognise learning opportunities, gain confidence and increase their productivity to achieve success.
Katy completed a PhD in organic farming in 2006 and has worked in professional development roles delivering training and coaching at universities across the UK and Europe. Katy is a qualified research performance and development coach. She is an accredited MBTI step 1 & 2 and DISC Personality practitioner, Belbin team development trainer and accredited Realise Strengths consultant. When she is not working, Katy enjoys growing vegetables and introducing musical theatre to her young family.

Dr Katy R Mahoney
Coaching - Professional Development - Consultancy
Tel: 024 7645 4357 / 079 1928 0541. Skype: kate.mahoney8
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