Is there life after your PhD?

‘It’s hopeless,’ says Fons Leroy, head of the Flemish Employment Service VDAB, after having spoken with a couple of PhD students. ‘They don’t have a network.’ Being a scientist, you not only have to be an excellent researcher, but also be able to translate your knowledge to an audience that can be of service to…

Slide design for Dummies Part II

Reworking your slides is not as painstaking as you may think. It is often just a matter of adding some extra boxes and selecting the right images. But where to begin when your slide looks like someone has pasted in a full law text? Find the key concepts The original slide seems to serve as…

Presenting to kids, how do you do that?

In a famous quote, Einstein said that ‘If you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself.’ Have you ever tried to explain your research or project to a 6 year old? Is presenting to kids all that different from presenting to adults? Not really. The tips that we discuss…

How deep down are you?

The longer you do research or perform any other type of work, the deeper you dig. This is called expertise. You begin with both of your feet on the ground. During your Bachelor or Master studies you start digging a first hole. This is followed by a doctorate and perhaps even a postdoctoral study. You…

How to pitch your idea

Do you sometimes need to sell an idea to your own team, a subsidy agency, or even potential buyers? That means you will be pitching. And if you would like your idea to actually come to fruition, you’d better do it well. ‘Oh, that’s nice’ Are you simply over the moon with your idea, but…