WIAS Introduction course on Personal Effectiveness for your PhD

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
30, 31 October and 1 November 2024 09:00 17:00 Wageningen Campus WIAS 10 / 12 Apply

Course description

This course in an introductory course covering different skills that are necessary for successful pursuit of your PhD. The course consists of the following topics:

Reflection on necessary skills

The course provides an overview of the necessary skills every academic research should have. Participants reflect and prioritize what they think is essential for them. 

Stress management

Doing research can be stressful and managing stressful situations properly is vital for your success. This course covers the important aspects of how stress is triggered and what you can do to reduce stress.

Mindful communication

Effective communication is vital to achieving your goals. In this course the mindful communication framework is used to practice effective communication.


Supervision is an important part of your PhD. As a PhD candidate your will be supervised and will be supervising as well. This course covers the essential aspects of supervision which are then practiced with a real supervisor.

Effective meetings and negotiation

Meetings and negotiation are not always fun to attend and organise. Yet they are necessary. In this course a framework for effective meetings and negotiations is covered and practiced.

Giving and receiving constructive feedback

In this course the OEPS framework for giving and receiving feedback is covered and practiced. The OEPS framework is simple yet effective.

Time management

Juggling different tasks and responsibilities can become stressful if not managed properly. In this course the Getting Things Done (GTD) framework will be covered and practiced.

Learning goals

  1. You have an overview of the various skills needed for effective academic research
  2. You understand how stress is triggered
  3. You can reflect on your own personal stress triggers and come up with ways to deal with stressful situations
  4. You understand the mindful communication framework
  5. You can use the mindful communication framework in various settings
  6. You have an overview of the expectations regarding supervision. Both being a supervisor and a supervisee
  7. You understand the mechanism of meetings and communication techniques that can be used in the various stages of meetings to make meetings more constructive.
  8. You can use the OEPS framework to give and receive feedback
  9. You know how to handle negative feedback
  10. You understand the GTD framework and can use that in your daily work.

General Information

Target Group PhDs and postdocs
Course level General, post graduate
Group size A maximum of 12 participants
Course duration 3 days. Given 2-3 times per year
Prior knowledge None
Home work/ self- study Minimal
Language English
Credit points 1.2 ECTS
Name lecturer Youssef El Bouhassani (y.elbouhassani@gmail.com)
Teaching method Lectures and discussion groups
In-person Wageningen University campus.
Note: Room and building will be communicated to registered and confirmed participants about one week before the start of the course.

Provisional Programme

Day 1

09:00 Introduction of the course and getting to know each other
09:30 Reflection on skills necessary for successful completion of your PhD and definition of personal learning goals (with coffee break)

Introduction of the OEPS framework for giving and receiving feedback

Practicing the OEPS framework for giving and receiving feedback 

12:30 Lunch

Stress management: Triggers and ways to deal with stressful situations

Practice with the stress management framework (with coffee break)

16:30 Review and wrap-up of the day
17:00 End of Day 1

Day 2


Supervision: being a supervisor and a supervisee

Introduction of the Mindful Communication framwork

Practice with the Mindful Communication framework (with coffee break)


Practice with the Mindful Communication framework

Mindful communication and cultral diversity

12:30 Lunch

Mindful Comunication and supervision

Supervision: Practice with a supervisor (with coffee break)

16:30 Review and wrap-up of the day
17:00 End of Day 2

Day 3


Meetings and group discussions

Practice meetings and group discussions (with coffee break)


Negotiation framework

Practice negotiation framework

12:30 Lunch

Time management

Practice with the Getting Things

Done Framework (with coffee break)

16:30 Review and wrap-up of the day
17:00 End of Day 3