Course offerings

Training in general skills can be found inside and outside the campus. General skills include academic writing and presenting, but also project management, personal management for the PhD-track etc. An overview of courses and can be found below.

If you are interested in participating in one of these courses, please get in touch with the contact person mentioned for the course. Reimbursement of the cost must be arranged with your employer.

Upcoming courses

Educational Development & Training (Center for Teaching and Learning) provides courses for PhD Candidates and Postdocs who want to expand their skills and knowledge, and for their supervisors.

The following courses for PhD Students and Postdocs will start soon:

  • 27 March - Teaching in working groups and seminars (in English). In this course PhD Candidates and Postdocs learn practical skills that helps them to teach more effectively.
  • 18 April - Research planning and time management (in English/Dutch). In this course PhD students work on improving their planning and time management skills
  • 9-14 July 2017 - LERU Doctoral Summer School 'Citizen science - science and public participation in the digital age' by the University of Zurich.
    The Graduate School of Natural Sciences can nominate candidates to participate and will therefore need the candidates’ name and contact details, discipline/title of research project, CV and motivation letter. Please note that the application deadline for the Graduate School is 27 February 2017, so please apply as early as possible. Contact Egbert Mulder for more information.
  • 19 September - Supervising Student Research (in English). In this course supervisors work on expanding their repertoire as a supervisor.

The courses below are offered by the KNCV. Though this is a chemical society, most courses are also interesting for disciplines other than chemistry. More information can be found on the KNCV-website.

Save the date - ERC Day 28 March: Utrecht Inspires

Would you like to hear inspiring stories of the ERC laureates, one of the most prestigious international research grants? Are you interested in what their science is all about and how it relates to your daily live? Or would you like to visit the lab where all great science is taking shape?

Join us on 28th March for the ERC Day celebrating the European Research Council (ERC) 10 years anniversary where the ERC laureates from Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and Hubrecht Institute will share their stories.

What to expect?

You will get inspired by 10 short fascinating talks from ERC laureates during a mini symposium in the morning. Vote for your favorite speaker! During the networking lunch you can meet more ERC laureates and hear about their interesting research projects. See the project demonstrations during the Lab-on-a-spot science fair, while you enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon, we split: researchers who think about applying for an ERC grant themselves, can join the ‘ERC - Boosting your career’ panel session with ERC laureates. Everyone else can register for one of our Campus tours: visit some ERC labs on the spot and see where the ground-breaking research is taking place!

Save the date: 28 March 2017

 9.00-12.00 ERC talks: 10 bits of fascinating science

12.00-13.30 Networking lunch with Lab-on-a-spot science fair

13.30-14.30 Panel Session: ERC – Boosting your career

14.00-15.30 Campus tours: ‘Experience the lab’

Registration will be open soon.

ERC what?

Have you always wondered what these prestigious ‘ERC’ research grants of millions of euros are all about? Find out at the ERC Day! Even if you have never heard about the ERC before, join the celebrations and learn more about these very important and incredibly popular research grants.

Louis Bonaparte Society

Grand Opening Academic Year 2016
September 26th, 19:00

You enjoy philosophy, science and geeking out?
You find formal programs too dry and student parties too flat?

  • We provide an open network for Master students and PhD researchers to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion.
  • We gather over dinner and drinks in small groups in a friendly & relaxed atmosphere in order to learn from each other, to share and test ideas.
  • Larger meetings happen throughout the year in the form of LOUx events, random picnics in the park or excursions.
  • We combine intellectual exchange with friendship and having a great time.

Our aim is to continue the noble quest for truth 
and to do it in the most pleasant of circumstances!

Sign up now! >>
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Courses on integrity

The Graduate School offers courses about integrity in science. We start next spring with ‘The Concience App’, a play followed by a group discussion about integrity issues, which you might recognise from your own experience. Contact dr. Egbert Mulder (

Courses on communication and personal development

Courses in communication and personal development are available at different institutes outside the school. Below your find the offerings of the James Boswell Institute and COLUU. You are free to venture elsewhere for training opportunities. Employees from FOM can also benefit from FOM-courses, which are available via their website.

James Boswell Institute

James Boswell Institute offers courses in presenting, writing and teaching.