16 April 2019 from 12:00 to 21:00

PhD Day 2019 - Transparent Science: are you part of the solution or the precipitate?

"Transparent Science: are you part of the solution or the precipitate?"

Are you already convinced you want to do it right, but you are unsure of how? PhD Day 2019 is what you are looking for! The PhD council and the Graduate School of Life Sciences joint forces to organize an afternoon with 3 plenary sessions and 6 interactive workshops, followed by a networking dinner.

Join us on April 16th to discuss about Science and to learn more about what you can do to be part of the solution.

Attending the whole programme will be awarded with 0.3 EC.

PhD Day 2019 - Programme


Part I                    

12.00 - 13.00   Registration, Free Lunch & Course Market                                                          


Part II

13:00 - 13:15   Opening by prof. Frank Miedema, PhD (Chair Open Science Platform, Utrecht University)

Prof. dr. Frank Miedema is the dean of the faculty of Medicine and vice-president of the board of the UMC Utrecht until 1st of March 2019. Apart from that, he has played a leading role in the past few years in the ‘Science in Transition’ movement. As of the 1st of March 2019, he will be appointed by both UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University to further stimulate and design Open Science in Utrecht. During his opening talk he will focus on the emergence of Open Science and of his plans the coming years in Utrecht.

13.15 - 14.00   Reproducibility in practice: "1 billion correlations: why we need to think more about analytical flexibility in research" – Amy Orben, BA (University of Oxford)

Amy Orben is a college lecturer and DPhil Candidate at the University of Oxford. Amy is an experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford, investigating the effects of social media and other digital technologies on the well-being of adolescents. She is in the last year of her DPhil, where she has used innovative statistical methods to map analytical flexibility and transparently estimate effects of interest. Her work regularly questions her field's popular assumptions and outdated statistical techniques. Alongside her research, she regularly contributes to media and policy debate, having recently presented her work to UK parliament and contributed to a wide range of BBC programmes. 

14.00 – 14.45  Fraud hunting – Marcel van der Heyden, PhD (UMC Utrecht)

Marcel van der Heyden is an associate professor in Medical Physiology at University Medical Center Utrecht. He published two papers (2009, 2017)  about scientific misconduct and fraud. In his talk, he will provide you with remarkable examples, share his ethical concerns and experiences in interactions with journal editors on this issue.

14.45 – 15.00  Break

15.00 – 16.00   Workshops round 1

16.00 – 17.00   Workshops round 2

17.00 – 17.15  Break

17.15 – 18.00   Lessons learned – Prof. Marc Bonten, PhD (UMC Utrecht)

Marc Bonten is a clinical microbiologist, head of medical microbiology and infectious epidemiology coordinator at UMC Utrecht. He has received a large number of national and internatioanl research grants as well the ESCMID 2015 Award in recognition of his important contribution to research and education in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases in general and antibiotic resistance in particular. His talk will be about the obstacles he encountered during his academic career and the lessons he learned by overcoming these.  

18.00 – 18.15   Ceremony PhD Day Creativity Award                                             

Submit the most creative and original representation of your PhD Project to participate in the PhD Day Creativity Award!
More information below.

Part III (Optional)

18.30 - 21.00    Networking, Drinks & Free Dinner at the Utrecht Botanical Gardens (space is limited!)

PhD Day 2019 - Workshops

Workshop 1: Efficient Research Data Management in a transparent manner as a scientist – Jacques Flores

Jacques Flores is currently a research data management consultant at the University Library in Utrecht. His workshop will include an insight into all aspects of research data management: data collection, data documentation, data storage, data security, data selection and preservation, and data availability for reuse.  As some of these aspects might interest you more than others, this workshop has the format of a carousel. At the beginning of the workshop, the participants choose which of the aspects we will address in detail. Throughout the workshop we encourage researchers to ask questions regarding their own experiences and issues in handling and storing data as well as in publishing and/or selecting data for publication. After the workshop participants should have a better idea on how to make their data interoperable and accessible to the scientific community.

Workshop 2: Recognizing research fraud – Marcel van der Heyden

Marcel van der Heyden is an associate professor in Medical Physiology at University Medical Center Utrecht. He published two papers (2009, 2017)  about scientific misconduct and fraud. The workshop will discuss a recent case, and you will be challenged by finding different types of scientific misconduct in published papers yourself.

Workshop 3: Open Science explained - Young SiT

Have you ever wondered what all that fuss on OPEN SCIENCE is about? In this workshop we will explain the goal of the Open Science movement and why it should matter to you. We will give you a list of tools that you as PhD student can use to promote open science and we will teach you how to use them.

Workshop 4: Error Correction: Content and Techniques - Amy Orben

This workshop will focus on how practical tools (statcheck, GRIM and meta-analytical methods) that allow you to test the reproducibility of published results by detecting statistical errors in papers and prevent them in your own research. 

Workshop 5: Who has a right to know your DNA? - Elianne Gerrits

Genetic diagnosis is getting ever more sophisticated. But when it is discovered that you have a serious disease that is hereditary, who has the right to know? What are the rights and duties of doctors, patients and their families? In this workshop, based on a true story, you'll be the one to decide. Can you oversee the choices you might be confronted with in the future? And how your choices might have an impact on society? 

Workshop 6: What if my experiment succeeds? - Harro Maat

Harro Maat has a background in Science and Technology Studies, the History of Technology and Anthropology. His currrent work focuses on technology, agriculture and development, particularly on socio-technical change in rural communities, past and present. Together with professor Phil MacNaghten, Harro has worked on the governance of emerging technology and societal engagement, with a particular focus on agricultural genetic modification (GM) technology, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and climate engineering technologies. During this workshop you will discuss about the governance of science to answer the question: "What if my experiment actually succeeds?!".

PhD Day 2019 - Creativity Award

Creativity powers science and we want to see how.

During the PhD Day 2019, the most creative and original PhD project representation will be selected. Creativity has no limits so you decide on the format: a painting, a musical, individual, as a group...

Submit your proposal before 31st of March 2019! After a pre-selection, participants of the PhD Day will decide who they think was the most creative! 

If you need some inspiration check:

Let your imagination fly!


Submit your creation to pcc@uu.nl.

Start date and time
16 April 2019 12:00
End date and time
16 April 2019 21:00
Entrance fee
Attendance is free of charge, registration is required.