Design your Research Environment | Online Summer Hackathon


The third Design Your Research Environment OEduverse Summer School will take place online between 13-17 June 2022

Please note, there will be a fee to attend.

For more details, please check the description.

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Co-Create the research environment that you want to be in!

Our research environment is far from perfect and while the reasons can be various, solutions to change have to be tailored to you as a researcher. Together, in this five days Summer School and Summer Hackathon, we will design with you and experts from the field of open science, mental health and science communication the environment for you to thrive in. You will get together in interdisciplinary teams to experience together with the trainers how to rethink how to approach your research and career. And the most fantastic part: the summer school will be held physically in Belgium in an amazing retreat location!

Have a look at some impressions from our trainers from our public talks:

Who can participate?

If you are an early career researcher or post-doctoral researcher from any research discipline or envisioning your further career path this Summer School is for you!! You will have the chance to design with experts and trainers in an interactive week of training and application a road map to train and enable you, as an individual, to take action in the course of your work and within your home institution.


Where will it be held? 

The Summer School will be held online using Zoom.


Why would this Summer School be important for your research career? 

As an early-stage researcher you might have faced moments when you asked yourself: “Do I have the right skills to succeed in research?”, as a PhD you may wonder “How do I organize my career?”. The answer is not always obvious and oftentimes seemingly situated in your discipline. Although a lot of information is out there, sometimes you are missing the guidance on how to learn and acquire the needed skills or to break free from patterns that are holding you down. In this summer school you will have the chance to connect with highly qualified trainers. Everyone is facing their personal dystopia but together with the trainers and in interactive groups the summer school will guide out of the dystopia to develop the tools needed to change your research career.

The summer school will include an introductory day for onboarding and decomposing your research environment and three main training days in Open Science, Mental Health and Interactive Storytelling. The week will finish with your personal action plan which will be presented and discussed with your group in an interactive session and completed with a professional goal setting workshop to put your actions into a long term perspective.

Would you like to know more details about the learning goals and the agenda? 

Check the details and agenda here 

Register now and secure your early bird pricing.

Till 18th of May – Early bird – sale is over

Starting 19th of May – Normal ticket 79 Euro


Meet your trainers

Dr. Gábor Kismihók is the head of the Learning and Skills Analytics research Group at the Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover, Germany. He is the Chair of the Career Development Working Group at the Marie Curie Alumni Association. He also chairs the recently started COST Action on Researcher Mental Health. His core research focuses on matching processes between individuals, education (learning), and the labour market, using novel technologies and datasets. He has published his research in a number of international peer-reviewed journals and books in the area of Learning Analytics and Technology Enhanced Learning. Gábor also has extensive experience with European research funding (e.g. H2020, H2020 MSCA, Erasmus Plus).

Dr. Ivo Grigorov holds a PhD in Marine Science, currently fundraising for marine & climate research at the Danish Technical University DTU. Professional focus includes optimising researcher’s and research organisations’ strategies for translating research in societal context, by deploying #OpenScience, #KnowledgeTransfer and #OceanLiteracy to optimise research output transfer along the lab-2-users spectrum. Ivo runs the FOSTER Open Science Clinique to make Open Science an essential skillset for Early Career Researchers, synergies and conflicts between Open Science and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and training HorizonEU National Contact Points (NCP) in grant proposal benefits of Open Science.

Ms. Jo Harney is a Counselling Psychologist in the position of Training and Groups Manager at the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has achieved a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Supervision. She specialises in working with students supporting them to achieve mental wellbeing to reach their potential during their academic careers. She has significant experience producing and delivering training and therapeutic groups in the field of psychology and mental health. Her main areas of interest and expertise are compassion-focused therapy, clinical supervision, group therapy, and training.

Ms. Petra Ardai is theatre-maker, teacher, and writer. She is the artistic director of the Amsterdam and Budapest based art collective SPACE. Petra has wide experience in documentary theatre and immersive collaborative storytelling in various media. She produces interactive performances, multimedia installations, online art, living heritage apps, and instant visionary fiction. She gives workshops and lectures. Petra is specialized in future scenarios and builds imaginary worlds around the question: ‘Who owns the Future?’ She collaborates with cross-sector partners from the field of art, science, and the social domain.

Ms. Esther Verhamme, Creative hands-on communication strategist and UX designer, passionate about on-offline storytelling projects involving human centred design, gamification and technology. “I believe in the power of stories. As stories shape who we are, and the stories we tell shape who we become.” Esther has more than 20 years experience in communications, design and concept development. At SPACE, Esther researches immersive online storytelling and new ways of dialogue through digital media.

