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Doctoral Day

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

Tentative programme   

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
13:30-15:30 Parallel sessions 
15:30-16:00   Coffee break
16:00-16:45 Presentations papers Short list Best Paper Award
16:45-18.00 Best Paper Award Ceremony & Reception


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.

Submission deadlines

Submission of abstracts:  deadline is 30 September 2018.

Submission of papers: deadline is 26 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

More information regarding the workshops will follow by end of September 2018.


Doctoral Day 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Faculty of Business and Economics organises its 7th Doctoral Day. 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.


9:30-9:50 Registration
9:50-10:00  Word of welcome
10:00-12:00 Parallel sessions
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Parallel sessions 
15:00-15:20   Coffee break
15:20-16:00 Presentations papers Short list Best Paper Award
16:00-17:00  Workshops – participants choose 1 workshop
16:30-17:15 Mercator Ortelius Award Ceremony
17:00-17.15 Best Paper Award Ceremony
17:15-18:30 Reception

Afternoon workshops

  • 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.

  • (Before) writing your (top) publication - Steven Van Passel, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics

The fact is that I never had a paper rejected by a journal. Probably this is because I hate writing articles’ (Robert Solow in 1994, Nobel prize winner Economics in 1987)

Yes, journals have rejected papers of mine, some of them later regarded as ‘classics’. (Paul Samuelson, Nobel prize winner Economics in 1970)


During this session, I frame Heilmeier’s questions into practice, explaining the starting point of each publication: why (context and novelty statement), how (methods) and what (findings). Furthermore, I discuss the journal selection and the do’s and don’ts (including common mistakes) about writing a publication. The major take home message is that your best publication is the next one. 

  • Popularising science: imagining the whole world is your grandma - Ben Van Duppen & Ward Peeters, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Science & Faculty of Arts - Literature and Linguistics

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 and Ward Peeters introduce 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 and Ward will demonstrate how to find your own voice as a scientist and illustrate which tips and tricks to use to get your research noticed. 

Workshop registration

Participants register online for 1 out of the 3 workshops offered . Please register for the doctoray day first !

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   

Mercator Ortelius Award

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