Training Activities 2021-2022

PhD programmes include both transversal and specific activities in the area of each programme.

Transversal activities are useful for people who are doing their doctorate outside their area of knowledge, since they offer the opportunity to acquire transversal competences during the training period of the PhD programme. You can find the transversal activities organised by the UAB and presented by the School for Doctoral Studies in all together in this section for quick and easy access to the information.

For the specific activities, you can find the information in individual folders for each of the PhD programmes.

Within the transversal activities are included language courses that the Language Service of the UAB program specifically for PhD students: the course Support for writing a doctoral thesis in Catalan and the course Thesis writing in English.

For further information on how to get the attendance certificates for transversal activities, please contact Gestió pr.euraxess@uab.cat. Note that those activities organised by the Servei de Llengües (s.llengues@uab.cat) and Servei de Biblioteques (s.biblioteques@uab.cat) are directly certified by them.

To include these activities in your academic record, please check this video (click on the subtitle icon at the bottom right corner). Select the type of activity 65 (Transversal Activity) and write the name of the activity in the field “Description”. It is highly recommended to fill this field in the three available languages (Catalan, Spanish and English).

Below you can find the available courses. Please bear in mind that this schedule may be subject to some changes.

PRESENTING RESEARCH

Date: 13/10/2021 to the 17/11/2021, Mondays and Wednesdays from 14 to 16 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level

The Doctoral school organises, together with the Languages Service, this course aimed at strengthening researchers’ skills for presentations in English in working sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences. Participants will learn to control anxiety and nerves before a presentation, to choose and organize contents to make an interesting and persuasive oral presentation and to adapt their discourse to the public. They will also learn to develop and use a script and other support systems for the transmission of content (PowerPoint or Prezi), to express themselves naturally and to manage the questions of the audience. The course also focuses on aspects such as register and linguistic correctness.


WRITING A THESIS IN ENGLISH

Law, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Date: 18/10/2021 to 22/11/2021, Mondays and Wednesdays from 13 to 15 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües

Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering
Date: 19/10/2021 to 18/11/2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13 to 15 h
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level

Issues related to academic-scientific writing, specialized languages and the conventions of formal university texts are addressed. The course is thought as a support in the writing process of the thesis. Participants can share small fragments of their text, so specific doubts can be solved. The classes for this course will be online via videoconference.

More information on this Writing a thesis in English course.


WRITING AN ABSTRACT AND OUTLINING A SCIENTIFIC PAPER

Date 1st group: 25/10/2021 from 10 to 12 h
Date 2nd group: 26/10/2021 from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Blanca Arias Badia,
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this workshop that aims to provide answer answers to the following questions, among other: What kind of information should an abstract include? What is the clearest way to distribute information in an abstract? Why are keywords important? How can we avoid vagueness? Other aspects such as structure and style will be considered, as well as further practical matters, such as hints on how to meet today’s editors’ and reviewers’ expectations.

This practical session will be based on real examples in different fields of study. Attendants are also invited to bring their own abstracts to the workshop so their proposals can be discussed together.

For more information on this course visit the Aula Moodle.

RESEARCH YOURSELF ®

Date: 4, 11, 18 and 25/11/2021, from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainers: Elvira Reche and Albert Feliu, PhD in Health Psychology
Addressed to: early stage researchers

Is your doctorate causing you stress? Do you feel overwhelmed by pressure? Are you worried about your relationship with your supervisor and your team? Do you find it difficult to mantain a good work/life balance? According to recent studies, earning a doctorate, although gratifying, can also be a mentally challenging process. For that reason, the Doctoral School has organised this 4-session course that, by using coaching and mindfulness techniques, will give you tools to combat the anxiety, fears and frustrations that may arise during this training phase.

Session 1: Improve your emotional regulation and stress
Session 2: Boost your research career in and outside university
Session 3: Improve communication with your team
Session 4: Manage your time till your thesis defense and prepare your life after the doctorate

The trainers are part of the UCAA (Unitat de Coaching i Acompanyament Acadèmic) a unit of the UAB Service of Psychology and Logopedics: https://sct.uab.cat/spl/node/219

More information and registrations via Aula Moodle.
 

FROM IDEA TO PROTOTYPE: A SHORT DESIGN THINKING SESSION

Date: 9/11/2021 from 11 to 13 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: David Hernández (UAB Reseach Park)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises, together with the UAB Research Park, this seminar to offer an approach to the process of transforming a simple idea into a real project by using the Design Thinking methodology. 

Objectives:

  • Give fundamental notions about the process of how to transform an idea in a real project
  • Strengthen research within your projects by using Design Thinking
  • Participate in processes of spontaneous creativity and co-creation
  • Provide information about the UAB Open Labs and the facilities for prototyping

For more information and registrations visit the Aula Moodle.


RESPONSIBLE PHD: INTEGRATING RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN PHD RESEARCH

Date: 15 & 18/11/2021 from 10 to 13 h
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish/Catalan. Materials: English
Trainers: Begoña Miñarro and Núria Claver
Adresssed to: early stage researchers at the beginning of their PhD project.