Dr. Christian Weber is a researcher with the Institute of Knowledge-Based Systems and Knowledge Management (KBS & KM), University of Siegen, Germany. Within his PhD he was working on developing semantic and structure-aware concept importance measures for domain knowledge to guide digital learning. He is continuously researching on the exploitation of evolving knowledge maps for an ongoing industrial, educational and medical digitalization using AI and is active for that in national and international funded research projects (DFG, BMBF, H2020, Erasmus plus and many more) but also direct industrial collaborations, as well as supporting the next push of tech-startups. He believes that any digital solution has to have a human factor and so does academia.

Ms Alice Kelly is a Systemic Psychotherapist in the position of Training Manager and Student Counsellor at the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has achieved a Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology and a Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy.  She specialises in working with students and supporting their mental wellbeing to reach their potential during their academic careers.  She has significant experience working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and supporting people through the challenges they might face as they work through their lives and academic career.  Her main areas of interest and expertise include narrative therapy, attachment based approaches, systems theory, group therapy and training.

Ms Frances Walsh is a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist and a Student Counsellor working in Training and Outreach at the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has achieved a Masters in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and a B.A. in Psychology. She specialises in working with students and supporting their mental wellbeing to reach their potential during their academic careers. She has significant experience working collaboratively with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and supporting them to explore the challenges experienced in life and to develop the skills and resources within themselves to deal with these challenges and overcome obstacles. Her main areas of interest and expertise include person-centred therapy incorporating attachment theory, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, SFBT (Solution Focussed Brief Therapy) and training.

Ms Lucia Nwabueze is an Assistant Psychologist at the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has achieved a Masters in Psychological Science and a BSc in Psychology. She specialises in supporting young adults with their mental wellbeing and promoting mental health awareness and help-seeking behaviours. She has experience working with young people and supporting them to develop skills and resources to manage difficult emotional and life experiences. Her main areas of interest include Suicide Prevention, Neurodiversity Advocacy, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Mr. Mathias Schroijen is a member of the Postgraduate Office at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). As a project leader he is responsible for the development of transferable skills training programmes and career development services for researchers. Mathias has a research background in health psychology (respiratory psychophysiology) and throughout his PhD, he was actively involved in doctoral training with a specific interest in mental health, intersectoral mobility and social entrepreneurship. Driven by these interests, he focused on PhD community building at the local level (PhD Society at KU Leuven), the construction of training and career development services at the institutional level (project manager MSCA-Cofund IF@ULB) and the representation of early career researchers at the European level (Eurodoc).

Dr. Scott Harrison is a researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF). He currently works on understanding the effects of digitalizing assessments with a focus on the PISA studies. Scott has a PhD from the University of New England, Australia, which was in the area of economics, using statistical approaches to understand the effect digital student support technologies had on student retention.

Dr. Renaud Jolivet is Full Professor at the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  He trained as a physicist and neuroscientist, and he is interested in energetic constraints and heterocellular diversity in the brain.  Dr. Jolivet has accumulated broad expertise, having worked in multiple countries, at diverse research-performing organisations, and having served in a variety of leadership roles in panels and committees.  He has extensive experience in project evaluation and management, and as an academic mentor.  He has been an active advocate for science and for reform in academia since 2014.  He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Organization for Computational Neurosciences, as an External Policy Advisor and Board Member at the Initiative for Science in Europe.  He is the Chair of Policy at the Marie Curie Alumni Association.


We prepare all sessions to provide a safe and inclusive environment, focusing on interaction and joint development to turn working practices into your individual research roadmap for change. 

Participants from all research disciplines are welcome to apply.

The summer school is made possible by the Erasmus+ Programme.


Additional information

Ticket type

Basic ticket (online)

Cancellation Policy

SciLink Foundation is looking forward to your attendance. We keep our classes to a limited size to maximise your opportunities to learn. However, we also recognise that outside factors can affect your ability to participate in our courses.

To cancel your booking, our cancellation policy is outlined as follows:
Cancellation is free up until 14 full days prior to the start date and time of the course. No refund is available after that time.

To cancel your booking, please contact our office via email at [email protected]. SciLink Foundation reserves the right to cancel courses based on minimum attendance requirements, or other unforeseen reasons (e.g. sickness of the instructor). In the unlikely event that we need to cancel an event, we will make every effort to support participants with information prior to the course commencement. Participants will have the choice between credit towards the next available course, or a full refund. SciLink Foundation accepts no liability for costs incurred, including but not limited to, accommodation expenses, travel expenses, and travel insurances.

Event Details

Start date: 13/06/2022

End date: 17/06/2022

Start time: 09:00 CEST

End time: 17:00 CEST

Venue: Online

Email: [email protected]