PhD Summer School 20 - 24 August 2018

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.

“Early-bird” registration  deadline  closed on 15 March 2018

Standard registration deadline closed on 31 May 2018

“Early bird” registration fee: € 200 (closed on 15 March 2018)
Standard registration fee: 250 

Within 2 working days after submitting of the application, the participant will be provided with bank details for the registration fee.

Registration fee includes:
* 3-day training courses,
* a certificate of participation including 2.0 ECTS credits
* Bonus! Additional 3-hour seminar on 24 August 2018 (see programme)

The participant takes responsibility for his/her travel, insurance, accommodation, and any extra expenses.


Vita Daudaravičienė
PhD Projects Manager
tel. +370 626 22701
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Palanga, the venue of PhD Summer School

Palanga is 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.

You can find a hotel or a private accommodation in Palanga.
Prices vary from ~15 euros per night in private sector to … lot of euros if you choose luxury hotel! Check for prices and conditions.
KTU resort “Politechnika”

…and other …

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.



Monday, 20 August 2018
Arrival, registration

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
60-second Introduction.
Oral Presentation and Communication Skills Development
Martijn Wackers, Delft University of Technology

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Research grant proposal development
Telma Esteves, University of Twente

Thursday, 23 August 2018
Research Ethics, Integrity and Responsibility
Roger Strand, University of Bergen

Friday, 24 August 2018
Entrepreneurship and Innovations
Arminas Ragauskas, Kaunas University of Technology

Time Event/Topic Venue
15:00 – 18:00 Arrival, registration  Hotel “Gabija” Reception Hall
18:00 – 19:00 Get-together dinner  Hotel “Gabija” Restaurant
20:15 Sunset at sea pier
Time Event Venue
7:30 – 8:30 breakfast “Gabija” Restaurant
9:00 – 9:30 Opening address. “Gabija” Conference Center
9:30 – 10:20 60-second introduction of PhD student, University and Research topic
Oral Presentation and Communication Skills Development
Martijn Wackers, Delft University of Technology
 10:30 – 11:30 Start workshop Oral Presentations and Communication Skills Development: rhetorical approach to presenting science, audience characteristics (including short exercise); introduction of the workshop’s main presentation assignment
11:30 – 11:50 coffee break
11:50 – 13:00 Telling a story and making it memorable: how to structure your scientific talk and make it effective for a variety of audiences and situations (including exercise)
13:00 – 14:00 lunch “Gabija” Restaurant
14:00 – 15:30 Delivering your story effectively: how to use your voice and body & present your talks in small groups, peer feedback “Gabija” Conference Center
15:30 – 15:50 coffee break
15:50 – 17:00 Delivery of final presentations including short feedback
17:00 dinner Hotel “Gabija” Restaurant
18:00 Amber Museum and Birutė Park
Time Event Venue
7:30 – 8:30 breakfast  “Gabija” Restaurant
Research grant proposal development
Telma Esteves, University of Twente
“Gabija” Conference Center
9:00 – 11:00 How does research funding work? Personal versus collaborative-type of grants
11:00 – 11:20 coffee break
11:20 – 13:00 How to develop a grant proposal –  Part I: Personal grants
13:00 – 14:00 lunch  “Gabija” Restaurant
 14:00 – 15:30 How to develop a grant proposal –  Part II: Collaborative grants  “Gabija” Conference Center
15:30 – 15:50 coffee break
15:50 – 17:00 (cont) Collaborative grants
17:00 dinner  “Gabija” Restaurant
19:00 – 21:30 Bicycle tour to Šventoji
Time Event Venue
7:30 – 8:30 breakfast  “Gabija” Restaurant
Research Ethics, Integrity and Responsibility
Roger Strand, University of Bergen
“Gabija” Conference Center
9:00 – 11:00 Lecture I: Introduction to Research Ethics and Research Integrity
11:00 – 11:20 coffee break
11:20 – 13:00 Workshop Part I: Ethics Mapping of Individual PhD Research Projects (group size: 5 phd candidates)
13:00 – 14:00 lunch “Gabija” Restaurant
 14:00 – 15:30 Lecture II: Responsible Research and Innovation and the Social Contract of Science “Gabija” Conference Center
15:30 – 15:50 coffee break
15:50 – 17:00 Workshop Part II: Societal Impact Mapping of Individual PhD Research Projects (same groups)
17:30 Closing ceremony. Certificates. Dinner. “Gabija” Restaurant
20:30 Palanga view from church tower
Time Event Venue
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast  “Gabija” Restaurant
9:00 – 12:00 Entrepreneurship and Innovations.
Arminas Ragauskas, Kaunas University of Technology
 “Gabija” Conference Center
coffee break, lunch  “Gabija” Restaurant


