Writhe-athon

4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

2nd 4TU.H7T Write-athon

The second 4TU write-athon was held in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands and attended by students from Delft, Twente, and Eindhoven. The invited writing coach was Dave Randall, an Emeritus professor at University of Siegen. PhD students prepared drafts to be reviewed before the write-athon and Dave shared feedback as well as additional resources for each student’s writing. The presentation by  Dave at the write-athon was on writing techniques and tips on the publication process.

One participant, Jan Kolkmeier of U Twente, said “I found the write-a-thon valuable both in a social and professional sense. We had the chance to exchange and discuss our ideas and work in a deep way with our peers outside of the typical academic loop - this is something that I already appreciated last year and this year found equally successful this time. The writing coach was welcome. Outside of his feedback on individual work, the experience he shared in strategies for publishing towards a specific public or venue was useful. The extra days were welcome, though perhaps an extra activity (besides the writing coach) could be planned (and prepared) next time, if there is an opportune project (i.e. organizing a workshop)”. Overall, the most helpful was the individualized feedback each student received, although Fran Burger, from TU Delft, shared that “a writing coach who is knowledgeable about the field I am interested in would be helpful” as well.

Two post-docs also joined in on the writing workshop, Merijn Bruijnes and Gijs Huisman. Gijs thought that the write-athon was a “great way for PhD students to engage with each other’s topics through the papers they are writing”, as well as being a “fun type social gathering that is essential to building a more coherent 4TU H&T centre”. Among other activities, PhD students actively brainstormed future research agendas on broad topics such as memory, personality, and virtual agents. Students reviewed papers and looked at data from past collaborative projects. A card-sorting study about mental healthcare systems was also organized by Fran Burger that other students participated in. The write-athon serves as a chance to find shared opportunities for various research goals within the scope of the 4TU H&T centre.

Writhe-athon

2nd 4TU.H7T Write-athon

The second 4TU write-athon was held in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands and attended by students from Delft, Twente, and Eindhoven. The invited writing coach was Dave Randall, an Emeritus professor at University of Siegen. PhD students prepared drafts to be reviewed before the write-athon and Dave shared feedback as well as additional resources for each student’s writing. The presentation by  Dave at the write-athon was on writing techniques and tips on the publication process.

One participant, Jan Kolkmeier of U Twente, said “I found the write-a-thon valuable both in a social and professional sense. We had the chance to exchange and discuss our ideas and work in a deep way with our peers outside of the typical academic loop - this is something that I already appreciated last year and this year found equally successful this time. The writing coach was welcome. Outside of his feedback on individual work, the experience he shared in strategies for publishing towards a specific public or venue was useful. The extra days were welcome, though perhaps an extra activity (besides the writing coach) could be planned (and prepared) next time, if there is an opportune project (i.e. organizing a workshop)”. Overall, the most helpful was the individualized feedback each student received, although Fran Burger, from TU Delft, shared that “a writing coach who is knowledgeable about the field I am interested in would be helpful” as well.

Two post-docs also joined in on the writing workshop, Merijn Bruijnes and Gijs Huisman. Gijs thought that the write-athon was a “great way for PhD students to engage with each other’s topics through the papers they are writing”, as well as being a “fun type social gathering that is essential to building a more coherent 4TU H&T centre”. Among other activities, PhD students actively brainstormed future research agendas on broad topics such as memory, personality, and virtual agents. Students reviewed papers and looked at data from past collaborative projects. A card-sorting study about mental healthcare systems was also organized by Fran Burger that other students participated in. The write-athon serves as a chance to find shared opportunities for various research goals within the scope of the 4TU H&T centre.