9th From PhD to Job Market: 'Believing in First Mover Advantages'

Career management event organized by UGent, VUB, UA, UHasselt and KU Leuven

Your career is likely to take you outside the hallowed halls of academia. Exploring the non-academic realm is a vitalizing and thoroughly exhilarating process, but often causes a great deal of anxiety and nervousness. From PhD to Job Market will help you reduce your fears and increase your “real-life” successes.

Join us for a supercharged and future-forward conference on career paths and opportunities for PhDs in Life Sciences and Medicine with keynote lectures, PhD career stories and several labour market oriented workshops.

Places are limited! Do not miss your chance to register for this cutting edge doctoral conference!


Career Management

Target group

PhD students in life sciences and medicine from all Flemish universities (Ghent University, VUB, UAntwerp, KU Leuven and UHasselt)


Plenary lectures, PechaKucha and workshops


Thursday, 22 September 2016


    UZ Gent, Auditorium F (0 Blok A)


    9:00-9:45 Registration & coffee
    9:45-10:00 Words of welcome by Prof Dr Anne De Paepe, rector of Ghent University
    10:00-11:30 Keynote lectures
    • Dr Greet Musch, Dr Mieke Delvaeye (FAMPH), 'PhD’s : Shaping the future @ national and European competent authorities'
    • Dr Henk Joos (FlandersBio), 'Orientation, job and training opportunities in a vibrant life sciences cluster in Flanders'
    • Prof Dr Theo Meert (Janssen), 'The societal (health care) challenges, the new playground of our PhDs'
      11:30-12:30 PechaKucha presentations moderated by Dr Dieter De Bruyn, UGent Doctoral Schools
        • Dr Sarah Thysen (De Clercq & Partners)
        • Dr Kristof De Mey (Victoris UGent-IOF)
        • Dr Kim Plasman (Trinean)
        • Dr Franky Van Herreweghe (Phoreon, a brand of Pharma Diagnostics)
        • Dr Elke Van Gyseghem (Apotheek Delestre)
        12:30-13:15 Lunch
        13:30-16:30 Workshops
        • 'A career at the EU institutions: opportunities, application process and useful tips' (Michiel Humblet)
        • 'From PhD to the Next Professional Step' (Isabelle Delecaut & Leonardo Ruggiero)
        • BioBizz café organised by FlandersBio preceded by a workshop offered by recruiting agency Hudson (Participating companies: Biocartis, ViroVet, Ontoforce, Multiplicom, Advipro, GSK & Merck Ventures)
        !!! this workshop will end at 17:00 and will be followed by a networking reception !!!
        • 'Serving the World'
        • 'Dos and Don’ts in CV and cover letter writing'
        • 'The future of work' (Randstad Professionals)




        Number of participants



        Contact your local Doctoral School coordinator

        Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

        Full participation (plenary session in the morning, workshop in the afternoon)

        Some workshops involve assignments

        Registration procedure

        Preregistrations will be checked by your Doctoral School. You will be notified on the decision within two weeks. Only full-day participation will be accepted.

        Registration is now closed.

        Registration fee

        Free of charge. Please note that a fee of €100 will be charged for registered PhD candidates who fail to attend the conference (deadline for cancellations: Monday 19 September 2016, 9 am).