This seminar will introduce PhD students to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and initiate deliberation on how to make a PhD research project more responsible. Students will read about and discuss several concepts of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete case examples of R&I processes. Furthermore, participants will introduce their own PhD research projects or first project ideas and identify possibilities to make them more responsible by using various concepts of RRI.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


WELCOME SESSION. THE DOCTORAL STUDIES AS A FORMATIVE PROCESS. Academic year 2020-2021

Date: 29/11/2021, from 11 to 12 h.
Mode: virtual
Language: Spanish
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Welcome Session of the UAB Doctoral School is specially adressed to first year PhD  candidates but it is also open to other early stage researchers that may be interested in attending. This session will combine a live conference about open cience with some videos available on Aula Moodle where some practical information will be given.

More information and registrations via Aula Moodle.


TECHNOLOGY-BASED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THE USE OF PATENTS, KNOW-HOW AND UTILITY MODELS

Virtual self-learning course available all the academic year round.
Mode: virtual
Language: Catalan
Trainer: Xavier Vallvé, Head of the Office of Patent Valuation UAB
Addressed to: early stage researchers, preferably from scientific and technological fields

The seminar "Tecnology-Based Intellectual Property" provides a theoretical overview of patents, know-how and utility models. Early stage researchers will watch several videos with basic information about how to protect their research and how to manage patents. The seminar is organized by the Office of Patents Valuation together with the Doctoral School and is part of the transferable skills training programme.

Topics

  • Uses of Technology-based Intellectual Property (or how to become a smarter researcher).
  • Patents: Requirements and exclusions, structure, prosecution, and infringement.
  • Utility models.
  • Know-how: when to keep information confidential and comparison with patents.ç
  • Patent information: how to take advantage of research patented by others, and multiple uses of using patent databases.

Course and programme via Aula Moodle.

HOW TO DESIGN AND DEFEND YOUR PHD WITH THE IDEA PUZZLE® SOFTWARE

Date: 1/12/2020 from 11 to 12.30 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Ricardo Morais (Idea Puzzle)
Addressed to: early stage researchers

The Doctoral School organises this seminar where the use and possibilities of the Idea Puzzle® software will be explained. This sofware is thought to design, diagnose and defend research projects. It constitutes an investment in life-long research skills.

Contents:

  1. Research as a system of 21 decisions
  2. Theoretical decisions of your research
  3. Methodological decisions of your research
  4. Empirical decisions of your research
  5. Rhetoric decisions of your research
  6. Authorial decisions of your research
  7. Application to participants' research with the Idea Puzzle® software

More information via Aula Moodle.


DISSEMINATION OF SCIENCE

Date: 2/12/2021 to 21/12/2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15 to 17 h
Mode: virtual
Language: English
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 level

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Languages Service, this course aimed at the production of texts for scientific dissemination, both oral and written, to learn how to use plain language to reach non-specialised audiences. Attendees will learn to adapt the content to the audience, the register and the pitch; to choose the appropriate words; to manage the redundancies and the words of transition; to control the negative and affirmative modalities of the speech in order to achieve maximum clarity; to properly manage the emergence of known and unknown information; to foster a good thematic progression; to determine the lengths of the sentences and the paragraphs to build them appropriately and to foster the comprehensibility and readability of the text, among other aspects.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.


RESEARCH PAPERS

Health science, experimental science and engineering. Session shared with ICTA.
Date:
 13/12/2021 to 26/01/2022, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 12 h

Social Sciences and Humanities.
Date:
 d13/12/2021 to 26/01/2022, Mondays and Wednesdays from 14 a 16 h

Language: English
Mode: virtual
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level
Aim: To improve the writing of scientific papers in English
 
The Doctoral School organises, together with the Languages Service, this course on one of the most common sorts of discourse in scientific communication, the scientific paper. The participants develop and consolidate the necessary skills to write scientific papers in English. The course addresses aspects related to the standardized structure of papers (introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions) and the formal and discursive characteristics that these parts must have. Questions related to English vocabulary and correct grammar and syntactic structures when writing papers are also addressed.
 
Registrations via Aula Moodle.


ELEVATOR PITCH

Date: 16 & 21/12/2021 from 10 to 13 h
Language: English
Mode: virtual
Trainer: Servei de Llengües
Addressed to: early stage researchers with an accredited B2.2 English level
Aim: to prepare attendees to explain their projects in English and in a limited time.

The Doctoral School organises, together with the Language Service, this course to create an interesting, entertaining, persuasive and attractive speech from the point of view of substance and form. The course will address aspects such as the analysis of the expectations of the interlocutor or the audience, the ability to synthesize and the communication of complex content in a simple and informative language. All attendees will produce a short speech to be presented in front of their colleagues. Feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention will be given.

Registrations via Aula Moodle.

In this section you can find some resources offered by the UAB Library Service that can be very useful for your research:

Below you will also find some other useful links for your day to day as an early stage researcher: