PhD Summer School

Essential skills for PhDs!

Join us 17-21 August 2020 in Palanga!

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 2020 will:

  • 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.

Target group: 50 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.

Registration deadlines:

15 April 2020 “Early-bird”
10 June 2020  Overall registration

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

“Early-bird” 250 euros
ECIU doctoral students 250 euros
Regular 300 euros


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




the venue of the 5th PhD Summer School, 17-21 August 2020

The venue of 5th PhD Summer School 2020 is Palanga.

Event Centre: to be confirmed

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
You can find a hotel or private accommodation in Palanga. Prices vary from ~15-30 euros per night in private sector to ~150 euros per night and more! Check for prices and conditions:

Palanga TIC accommodation

The time schedule of the PhD Summer School allows sufficient amount of free time to appreciate leisure in Palanga:



Responsibility, interaction, and ethics in research

Effective communication: getting people to listen

Scientific writing. Meeting the editor. Do’s and Don’ts of getting your paper published

Research data management 101: Getting started to make your research FAIR

Effective scientific presentation: inspiring your audience

Poster Presentations

Monday, 17 August 2020





9:00 – 9:55 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome
10:30 – 13:00 Poster presentations
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Responsibility, Interaction, and Ethics in Research
20:00 – 21:30 Welcome dinner

Tuesday, 18 August 2020


Time Activity Venue
Effective Communication: Getting People to Listen

Wednesday, 19 August 2020


Time Activity Venue
Scientific writing. Meeting the editor. Do’s and Don’ts of getting your paper published

Thursday, 20 August 2020


Time Activity Venue
Research Data Management 101: Getting Started to Make Your Research FAIR

Friday, 21 August 2020


Time Activity Venue
Effective Scientific Presentation: Inspiring your audience


Gavin James Grant Stewart

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Wim Blokzijl

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Yan Wang

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Hallvard Fossheim

University of Bergen, Norway

Frank Witlox

Ghent University, Belgium




15 April 2020 “early-bird” registration closes
10 June 2020* overall registration closes

* – the organizers reserve the right to close the registration if the number of confirmed participants reaches 50.


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.

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 revise your application. If you are selected, 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.

5th International PhD Summer School, 17 – 21 August 2020, Lithuania
Cancellation Policy


Any request must be sent to the secretary 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 1 May 2020: the cancellation is free of charge.
    2.2. Registrations cancelled within 1 May – 15 July 2020:  50 % refund of the registration fees.
    2.3. Registrations cancelled on 16 July 2019 or later: not eligible for refund.
    2.4. The refund will be made by bank transfer and all bank charges payable by the recipient.
    2.5. 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. The same policy applies if you are forced to cancel because you did not receive a visa.


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








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


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

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

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

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



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
Metropolitan University Prague
Tomas Bata University in Zlin
Aalborg University
Technical University of Denmark
University of Copenhagen
University of Southern Denmark
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Tallinn University of Technology
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 Parma
University of Sassari
University of Rome Tor Vergata and University of Rome III
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
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
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
University of Zilina
University of Barcelona
Rovira i Virgili University
Valencia Polytechnic University
Balikesir University
Ozyegin University
Kiev National University for Construction and Architecture
United Kingdom of Great Britain
Bath Spa University
Chester University
University of East London
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