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NOSTER PhD Spring Conference 2018

1 - 2 EC 16 Apr 2018

16 – 17 April 2018, Driebergen-Rijsenburg

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 three types of research presentations;

  1. Presentations of recently started research; consists of a short presentation on the design of your project. (15 min. presentation, 15 min questions and discussion)
  2. Presentations of intermediate research;  consists of a short presentation on a specific (methodological or theoretical) issue of your project. (15 min. presentation, 15 min questions and discussion)
  3. Presentations of advanced research consist of a presentation (20 minutes) of an article or chapter from your thesis (max. 20 pages) that is distributed in advance to the participants of the conference. A senior scholar will provide a response (10-20 minutes) and there will be time for questions and discussion (20-30 minutes)

If you would like to present during the Spring Conference, please send an e-mail with the title, abstract (max. 300 words) and category (starter/intermediate/advanced) of your presentation before 1 February 2018 . If you would like to give a presentation of advanced research, please also mention two or three senior scholars from whom you would like to receive a response (who are not yet involved in your project). NOSTER will invite them for you. NB. In case we have too many applicants for presentations, those who present for the first time in will be given priority. During your NOSTER membership, we are happy to arrange a presentation of advanced research once)

Workshops: The workshops for this year’s conference:

  1. T.B.A.
  2. How to work your way through Academic Web Profiles; Research Gate, Academia and others in a nutshell’
    More information to be announced.
  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: Landgoed de Horst, De Horst 1, 3971 KR, Driebergen-Rijsenburg
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:
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 or intermediate 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 Landgoed de Horst. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so we can cancel the reservation. Cancellation until 1 April 2018 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.


  • 16 Apr 2018 9:30 22:00
    more information t.b.a.
  • 17 Apr 2018 9:00 14:15
    more information t.b.a.


Landgoed de Horst, De Horst, Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Nederland