The central part of the PhD curriculum is the successful completion of a PhD thesis, as well as of a training programme, which includes courses and scientific contributions to international conferences. The PhD students take part in interdisciplinary courses such as lectures, retreats and summer/winter schools. In these courses the PhD students are given the opportunity to present their projects and discuss them with an interdisciplinary audience including external speakers. Furthermore, the PhD students are given the opportunity to acquire teaching skills, as well as expertise in scientific ethics, project management and conflict management.

Summer and winter schools

DC AGE_REG summer and winter schools are organized every year. On these occasions, DC AGE_REG PhD students present their projects and discuss them with the audience. Complementary topics are presented by external speakers. DC AGE_REG summer and winter schools enable students to improve their presentation and networking skills, to brainstorm regarding future joint projects and to exchange experiences.

Conferences and research stays abroad

DC AGE_REG PhD students attend at least two international scientific conferences to present and discuss their research work, thereby initiating future collaborations with other research institutions. The training programme is organized in a flexible manner allowing PhD students to plan research stays abroad based on the network activities of the faculty. PhD students have the opportunity to visit a university abroad to work on a project related to their research topic. They are also given the opportunity to work in private industry, as appropriate. In the context of the industrial exchange activities the PhD students work on small, defined projects related to their PhD thesis projects. In this way, the PhD students establish contacts for a potential future career in industry.

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