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Doctoral Day Faculty of Business and Economics

Doctoral day - Faculty of Business and Economics

Doctoral Day 2020 - Wednesday 21 October 2020 (Online edition)

The Doctoral Day event takes place annually and welcomes all our PhD-students, as well as their research supervisors, interested Master students, and invitees. The Doctoral Day is organised in co-operation with the Executive PhD programme of the Antwerp Management School.

This scientific gathering offers all our PhD students a platform to present their doctoral work and receive comments from a discussant. The Doctoral Day is also meant to offer opportunities to 'meet and greet' and exchange ideas with fellow students, faculty, and Master students. Finally, the annual Doctoral Day wants to contribute to the visibility of the growing research environment of our Faculty of Business and Economics.


  • 9:15-9:30        Word of welcome
  • 9:30-11:30      Parallel sessions with presentations and discussions  
  • 11:30-12:30    Network sessions
  • 12:30-14:30    Parallel sessions with presentations and discussions  
  • 14:30-15:00    Break
  • 15:00-16:00    Parallel workshops
  • 16:15               Plenary session with announcement of Best Paper Award 


  • Publishing and reviewing –  Patrick De Pelsmacker, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics
    ​​The purpose of the workshop is to provide guidelines, tips and tricks, do’s and don’t’s when preparing a paper for submission to an academic journal and when performing a peer review of a paper that was submitted for publication. Attention will be devoted to demonstrating relevance and fleshing out the contribution of an article, developing a conceptual framework, research questions and hypotheses, developing and describing a research method and the results of empirical work, and writing a compelling discussion section. The purpose of peer reviewing will be explained, and the duties and tasks of an academic peer reviewer will be discussed. All these principles and guidelines will be illustrated by means of real-life examples. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the discussion and are invited to share their own publishing and reviewing issues with the other participants.
  • How to be a good discussant – Roland Winkler, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics
    Discussing a paper at a conference is something economists are often asked to do. The purpose of this workshop is to provide guidelines and tips for being a good discussant at a conference. Developing the skills of being a good discussant pays off not only because discussants play an important role in conferences, but also because the same skills will be used when reviewing a paper. Moreover, learning how to read other papers from the critical perspective of a discussant or a journal referee will help you improve your own academic writing. 
  • Put some food (for thought) in your career – Lotte De Leeuw, University of Antwerp, Talent Center (HR Department) 
    Researchers are typically very passionate about their job. But, for many early-career researchers, their job also causes uncertainty and questions about their (future) career. They struggle with questions like “what after my PhD or postdoc”?, “what are my career perspectives, in or outside academia?”, “is my profile a match with jobs outside academia?”, “how can I take more control over my career (choices)”? 
  • … This workshop aims to unravel some pieces of the career puzzle. We will first look at some statistics about careers of PhD holders to move on to interactive reflection and discussion on how to get a better grip on your career journey.  

Detailed programme parallel sessions

You can download the programme with the parallel sessions here

Best Paper Award committee

Walter Aerts, Annouk Lievens (chair), Herwig Mannaert, Sunčica Vujić


Registrations for the Doctoral Day are closed.

Submission deadlines

  • Submission of abstracts: deadline was 1 September 2020 (together with registration as discussant).
  • Submission of papers: deadline was 18 September 2020.