Course GSNS Onboarding programme – workshop: Becoming a scientist

ECTS: 0.5

Course leader: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course fee: 0.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2024

Application deadline: 26/09/2024

Cancellation deadline: 26/09/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 10/10/2024

Administrator: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Please note:

The workshop ‘Becoming a scientist’ is part of the onboarding programme offered by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS. The onboarding workshops are offered for PhD students enrolled at GSNS on part A. GSNS PhD students on part B are welcome to join, but should be aware that the workshops are addressed primarily to PhD students on part A.

Name of workshop: Becoming a scientist

Course parameters: No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation: 6/10 hrs

Capacity limit: 50 participants

For more information about ECTS, see the GSNS website

Workshop content:
In this workshop, we make the objectives of the PhD education explicit and equip students with strategies and tools to develop as independent scientists. In session 1, we discuss the skills and competences of a PhD – and their importance to society. In session 2, students present their research projects in small, cross-departmental groups and for each project discuss the opportunities for developing independence. Session 3 has a focus on the collaboration with supervisors and presents ways to negotiate roles and address progression during the education.

Session 1:      “Why society needs PhDs” - presentation by Tove H Jørgensen.

                      Structured group discussions on the learning outcomes of a PhD.

Session 2:      “My research project” – student presentations.

                      Structured peer-feedback and group discussions on how to develop independence.

Session 3:      “Working with supervisors” – presentation by Tove H Jørgensen.

                      Structured group discussions on roles and relations in supervision.

Students are asked to prepare a 10 min. presentation of their current research plans to a non-specialist audience (detailed instructions are given before the workshop).

Name of lecturer(s):
Tove Hedegaard Jørgensen, Department of Biology, Aarhus University

Workshop format:
Short presentations by lecturer and students, group discussions, peer feedback

Onboarding programme:
The onboarding programme will introduce different work tools all relating to the process of initiating and doing a PhD project in the best way possible. These will be introduced through peer-mentoring groups and workshops with different topics. By participating in the onboarding programme the PhD students will be offered an insight into handling ups and downs during their PhD, and how to develop as a young scientist. The onboarding programme will also give the PhD students an opportunity to meet fellow PhD students and expand their network – both socially and academically. Read more here.

Time: 09:00 – 15:00 (Lunch included)

Place: Preben Hornung stuen, AU Conference Centre, building 1422, Fredrik Nielsens vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

- For questions relating to the content of the workshop, please contact Tove H Jørgensen,

- For questions relating to administrative issues, e.g. registration or location, please contact: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Course dates:

  • 10 October 2024 09:00 - 15:00