Honours+ Workshops

Find more information about the workshops offered in the Honours+ programme and sign up for the workshops of your choice.
In order to successfully conclude the programme, you need to have attended at least 2 workshops.

Choose min. 2 workshops to attend (although you are welcome to attend them all)

How to Formulate a Good Research Question

Your Honours+ project provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow students and engage in independent, interdisciplinary research. During your studies, you have already conducted research with varying subjects and scales, but the essence of your work remained the same: trying to answer a particular question.

Before you design your Honours+ research, collect and analyze your data, it is imperative to be explicit and clear about what you are trying to find out. Your task therefore, requires a disciplined and thoughtful transformation of your ideas into clearly formulated research questions.

Developing a good research question is one of the most challenging stages of your research process.

In this workshop we will discuss the process of research and the scientific method, and focus on the first stage in research, namely identifying a problem in the real world and forming a research question to address it. We will also reflect on how to bring together your personal skills and how to make your research questions more relevant by employing an interdisciplinary perspective.

In preparation for this workshop, please read:
Trochim, W. M. K., Donnelly, J. P. & Arora, K. (2015). Research methods: The essential knowledge base. Cengage learning. Chap. 1, pp. 3-32

! If you cannot find a copy of this work in the library, know that we will send you the required chapter also via email 2 days prior to the workshop.

Your Workshop Host

Eli Sapir


Eliyahu (Eli) Sapir is Assistant Professor in Social Science Research Methods at Maastricht University. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of European Union politics and social policy, comparative political behavior and comparative democratization. Sapir is engaged in methodological research, which involves survey methodology broadly defined, political methodology, social statistics, complex data-linking and architecture, text analysis and data visualization. Sapir specializes in the collections, management and analysis of large and complex (multi-dimensional) data structures.

Available sessions:

  • Wednesday 30.11.2022, 14:30-17:30 hrs;
  • Thursday 01.12.2022, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “How to Formulate a Good Research Question” workshops are scheduled to take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless potential last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require it to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location/link two days before the session.

Why?

Before you design your Honours+ research, collect and analyze your data, it is imperative to be explicit and clear about what you are trying to find out. Your task therefore, requires a disciplined and thoughtful transformation of your ideas into clearly formulated research questions. Developing a good research question is one of the most challenging stages of your research process, especially when defining a research question that covers multiple disciplines.

On Fire Without Burning Out

You can probably remember a time when your inner flame was really burning. You were in a creative flow. With energy flowing through your body. You felt you were able to take on the whole world. You were on fire!
And then you probably also know the moments when you just don’t feel like it at all. You are exhausted, tired, unmotivated. All you want is to immerse yourself in a Netflix series with a bar of chocolate in your hand.

In this workshop we will go on a journey within yourself to see how that inner flame of yours works. I will support you to find answers to questions such as:

  • What about my energy on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level right now?
  • For which things does my inner flame (not) burn?
  • What underlying beliefs and mechanisms drive my actions?
  • How do I balance my inner flame (yang action) with inner water (yin rest)?
  • What perspective helps me in both the ups and downs?
  • How am I going to shape my life in a way that suits me?

Will you join me on a journey within yourself?

Your Workshop Host

Martin van de Pas (Realize)


The mission of Realize is to support young people in shaping their unique life journeys. We provide this support by facilitating workshops, coaching, and retreats around personal development topics. Each of our services nurtures the wisdom within the participants, allowing them to grow along their own life paths.
As a former Honours student of UM, Martin knows very well of the struggles and challenges current students are dealing with and he is passionate about helping them on their journeys in becoming well-rounded and self-aware people.

Available sessions:

  • Tuesday 28.03.2023, 17:30-20:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday 12.04.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “On Fire Without Burning Out” workshops are scheduled to take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless potential last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require it to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location/link two days before the session.

Why?

During the course of Honours+, You will have to combine many different tasks and responsibilities. Both in your academic, personal and even perhaps professional life. This workshop will help you to identify what sort of activities drive you, provide you with energy, and what drains your energy and how to balance this out. In general, it will provide you with insights and tools to provide more energy balance in your life, which is useful for any individual, but especially for high-performing honours students.

Creative Problem Solving

Creativity, or creative problem solving, is seen as one of the most important skills for the 21st century. A worldwide survey by IBM in 2010 under 1500 CEO’s stated that in an increasingly complex business world, creativity is a major leadership quality to embed in organisations. Next to our analytical know-how, we will need creativity to solve problems, to find opportunities and to accelerate change. Creativity is the outboard engine for innovation.

