International PhD Summer School

PhD Summer School: aims and goals

PhD Summer School focuses on development of key competences required for achieving best results in successful defense of the doctoral dissertation and identifying further research directions.  Therefore topics of our PhD Summer Schools include: management of scientific research data, writing of scientific articles, analysis of the subtleties of project management, research integrity and ethics, intellectual property and patent system, communication skills development, etc.

PhD Summer School provides the opportunity for intellectually curious doctoral students to explore new knowledge, to expand cultural awareness and to exchange experience.

PhD Summer School:

  • equips participants with essential skills that are necessary in all fields of science
  • provides participants valuable networking opportunity with participants from other countries
  • creates and shares friendly social environment
  • awards participants with certificate of attendace

Target group:
up to 40 doctoral students (regardless of major)

Prerequisites. The PhD Summer School is held in English. In order to participate, doctoral students should have sufficient language skills.

PhD Summer School is subject to change depending on the future evolution of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Registration for PhD Summer School 2022 will be opened in April 2022.



Registration deadline: TBA

Results: TBA


Participant registration fee


The participation fee* is paid only when the registration is approved.

ECIU doctoral students 300 euros
Regular 350 euros


* subject to change if shifted online.

About PhD Summer School


1st PhD Summer School,  2016

2nd PhD Summer School,  2017

3rd PhD Summer School, 2018

4th PhD Summer School, 2019

PhD Summer School 2020 postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

5th PhD Summer School 2021

Vita Daudaravičienė
Doctoral Projects Manager
tel. +370 626 22701
e. p.




the venue of the 6th PhD Summer School

The venue of 6th PhD Summer School is Kaunas*  (exact venue address will be provided soon)

A National Certificate (Galimybių pasas) or EU Digital COVID Certificate is required!

* subject to change to online mode due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation*.
You can find a hotel or private accommodation in Kaunas. Prices vary from ~25-30 euros per night in private sector to ~150 euros per night and more! Check for prices and conditions:

Kaunas accommodation

* subject to change due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The time schedule of the PhD Summer School allows sufficient amount of free time to appreciate leisure in Kaunas *.

* subject to change due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



PhD Summer School 2022 programme

to be confirmed

Monday, 11 July 2022




Tuesday, 12 July 2022


Time Activity

Wednesday, 13 July 2022


Time Activity

Thursday, 14 July 2022


Time Activity

Friday, 15 July 2022


Time Activity


Wim Blokzijl

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Frank Witlox

Ghent University, Belgium



Registration to PhD Summer School


Registration deadline   (to be confirmed)


Read before starting your registration

Criteria for  participants

You must be currently enrolled in a PhD programme.
You must be able to communicate fluently in English, be able to listen to lectures as well as assert your own thoughts and ideas in group discussions in English with general ease.

Submitting your registration form

After you submit your registration form, you will receive an automatic reply. If you do not receive any reply within 2 days, or you are not sure about your application status, please contact
Since we have limited places, we will make a selection after the deadline has closed on (date to be confirmed). We will inform you about the results by (date to be confirmed).

Payment instructions

The registration is considered complete only after the registration fee is paid. Along with the confirmation that you are selected to participate in the Summer School, we will send you bank details for registration fee payment. Acceptance letter will be sent after confirmation of registration fee payment.
You cannot attend the PhD Summer School if you have not paid the registration fee.

Terms and Conditions


Cancellation Policy

5th International PhD Summer School, 16 – 20 August 2021, Lithuania


Any request must be sent to the organizer of the event:

  1. If a participant is unable to attend an event for any reason, his/her registration can be transferred to someone else from the same institution, subject to the organizer‘s approval.
  2. Where the participant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply:
    2.1. Registrations cancelled before 20 June 2021: the cancellation is free of charge.
    2.2. Registrations cancelled  20 June 2021 or later: not eligible for refund.
    2.3. The refund will be made by bank transfer and all bank charges payable by the recipient.
    2.4. Notification must be received by us in writing (email) for refunds to be eligible. Cancellations received after this cut-off time will not be eligible for refund.
  1. If the event is cancelled by the organizer due to the COVID19 pandemic situation, the registration fee is returned to the participant.


The registration for and the participation in the 5th PhD Summer School program constitutes your acknowledgement and agreement to these terms & conditions.



Frequently asked questions

No, you don’t.
KTU International PhD Summer School welcomes doctoral students regardless of their institution, country and major.

ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy.
List of members>>>

In case the event is online, or hybrid, you will need a computer, a high speed Internet connection, a newer version of a web browser, and access to common tools and software like word processors, email, etc.
And although differenct courses they may have different technical requirements, most of Summer School online courses are offered through Zoom. Generally, you’ll interact with the lecturer and other doctoral students via discussion boards, interactive chat rooms, and video conferences.

Methods vary by lecturer but may include pre-recorded or synchronous lectures, videos, podcasts, PowerPoint slides, interactive chat rooms,  and more.

This PhD Summer School is a full-time activity. Each course consists of about 6-8 academic hours of academic activities.

Yes, you can  e-mail us, and we will proceed your request.
For details on our reimbursement policy, please read the terms and conditions.

The confirmation that your application is received will be sent to you by e-mail indicated in the registration form. Please type your e-mail address carefully. If you are in doubt of your registration, write

Unfortunately, the dates for the school are fixed and participants must undergo the full programme without exception.

