The annual European Doctoral Summer School will take place this year on Monday 20 to Thursday 23 June 2022.

Organised by the University of York, University of Munster and Maastricht University, the School offers doctoral candidates and postdocs an opportunity to work with colleagues from different institutions, culture and values, in sessions that will enable you to consider how to maximise your strengths, skills, career prospects and self confidence.

Personal and professional development

The theme for 2022 is Curriculum for life? Unpacking the story of your (research) life

We will explore what it means to be an authentic researcher, strategies for developing resilience, how our values shape our work and ambitions, and what the ‘curriculum’ of our life might look like in five years’ time.


See the full 2022 European Doctoral Summer School Programme (PDF , 4,679kb)

Registration deadline: Wednesday 25 May 2022

If you register, please make every effort to participate as numbers are capped for each session.

Monday 20 June

The session starts at 09:30 (BST) prompt. However, we will be welcoming you into our virtual workshop space starting from 09:20 (BST).

You will receive a reminder mail including Zoom meeting details one day prior to the workshop. The idea is to allow sufficient time for technical set-up, check-ups, and troubleshooting. We would therefore kindly like to ask you to join the Zoom waiting room at 09:20 (BST) at the latest. We apologize in advance for being unable to allow late arrivals to enter the "Networking" workshop.

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Networking is basically nothing more than asking for help from someone you have a connection with. You connect to people on a personal level, by being curious about their life and work. Once you have a mutual connection, you might then be able to ask (or you will be asked) for help. The objective of this workshop is to remove possible thresholds, by debunking myths, providing useful facts and immediately trying out some concrete ideas. This workshop contains several short exercises, with which you directly put presented ideas into practice, while at the same time getting to know each other better. This way, you can actually start networking after the Summer School.

Open to 30 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates & postdocs.

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You can significantly improve your doctoral research experience if you connect regularly with peers who share your interests, experiences or goals to support each other throughout your doctoral journeys. Helping each other by sharing favorite writing strategies, talking through challenges or simply lending an ear can contribute to a more positive outlook on an especially demanding and sometimes lonely experience of doctoral candidature. The goal of this session is to support doctoral candidates that are looking to establish communities of supportive peers. In this workshop, we will emphasize the process of forming self-organised peer groups and jointly pin down their essential characteristics. Participants will complete a small assignment in advance of the workshop and then engage actively with other doctoral candidates to start creating self-organised peer groups. This session is ideal both for those who want to know how to set up and maintain a selforganised peer group and for those who are keen to build long-lasting relationships of support with other Summer School participants.

Open to 10 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates only.

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Project and time management are crucial skills for researchers. As a doctoral candidate you are responsible for managing your research/PhD project but may not know the best way to go about this. If you want to know more about the fundamentals of the project life cycle, how to be successful from defining to completing while managing your time effectively - this is a session for you.

Open to 15 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates & Postdocs.

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Tuesday 21 June

Social media and online networking are fast becoming essential academic tools. In this session we will help you to develop your online presence and learn how to leverage online tools to support your research career and promote your work.

Open to 20 participants from University of York, Doctoral candidates & postdocs.

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Motivation is the basic prerequisite for successful action. Motivated employees increase their productivity on their own initiative, contribute more and do not run the risk of quitting internally. This workshop focuses on current knowledge from motivation research and the central question of what really matters in leadership and what you should avoid at all costs. In addition, you will learn strategies and practical tips to motivate others to peak performance.

Open to 10 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates only.

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Wednesday 22 June

Your CV shows who you are and is in fact your business card. With a good CV you can impress a future employer and increase the chance of being invited for an interview. What is a good CV, nowadays, both in- and outside of academia? And how do you express your experience and qualities in an authentic way? During this online workshop, you will get information about updating your own CV.

Open to 10 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates & postdocs.

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The academic community prides itself on its critical ability. But constant criticism has a cost. Moreover, research is fraught with knockbacks from journals, job applications and funding rejections. How we build confidence and retain our self-belief is pivotal to our success. Failure to do so leads to the so-called ‘imposter syndrome’ that talented and high-performing professionals frequently feel. And even if you’re already a talented professional in your own field, as a doctoral candidate you’re still new to the academic game. Furthermore, the inner-game of confidence and self-belief is essential for professional resilience and balance – since confident people typically find it easier to both say ‘no’ and so manage their work-life balance more healthily.

Open to 30 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates & postdocs.

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Thursday 23 June

What shapes your leadership style? Personality is one of the most important factors that influence a leader and the style of leading. Which is why attempts to develop a new leadership style by learning new skills and tools will not lead to a sustainable change. Leadership development goes hand in hand with personal development. This workshop will highlight the dependencies between person/personal development and leadership/leadership development and will show how young researchers can start developing as leaders.

Open to 13 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates only.

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As a PhD student or postdoc who enters the job market, you should know your own skills and should be able to communicate them. That is difficult. Most scientists can present their research and their practical skills very well, but they are less aware of the social, communication and directing skills they have. But the fact is that you have experience with completing your thesis, maybe also with applying for grants, organizing conferences and directing other co-workers. This points out to, for example, skills and characteristics needed to set up and complete complex projects, to work independently, to negotiate and collaborate with other researchers and to supervise others. You can also think of problem-solving skills and the skill to communicate research results to people outside academia.

With use of some practical exercises this workshop will make sure you get a better view on your own skills. In addition, you will be able to present them and support them with good examples during e.g. a job interview. We will also discuss if they specifically fit Academia, Industry or Government.We will also discuss networking interviews as one of the best strategies to get more information and to make yourself known to the world.

Open to 8 participants from University of York - Doctoral candidates & postdocs.

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