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NOSTER PhD Spring Conference

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10 – 11 April 2017, Soesterberg

Course description: The NOSTER PhD Spring Conference is the climax of the NOSTER academic year. For two days all NOSTER junior members are invited to meet up, present their research, discuss urgent matters in the field and follow workshops.

During the first day of the conference all junior members are invited to present their research. Recently started junior members can present the outline of their research project, while more advanced candidates present a chapter of their thesis and will receive feedback from senior scholars in the field. During the second day of the conference urgent matters from the field will be discussed and there will be workshops on more practical tools for your research. During the conference, there will be plenty of time to get to know your peers informally.

Research presentations: Every junior researcher is invited to present his/her research project during the Spring Conference. There are two types of research presentations;

  1. Presentations of recently started research consists of a short presentation on the design of your project in the first or second year of your project. (15 min. presentation, 15 min questions and discussion)
  2. Presentations of advanced research consist of a presentation (20 minutes) of an article or chapter from your thesis (max. 20 pages). A senior scholar will provide a response (20 minutes) and there will be time for questions and discussion (20 minutes)

For those of you who want to obtain a NOSTER certificate both presentations are required during the course of your research.

Workshops: The workshops for this year’s conference:

  1. Good question?! The art of academic debate
    What is a good academic question? And what is the best way to answer it? During this workshop we reflect on scholarly behaviour and customs during academic discussions in various contexts (conferences, seminars, symposia).
  2. Personal branding: using social media to present yourself and your research
    In this workshop we will improve our online visibility on social media and discuss the dos and don’ts concerning personal branding.
  3. Verdedigen van je proefschrift (NL)
    In deze workshop staat het academisch ritueel van de verdediging van het proefschrift centraal. We bereiden je voor door informatie te geven over de regels en mores tijdens de verdediging. Daarnaast oefen je met het beantwoorden van een kritische vraag volgens het format dat gehandhaafd wordt tijdens verdedigingen. Deze workshop is bedoeld voor promovendi die in de laatste fase van hun onderzoek zitten. Voorafgaand aan deze workshop wordt gevraagd enkele pagina’s van je proefschrift toe te sturen op basis waarvan een vraag zal worden voorbereid.
  4. Opiniestukken schrijven over je promotieonderzoek (NL)
    In deze workshop leer je academische nuance van je af te schudden en kernachtig je onderzoek te presenteren in een opiniestuk. Daarbij krijg je meer inzicht in waar dagbladen op letten bij het selecteren van opinie-inzendingen.

Location: Conferentiecentrum Kontakt der Kontinenten, Amersfoortsestraat 20, 3769 AS, Soesterberg
Level: The NOSTER spring PhD conference is open to (non-affiliated) PhD candidates and Research Master students in the field of Theology and Religious studies. In some cases, research-oriented students from other master programs may be admitted. For further information, please contact the office: noster@ru.nl.
Language: The common language of the Spring PhD Conference will be English. However, some of the presentations and workshops will be in Dutch.
Credits: attendance at the conference, both days: 1 EC / attendance at the conference (both days) including a presentation of recently started research: 1,5 EC / attendance at the conference (both days) including a presentation of advanced research: 2 EC
Costs: NOSTER junior members: free of charge
For participants who are not a member of  NOSTER, the fees are:
Participation Spring PhD-Conference: € 50,-
Lunch: €12,50 per day | Dinner: €25,- | Overnight stay (incl. breakfast): €75,-
Cancelation costs (apply for regular NOSTER-members as well)
After your registration for the Spring PhD-Conference we make a reservation at Kontakt der Kontinenten. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so we can cancel the reservation. Cancellation until 27 March is free. After that the cancellation costs are:
1-2 weeks before the conference: 50 % of the total amount
6-2 days before the conference: 75 % of the total amount
1 day before or during the conference: 100 % of the total amount

Registration: Registration is required via the NOSTER website. When logged in to your personal account on the NOSTER website a register form will appear below. A certificate of attendance can be given to the students after finishing the course. Please note that participants who want to present their research will be asked to provide an abstract of their research upon registration.

Registration for the Spring Conference is now closed. If you have any questions concerning your registration, please contact the NOSTER office at noster@ru.nl.

Dates:

  • 10 Apr 2017 9:30 22:00
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  • 11 Apr 2017 9:00 14:15
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Kontakt der Kontinenten

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