Doctoral students usually can apply to their scholarship organization or research council for a grant to cover the costs of attending this event. Some universities or their departments, doctoral programs, etc. may provide small-scale grants for attending training. Research projects funded through third party funds may also include a budget to cover members’ training needs. Please address your research council, local mentor, supervisor or research-training group for more information.

To complete your registration you must upload a certificate of your doctoral student status at your home university. The document must be signed and stamped by a university official.

Exceptions: if you are a doctoral student at Kaunas Unversity of Technology, you do not need to provide this document.



PhD Summer School 2016-2019

Lecturers of previous PhD Summer School editions



Frank Witlox, Ghent University, Belgium

Domenico Golzio, European Patent Academy, Germany

Hallvard Fossheim, University of Bergen, Norway

Nicolas Dintzner, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Wim Blokzijl, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands



Frank Witlox, Ghent University, Belgium

Ari Visa, Tampere University, Finland

Enrico Luzzatto, European Patent Academy, Germany

Hallvard Fossheim, University of Bergen, Norway



Martijn Wackers, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Telma Esteves, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Roger Strand, University of Bergen, Norway

Arminas Ragauskas, Health Telematics Science Institute,  Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania



Flavien Massi, Intelligentsia Consultants Sàrl, Luxembourg

Lynn P. Nygaard, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Jacek Fiutowski, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, United Kingdom

Iryna Kuchma, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Lithuania



Lucie Boudova, Elsevier, Czech Republic

Heidi Dyson, Next Level Innovation Ltd., United Kingdom

Dietmar Grichnik, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Riga Technical University, Latvia

Programmes of previous PhD Summer School editions



Scientific writing. Meeting the editor. Do’s and Dont’s of getting your paper published
Frank Witlox, Ghent University

Research data management for PhDs
Nicolas Dintzner, Delft University of Technology

Intellectual property right for researchers
Domenico Golzio, European Patent Academy

Responsibility, interaction, and ethics in research
Hallvard Fossheim, University of Bergen

Effective scientific presentation:inspiring your audience
Wim Blokzijl, Delft University of Technology



Scientific writing. Meeting the editor. Do’s and Dont’s of getting your paper published
Frank Witlox, Ghent University

Big Data – from data to knowledge
Ari Visa, Tampere University

From Idea To (European) Patent
Enrico Luzzatto, European Patent Academy

Responsibility, Interaction, and Ethics in Research
Hallvard Fossheim, University of Bergen



Oral Presentation and Communication Skills Development
Martijn Wackers, Delft University of Technology

Research grant proposal development
Telma Esteves, University of Twente

Research Ethics, Integrity and Responsibility
Roger Strand, University of Bergen

Entrepreneurship and Innovations
Arminas Ragauskas, Kaunas University of Technology


Writing for Scholars
Lynn P. Nygaard, PRIO

Writing Scientific Papers
Jacek Fiutowski, University of Southern Denmark

Project Management for PhD Students
Flavien Massi, Intelligentsia Consultants Sàrl

Open Science and Research Data Management: tips and tools to help you plan to get the most from your data
Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre,
Iryna Kuchma, EIFL



How to write a good scientific article
Lucie Boudova, Elsevier

How to overcome hindrance in scientific writing?
Elina Gaile-Sarkane, Riga Technical University

Writing doctoral thesis and articles
Dietmar Grichnik, University of St.Gallen

Developing H2020 proposal writing skills 
Heidi Dyson, Next Level Innovations Ltd.


PhD Summer School participants came from the following  institutions:

TU Graz
University of Innsbruck
Azerbaijan State University of Economics
Institute of control systems, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
Ghent University
Guilin University of Electronic Technology
Czech Republic
Brno University of Technology
Czech Technical University in Prague
Czech University of Life Sciences
Masaryk University
Metropolitan University Prague
Tomas Bata University in Zlin
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Aalborg University
Technical University of Denmark
University of Copenhagen
University of Southern Denmark
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Tallinn University of Technology
University of Tartu
The Université Grenoble Alpes
Belfort-Montbeliard University of Technology
University of Lille
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Konstanz University of Applied Science
RWTH Aachen
TU Darmstadt
University of Cologne
Semmelweis University
University of Iceland
University of Ferrara
University of Palermo
University of Parma
University of Sassari
University of Rome Tor Vergata and University of Rome III
University Uninettuno – Rome
Riga Technical University
University of Latvia
Ventspils University College
Aleksandras Stulginskis University
Centre for Innovative Medicine
Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC)
Kaunas University of Technology
Lithuanian Energy Institute
Lithuanian Social Research Centre
Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
Mykolas Romeris University
Šiauliai University
The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Vytautas Magnus University
Vilnius University
Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences
State University Moldova
The Netherlands
Eindhoven University of Technology
University Of Twente
VU Amsterdam
University of Bergen
University of Stavanger
Jagiellonian University
University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow
University of Bialystok
University of Aveiro
The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
University “Politechnica” of Bucharest
University of Bucharest
Russian Federation
Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow
Higher School of Economics, National Research University, St. Petersburg
Institute of Measurement Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences
University of Zilina
University of Ljubljana
University of Barcelona
Rovira i Virgili University
Valencia Polytechnic University
University of Neuchâtel
Balikesir University
Ozyegin University
Kiev National University for Construction and Architecture
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)
United Kingdom of Great Britain
Bath Spa University
Chester University
University of East London