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Scientific Project Planning and Management 2 - Project and Career planning
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3753-21-00-02There are 20 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 01/05/2021
Date and time16.06.2021, at: 09:00 - 17.06.2021, at: 17:00
Regular seats20
Course fee3,000.00 kr.
LecturersJukka Rantanen
ECTS credits1.60
Contact personMarianne W. Jørgensen    E-mail address: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Special rules apply for this course
The course is mandatory for PhD students in the graduate programmes DRA and MoMeD and therefore these PhD students have first priority. This means that all applicants will be put on the waiting list upon registration, and after deadline all participants will be notified whether they are given a seat.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. familiarise him/herself with the most important tools for finishing the PhD
2. get an insight into important tools for planning his/her future career

The challenges awaiting PhD candidates develop during the lifetime of the PhD. This course is designed for the challenges that typically arise about two years into the PhD. Over two days participants have the chance to plan the finishing of the PhD and the next steps in their career.

The main topic areas covered are:

Day 1 – Tools for finishing the PhD
- Planning the final stages of your PhD (Planning and time management using SMART goals, what does the timeline to the end of your PhD look like?)
- Work-life balance (Dealing with/avoiding stress)
- Handling conflicts
- Keeping collaborations running after you leave the bench/lab
- Practical planning before handing in your thesis; rules, regulations and responsibilities
- How to coordinate the writing process in collaboration with your supervisor
- How to write your thesis in practice – ideas and tips

Day 2 – Tools for planning your future career
- Strategic career planning and personal strategies: Tools that help you look beyond a one-year horizon
- Making career choices (industry vs academia – who can help you weigh-up your options?)
- Networking and self-marketing
- Fundraising
- Job seeking in academia, hospital, and industry – which skills are needed?
- Personality tests in industry

PhD students who are around 2-2.5 years in their PhD project with priority to PhD students in MoMeD and DRA. This means that all applicants will be put on the waiting list upon registration, and after deadline all participants will be notified.
The course is aligned with the PhD course Scientific Project planning and Management 1 to be taken at the beginning of the PhD studies. It does not make sense to take this course directly after the other.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Research Academy)
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
All graduate programmes


A mixture of lectures, group work, discussions, exercises

Course director
Jukka Rantanen, Professor, Department of Pharmacy, jukka.rantanen@sund.ku.dk

Simon Golin, Dr, Golin Wissenshaftmanagement, Berlin, Germany
Hege Søreng, Special Advisor, Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Jukka Rantanen, Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen
Daniel Hargbøl Madsen, Junior group leader, Center for Cancer Immune Therapy (CCIT), Herlev Hospital
Recruitment Partners, R&D Recruitment, Novo Nordisk A/S
An alumni PhD student

16-17 June 2021, 09:00-17:00

Course location
FARMA, Universitetsparken 2/Jagtvej 160, 2100 Copenhagen

Please register before 1 May 2021.
Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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