Activities and foreign residences


Training activities

The PhD programs include research training that is both transferrable and specific to the area of each program and consists of both compulsory and optional activities.

All the activities that the PhD student must complete are recorded in an activities document, but in any case, there are compulsory activities that must be completed in the first academic years. It may also include transferrable activities offered by the same university.

Other professional who are not PhD holders may participate in these activities as long as they hold a relevant qualification in the corresponding area. 

For this PhD program the following training activities are scheduled:

Mandatory activities

Attendance at seminars or lectures given by experts in the subject area

PhD students must attend at least one seminar or lecture per year on a theme related to their doctoral thesis.

Giving a seminar on the research project

Students must give one seminar per year to present their research project.

Optional activities

Research paper sent to a high-impact scientific journal
We recommend that students on this program write at least one research paper for publication in a high-impact scientific journal.
Research stays in public or private centers, at home or abroad.
Students are strongly recommended to undertake a research stay of several months at another research center, especially in order to learn new techniques and methodologies.
Collaboration meetings between research groups
We recommend that students take part in collaboration meetings between research groups, so as to build up their teamwork skills and gain insights into coordinated project management.
Participation in internal seminars organized by the research group or the department
We recommend that students take an active part in internal seminars in order to build up their scientific reasoning skills, get practice in critical discussion and get an overview of the progress of their research group's project.    
Participation in workshops or courses on methodological specialization
Students are strongly recommended to take specialist courses in order to improve their technical and methodological skills.
Oral presentations or posters at national or international conferences
We recommend that students take part in national or international conferences and workshops in order to make contact with other scientists working in the same area and present their own research to a specialist audience.
Teaching duties (interns and clinical adjuncts)
Students are recommended to take on teaching work, especially in laboratory practice sessions and seminars, as they can learn a great deal from this work.
Language course or course on teaching through the medium of English
The ability to use English well is essential in science. Students with a low or intermediate level are encouraged to improve their level urgently.