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Summer schools and research conferences for doctoral students

The U21 and LERU networks arrange summer schools and conferences for doctoral students. Current Lund University doctoral candidates (PhD students) apply through Lund University, which then nominates a limited number of candidates. Accepted students will partially be sponsored by Lund University, please see the PDF files below for more details.

LERU Doctoral Summer School 2018

Announcement of LERU Doctoral Summer School 2018

Date: 9–13 July 2018
Theme: The Global Society – The Importance of Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Tackle Societal Challenges
Venue: KU Leuven
Application deadline: 16 March 2018

Read the full announement (PDF 88 kB)

Theme: The Global Society – The Importance of Interdisciplinary Collaboration to tackle Societal Challenges

The focus of this summer school is the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle major challenges in today’s global society. The summer school brings together participants and experts from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. It aims to create a unique international, intersectorial and interdisciplinary environment, in view of proposing solutions to major societal challenges. 

The participants will work in separate interdisciplinary teams on the solution of the selected challenge. Furthermore, they will receive high-level information and training from various experts in thematic sessions. 

Learning objectives

  • Intercultural communication: Doctoral candidates will learn how to communicate values, ideas and opinions to a mixed audience more effectively. Through personal coaching and peer-assessment they will learn how to give and receive constructive feedback and effectively convey a message in a culturally diverse group

  • Novel collaboration methods and social entrepreneurship: Using successful business examples as a starting point, the doctoral candidates will improve their responsiveness to opportunities and gain insight into new concepts to find solutions for societal problems

  • Increased self-confidence and strengthened leadership skills: Doctoral candidates will develop a personal (management) style and influence decision-making

  • Acknowledgement of the added value of 3I collaboration: Doctoral candidates will gain a deeper insight into and appreciation of their own and other disciplines. They will learn to identify potential in other team members and use interdisciplinary collaboration as a tool for problem solving and creative thinking

How to apply

Learn more about the application procedure and selection criteria (PDF 88 kB)

Applications with reference number STUD 2018/1076 are to be sent by e-mail to registrator [at] lu [dot] se

More information and contact

Contact person at Lund University:
Cecilia Gagné, Cecilia [dot] Gagne [at] fs [dot] lu [dot] se

Contacts at KU Leuven:
Katleen Vercammen (Doctoral School of Biomedical Sciences), Katleen [dot] Vercammen [at] kuleuven [dot] be
Melissa Vanbeselaere (HR Development: Training and Development), Melissa [dot] Vanbeselaere [at] kuleuven [dot] be

Learn more on the LERU website: 

U21 summer activities for doctoral students

No activities planned for summer 2018.

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