Martijn Wackers

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Martijn Wackers is lecturer in communicative skills at the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, where he teaches and coordinates the Graduate School courses Presenting Scientific Research and Writing a Dissertation. He received Master’s degrees in Rhetoric & Argumentation and Journalism from Leiden University. He is currently board member of the Rhetoric Society of Europe and his PhD research at Leiden University focuses on the influence of rhetorical techniques on audience information retention – or, in short: what makes a message memorable.  In 2012, he co-authored a Dutch-language textbook containing evidence based presentation advice (Presenteren: wat werkt echt en wat echt niet?). Finally, he has coached speakers for various TEDxDelft events and TU Delft participants in the Fame Lab competition.

Telma Esteves

University of Twente, The Netherlands


Telma Esteves holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge (UK, 2006), with post-doctoral research projects in reproductive medicine at the Max-Planck Institute for molecular Biomedicine (Muenster, Germany 2006-2011). Since early 2013 she supports researchers at the University of Twente in European grants, namely proposal design, preparation and submission process.

Roger Strand

University of Bergen, Norway

Roger Strand (b. 1968 in Norway), originally trained as a natural scientist (dr. scient., biochemistry, 1998), developed research interests in the philosophy of science and has worked on issues of scientific uncertainty and complexity. This has gradually led his research into broader strands of social research, philosophy and broader issues of policy, decision-making and governance at the science-society interface. Strand works as Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities and the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and is Adjunct Professor at Dept of Biotechnology and Food Science, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. He has coordinated two EU FP7 projects (TECHNOLIFE and EPINET), which both addressed the need for more dynamic governance of science in society. He was a member of the National Research Ethics Committee for Science and Technology in Norway

(2006-2013) and Chair of Expert Group on Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation (2014-2015). He is one of the Directors of the European Centre for Governance in Complexity.

Arminas Ragauskas

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Arminas Ragauskas earned a degree in Electronic Engineering in 1964 at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, followed by a doctorate in Measurement Sciences in 1969.

In 1993, Ragauskas established the Telematics Science Laboratory at Kaunas University of Technology to pursue his interest in measuring technologies for the human body in areas including neurology. In 2013, he co-founded start-up company Vittamed, where he has served as chief R&D officer, to bring the diagnostic tools to market.

During a career in measurement sciences spanning over 50 years, Ragauskas has written 91 peer-reviewed scientific papers and filed more than 90 granted or pending patent families. He is currently director of the Health Telematics Science Institute in Kaunas and national co‑ordinator of the CENTER-TBI project, which has a budget of EUR 30 million and 216 collaborators across the EU and is funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme.

For his research in health telematics, Ragauskas received the Lithuanian Inventor of the Year award in 1981 and 1983. He has secured funding through more than 40 Lithuanian and international R&D grants from, among others, the European Commission, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of the Army and NASA.



“Early-bird” registration closed on 15 March 2018
Standard registration closed on 31 May 2018

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. We urge you to register as early as possible.

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


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

PhD Summer School participants came from the following  institutions:

TU Graz
Institute of control systems, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic
Czech Technical University in Prague
Tomas Bata University in Zlin
Aalborg University
Technical University of Denmark
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Konstanz University of Applied Science
RWTH Aachen
TU Darmstadt
University of Iceland
University of Parma
Riga Technical University
University of Latvia
Ventspils University College
Aleksandras Stulginskis University
Kaunas University of Technology
Lithuanian Energy Institute
Lithuanian Social Research Centre
Mykolas Romeris University
Šiauliai University
The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Vytautas Magnus University
University of Bergen
University of Stavanger
Jagiellonian University
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
Balikesir University
Ozyegin University
Kiev National University for Construction and Architecture
United Kingdom of Great Britain
Chester university
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