How to succeed in your PhD [I]

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  • Address: Carrer Comte d'Urgell, 187, Building 12, 08036 Barcelona
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What can you do to make yourself a more effective doctoral researcher and get the most out of your PhD?


BIST centres by using the VITAE’s framework, have organised an interactive and intensive two-day course: “How to succeed in your PhD?”, which has been designed for you as first year doctoral researcher and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD.

The program covers PhD project planning, effective working practices, working with others in the research environment, creativity for collaborative research, negotiation skills, motivation and getting feedback. Participants are placed in learning groups to work on a range of activities. From this you will gain awareness of your performance as an individual and in a team. You will use and develop skills that are essential for a researcher, such as communication, planning, time management, problem solving, conflict resolution, as well as building a greater self-awareness of your learning and working styles. Furthermore you will create good atmosphere to promote collaborative research among your peers from different scientific fields.



  • Andreu Gual: Co-Founder of Corkscrew Thinking and Nexgen Careers
  • Holly Blondin: Adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design


Day 1: Day 2:
09:30 – 10:30: Introduction 09:30 – 10:00: Check in of day 2
10:30 – 10:50: Getting to know each other (postcards) 10:00 – 10:30: Creativity
10:50 – 11:50: The perfect researcher (PhD poster) (coffee break included) 10:30 – 11:10: Creativity activity: air vehicle challenge
11:50 – 12:50: Planning your phd 11:10 – 11:30 Coffee break
12:50 – 13:30: Time management 11:30 – 12:30: BARNGA
13:30 – 14:45: Lunch break 12:30 – 13:30: Conflict resolution
14:45 – 15:45: Team working + feedback 13:30 – 14:45 Lunch break
15:45 – 16:00: Coffee break 14:45 – 17:30: Research collaboration project (coffee break included)
16:00 – 17:00: Communication 17:30 – 18:00: Check out of the course
17:00 – 17:30: Check out of day 1


The ‘How to succeed in your PhD I’ course is an interactive programme organised in two days and it is compulsory to attend all sessions. This is because the sessions build on one another, and messages are frequently delivered across the sessions and days, rather than in discrete activities


Are you interested in participating in this course?

The tuition price is 300€ for external participants and 250€ for BIST Community members, that can be covered directly for your centre (contact HR/training/talent units)

To register please contact the Training/Talent/HHRR department from your center. Registration will be closed a week before the start of the course. Once we receive your registration, we will confirm if you have been finally allocated a seat and will proceed with the payment. Also for more information please check with the Talent/HHRR department from your center or contact us at

For external participants - Register here


Attendance to all sessions in full is mandatory if registered. If you may not be able to come, let us know with a minimum of 48 hours of the first sessions so we can offer your seat to another participant.

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This is a course that covers some important topics and issues that PhD students are faced with in their PhD journey. It is focused on soft skills and provides, in a very interactive way, valuable advice and new knowledge that could be used to be more efficient and aware of potential obstacles and challenges

A great stepping stone to a succesful PhD

I'd say the course is a good mix between a team building weekend trip and a work course for improving team working.