A1 SENSE Introductory Course

  • 08 - 10 November 2023
  • Partly online, partly in person (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 your own personal wishes and ambitions, what impact you would like to have with your research, and set personal learning goals for your PhD.
We will discuss the need for linking your research to appropriate networks, and how inter- and transdisciplinary science can play a role for you. The course will also be part introduction to personal leadership, exploring what is important to you, and talking about how to tackle challenges you may face along the way.

Additionally you will meet other PhD candidates with which you will share a lot of the same experiences.


After this course, you should understand the need for multi- and interdisciplinary networks like SENSE. Furthermore, you should be able to 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 started thinking about your own personal development by setting personal learning goals. 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. These 2.5 days 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.

Set up and preparations

This course will be organized in a blended way. Blended meaning we have self-study part online; and a two and half days together.

We are happy to announce we are back to the original 2.5 day in person version! You will need to bring the final assignments from the online part to the in person days. Instructions on when the online part is open, and on the in person days will follow about one month in advance.

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. We will send more information how to prepare 4 weeks before the in person days.

Poster presentation

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 is meant as a way to let others know what you think you will be working on. So, present what you have and what you want to share.

Venue in person days

Hotel de Bosrand, Ede:

Note that you will be sharing a room with another PhD candidate; if you already know who you want to share the room with, you can indicate this at registration.

Dates and times: Arrival at the Bosrand around on the first day 12:00-12:30, for lunch starting at 12:30; departure third date after lunch (at around 14:00).


Go to Registration form (registration deadline: 8 October 2023 or when full)

Next edition of this course 

27-29 March 2024

Former occurrences of this course

28-29 March 2023   |   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 ( Kate Negacz (
  • 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.
  • 8 October 2023