SKIES Training and Mentorship Programme NL

 SKIES Training and Mentorship Programme NL

Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1-2 April 2022

Instructors: Giovanna Pugliese and Michelle Willebrands

Welcome to the new SKIES Training and Mentorship Programme! On this page you can register for this 12-months programme, aimed at providing you with the best hard and soft skills for your career as a PhD.

The programme starts with a two-day training at the world-class Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam on 1 and 2 April 2022. This will be followed by several online skills workshops and the assignment of your personal mentor, who will help you answer questions about your best career options in- and outside academia.

The SKIES training will take you through the basics of open science, innovation and entrepreneurship in a two-day intensive course. There will be a focus on transferable skills and career development, and you will have the opportunity to talk with alumni working in various fields.

This programme has been developed by astronomers for astronomers, with expertise support from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and the dotSPACE Foundation.

Register now, places are limited!

The course is free of charge, including lunch and dinner, accommodation and a reimbursement for your travel costs.

There is a maximum of 30 places in this training, so register now to secure your place!

Each participant will get a certificate of attendance at the end of the programme.

Training Event Programme

Day 1 – Friday 1 April 2022

10:00Welcome with coffee
11:00Overview of the SKIES training
11:30The EntreComp framework and transferring astronomy skills
13:30Introduction to innovation, entrepreneurship and business models (in research)
15:00Coffee break
15:30The SKIES mentoring programme
16:00Invited talks:
– The space sector in the Netherlands
– International career opportunities in space
17:00Reflection + programme day 2
18:00Dinner at ECE
19:00 Inspirational talk
20:30Drinks at local cafe

Day 2 – Saturday 2 April 2022

9:00Recap day 1 and introduction to today’s programme
9:30Your own business idea related to SDG13 – Climate Action
10:30Coffee break
11:00Lighting talks by astronomy alumni
12:30Lunch with alumni
13:30Further development of your own business model canvas and elevator pitch
14:30Coffee break
14:50Open science, RRI, public engagement, and EO data
16:00Conclusion and evaluation

Online follow-up sessions

After the in-person training days on 1 and 2 April, there will be four more online follow-up training events on topics relevant to participants’ professional development, in April and May 2022.

SKIES Training at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (photo: ECE)
SKIES Training at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (photo: ECE/Marco De Swart)

Conditions for participation

By registering to this programme you agree to the following conditions:

  • You are willing and able to commit at least two hours per month in a 12-month period,
  • You are willing and able to report at least three times to the project organisers about your progress,
  • You are willing and able to participate in an interview/survey about the SKIES Training and Mentorship Programme.

Remco Timmermans

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