Objective of the PhD Support Programme

To provide additional training, next to what you receive at your home institution, to 1st and 2nd year nutrition PhD students in a number of core methodological subjects that are indispensable for each PhD student. By attending the course you will be able to improve your skills in planning and executing research projects as well as general life skills for example how to cope with specific stresses that a PhD brings.

NOTE

Some afternoons will have discussions and on others it is expected that the participants work on their protocols, other parts of their research project, prepare presentations or have meetings with staff members on specific topics as needed.

 

WEEK 1

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 1 – MONDAY 25 March 2019

08:00 – 09:00

Introduction

09:00 – 10:00

The PhD Process

 

10:00 – 10:30

You and your supervisor

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Sharing of experiences re research process and supervisors

12:00 – 12:30

Team members of my PhD

12:30 – 13:00

Theory of coping skills

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 15:00

How to cope with the ABCD of a PhD

15:00 – with tea break ….

Reflection journal as a tool for development

Team building

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 1 – TUESDAY 26 March 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 09:00

The research process

09:00 – 10:30

Questions and discussions with reference to own process

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

The protocol writing process

12:00 – 13:00

Questions and discussions with reference to own process

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 15:00

Getting the necessary approval(s) for the research

15:00 - ….

Work on own protocol

  • Make own list of approvals needed
  • Develop a mind map for your research
  • Objectives

One-on-one consultations if needed

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 1 – WEDNESDAY 27 March 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 09:00

Group discussions

Mind map

Research objectives

09:00 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Basic principles and study design methodologies in nutrition research

12:00 – 12:30

Qualitative research Overview

12:30 – 13:00

Emphasis on intervention studies

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 14:30

Animal intervention study

14:30 - ….

Connecting research objectives to the study design

 

Week 1 Thursday 28 March (full day) and Friday 29 March (full day): Bioethics in research

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 1 – SATURDAY 30 March 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 13:00

Dietary methodology

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 - ….

Social activity

 

WEEK 2

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 2 – MONDAY 01 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 10:30

Introduction to nutritional epidemiology

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Study design in interventional nutritional epidemiology

12:00 – 13:00

Nutritional epidemiology continuing

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 15:00

Nutritional epidemiology – practical examples

15:00 - ….

Nutritional epidemiology activities

 

TIME

TOPIC

 

WEEK 2 – TUESDAY 2 April 2019

 

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

 

08:00 – 09:30

Population and sampling

 

 

09:30 – 10:30

From molecular nutrition to public health nutrition

 
 

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

 

11:00 – 12:00

Evaluation of intervention studies - theory

 

12:00 – 13:00

Data analysis plan – linking research question to data analysis

 

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

 

14:00 – 15:00

From theory to practice: CEN intervention studies

 

15:00 - ….

Develop data analysis plan for own research

 

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 2 – WEDNESDAY 3 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 09:00

Finding the right tool for your research question

09:00 – 10:30

 

Biomarkers

  • Biomarkers of exposure and effect
  • Gene-nutrient interactions

Biomarkers for specific nutrients

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Dietary data analysis and interpretation

12:00 – 13:00

Discussion on above

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 –

 

 

Continue with research tools/dietary methodology if needed

Work on own research

One-on-one consultations

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 2 –THURSDAY 4 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 09:00

 

 

Data management

Quality control of data

  • Quantitative data
  • Qualitative data

09:00 – 10:30

 

Quality control of data in practice:

  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Coding of data

  • Quantitative

12:00 – 13:00

Coding of data

  • Qualitative

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 15:00

Data capturing / data management in SPSS

15:00 - ….

Developing dummy for data capturing according to own data analysis plan

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 2 – FRIDAY 5 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 09:00

Basics of modelling in nutritional epidemiology

09:00 – 10:30

Association between continuous/dichotomous outcomes and predictors in observational epidemiology

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Exercise using SPSS

12:00 – 13:00

Statistical approaches in intervention studies

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 - ….

Exercises using SPSS – Interventional studies

 

Identify analysis for own study based on analysis plan

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 2 – SATURDAY 6 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 10:30

Space reduction techniques

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Application of space reduction techniques to dietary data

12:00 – 13:00

Exercise using SPSS

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 – 15h00

Continue ….

15:00 -

Discussion of dietary related articles

 

WEEK 3

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 3 – MONDAY 8 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 09:00

How to budget and keep track of your finances

09:00 – 10:30

How do you communicate your research

How to prepare an abstract for presentation (oral or poster)

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 15:00

Presentation skills

15:00 - ….

Work on own presentation

One-on-one consultations

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 3 – TUESDAY 9 April 2019

07:30 – 08:00

Feedback and discussion of topics of previous day

08:00 – 12:00

Scientific writing

12:00 – 13:00

Sharing of experiences by staff members

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 - ….

Writing own article – outline with tables and figures that will be used

 

WEEK 3 – WEDNESDAY 10 April 2019

PAEDIATRIC SYMPOSIUM - From micronutrients to food for infants

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 3 – THURSDAY 11 April 2019

07:30 – 17:30

Oral presentation by each participant

 

TIME

TOPIC

WEEK 3 – FRIDAY 12 April 2018

08:00 – 09:00

Recap of 3-week course

Put it all together

09:00 – 10:30

Way forward and keeping in touch

10:30 – 11:00

TEA

11:00 – 12:00

Evaluation of the programme

 

Closing of 3-week course

Presentation of attendance certificates

12:00 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 - ….

No activity

Saturday – return home!!