Program PhACE - 13 & 14 November 2023

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During PhACE (PhD Activating Career Event), PhD candidates can ex­plore different career options the Dutch labour market has to offer. PhACE is a 2-day event and consists of plenary talks by experts, discussions and 4 workshop sessions.

On Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 November, we are organizing the next PhACE.


Monday 13 November 2023

8.45-9.15Registration & Coffee
9.15-9.45Welcome & introduction by chair
9.45-10.30Track 1 - A career in academia: Scientific role & Next to science
- Bruce Mutsvairo (professor in humanities, UU)
Stans de Haas (director of operations @ social sciences UU)
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-13.00Workshop session 1 : Exploring your motivation & qualities
- Self-analysis for career orientation
- Knowing your qualities & working with core quadrants
- Labour market orientation & the role of personal qualities
- The art of choosing
- Your ideal job
14.00-14.45Track 2 - A career outside academia: NGO & Government
- Esther Luiten (director of ASC)
- Sebastiaan Wijsman (senior policy officer - ministry of foreign affairs)
14.45-15.15Coffee break
15.15-17.15Workshop session 2 : Enhancing your skill set
- Negotiating about career issues
- Be aware of your transferable skills 
- Networking skills
- Online branding & Networking with LinkedIn
- Labour market orientation & the role of personal qualities

Tuesday 14 November 2023

8.45-9.00Registration & Coffee
9.00-9.15Welcome & reflection on day 1 by chair
9.15-10.00Track 3 - A career outside academia: R&D & Consultancy
Arjun Wadhawan (project lead, ASML)
- Bas Castelijns (consultant, PwC)
10.00-10.30Coffee break
10.30-12.30Workshop session 3 : Enhancing your skill set
- Personal Branding for PhD's
- Preparing for a successful job interview
- Dealing with stress & Boosting your self-confidence
- Communication skills for networking & daily communication
- Respectful persuasion
13.30-15.30Workshop session 4 : Additional & repetition workshops
- Discover entrepreneurship
- Be aware of your transferable skills
- Networking skills
- Preparing for a successful job interview
- Communication skills for networking & daily communication
15.30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-16.45Track 4 - A career outside academia: Teaching & Popular Science
16.45-17.00The next phace in your future career by chair

More details about the program will become available in due time.
Please note that the program is subject to change.


In each track two experts from different work fields share their work experiences. Each expert gives a short presentation about his or her background, current job and skills. After these presentations there will be a Q&A session. You can prepare for the tracks by thinking of questions you would like to ask the guests. 


You will attend 4 different workshops during PhACE. In each of the 4 workshop sessions you can choose in what workshop you will participate. The workshop lenght is 2 hours.
Overview of the PhACE workshops

Start date and time
End date and time
Zalen van Zeven, Boothstraat Utrecht
Entrance fee
No entrance fee

On Tuesday 3 October, the PhACE registration will open.
If you have registered, we count on your presence due to catering and workshop reservations.

More information
PhACE website