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Doctoral Day

The Doctoral Day 2018 will take place on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

The Doctoral Day event takes place annually and welcomes all our PhD-students, as well as their research supervisors, interested Master students, and invitees.

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.


9:00-9:20 Registration
9:20-9:30  Word of welcome
9:30-11:30 Parallel sessions
11:30-12:30 Workshops - Participants choose 1 workshop
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Parallel sessions 
15:00-15:30   Coffee break
15:30-16:15 Presentations papers Short list Best Paper Award
16:15-16.30 Best Paper Award Ceremony  
16:30-17:30 Reception


  • Better results, less stuff: time management for PhD students – Erik Roger, FranklinCovey Benelux​​​
    These days, 'busy' and 'productive' are no longer synonyms. We are very busy but get often distracted or sidetracked. How do you use your brain in a more productive way, focus on activities with the highest return, and feel accomplished at the end of every day? In this inspiring workshop we share concepts and tips to achieve your goals.

Erik Roger is Productivity Practice Leader with FranklinCovey Benelux.


  • 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.
  • Popularising science: imagining the whole world is your grandma – Ben Van Duppen, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Science 
    Explaining your PhD research to friends and family can be a challenging undertaking. Imagine explaining it to an even bigger audience: the general public. How can you make sure that people are listening and that everyone is able to understand your message?

In this workshop, Ben Van Duppen introduces the different thresholds and stepping stones towards effective and compelling scientific communication: from taking your audience by the hand to making sure your story never ceases. Likewise, Ben will demonstrate how to find your own voice as a scientist and illustrate which tips and tricks to use to get your research noticed. 

Detailed programme parallel sessions

The programme of the parallel sessions can be downloaded as pdf. 

Best Paper Award committee

Prof. dr. Sascha Albers, Prof. dr. Luca P. Merlino, Prof. dr. Thierry Vanelslander (chair) & Prof. dr. Steven Van Passel   


Please register through the online registration form.

for active participation (discussant and/or presenter): deadline is 30 September 2018.

for general participation & afternoon workshops: deadline is 26 November 2018.

Workshop registration : Participants register online for 1 out of the 3 workshops offered . Please register for the doctoray day first! Deadline is 26 November 2018.

Submission deadlines

Submission of abstracts:  deadline is 30 September 2018.

Submission of papers: deadline is 28 October 2018.


The Doctoral Day takes place at the University City Campus at The Grauwzusters Cloister.

University of Antwerp
Grauwzusters Cloister

Stadscampus – Building S
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerpen