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Event date: Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Place: Belval Campus
Maison du Savoir, 3rd floor, Room 3.500
2, avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette


Are you one of the roughly 150 first-year PhD candidates doing research in Luxembourg? We would like to welcome you all and have you gathered!


What goes on in doctoral training and research in the country? What's life like in the Greater Region of Luxembourg?

The second edition of the National PhD Welcome Day will help you find out and bring you in contact with peers from different disciplines!

The event will encompass the recently announced National OpenAIRE conference on Open Science and will be followed by a standing buffet.

Registration is now closed.



PART 1 - National PhD Welcome Day
12:00-13:00: Registration and welcome lunch
13:00-13:15: Welcome and overview of the Luxembourg research landscape - Prof. Tonie van Dam (Vice-President for Doctoral Education and Training, Gender, and International Relations & Professor in Physical Geodesy)
13:15-13:45 "Open Science for Early-Career Researchers", Gareth O'Neill (PhD candidate; president of Eurodoc)
13h45-13:50: Group photo
13:50-14:30: Breakout group discussions with senior PhD candidates
14:30-15:00: Coffee break
PART 2 - Open Science conference

15:00-15:45: "Do you speak Open Science? Discover why you should!", Lennart Martens
15:45-16:30: "Open in order to... fight inequality.", Conchita D'Ambrosio
16:30-17:00: Questions & Answers
17:00-19:00: Networking around a complimentary standing buffet
19:00-…: Pub quizz


3rd floor of Maison du Savoir, Belval Campus

A free bus shuttle will be available for PhD candidates not based in Belval:

- Kirchberg – Weicker – 10:55 AM
- Kirchberg – Campus Université – 11:10 AM
- Limpertsberg – Centre Universitaire – 10:55 AM
- Strassen – Edison – 11:30
- Esch – House of BioHealth – 11:45 AM

Exact pick-up times will be sent by email after registration.
A return shuttle towards Luxembourg city will be available to all after the event.


National PhD Welcome Day: Jennifer Moreno
Open Science event: Jonathan England






Gareth O'Neill

Gareth O'Neill is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and works on the expression of emotions and cognitions in Irish. He is also the president of Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, and represents early-career researchers (ECRs) from 36 countries in Europe. As a member of the working group on Education and Skills under Open Science at the European Commission, he is involved in determining the skills researchers need for Open Science and is responsible for a European survey on Open Science. Gareth will talk about his experiences of Open Science as an ECR and representing ECRs in Europe.





Lennart Martens

Lennart Martens is a professor of Systems Biology at Ghent University, and Group Leader in, and Associate Director of, the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology. After his Master’s thesis in 2000 he worked as a software engineer and framework architect for a software company before returning to Ghent University in 2002 to pursue a PhD in the nascent field of proteomics bioinformatics. During this time, he designed and built the Proteomics Identifications Database (PRIDE) for public proteomics data sharing at EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute as a Marie Curie Fellow of the European Commission. He graduated with a PhD in Sciences: Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2006 prior to joining EMBL-EBI in Cambridge, UK as PRIDE Group Coordinator. He rejoined Ghent University and VIB in 2009. His research interests focus on the application of bioinformatics to high-throughput data, and his current projects include the development of novel, advanced data processing and interpretation algorithms. Dr. Martens is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, serves on the Board of the Belgian Proteomics Association, the proteomics section of the Royal Chemistry Society of Flanders, and has been elected to the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Council, and to the HUPO Executive Committee. Dr. Martens has also been elected to the Belgian Young Academy, and has been awarded the Prometheus Award for Research Excellence by Ghent University in 2014, and the Juan Pablo Albar ‘Proteomics Pioneer’ Award by the European Proteomics Association in 2015. An author on more than 200 research papers and two Wiley textbooks on mass spectrometry based bioinformatics, he serves as Editor or Editorial Board member for PROTEOMICS, Molecular BioSystems, PLoS ONE, and PeerJ.




Conchita D'Ambrosio

Conchita D’Ambrosio  was appointed Professor of Economics at the Université du Luxembourg in April 2013 as part of the PEARL programme. Before joining the University of Luxembourg, Conchita D’Ambrosio was Associate Professor of Economics at the Università di Milano-Bicocca. She studied economics at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, and at New York University, from which latter she obtained her Ph.D. in 2000.

Her research mainly focuses on income and wealth distributions, deprivation, polarization and social exclusion. Since 2008, Conchita D’Ambrosio has been the managing editor of the Review of Income and Wealth. She has been Senior Researcher at the Centro de Investigación en Vulnerabilidades y Desastres Socionaturales of the Universidad de Chile since 2011, Permanent Visiting Fellow of the Department of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study of DIW Berlin since 2002, and Research Professor of the same Department since 2012. She has been Fellow of Econpubblica, the Research Centre on the Public Sector of Università Bocconi, since 1998. She was also a Member of the Italian Statistical Institute “Commissione scientifica per la misura del benessere”, 2011–2012, Member of the Eurostat Task Force for the development of the 2013 EU-SILC ad hoc module on well-being in 2010, Research Associate at OPHI research group at the Oxford Department of International Development, 2009–2011, Member of the World Health Organization Scientific Resource Group on Equity Analysis and Research, 2009–2011, Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, 2007–2009 and Council member of the latter in 2005–2007.



The National PhD Welcome Day 2017 is organised under the lead of the University of Luxembourg, in partnership with OpenAIRE, FNR, LIH, LIST, LISER, MPI, LuxDoc and EURAXESS.

National PhD Welcome Day