Training activities

The PhD programmes include research training that is both transferrable and specific to the area of each programme and consists of both compulsory and optional activities.

All the activities that the PhD student must complete are recorded in an activities document, but in any case there are compulsory activities that must be completed in the first academic years. It may also include transferrable activities offered by the same university.

Other professional who are not PhD holders may participate in these activities as long as they hold a relevant qualification in the corresponding area.

You can also do other mobility, under the Erasmus programme, both studies and internships. Check the information in the corresponding links.

To include these activities in your academic record, please check this video (click on the subtitle icon at the bottom right corner).

For this PhD programme the following training activities are scheduled:

Mandatory activities:

  • Attendance at seminars or lectures given by experts in the subject area
    Attendance at 3 seminars/lectures during the PhD on cutting-edge research topics, given by internationally-respected figures in the field of biotechnology.
  • Attendance on working doctoral groups
    Students attend research group meetings to discuss topics of interest to the whole group and periodically present their research findings to the other group members.
  • Research paper sent to a high-impact scientific journal
    Writing a research paper provides students with experience in disseminating their work to the scientific community and familiarises them with the most appropriate journals in their field for this purpose.
  • Giving a seminar on the research project
    By giving a seminar before reading their thesis, students can learn how to give an oral presentation of a scientific paper and how to handle subsequent discussion on the part of a specialist audience.
  • Collaboration meetings between research groups
    Students take part in these meetings with other research groups, to discuss findings and plan joint experiments, and thus promote multidisciplinarity within biotechnology.
  • Participation in internal seminars organised by the research group or the department
    Students give one seminar per year on their research group's findings, so as to gain experience in  speaking in public to present and discuss findings in a didactic way.
  • Oral presentations or posters at national or international conferences
    The learning objective is for students to gain experience in disseminating their findings at  conferences.

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