Workshops

Workshop 1: Climate change: what can YOU do about it?

Climate change is a fact, there is no way around it. But there is a way to fight it. In this workshop, we will discuss the main drivers for climate change, discuss the hard scientific facts and look into how to communicate on climate change. How do you convince that one uncle that doesn’t believe we have an impact on climate? Or that high school friend who just knows climate change is a Chinese conspiracy towards world domination? In this interactive workshop, we will work together to find solutions towards a sustainable future.

Speaker: Marjolein Vanoppen and Arnout D’Haese @ Climateresponse

For more info on climateresponse: www.climateresponse.eu

 

Workshop 2: Environmental sanitation and health in practice – an ngo perspective

The design, implementation and follow-up of improved sanitation infrastructure is a true challenge in development countries. Knowledge on the best sanitation system is just the start of it all, and the success of each project relies on collaboration between all stakeholders.

Do you want to experience this yourself? Then join this interactive workshop where you will be challenged to develop an operational plan for the real-life case of Toamasina (Madagascar). No prior knowledge on sanitation is required.

Speaker: Dirk Glas @ Join for water

 

Workshop 3: Tidy your data and unleash the power of data science tools

Before analysis of your experimental data comes the messy work of evaluating, cleaning, and transforming data. This can be a tedious task. In order to use tools that make analysis more efficient, such as programming languages like R or Python, we need to structure our data the way that computers need the data. In this workshop, you will learn how to think about (tidy) data organization. With this approach you can better format current data, plan new data collection and potentially save time!

As a lot of experimental data is still organized in (messy) spreadsheets, this is where the workshop starts. We discuss common formatting mistakes on a real-world example. After cleaning our messy data, we learn how tidying your data enables enhanced data analysis and visualization using R/Python. The workshop is hands-on. Knowledge of a specific programming language is not required and participants with only a limited programming experience are certainly welcome to attend the workshop. A laptop/computer with spreadsheet software (e.g. excel, libre office,...) is required.

Speaker: Stijn Van Hoey @ Fluves

 

Workshop 4: How do you create a strong visual brand for your research?

Our workshop presenter will share his view on visual marketing, to trigger a rethink of how you present the outcomes of your (research) project to any type of audience. No matter how complex your research, there is always a way to translate it into a strong visual message that will appeal to all of us. You can already start developing your own attractive, minimalistic designs on the spot, with a free online image editing tool (Inkscape). You don’t have to be a graphic designer for this workshop, only an open mind and a laptop are required.

Speaker: Pieter Torrez @ Donkeysnotmonkeys

Already intrigued by this topic? Go and check out www.monkeysnotdonkeys.be 

 

Workshop 5: Knowing yourself as a key to success for both entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial people

Can you define how a successful life would look like for you? Or have you ever thought about starting an own business?  In fact, the core principles of being successful in career and life are the same for everyone. And one of the most important principles, but vastly underrated and often neglected, is the skill of knowing yourself.

This workshop is all about ‘you’ and who you are. Many people think they know themselves, but find out after this session that there is still some work to do. This gap also poses challenges if you work together with other people. Enter with a curious mind and leave with a clear quest to get to know yourself and others. This workshop is extremely relevant for people aiming for a successful career or wanting to start their own business. You will see real-life examples, explained to the core, and we will do some powerful exercises.

‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken’ - Oscar Wilde

‘Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life’ - Steve Jobs

‘The best way to predict your future is to create it yourself’ - Stephan Covey

‘Check yourself before you wreck yourself’ - Ice Cube

Speakers: Wim Audenaert @ AM-team and Tom Vandekerckhove @ Bosaq