At ICT.OPEN, skills sessions will be organised.

The skills sessions are intended for young scientists who want to improve their soft skills. We are very happy to have Veronika Cheplygina as the workshop chair for ICT.OPEN2019.

How to become a Master in Failure

Remko van der Drift, Instituut voor Faalkunde

Tuesday 19 March, 11:25 – 12:45 hrs

Are you a master at failing? A master in failure is allowed to make mistakes, a master in failure can also make mistakes! He or she remains relaxed and learns from his or her mistakes. A master also embraces the mistakes of others.

Are you a master at failing? Or do you secretly want to perform above average 100% of the time and does this stress you out? In that case, you are not as skilled in failure as you think, unfortunately!

Take the next step during this skills session!

Mastering the art of failing will help you to utilise your full potential and become more relaxed in your work. In this skills session you will learn how you can adopt a different mindset, focused on less stress and on more learning and personal development.

Experience it in a sparkling, active, fun and most of all educational skills session. With a clear theory, failure fitness and concrete reflections.


Social media for the busy scientist

Felienne Hermans & Veronika Cheplygina

Tuesday 19th March, 14:30 – 15:50 hrs

You often hear that social media is more and more important for scientists, but is it really true? Shouldn’t you rather spend more time doing research? And how to incorporate these social media into your scientific process?

In this workshop, Veronika & Felienne will give you hands-on tips on how to start to tweet, blog and more. We will help you to use social media as an extension of your regular work, and not as one more thing you “have to do”. In addition to that, we will also address challenges, pitfalls, and best practices.

While this workshop is mainly aimed at beginners, it will also include interesting tips and tricks for researchers already using social media.

Do you have a question that you would like us to address during the workshop? Then tweet us @felienne @vcheplygina with the hashtag #ICTOpen2019 and we will do our best to address it during the workshop!


Self-management for early career researchers

Natalia Bielczyk, Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling, Nijmegen

Tuesday 19th March, 16:20 – 17:40 hrs

Early career researchers in different disciplines face similar challenges, related to fierce competition and constantly changing landscape of their research fields. Very often, factors independent from the early career researcher (such as, in example, constraints related to low quality datasets you need to work with, or a non-cooperative supervisory team) can cause leverage in pressure and stress levels, and give you an impression that your career development is blocked.

However, regardless of the circumstances, there is a number of every day self-management actions you can take in order to increase your overall work satisfaction, and positively influence career chances in the long run. In this workshop, we will discuss the following aspects:

  • Goal setting and making one’s own opportunities
  • Managing your time optimally
  • Tips on taking care of yourself and creating a positive spin around yourself
  • Recognising and addressing bottlenecks in your projects
  • Building a craft
  • Networking and building long-lasting bonds
  • Finding the right mentors and mentees
  • Staying vigilant to opportunities outside academia and building an expertise competitive on the open job market

The workshop will be interactive. We will first go through the material, and then discuss how to cherry pick the advice and tailor to your own needs. There are multiple ways to become a happy researcher. Therefore, the goal of the workshop is to help you discover your own, personal path towards happy research life, and give you tools to develop your own personal style of doing science that will give you the best personal experience.


Panel discussion: Plugging the leaky pipeline

Prof. dr. Lejla Batina, Institute for Computing and Sciences Radboud University
Prof.dr. Lynda Hardman, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam

Tuesday 19th March, 16:20 – 17:40 hrs

This event aims at addressing various issues that the Diversity group of IPN is dealing with. Examples are: (the lack of) women in academia, too few women leaders, how to attract (and keep) talented women to computer science and engineering etc.

Note: this is not a skills session, but a panel discussion.


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