A serene convent in the middle of green fields, surrounded by alpacas, wallabies and horses. Conversations in a warm garden, sometimes interrupted by the barking of a donkey or the sound of many frogs. This inspiring environment created an environment for sharing experiences, coaching each other and having fun. This was the setting of the RIMLS introduction course for PhD candidates titled ‘in the lead of your PhD’.
Within 1.5 days, 15 new PhD candidates from many departments created a very good start of their PhDs. They learned about RIMLS and its graduate school, talked about scientific and non-scientific passions and had informal talks with PhD supervisors about the expectations between PhD candidates and their supervisors. On the second day, the PhD candidates learned about the compentences they need to develop further and also about their strengths, which may even help to further develop the weaknesses.
Above all, the PhD candidates got to know each other and enjoyed the company. A perfect start of a PhD!
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