In this workshop we will give you a hands-on, introduction training in creativity skills and the creative process. You will work on a business case from the food industry and on a question/problem/case you are asked to bring along. Together we will try to find as many ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas as possible, for both cases. How to find extraordinary ideas and how to select and combine the best ideas? With the food industry case we will explore a couple of tools for divergent and convergent thinking. What is a good starting point for a creative process? We will tackle this using your own question/case.

We will wrap-up the workshop by discussing how to use creativity skills during your assignment. Furthermore, we will show you books on creativity and websites of interest.

Your Workshop Host

René Hartman (Innovatiewerkplaats)


René has a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University, worked in industry (e.g. General Electric Plastics, Ericsson), at the Free University Amsterdam (setting up spin-off companies) and consultancy (Innovation Centres) before he started his own consultancy company in 2004. René is co-founder of Innovatiewerkplaats and trainer for the Flemish COCD, Centre for Development of Creative Thinking. René’s passion is at the fuzzy front end of innovation, how to find new directions for strategy and business. He has a lot of experience training innovation teams at e.g. Philips, Schiphol, Microsoft, and at several universities and cities.

Available sessions:

  • Wednesday 08.03.2023, 13:30-17:00 hrs;
  • Thursday 09.03.2023, 14:00-17:30 hrs.

All “Creative Problem Solving” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

Creativity is defined as one of the 21st-century skills. Future employers, whether in academia or other fields, define creativity as one of the most important competencies/skills for their future employees. This workshop provides you with insights/techniques in creative problem-solving. In H+ you can apply these techniques as a new way to approach your team challenge.

Time Management

If you want to excel it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do more, quantity wise. It foremost means that you deliver better quality. However, of course you really excel when you can do more and do it better.

The problem with our brain is that it needs to be able to focus on the task at hand and that’s hard when there’s so much going on. If you’re stressed, lack a good overview, or your life is just an all-around mess, it’s probably hard to excel at anything.

In order to overcome this, you should:

  • know how your brain works to steer it away from procastination, “multitasking”, and distractions (e.g. a pesky social media habit);
  • know how your brain processes information;
  • streamline all the work that is coming at you (emails, homework, assignments, papers etc.);
  • plan ahead for the large tasks so that you don’t have to do everything at the last moment;
  • keep a good overview of everything on your plate and decide what to focus on.

In the Time-Management workshop we promise you one thing: we are going to cover all of these subjects (and more) in a non-boring fashion. You will be provided with ready-to-use insights and practical tips on how to stay on top of things with the use of the latest insights and technology (you may expect many useful suggestions for how various specific apps can adequately support time management).

Your Workshop Host

Patrick Stastra (TijdWinst)


Patrick is a trainer at Tijdwinst.com, specialized in time management trainings and an expert on way to work more efficiently. Tijdwinst.com organizes practical trainings, workshops, and lectures on time management and effective working topics throughout the entire country.
I encourage organizations and their workers, entrepreneurs & students to work, collaborate, communicate and learn smarter. All done by workshops, inspiring talks & e-learning programs.
“My 3 hour workshops and 1 hour talks are full of practical exercises, ideas and tricks, always served with a hint of theory (e.g. Getting Things Done), scientific foundation and a lot of enthusiasm. All my efforts are focused on changing your behavior to work, collaborate, communicate or learn smarter from the next day on.”

Available sessions:

  • Monday 27.03.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday 26.04.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Time Management” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

Ever felt overwhelmed by juggling all your different tasks and to-dos? This workshop will support you in managing your time and tasks more efficiently, providing you with hands-on techniques and tools.

Science of Well-being

During this workshop we will dive into the Science of Well-being.

By teaching you how the brain works and providing you with recent findings on how to boost optimal functioning, this workshop will help you capitalize on positivity and improve your productivity, performance and well-being.

This workshop will be brought to you by drs. Barbara Kuiters. She is a skilled psychologist with an expertise in positive psychology and neuroscience. She runs a successful company as a psychologist, therapist and teacher to educate other (mental) health professionals on the power of positive psychology.

