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PhD Students Annual Retreat: Fostering Academic Excellence and Community Building

PhD Students Annual Retreat: Fostering Academic Excellence and Community Building

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On March 2nd and 3rd, 2023, NOVA IMS hosted its annual PhD Students Retreat, in Ericeira, an event that brings together doctoral students and researchers for two days of intensive activities aimed at both academic and personal growth.

The retreat agenda was thoughtfully designed to encompass various aspects of the PhD journey, offering valuable insights and skill-building opportunities for participants. Key topics covered during the event included recommended elective course units, PhD students' tasks and deadlines, examples of theses completed in 2022, guidelines for thesis by publication (rules and format), and considerations on where to publish research findings.

Key Highlights:

  • Engaging Welcome: The retreat began with a warm welcome and ice-breaking activities, setting the stage for collaboration and camaraderie among participants.
  • Comprehensive Sessions: PhD students had the chance to delve into crucial aspects of their academic journey, including understanding the PhD path, fostering creativity and innovation, improving communication and public speaking skills, and exploring coaching techniques and active listening.
  • Real-Life Testimonies: Attendees had the privilege of hearing from PhD students who shared their own experiences and insights, providing valuable guidance and inspiration.
  • Interactive Group Work: The retreat featured hands-on group activities, encouraging participants to apply newly acquired skills and techniques in real-world scenarios.
  • Outdoor Team Activity: A highlight of the retreat was the outdoor team activity, which aimed to promote effective communication, resilience, active listening, and creative problem-solving.
  • Closing Session: The event concluded with a reflection on the day's learnings and a review of the retreat's objectives and outcomes.

The annual PhD Students Retreat at NOVA IMS goes beyond the traditional academic setting. It offers an opportunity for doctoral students to connect with peers, share experiences, and enhance their academic and interpersonal skills. This retreat serves as a platform for building a supportive and collaborative academic community, empowering students to navigate their PhD journeys with confidence.

By providing a holistic approach to academic and personal development, the retreat equips students with the tools they need to excel in their research and contribute meaningfully to their fields. It's an event that embodies the spirit of NOVA IMS, fostering excellence, innovation, and community among its aspiring scholars.