PhD Summer School

Expand your transferable skills and network!
Join us 26-30 August 2019!

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 2019 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 in historical town Trakai.

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:
31 March 2019     Early bird registration closed

extended till 31 May 2019  Regular registration closed

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
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the venue of the 4th PhD Summer School, 26-30 August 2019

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The venue of 4th PhD Summer School 2019 is Trakai.
Trakai is a historical city well known for its natural beauty of landscapes, wildlife reserves, forests and the island castle on lake Galvė which is the only one of its kind in Europe.

Event Centre: “Apvalaus stalo klubas” (address: Karaimų g. 53A, LT-21104, Trakai, Lithuania)


Trakai map

Trakai Tourist Application

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
You can find a hotel or private accommodation in Trakai. Prices vary from ~20-30 euros per night in private sector to ~150 euros per night and more! Check for prices and conditions:

Leisure in Trakai:



26 August 2019

Cultural clash. Presentations. Cultural experience.
Welcome dinner

27 August 2019

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

28 August 2019

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

29 August 2019

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

30 August 2019

Responsibility, Interaction, and Ethics in Research by Hallvard Fossheim, University of Bergen, Norway
Certificates. Closing lunch.

Monday, 26 August 2019





10:00 – 11:00 Registration of participants.
Welcome coffee
Hotel Reception hall
11:00 – 12:30 Welcome.
Hotel Conference hall
12:30 – 13:30 Cultural Clash (get-to-know-you activity)
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch Hotel Restaurant
15:30 – ~19:30 Guided Walking Tour in Trakai.
KTU VR Lab activities
20:00 – 22:00 Welcome Dinner Hotel Restaurant

Tuesday, 27 August 2019


Time Activity Venue
8:30 – 16:30 Scientific writing. Meeting the editor. Do’s and Don’ts of getting your paper published
by Frank Witlox, Ghent University
Hotel Conference hall
10:00-10:20 morning coffee break Hotel Hall
12:00-13:00 lunch break Hotel Restaurant
14:30-15:00 afternoon coffee break Hotel Hall
17:00 – 18:30
Cultural experience. Trakai Castle Museum

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Time Activity Venue
8:30 – 16:30 Big Data: From Data to Knowledge
by Ari Visa, Tampere University
Hotel Conference hall
10:00-10:30 morning coffee break Hotel Hall
12:00-13:00 lunch break Hotel Restaurant
14:30-15:00 afternoon coffee break Hotel Hall
17:00 – 18:30
Social activity. Karaim traditions and culinary heritage Kybynlar

Thursday, 29 August 2019


Time Activity Venue
8:30 – 16:00 From Idea to (European) Patent
by Enrico Luzzatto, European Patent Academy
Hotel Conference hall
10:00-10:20 morning coffee break Hotel Hall
12:00-13:00 lunch break Hotel Restaurant
14:30-14:50 afternoon coffee break Hotel Hall
16:00 – Free time

Friday, 30 August 2019


Time Activity Venue
8:30 – 12:00 Responsibility, Interaction, and Ethics in Research
by Hallvard Fossheim, University of Bergen
Hotel Conference Hall
10:00-10:20 morning coffee break
12:15-16:00 Group photo. Certificates.
Event Closing Lunch.
Hotel Restaurant
16:00 End of the 4th PhD Summer School


Enrico Luzzatto

European Patent Academy, Germany

Ari Visa

Tampere University, Finland

Hallvard Fossheim

University of Bergen, Norway

Frank Witlox

Ghent University, Belgium




31 March 2019 “early-bird” registration closes
extended till 31 May 2019 regular registration closes


In order to meet our quality requirements, the number of participants is limited to 50 PhD students.

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 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.

4th PhD Summer School, 26 – 30 August 2019 Trakai, Lithuania
Terms and Conditions
 Cancelation and Refund Policy


The registration for 4th PhD Summer School is considered complete, when the participant payment is paid and we send you a confirmation email to confirm your place in the 4th PhD Summer School. After that time, you may only cancel your participation in accordance with our cancelation policy:

1. If a participant is unable to attend an event for any reason, they may substitute someone else elligible from the same institute/organisation.

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. If the participant cancels before 15 May 2019 the cancellation is free of charge.

2.2. If the participant cancels within 15 May – 15 July 2019 he/she will have to pay 50 % of the full registration fee.

2.3. If the participant cancels on 16 July 2019 or later he/she will have to pay the full registration fee.

2.5. The refund will be made by bank transfer and all bank charges will be for the registrants account.

2.6. 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.

3.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 4th PhD Summer School program constitutes your acknowledgement and agreement to these terms & 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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