PE&RC Midterm retreat - 28 - 29 November 2024 

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PE&RC Midterm retreat

Thursday 28 - Friday 29 November 2024 

Hotel De Bosrand - Ede


Whereas the idea of the first years retreat was to make you more familiar with what to expect during the PhD track and how to avoid major catastrophes and disappointments, this will be the time to reflect and see if nevertheless such catastrophes and disappointments have surfaced, and how to deal with them. In light of this, some workshops are organised: "Communication with your supervisor", "Stress and work pressure", "Time and project management", and "Paper writing". An essential part of the retreat is also reflecting on the question "Am I on Schedule?" We will reflect on this in groups and then we will together think of ways to catch up if your lagging behind, or to stimulate and motivate you to keep up the good work. We will also discuss people's personal plan of action for the second part of the PhD. Apart from these issues, the importance of networking and peer-coaching are highlighted. Finally, this retreat is meant to get back in touch with your fellow PhDs and learn from them how to tackle specific issues.

Preliminary Programme
Day 1
09:00 Registration & Welcome (Hotel De Bosrand, Ede)
09:30 - 10:30

Introduction to the retreat

  • Programme
  • What do you want to take home from this retreat?

Happiness: Past, Present, Future

  • Drivers of success
  • Stress 4 responses
  • How to stay in the flow
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45- 11:45

WORKSHOP | Happiness: Past, Present, Future

• Group session
• Plenary reflection

11:45 - 12:30 WORKSHOP | Profiling and networking
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 WORKSHOP | Profiling and networking - continued
14:30 - 15:00 PhD Challenges: Introduction
15:00 - 17:00 Forest walk
17:00 - 17:30 Report on topics to be role-played on Friday
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks in the bar / Leisure time
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 20:15 The PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) (chair PPC)
20:15 - 21:00 PhD Quiz organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC)
21:00 Leisure activities and drinks: those that have interesting games (cards, monopoly, etc.) please bring them along!


Day 2
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30

WORKSHOP | PhD Challenges & Solutions (with actor)

  • Plenary feedback on group work 
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee / Tea
10:45 - 12:30 WORKSHOP | PhD Challenges & Solutions (with actor)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
10:45 - 12:30 WORKSHOP | Strengthening your resilience
14:00 - 15:30 PERSONAL PLAN OF ACTION: What must I do to reach my objective?
  • What are my main challenges
  • How do I plan to tackle them (tips and tools)
  • Who will check that I stick to my plan (buddy)
  • Exchange thought of how to make your plan of action SMART
15:30 - 16:30 Farewell Drinks with all groups together
16:30 Departure back home


Target group

This retreat is primarily meant for PhD candidates in the second or third year of their PhD.


This retreat will be held at Parkhotel De Bosrand in Ede (Bosrand 28, 6718 ZN Ede).


This retreat is free of charge for all PE&RC PhD candidates (all others pay 200 euros). Do note that beverages are on your own account.

Logistical issues

Bedding and towels are supplied by the venue. Food and drinks are catered for. Beverages and snacks are on your own account.

More information

Claudius van de Vijver
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116


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