Doctoral Summer School 2023

The National Library of Technology (NTK) is proud to announce the second Doctoral Summer School for Early-Career Researchers. The event will take place on 15 - 16 September 2023 in Prague and is organized by NTK in collaboration with the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (UCT Prague), Czech Association of Doctoral Researchers (ČAD) and Committee for Doctoral studies under the Student Chamber of the Council of the Higher Education Institutions (SK RVŠ).


The aim of Doctoral Summer School is to enhance skills of early career researchers in three important topic areas:

      1. Open Science
      2. Career Management
      3. Healthy Research Culture

    Open Science is a new way of conducting research by opening up access to research data and results via new digital technologies and collaborative tools. The aim is to improve access to knowledge and thus stimulate innovation as well as bring research closer to society. This workshop aims to raise awareness about various Open Science principles and practices such as Open Access, FAIR/Open Data, Open Methodology, Open Source, Open Peer Review, Open Education, Open Licencing, and Citizen Science.

    Career Management - building self-awareness of what you want from a career. What about your next steps? We live in a world filled with opportunities and especially early-career researchers can develop their skills to suit several career-wise possibilities. Are you aware of what lies within your reach? This workshop aims to shed light on career opportunities after PhD, the importance of being able to identify your skillset and the steps necessary to reach your career goals.

    Healthy Research Culture - Research culture encompasses the behaviors, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. It influences researchers' career paths and determines the way that research is conducted and communicated. How can we improve the research culture? This workshop aims to help early-career researchers to improve the research environment, be more tolerant to high levels of stress, be capable communicators and able to build international and interdisciplinary networks.

    These skills and competences are essential for personal and professional development of early-career researchers and their career advancements. Additionally, Doctoral Summer School provides valuable networking opportunities with your peers in the Czech Republic.

    Training courses are designed and taught by experienced researchers who are active in these topics.

    Each participant will receive a certificate after the completion of the course.

    Target group

    Early-Career Researchers in the Czech Republic

    • Doctoral candidates (enrolled in doctoral training programmes)
    • Postdoctoral researchers (up to 8 years from their PhD)

    The working language of the training sessions is English.

    Participation Fee

    Participation Fee: 1 200 CZK (Early Bird registration)

    *The participation fee covers: training materials, meals during the event and attendance in the social programme (Boat cruise on the Vltava River).

    Organization Team

      Eva Hnátková (NTK/UCT Prague)

      Martin Schätz (NTK/UCT Prague)

      Jakub Šindelář (CUNI/ČAD)

      Ondřej Havelka (TUL/SK RVŠ)

      Mili Losmanová (UCT Prague)

    National Library of Technology

    Technická 6, 160 80 Prague 6 - Dejvice, Czech Republic

    Participants are asked to make their own travel arrangements.

    How to get here

    The Czech National Library of Technology (NTK) is between Thákurova, Studentská, Technická Streets and Flemingovo Square (see on Google Maps).

    • Metro A to Dejvická: Get off at the Dejvická station and use the Šolínova/Vysoké školy exit.
    • Tram Stops: Lotyšská and Dejvická.
    • Bus Stop: Dejvická.
    • Drivers can park underground or use available street parking.
    • Bike stands are available outside the library


    Participants are asked to make their own hotel arrangements. Some hotels near the Doctoral Summer School venue:

    Hotel DAP (Dům Armády Praha)

    Address: Vítězné náměstí 684/4, 160 00 Praha 6 - Dejvice

    Tel. + 420 973 211 444, + 420 973 211 422

    Hotel Meda Prague

    Address: Národní obrany 33, 160 00 Prague 6 - Dejvice

    Tel.+420 603 37 3242

    Diplomat Hotel Praha

    Address: Evropská 15, 160 41 Praha 6 - Dejvice

    Tel. + 420 296 559 212, + 420 296 559 178, + 420 296 559 213

    Hotel International Prague

    Address: Koulova 15, 160 45 Praha 6 - Dejvice

    Tel. + 420 296 537 111

    Masarykova kolej (hostel)

    Address: Thákurova 1, Praha 6 - Dejvice

    Tel. + 420 233 051 111


    Day 1: Friday 15 September 2023

    08:00 - 08:30 Registration

    08:30 - 09:00 Opening. Welcome

    09:00 - 12:30 Training session 1

    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 - 17:00 Training session 2

    18:00 - 21:00 Boat trip with dinner (social programme)

    Day 2: Saturday 16 September 2023

    09:30 - 09:45 Registration with coffee

    10:00 - 13:30 Training session 3

    13:30 - 14:30 Light Lunch + possible NTK Tour

    Social Programme Friday 15 September

    Evening cruise with dinner through magical Prague on the Vltava River

    loď Jan Pelizer



    Gareth O'Neill

    Gareth O'Neill

    Gareth O'Neill is a principal consultant on Open Science at Technopolis Group in Brussels where he currently leads policy and strategic alignment activities in the EOSC Future project and advises the Board of the EOSC Association in the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Gareth is also an ambassador for Plan S at cOAlition S, researcher in theoretical linguistics at Leiden University, and former president of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc).

    Margaux Kersschot

    Margaux Kersschot

    Margaux Kersschot is Policy Adviser Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) at the University of Antwerp, and Lead on Doctoral and Postdoctoral training in the YUFE-alliance. Previously, Margaux was the creator and coordinator of the H2020-funded project Developing and Implementing hands-on training on Open Science and Open Innovation (DIOSI). She obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven. She is a former President of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc) and has been working in various positions on topics related to early career researchers ever since.

    Mathias Schroijen

    Mathias Schroijen

    Mathias Schroijen is a member of the EU Liaison 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, focusing on respiratory psychophysiology (KU Leuven) and in parallel 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 (former project manager MSCA-Cofund IF@ULB) and the representation of early career researchers at the European level (Co-coordinator of WG on Mental Health and former secretary of Eurodoc).


    Eligibility of participants

    Early-Career Researchers in the Czech Republic

    • Doctoral candidates (enrolled in doctoral programmes)
    • Postdoctoral researchers (up to 8 years from their PhD)

    Interested early-career researchers can register HERE.

    Participation fee: 1 200 CZK (Early Bird registration)

    Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited places.

    Participation fee includes: training materials, meals (2 lunches, 3 coffee breaks, 1 dinner) and participation in the social programme.

    The fee does not cover: travel and accommodation expenses.



    Eva Hnátková
    +420 604 328 809


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    The Doctoral Summer School is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

    Editor: Eva Hnátková Last modified: 7.9. 2023 14:09