Your Workshop Host

Barbara Kuiters


Barbara Kuiters is a psychologist working in Maastricht, South Limburg, but in addition to her work in practice, she is also regularly hired to provide training, education and courses throughout the country. After completing her scientific studies, she specialized and certified in Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion and Mindfulness. Her mission is to make mental health care accessible, with the result of supporting personal development, strengthening health and increasing well-being.

In addition to scientific substantiation and theory, Barbara’s offer has a great focus on actual practice. Just fully understanding the theory is not the same as experiencing the content. The translation from theory to behavior is where sustainable behavioral change takes place. That is why the effects of her education, training and coaching trajectories reach further than usual.

Available sessions:

  • Friday 20.01.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday 15.03.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Science of Wellbeing” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

Insights into how to achieve a positive outlook on life, and appreciation of your achievements big and small, will help you dealing with challenging times and situations of high pressure.

Debating Skills

How do you ensure you make a convincing argument? Which techniques strengthen your argument and how can you best respond to questions? This debating workshop addresses these issues and provides you with useful knowledge and skills which you will apply directly in a debate about current issues in university education and society at large. During this inspiring and varied programme, you will be provided with insight into rhetorical skills and techniques that are of great value in your (future) work. Afterwards, you will be able to present your ideas and recommendations more convincingly, leading to greater impact.

Het Debatbureau (The Debating Bureau) is specialized in debating and presenting. Based in The Hague, the agency supports professionals and students with training and workshops, and team members serve as moderator for a wide range of events. Trainings focus on improved debating, presenting and persuasion skills.

Your Workshop Host

Frits Bloemberg (Het DebatBureau)


Frits Bloemberg owns Het DebatBureau and studied Governance and History at Radboud University Nijmegen. He guided a special television programme with the Chairman of House of Representatives, Gerdi Verbeet. He was also actively involved in the coaching process of a national Dutch party leader, and chaired debates with famous public figures like Freek de Jonge, Inez Weski, Jort Kelder, Jan Terlouw, Diederik Samsom, Alexander Pechtold and Maarten van Rossem. In 2012 he hosted an international conference with UN former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as keynote spreker.

Available sessions:

  • Wednesday 08.02.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday 14.03.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs.

All “Debating Skills” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

During group interaction and presenting your personal view or take on things, it is useful to know how to clearly define and formulate your arguments and how to use body language to get your point across and adapted.

Stress Management

We all find ourselves in stressful situations from time to time. Whether at work, during our studies, or when life throws nasty surprises at you. This is normal. But, when does it become problematic? When are you in danger of stress becoming a danger to your health and what do you need to do to avoid this? This workshop will give you basic insights into what stress is, where it comes from, and its effects. You will also get to identify your stress sources and tips on how to better manage these stressors and how to ensure
you have enough resources.

Your Workshop Host

Mona Shair-Wloch (Key2Advance)


Mona is the founder and principal trainer of key2advance, a coaching, training, career services and internship coordination consultancy. From 2007-2013, she led a high profile internship program at the European Parliament in Brussels for students from all over the world under the patronage of Pat Cox, former president of the European Parliament. Since 2010, she secured and coordinated internships for students at multiple universities and has coached recent graduates into finding opportunities that match their skills and interests. She has extensive experience in helping students gain clarity on their target career sector, enhancing their application documents and providing them with necessary skills for a successful school to work transition.

Available sessions:

  • Monday 06.03.2023, 18:00-21:00 hrs;
  • Tuesday 07.03.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday 29.03.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Stress Management” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

Honours students are required to maintain or aspire to a higher level of time management, but also stress management is a useful skill you need to have when it comes to juggling multiple tasks at the same time, trying to keep a healthy balance in your life.

The Ultimate Presentation Skills Masterclass

Presentations and pitching styles can be as versatile as the subjects that are being presented. What makes a good presentation be memorable? How can you deliver the main message of your project in a professional way? From content to delivery, a strong presentation and the skills that are deployed during effective pitching can create bigger impact with the audience, and deliver the message they need to hear.

In this hands-on workshop, you will develop the draft of your final Honours+ presentation with Adina Petre, a High Performance Coach and Clinical Psychologist who’ll help discover and develop your ultimate presenter skills.

Together with Adina who is a former TED speaker coach, you’ll learn how to structure your content and deliver it in an engaging way, so that you give a sound academic presentation in an entertaining fashion that will increase your chances of winning the pitch competition at the end of your Honours+ experience.

