Participation and ECTS

The participation to the PhD School conference is required for all students of the PhD school (for both full and partial registrations).

Then for PhD students that are fully registered in the PhD school, it is recommended to obtain a minimum of 12 ECTS credits by the end of the PhD (4 years, around 3 ECTS/year). 

Credits are gained through participation to activities organized by the PhD school and external activities as listed below. For each activity, the number of ECTS that PhD students receive is indicated when the course is announced.

At the end of each activity, students will fill out a course evaluation form to verify that the courses meet their needs and maintain a high quality.

Evaluation of student participation

PhD students are expected to be highly motivated to participate in courses independent of a final evaluation of their participation. Nevertheless, the student participation is evaluated for each activity. The objective is mainly to verify that PhD students can apply the presented concepts to their research. Thus, the evaluation also provides additional feedback to lecturers. Depending of the type of activity, the evaluation can take different forms, for example:

  • PhD conference and workshops: Presenting a poster or giving a talk
  • Field camps: Preparation and implementation of a data acquisition strategy and a critical evaluation or first interpretation or the data in the form of a report or presentation
  • Courses: Presentation and discussion on how the methods and tools presented in the course can benefit their own research by providing concrete ideas how these new methods will be implemented in their research
  • General research and communication skills: Immediate practicing and implementing of the presented strategies and approaches during the course using their own examples.

Credits for external activities

Fully participating PhD students can also acquire credits with external activities, such as:

  • Participation in activities of other PhD schools
  • Participation in international conference with oral or poster presentation
  • Participation in activities to transfer knowledge to the wider public (e.g. “fête des sciences, café scientifique) with presentation or panel discussion