PhD Summer School

Expand your transferable skills and network!
Join us this summer!

Timely defence of the doctoral dissertation and successful joining of the labour market are relevant to the doctoral students of all scientific fields in all universities. Therefore, PhD Summer School focuses on development of key competences required for achieving best results in this process, such as: management of scientific research data, writing of scientific articles and analysis of the subtleties of project management.

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 aims to:

  • equip participants with essential skills that are necessary in all fields of science
  • provide participants valuable networking opportunity with participants from other countries
  • create and share friendly social environment at the seaside resort Palanga

Target group: 50 doctoral students from different countries, representing various disciplines.

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

Registration for PhD Summer School 2019 is not opened yet.

to be confirmed


Vita Daudaravičienė
PhD Projects Manager
tel. +370 626 22701
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Palanga, the venue of the PhD Summer Schools 2016-2018

The venue of PhD Summer Schools in 2016-2018 was Palanga, a lively and vibrant Lithuanian resort at the Baltic Sea. Abundance of entertainment includes spa, tennis courts, horse farm, nightclubs, restaurants, cafes, bars, cinema, and summer concerts stage. Those, valuing calm and peaceful free time can enjoy walks by the seaside or bicycling on a cycling route through the pine forest by the sea.

Event Centre: Hotel Gabija ****. Vytauto g. 40, Palanga, Lithuania

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Leisure in Palanga:

Amber museum. The museum situated in the magnificent palace in the centre of Birute Park is one of the most visited museums in the country.

The Palanga Pier, also known as the Palanga Sea Bridge, reaches into the sea for 407 meters and is shaped in the form of letter L.

Riding on a bike in Palanga is extremely satisfying; here you will not only have a chance to admire places of interests but also enjoy beautiful coastal scenery.







Registration for PhD Summer School 2019 is not opened yet

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to meet our quality requirements, the number of participants is limited to 50 PhD students.

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

Payment instructions
The registration is considered complete only after the registration fee is paid. After you submit your registration form, we will send you bank details for registration fee payment. After we have received your payment, we will send you an acceptance letter.  You cannot attend the PhD Summer School if you have not paid the registration fee.

Please note: your registration and professional education will be examined, and in case of doubt your registration can be rejected.

3rd PhD Summer School, 20-24 August 2018 Palanga, Lithuania

Terms and Conditions

Cancelation and Refund Policy

 The registration for PhD Summer School is considered complete, when the participant’s payment is paid and the participant receives the email confirming the place in the PhD Summer School. After that time, the cancellation is possible only in accordance with our cancelation policy:
1. If a participant is unable to attend an event for any reason, they may substitute someone else eligible from the same institute/organisation.
2. When 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. If the participant cancels before 1 June 2018 the cancellation is free of charge.
2.2. If the participant cancels within 1–30 June 2018, he/she will have to pay 30 % of the full course fee.
2.3. If the participant cancels within 1–31 July 2018, he/she will have to pay 60 % of the full course fee.
2.4. If the participant cancels 1 August 2018 or later, he/she will have to pay the full course fee.
2.5. The refund will be made by bank transfer and all bank charges will be charged from the participant’s account.
2.6. Notification must be received by us in writing (email) for refunds to be eligible. Cancellations received after 31 July 2018 will not be eligible for refund.
3. The same policy applies if you are forced to cancel due to not receiving a visa.

The registration for and the participation in the PhD Summer School programme constitutes your acknowledgement and agreement to these terms and conditions.








Lucie Boudova, Consultant, Marketing Manager for Eastern Europe, Elsevier, Czech Rep.

Heidi Dyson, Director of Next Level Innovation Ltd., United Kingdom

Dietmar Grichnik, Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, Riga Technical University, Latvia


Flavien Massi, a senior consultant at Intelligentsia Consultants Sàrl, Luxembourg

Lynn P. Nygaard, a special advisor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Jacek Fiutowski, Associate Professor, Head of Nanophotonics group at Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Sarah Jones, Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre, United Kingdom

Iryna Kuchma, the Open Access Programme Manager for Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Lithuania


Martijn Wackers, a lecturer at the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Telma Esteves, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Roger Strand, a Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities and the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers, University of Bergen, Norway

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


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.


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


60-second Introduction.
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

PhD Summer School participants came from the following  institutions:

TU Graz
Institute of control systems, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
Ghent University
Czech Republic
Czech Technical University in Prague
Tomas Bata University in Zlin
Aalborg University
Technical University of Denmark
University of Copenhagen
University of Southern Denmark
The Université Grenoble Alpes
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Konstanz University of Applied Science
RWTH Aachen
TU Darmstadt
University of Cologne
University of Iceland
University of Parma
Riga Technical University
University of Latvia
Ventspils University College
Aleksandras Stulginskis University
Centre for Innovative Medicine
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
Eindhoven University of Technology
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
Russian Federation
Higher School of Economics, National Research University, St. Petersburg
University of Zilina
University of Barcelona
Valencia Polytechnic University
Balikesir University
Ozyegin University
Kiev National University for Construction and Architecture
United Kingdom of Great Britain
Chester university
University of East London
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