A1 SENSE Introductory Course

  • 28 - 29 March 2023
  • Partly online, partly Ede
  • 2.0 ECTS

This course brings together PhD candidates that have the ambition to work on environmental issues, and who have just started their journey within SENSE.

During the course, you will discuss the need for interdisciplinary research and start to think about what role you would like to play as a scientist in solving environmental issues. The course will also be part introduction to personal leadership, exploring what is important to you, and hence talking about how to tackle any potential challenges you may face along the way. And you will meet other PhD candidates with which you will share a lot of the same experiences with.


After this course, you should understand the need for multi- and interdisciplinary networks like SENSE. Furthermore, you should be able to openly discuss your contribution to solving environmental issues; and to have started thinking about where your own ambitions are in terms of fundamental science or applied science; how your science can link to society, and to have starting thinking about your own personal development. You will also have a better idea of the broader skills and competencies that are needed in science, but also beyond. This could lead to changes in your TSP, if you feel this is needed. This week will also provide an opportunity for getting to know other PhD students in the SENSE research school and learning about each other’s research activities and the problems that are being tackled; and hence should lead to new links within your network. The primary goal of this week is also to give PhD students insights into common issues you may encounter during their PhD trajectory; and to provide them with a framework to will help to tackle them. In addition, SENSE PhD candidates that have completed their A2 project will present their outcomes, and the challenges at the end of the second day. This can provide inspiration for your own A2 project, while at the same time will give you insights into the challenges and solutions for making an impact.

Set up

This course will be organized in a blended way. Blended meaning we have self-study part online; and a two day get together (28th and 29th of March with overnight stay). The course participants will be able to follow the self-study part at least two weeks before the in person days. This self-study part is estimated to be around 28 hours of work. The platform we will use for the self-study part is Brightspace. For non-WUR PhD candidates a guest account will be provided so you can access all materials in due time You will need to make a poster of your project, that you can present at the physical meeting. That needs to be a printed full sized poster; portrait style. The poster boards at the venue are higher than wide…… Information on poster making you can find at: It does not have to be a full blown, detailed presentation of everything you will do; it meant as a way to let others know what you think you will be working on. So, present what you have.

Venue in person days

Akoesticum (room) and Reehorst (hotel), Ede Included in the fee: lunch for both days, dinner during the first evening; A single room+ breakfast, and drinks at the end of the second day.


Registration link (registration deadline: 28 February 2023)

Former occurrences of this course

27-28 Oct 2022   |   21-22 March 2022   |   25-29 Oct 2021   |   19-23 April 2021   |   26-30 Oct 2020   |   25-27 March, 2020   |   23-25 Oct 2019   |   27-29 March 2018   |   17-19 Oct 2018   |   28-30 March 2018   |   4-6 Oct 2017   |   29-31 March 2017   |   5-7 Oct 2016   |   30 March – 1 Apr 2016   |   23-25 Sept 2015   |   18-20 March 2015   |   1-3 Oct 2014   |   19-21 March 2014   |   25-27 Sept 2013   |   20-22 March 2013   |   26-28 Sept 2012   |   21-23 March 2012   |   28-30 Sept 2011   |   15-17 March 2011   |   22-24 Sept 2010   |   19-22 Jan 2010

  • Twice a year (March and October)
  • Dr. Peter Vermeulen ( Iris Manola (
  • 40 - 55 participants
  • Prerequisite: having started a PhD in the environmental sciences at a SENSE institute
  • €300
    PLEASE NOTE: due to the preparation costs, we urge you to check your calendar carefully before registering for this course. Last minute withdrawals (withdrawals within twee weeks before the course starts) will result in unnecessary costs for your institute: a €125 will be charged if you cancel between 2 weeks and one week before the course starts; and the full fee thereafter.
  • 28 February 2023