Training courses for postdoctoral fellows

ABP information meeting: All about your pension!

During this meeting, you’ll find out what you need to consider when arranging your pension. Society is changing and your pension is changing with it. The age at which you are eligible to collect Dutch state and ABP pension benefits has increased, and since 2014 pension accrual under the ABP Pension Fund has been reduced. All these changes make it even more important for everyone to make the right pension choices.

Career tune-up workshop

In this workshop, you will learn to keep charge of your career, not because you are looking to leave the Academy right now, but to ensure that you enjoy your work today and in a few years’ time. The aim is to remain in control, so that you can look forward to an untroubled future.

Influencing skills

Your ability to influence others plays a role in your everyday work. For example, you may need to gain support for a project, persuade people to take a certain decision, or get an idea across. Are you eager to get others on your side, at the right time and in a way that suits you? Then this training course is meant for you. By boosting your influence, you’ll make your point more clearly, gain confidence, and have a bigger impact.

Information meeting Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of attention training that focuses on recognising and breaking out of unconscious, involuntary thought patterns and responses. It is a powerful technique that reenergises the mind and body. Mindfulness helps people engage with themselves and others in a new way. During this exploratory session, you’ll get acquainted with mindfulness.

Introduction to grant writing

How do you get your grant proposal noticed in the face of so much competition? When it comes down to it, a grant proposal is simply a quotation. It should offer a solution to an existing societal or scientific problem. Your proposal should focus on the essence (your aim) and on the quality of the project deliverables. The best grant-writing strategy is to ‘say more with less’.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (process management)

How can you work more efficiently, shorten output times, and improve customer satisfaction? Lean Six Sigma is an internationally acclaimed method for improving processes. You’ll learn to trace, analyse and reduce problems in processes.

Lean Yellow Belt (process management)

How can you work more efficiently, shorten output times, and improve customer satisfaction? Lean Six Sigma is an internationally acclaimed method for improving processes. You’ll learn to trace, analyse and reduce problems in processes. You’ll also develop the competences you need to head improvement projects and secure changes. You’ll lift yourself and your organisation to a higher level.

Learning to give workshops

During this two-day session, you learn the most important skills that are required for giving a professional workshop.

LinkedIn: Beyond the basics

Mapping out your road as a science professional

Finishing your PhD brings you to a unique crossroads in life. You have attained the highest level of education that the academic world has to offer.

Marketing yourself & your research

During this training course, you’ll get a better idea of what you want and how to go about getting it. Do you want to continue your career in research, or would you rather work outside academia?

Mastering Mindfulness – The 8-week MBSR Programme

Mindfulness is a form of attention training that focuses on recognising and breaking out of unconscious, involuntary thought patterns and responses. It is a powerful technique that reenergises the mind and body. Mindfulness helps people engage with themselves and others in a new way.

Personal leadership for academics

You just became a manager – an exciting but challenging new role for you. This course will give you all the tools you need to enjoy your new role and get the right results. You’ll learn effective management methods, smart dialogue techniques and better coaching skills.

Persuasive presenting with storytelling

This course will improve your presentation skills by using storytelling as a technique. You’ll boost your self-confidence and learn to captivate and inspire your listeners without all the stress.

Project-driven creation

This course will teach you the basics of project management. Once you have completed it, you’ll be capable of preparing and supervising a simple project – all the way from inception, planning and execution to project conclusion and evaluation.

Respectful and effective communication

In this training course, you’ll learn to recognise and set boundaries while respecting yourself and others and without losing contact with them. You’ll learn to give your own plans room to thrive while being receptive to other people’s ideas. This provides you with very practical tools with regard to communication.

Scientific writing in English

Do you have little or no trouble reading specialist literature in English, but do you find writing your own English-language articles to be a tall order? This course offers you a step-by-step approach to improving your own article.

Self-promotion, networking and job search skills

You will learn how to present yourself successfully in the job market by honing your skills in three areas: self-promotion, networking and job-seeking.

She’s got personality! (women only)

The Academy wants to help female scientists and scholars (PhD students and postdocs) boost their careers by showing them how to promote themselves in more powerful ways. That’s why this one-day course is intended for women only. Visibility and dynamic self-promotion are crucial, for example while networking, giving presentations, during job interviews and in leadership roles.

Teamwork: Learning from one another

We’re all different. You are undoubtedly very good at certain tasks, while another person is better at others. To get the best results from your team, it’s important to know what you’re good at and where you can use some help from other team members. In this training course, you’ll learn how to talk about what you expect from other team members.

Time management

Are you at the mercy of circumstances or do you take charge? In this training course, you’ll become aware of how you manage your time and why you manage it as you do. You’ll learn time management skills that will allow you to achieve your goals. You will come away feeling more satisfied about how you arrange your work.

Work-life balance

You have a lot on your plate and you want to be able to juggle it all. Sometimes that means you find yourself spending more time on your work or another aspect of your life than you'd like. You're off balance. This training course will help you discover what you truly want and how to free up more time for it.