Research activities & Transversal Skills

Throughout the doctoral training, candidates engage in various research activities such as attending seminars and conferences, presenting papers, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, organizing events, and participating in research networks. These research activities, along with some additional training activities, can be credited within the research activities category (25 ECTS). The criteria for crediting such activities vary between universities, therefore, please contact your administrative officer for further information.

Passive attendance of seminars and conferences can be credited with 1 ECTS per seminar day or conference day. Please refer to the pages on the “Research activities” section of the main menu bar for the list of seminars organized in each university. However, credits for passive attendance cannot exceed 10 ECTS. This implies that at least 15 ECTS must be obtained through active research productions.

Each year, the Doctoral School in Management welcomes new PhD candidates in October. The “Introduction to the PhD training day” will be credited within this category with 2 ECTS. Make sure to take the opportunity to meet other PhD candidates and start building your research network.

We encourage candidates to exceed these ECTS requirements and to avail themselves of all relevant opportunities that will be beneficial to their doctoral projects.

Important notice for ULB PhD candidates only:

From the academic year 2023-2024, candidates newly enrolled in the ULB doctoral training programme will be required to attend in person a minimum of 5 Research Seminars in Applied Economics and Management (RSAEM) per year. This will be credited for 5 ECTS of passive Research Activities

Additionally, seminars and activities that provide transversal skills to PhD candidates such as paper writing and publication process, oral presentation skills, searching and managing bibliographic references using reference management software, mastering specific computer programs, etc., are highly recommended. The acquisition of these transversal skills will be credited for a maximum of 5 ECTS.