Program PhACE - 24 & 25 June 2024

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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 rounds.


Monday 24 June 2024

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
- Laura Filion (UU, Associate Professor)
- Michiel Hacking (European Patent Office)
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-13.00Workshop round 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
14.00-14.45Track 2 - A career outside academia: Research organization & Government
- Anne-Eva Nieuwelink (TNO)
- Sebastiaan Wijsman (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
14.45-15.15Coffee break
15.15-17.15Workshop round 2 : Enhancing your skill set
  • Negotiating about career issues
  • Networking skills
  • Insights into your Transferable skills
  • Respectful persuasion 

Tuesday 25 June 2024

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
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- Marta Scali (NLC Health Ventures)
10.00-10.30Coffee break
10.30-12.30Workshop round 3 : Enhancing your skill set
  • Personal branding
  • Preparing for a successful job interview
  • Dealing with stress & boosting your self-confidence
  • Your ideal job 
13.30-15.30Workshop round 4 : Additional & repetition workshops
  • Discover entrepreneurship
  • Communication styles & giving positive feedback
  • Advanced LinkedIn - Get the most out of your online visibility
  • Preparing for a successful job interview
15.30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-16.45Track 4 - A career outside academia: Teaching & Science Communication
- Rogier Bos (UU, former secondary & high school teacher)
- Maud Radstake (UU, communications)
16.45-17.00The next phace in your future career by chair

Please note that the program may be 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 are going to attend 4 workshops in total during PhACE. In each of the 4 workshop rounds you can choose in what workshop you would like to participate. 

You can find a description of the PhACE workshops at the website. 

Start date and time
End date and time
Zalen van Zeven - Boothstraat 7 - Utrecht
Entrance fee
No entrance fee

Registration opens on Tuesday 16 May 2024

More information
PhACE website