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Your PhD in Context: Manage Yourself and Improve Effectiveness (307)


27 September and 18 October 2022

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Stephan Steiner


While undertaking a PhD is in itself a noble and worthwhile endeavour, it is necessary to put your project in perspective with your career planning as well with your other workload and work-life balance.
But how situating each step of your PhD project within the big picture of your career planning and therefore not lose track of your objectives? The logical framework is a very pertinent approach to get the big picture, define objectives and resources (such as time, energy, material…), follow the right path.
The Logical Framework Approach (LFA) is a methodology originally used by managers for designing, monitoring, and evaluating international development projects.

By the conception and implementation of your own LogFrame, this interactive 2-days workshop will help you to situate each step of your PhD project within your career planning and therefore not lose track of your goals.
The Logical Framework will also be linked to a Gantt Chart / timeline, allowing to efficiently manage your resources, such as time, energy and material.

The clarification obtained by the tool will also allow you to more efficiently communicate the advancement of the PhD project to your supervisor and more in general to the scientific community.

Furthermore, you will gain useful skills for your future career be it within academia, in the field of NGO or in the private sector.

The Log Frame approach will be completed by a range of concrete tools helping to overcome fear of failing, procrastination and improve your daily time management and your work-life balance.


Workshop content


• Introduction to the logical framework approach and its benefits for addressing typical PhD project difficulties
• The LogFrame logic: the vertical logic and the horizontal logic
• How to define inputs, outcomes, objectives and goals
• Monitoring and evaluating project performance
• Using the LogFrame in order to communicate
• How to overcome procrastination: The Pomodoro technique


• Presentation of LogFrames by the participants
• How to schedule and integrate workload, Introduction to different Time Management tools
• Introduction to Gantt Charts
• Specific time management tools: Eisenhower Matrix
• Tools for overcoming overly high quality expectations and impostor syndrom

Learning outcomes:
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

• Define and implement their individual logical framework
• Establish a causal link between inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes and objectives (vertical logic);
• Define the assumptions on which the project logic builds;
• Identify the potential risks for achieving objectives and outcomes;
• Define indicators for monitoring the advancement of their PhD project
• Avoid procrastination and achieve a better work-life balance
• Better communicate the advancement of their PhD project to their supervisor and the scientific community
• Be able to use several time management tools


University of Geneva


Date: Tuesday 27th September and Tuesday 18th October 2022

Schedule: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: University of Geneva



Stephan Steiner, diplômé en Lettres UNIL et titulaire d'un Brevet de formateur d'adultes, est le fondateur de l'Association 1951 qu'il préside à titre bénévole. Il intervient comme formateur et consultant dans les domaines de la communication interne, du leadership, de la gestion d'équipe ainsi que de la gestion de projet, du RBM (Result based Management et de la réingénierie de processus pour des clients tels que le CICR, la CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse Occidentale), le DCAF ou encore des sociétés privés tels que KONE et Renaissance Fondation & Management. Dans le cadre du projet Innosuisse IMIRIS (Improved Integration for Refugees in Switzerland), il est en charge de la prospection et des relations clients ainsi que du lancement de produit.



Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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