15 April 2020 from 12:00 to 21:00

PhD Day 2020 - Science and Creativity

This years theme: "Science and Creativity"

The PhD council and the Graduate School of Life Sciences joint forces to organize an afternoon with 3 plenary sessions and interactive workshops, followed by a networking dinner.

Join us on wednesday April 15th!

Information about the programme can be found below.

PhD Day 2020 - Programme

12.00 – 12.45   Registration and Free Lunch                                                       

12:45 – 13:00   Opening  prof. Toine Egberts, PhD (Director of doctoral education, Graduate School of Life Sciences)

13.00 – 13:15   Ceremony PhD Day Award 2020 (PhD Day committee)

13.15 – 14.00   The Science of Creativity – Nick Skillicorn

Nick is the founder of www.ideatovalue.com and Improvides Innovation Consulting, and is regarded as one of the world’s premier experts on the science underpinning creativity and how this leads to or prevents breakthrough innovations.

14.00 – 14.30   Break

14.30 – 15.15   Creativity × Science = Startups that Build the Future - Daniel Gebler

Daniel Gebler is the CTO at Picnic, the world’s fastest growing online supermarket that makes grocery shopping simple, fun, and affordable for everyone.

15.30 – 16.15   Workshop round 1

16.15 – 16.45   Break

16.45 – 17.30   Workshops round 2

17.45 – 18.15   Magic at work – Jasper van Luit

Jasper van Luit is an illusionist and communication specialist who performs all over the world. During his study communication, he discovered the similarities between the way an illusionist thinks and a successful organization.

18.15 – 18.30   Transfer to Utrecht Botanic Gardens (this part of the programme is optional)                             

18.30 – 21.30   Networking, Drinks & Dinner at the Utrecht Botanical Gardens (space is limited!)

PhD Day 2020 - Workshops

Workshop 1: Creativity in Teams - Cécile Claessen

In this workshop you will learn more about idea killers and ground rules of a creative meeting. Every creative meeting starts with a good question. We will start with developing questions. We will generate ideas in small teams with a technique called “the nightmare scenario”. You will also learn how to develop an energetic flow in a meeting. We will use a “real life” question.

Workshop 2: Designing your Thesis Cover: What to Consider? - Vincent van der Vliet

In this 45-minute workshop, you'll be introduced to the important basics of graphic design. With the design of your thesis cover clearly in mind, we'll go over colour theory, typography and the basics of composition: what to put where on the cover. Vincent will give you pointers about what to do, and what to avoid at all costs. Spine width? Invitation? Image licenses? You'll have it covered after this workshop.

Workshop 3: Presenting Science: Know What to Show! - Noor Godijk

Want to send your message and make it stick? Use the right emotion. How? With colours, fonts and strengthened by an image. Subscribe to this workshop to learn how to make catching (scientific) powerpoints and posters, even when you're bound to a house style. For more information about Good Consulting, go to goodconsulting.nl 

Workshop 4: Mindmapping - Laurens van der Vuurst

Making a mind map helps to visualize ideas and concepts for yourself and others. In this workshop, students write down a specific question/bottleneck of their research and use the SCAMPER technique to analyze the question.

Workshop 5: Brainstorming: Structuring Creativity - Laurens van der Vuurst

When you brainstorm together you can rely on the creative people in a group, however is encouraging creativity in each other much more effective? Academic thinking is convergent thinking, while divergent thinking is much more open minded. In this way of thinking, we already stop new ideas before the brainstorming has even started. In this workshop, people answer the following question “what are the three best ways to brainstorm?” Next, students are taught to recognize divergent and convergent thinking and to encourage divergent thinking.

Workshop 6: Train Your Creative Muscle - Jojanneke van den Bosch

Working on your PhD is a fantastic adventure, but it can also be rather challenging, and from time to time daunting. In the messy middle (usually the second year), things may get a bit tougher than during the blissful first year. I've looked into some challenges that many PhD candidates have encountered. Whatever the challenge may be, there is always a way. Whether or not your PhD is going peachy, I'd like to help out with some practical, creative exercises that might also come in handy in your daily life. For me, they have helped me publish three books, create a TEDx talk, launch over 25 online courses, and build my life from scratch and without family, after having lost my parents and most of my family at age 14. Resilience is a big theme in my life, and in many people's lives. I've learned a crucial lesson: creativity triggers resilience. But there is more to add to this equation, to make your innovation thrive. And that's where the magic happens. I'll elaborate on this in the workshop.

Workshop 7: Science Behind Your Own Creativity - Erik op ten Berg

The 4P-model of Creativity shows us that creativity can be seen from different points of view: Person, Process, Product and Press. In this workshop creativity expert Erik op ten Berg will dive deeper in some science based research about enhancing your own creativity. We are all creative. All of us can improve our creativity skills, foster a more creative mindset and be more original in our thinking and living. The essence is to be able to play with your judgment and to separate your thinking in options and actions. Creativity is about being aware of more original and useful options in life and work. Erik will let you experience some practical tools to open up your own creativity. Tools you can apply immediately in your daily PhD-life.

Workshop 8: Creativity under Pressure - Paula Meesters

In this interactive workshop by our PhD-psychologist Paula Meesters, you will find out how stress and pressure diminish access to the creative brain and how you can cope with this.

PhD Day 2020 - Creativity Award

Creativity powers science... and we want to see how!

For the second time and fitting this years PhD Day theme perfectly, 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 2020! After a pre-selection, participants of the PhD Day will decide who they think was the most creative! Let your imagination fly!

If you need some inspiration, check out some of the previous projects:

The top 3 contributions are (pre-)selected to be shown during the PhD Day. The audience is our jury!

Submit your creation to pcc@uu.nl.

PhD Day 2020
PhD Day 2020, poster design by Sjors Verheijde.
Start date and time
15 April 2020 12:00
End date and time
15 April 2020 21:00
Entrance fee
Attendance is free of charge, registration is required.