Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

A1 SENSE Introductory Course

Date: 19 April 2021 - 23 April 2021
Location: Online

Short Course Description

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 personal leadership course, exploring what is important to you, and hence what broader skills and competencies you will want to develop during your PhD trajectory. And you will meet other PhD candidates with which you will share a lot of the same experiences with.

The course work load represents 2 ECTS (meaning a total load of 56 hours) and currently takes place in an online form with one day of physical meeting. There is self study part with assignments that need to be completed before the online part starts. The self study part will be open at least a month before the online part starts. We will organize a physical meeting so you can all meet each other in person when conditions allow it.

You will need to make a poster of your project, that you can present at the physical meeting. We will inform you whether that needs to be a pdf that you can present via a beamer, or a printed full sized poster. Information on poster making you can find at:

General information

Target groupStarting SENSE PhD students
Prerequisites            Having started a PhD in the environmental sciences
Intended credits2.0 ECTS, including selfstudy
Group size30 - 50 participants
Course frequencyTwice a year
Course feeca. € 100; depends on the costs for the physical meeting
please note: due to the preparation costs, we urge you to check your calendar carefully before registering for this course. Last minute withdrawals will result in unnecessary costs for your institute
More PJ Vermeulen (; dr. Kate Negacz (
Registration deadline16 March 2021
Registration Registration link


After this course, you should be able to openly discuss your contribution to solving environmental issues; whether you will focus on fundamental science or applied science. You should understand the need for multi- and interdisciplinary networks like SENSE. 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 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. As such, at the end of the course you should be able to clearly formulate goals and challenges that lie ahead, and analyses potential ways how you can tackle these challenges. You will also have a better idea of the broader skills and competencies

Course Programme

 The course consists of an introductory week in an external conference venue. During the week, special attention will be paid to three contexts:
• the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of environmental research, and the role a scientist can play
• Personal development and leadership in your PhD trajectory
• Your fellow SENSE PhD candidates as part of your network

Former occurrences of this course

  • 26-30 October 2020 online and 19 November 2020
  • 25-27 March 2020
  • 23-25 October 2019, Apeldoorn
  • 27-29 March 2018, Apeldoorn
  • 17-19 October 2018, Soest
  • 28-30 March 2018
  • 4-6 October 2017
  • 29-31 March 2017
  • 5-7 October 2016, Soest
  • 30 March - 1 April 2016, Apeldoorn
  • 23-25 September 2015, Soest
  • 18-20 March 2015, Apeldoorn
  • 01-03 October 2014, UNESCO-IHE Delft
  • 19-21 March 2014, Stayokay Apeldoorn
  • 25-27 September 2013
  • 20-22 March 2013
  • 26-28 September 2012
  • 21-23 March 2012
  • 28-30 September 2011
  • 15-17 March 2011
  • 22-24 September 2010
  • 19-22 January 2010