Workshops 2019

Qualitative research

Qualitative inquiry aims to gather an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior. In this session, we discuss the critical choices involved in qualitative research design and execution. In small group interactive exercises, you will dive into questions about methodologies, methods and rigour. Together with your peers you work on constructing a sound research design. In the process, there is plenty of opportunity to ask and discuss your personal questions about qualitative research. The workshop ends with a synthesis of the small group work, emphasizing the importance of aligning your choices in qualitative research.  

Quantitative research: Current affairs and future trends

A successful conduction of research in health professions education requires a good knowledge of statistical plan. Researchers in this field are frequently confronted with common challenges like ‘dealing with missing data’, ‘handling repeated measurements from the same subjects’ or ‘accounting for respondents coming from different centers’. This workshop aims at providing adequate answers to these and relevant questions and discussing current development of quantitative research in an interactive way. Participants will be divided into smaller groups and discuss their research design within their groups. In a plenary session, we will cluster and summarize discussion points, find solutions together as a group, and provide recommendations for better conducting of a statistical analysis.  

Academic Writing

During this workshop, we will discuss ways in which to improve your academic texts in English. We will discuss norms of academic writing, including defining, exemplifying, and comparing. Join us for this intense workshop where we will examine how you can better structure your ideas, write clearer sentences and more cohesive paragraphs, and create ‘flow’ your text. This is a must-attend workshop as a step to self-assessment and to help you discuss and report your own research in an academic context.  


During this workshop, we will discuss current issues regarding the wellbeing of PhD students. This workshop will be a safe space to share (or just listen to others share) about the problems and demands that comes with being a PhD student. Together, we will find solutions and explore potential resources to build up our resilience so that we can perform optimally in our PhD trajectories. Join in this workshop if you are currently facing any issues in your PhD, or if you would just like to improve your PhD journey for the better!  

End of your PhD & Setting up and Managing a Research Group

Lilian Swaen walks you through what to do (and when!) when you are near the end of your PhD phase. What needs to be in your dissertation, what is valorisation, who arranges which procedures, which costs are reimbursed, etc.   After defending your PhD, you will likely join a research group in Health Professions Education or even have to start one from “ground zero”. This new stage may be quite challenging and it may be helpful to define some strategies to optimize the management of your research group. This workshop aims, therefore, to discuss how to best contribute to the management of your research group or setting one up from the start. We intend to further discuss:

How to define research group goals; How should the team be composed: interdisciplinary? Postgraduates, established and early career researchers?; How to constantly attract participants to your team; How to establish partnership with other groups or institutions; How to identify funding sources and apply for them; How to best promote your research group; How to develop an efficient scheduling for research, presentations, workshops and publications.

Discussing this set of strategies with peers from throughout the world will likely give you a kick-start.

Interdisciplinary team learning

Often, many of us work in teams with many different disciplines. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to evaluate and improve your teamwork in any facet relevant to you; this could be your own supervisory research team or teamwork in your everyday work. In this workshop you will understand that in order to create meaningful and true interdisciplinary teamwork, it is important that differences between mono-, multi- and interdisciplinary work are understood. You will also explore how to get most out your team by going through team learning processes together. After an introduction, participants will ‘team-up’ and discuss dilemma’s about how to cross disciplinary borders but keep your own profile, how to handle varying team members’ expectations regarding publications and your thesis, how to reach consensus among your team and how to organize planning and communication in (busy) teams. In the end, you should have increased understanding of how successful interdisciplinary teams work together, and to take home tips to improve your own collaborations.


  • Maastricht, The Netherlands
    Universiteitssingel 60


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