Week 1: 25 – 30 March 2019

  • The PhD research process
  • You and your supervisor
  • How to cope with the ABCD of a PhD
  • Reflection as a tool
  • Basic principles and study designs methodologies in nutrition research (qualitative and quantitative; intervention studies, animal intervention studies, etc)
  • Research objectives
  • Bioethics in research
  • Dietary methodology

Week 2: 1 - 6 April 2019

  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Study design in interventional nutritional epidemiology
  • Population and sampling
  • From molecular nutrition to public health nutrition
  • Evaluation of intervention studies
  • Data analysis plan – linking research question to data analysis
  • Develop data analysis plan for own research
  • Biomarkers
  • Dietary data analysis and interpretation
  • Data management: quality control of data
  • Coding of data (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Data capturing and management
  • Basics of modelling in nutritional epidemiology
  • Association between continuous/dichotomous outcomes and predictors in observational epidemiology
  • Use of statistical packages
  • Statistical approaches in intervention studies
  • Identify analysis for own study based on analysis plan
  • Space reduction techniques
  • Application of space reduction techniques to dietary data

Week 3: 8 – 12 April 2019

  • How to budget and keep track of your finances
  • How to communicate your research
  • Preparation of an abstract for presentation (poster or oral)
  • Presentation skills
  • Scientific writing skills


Each participant will have time to

  • meet with experts to discuss their own research
  • work on their own research
  • present their own work

In addition, a one-day symposium on paediatric nutrition