As a jury member of several pitch competitions throughout her career, Adina knows the ins and outs of what makes a compelling pitch, and will be sharing them with you in this dynamic workshop.

Your Workshop Host

Adina Petre (Insights)


My educational background is in Psychology. After attaining my Master degree in Clinical Psychology, I worked as a career counselor and student psychologist for children and teenagers alike. I trained in Switzerland and my company in personal coaching started growing soon after.
I have always been deeply involved with the business community, the entrepreneurial life and the startup scene. I’ve offered workshops, trainings, and contributed to organizing events around the topic of entrepreneurship. I coached Enactus Maastricht for their first, second and third Dutch National Competitions. Meanwhile I was also working as project and community manager for LaunchBase – the first startup pre-incubation programme ever to be set up in Maastricht. I also worked for TedX Maastricht where I was part of the speaker liaison and story-telling coaches subteam. I’m always looking for interesting new projects, challenges and collaborations! But most importantly, I look for dedicated, passionate and interesting people that have a genuine desire to grow.

Available sessions:

  • Thursday 23.03.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday 12.04.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs.

All “Ultimate Presentation Skills” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

During the Closing Event, you will be asked to prepare a 5-minute pitch about your challenge outcome and your team’s idea for a potential solution. How do you inspire, convince, keep the attention of your audience in the very first 20 seconds? This workshop will teach you stage-presence and confidence, which will benefit all your presentations and pitches you will give during your studies and career.

Speed Reading

People spend a lot of their time reading: students and knowledge workers alike. Weird enough we are not aware of how we read, why we wander off and what we can do to read better and faster. The adult reads with a speed of 200 to 250 words a minute and comprehends approximately 60% of what he is reading. With some practical tools and insights it is possible to double the reading speed without losing any text comprehension.

In this workshop you get a better insight in your own reading and information processing skills and learn how to double your reading speed and increase text comprehension in a practical and effective way.

The main focus of this workshop is to:

  • Get valuable insights in the attention process during reading.
  • Learn efficient reading strategies and techniques.
  • Gain insight in inhibitions and distractions during reading combined with effective ways to tackle them.
  • Learn practical tools to increase your reading speed and text comprehension.
  • Practice with exercise texts to increase your reading speed and text comprehension.
  • Track progress in reading speed and text comprehension.

The only way to learn speed reading is by actually doing it. That is why practicing is the main focus of this workshop. Reading exercise texts, tracking your reading speed and text comprehension is therefore the main activity in this workshop.

Your Workshop Host

Patrick Stastra (TijdWinst)


Patrick is a trainer at Tijdwinst.com, specialized in time management trainings and an expert on way to work more efficiently. Tijdwinst.com organizes practical trainings, workshops, and lectures on time management and effective working topics throughout the entire country.
I encourage organizations and their workers, entrepreneurs & students to work, collaborate, communicate and learn smarter. All done by workshops, inspiring talks & e-learning programs.
“My 3 hour workshops and 1 hour talks are full of practical exercises, ideas and tricks, always served with a hint of theory (e.g. Getting Things Done), scientific foundation and a lot of enthusiasm. All my efforts are focused on changing your behavior to work, collaborate, communicate or learn smarter from the next day on.”

Available sessions:

  • Tuesday 21.03.2023, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday 27.03.2023, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Speed Reading” workshops will take place at EDLAB’s Tapijn Building X unless last-minute Covid-19 restrictions require them to be offered online. All attendees will receive a reminder email with the exact location two days before the session.

Why?

Speed reading is not just about reading fast. It is also about how much information you can remember when you have finished reading. As an honours student, you will need to be able to comprehend a lot of information in a short amount of time. This workshop will help you focus, take in a lot of information in a short time, and comprehend and reproduce the information, which is crucial at this stage of your academic development.

Workshop Registration S.O.S.

Please note that you can only sign up for workshops yourselves.
In case you wish to change the timeslot for a certain workshop, or cancel a workshop registration completely, you need to contact the Honours+ Central Management Team.

Fabienne Crombach

Honours+ Senior Coordinator

043-3884173


Scheduling issues?

Juggling your Honours+ tasks next to your regular curriculum and personal life is challenging.
It could well be, that at some point you get stuck trying to plan your workshops or other tasks, even though you are honours students. We are happy to help out or look for a solution together, if you notify us in advance. Just send us an email in case you need help: honoursplus@maastrichtuniversity.nl