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PhD students

Being a PhD student is the opportunity of a lifetime! For four years, you have the  freedom to do the research you like, follow the courses you want to and go to international conferences. PhD students indicate that they start a PhD program because they like to learn, to discover new things, to understand how something works, and they want to contribute to science and to society.

But there are also tricky sides, and each candidate falls into the same traps. In general, candidates find it difficult to cope with deadlines, supervisors, planning, concentration and focus, distraction, stress, lack of sleep and worries. Moreover, at the same time you want to work on your career, and learn how to sell yourself and your research. All of these things have nothing to do with the content of your work, but with project management, time management, communication, happiness, selling science, and careers.

With the following courses, we help you to make your PhD program successful: 1) a great fun and educational experience , 2) finished in four years , 3) with wonderful publications.

ElroyCOM offers the following courses for PhD students

Scientific Happiness

In our research, 420 scientists in the Netherlands said they need and miss courses that have to do with happiness: their workload and private life is overloaded and they suffer from stress.

In the workshops and courses that we offer, we base our knowledge and exercises on scientific studies. What we do is therefore no-nonsense! We help you to deal with stress, relax and clear your mind. A lot of simple techniques have proven to work in clinical studies.

Treat yourself to a happy life, and choose a training from our range!

Our training courses are based on scientific research. An overview of all references used for training courses in this category can be found here.

Too many worries
Time management
Cooperation in science
Maintain your Motivation
Mental resilience
Everybody likes me!
Dealing with work pressure
This is not a conflict!
Positivity workshop
A taste of happiness
Assertive behavior
Concentration & focus
Energy management
The perfectionist in me
Sleep well!
Work-life balance


During your education and career you will find out who you are, what you want, and how to get the job you desire. You can use the advise of others, reflect, and practise the skills needed to discover these aspects.

In this category we make sure you exchange a lot of experience with the other participants. We stimulate you to see and employ your qualities, and help you to make yourself visible. In a creative way we help you to practise the skills needed to do the job you want, and to get it.

Ethical dilemmas
A Creative View on your Career
Personal branding I: Self-presentation
Job satisfaction
My competencies
Career pitch
Shiney eyes!
Getting paid well!
Consulting skill
Persuasive networking
Moving up or moving on
What do I really want?
The job interview


Women all over the world are underrepresented in management positions. The Netherlands are not doing well compared to other European countries. In the Dutch academic society only some 12% of the full professors are women. This percentage is even lower in executive and governing positions. Change is needed in organisations, for instance in scouting and selection procedures, male:female ratio in selection committees, and in gender bias awareness.

But women can do al lot themselves! They need to invest in their visibility, and in their skills in networking and leadership. In cooperation with women’s networks, ElroyCOM has developed training for academic women who want to make it to the top.

This is not a conflict!
Everybody likes me!
Persuasive networking
Negotiation skills for women
Voice workshop
Female leadership
What a personality!
Body language

Management & Leadership

The management of scientific research isn’t easy in an academic world where freedom is needed and appreciated, and unclarity in responsibilities, tasks, conditions, and agreements is common. In this category you will find training in project / risk / crisis management, time management, and much more. We will help you to make management and leadership within your PhD project easier and more effective!

Maximize creativity!
Dealing with supervisors
Get organized!
Leadership for beginners
Taking Charge of your PhD-project
Learn to delegate!
Risk and crisis management
PhD-students outside universities
Interdisciplinary research
Everybody likes me!
Time management
The sensitive manager

Selling Science

Scientists and their departments need money for research, and they increasingly depend on funding from outside university. So they apply for funding from (inter-)national funding agencies, or cooperate with industry, external employers, or businesses. They may also want to make money out of the results, or spread results through the media to make sure their results get know and used.

This asks specific skills of you and your department, such as convincing non-experts, business negotiations, consulting skills, marketing your results, and dealing with the news media.

What exactly is the need for knowledge or applications by your external partner? How do you translate this to your research questions? How do you create an effective cooperation in which your and their needs are satisfied? How do you spread your results, make sure they get noticed in the news media?

That is what Selling Science is about!

Strategic networking
What do they want?
Maximize creativity!
What a personality!
Career and acquisition strategy
Successful Grant writing
Effective networking conversations
How to TEDx
IMPACT: How to write the valorization chapter?
Talking with non-experts
Scientific entrepreneurship
Consulting skills
Define your product!
Creative innovations
Marketing for ‘dummies’
Introduction to Selling Science
Presenting for funding agencies
Professional negotiation
Personal branding 1: Self-presentation
Presentation Skills
Science journalism


In the end, communication is a large part of your work. Whether you talk about your research, planning, supervision, or about the weather in social interactions: we could not do without communication. Communication is also a skill: you can prepare, analyse, and influence communication. Personal styles and goals of the other person and yourself create an interaction and define the outcome. Learning how to apply different techniques helps you get what you want, and maintain positive relationships. In our experience, our scientific participants learn eagerly and enjoy communication training a lot!

Optimizing the relationship with your supervisor
How to TEDx
Performance management: How to give feedback
Personal branding I: Self-presentation
Cooperation in science
Presenting science
Spread the news!
Test yourself!
Talking with non-experts
Dealing with criticism
Media training
This is not a conflict!
Dealing with supervisors
Conversation skills
What a personality!
Body language