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PhD Summer School

Regional Course for PhD Students on Engaged Research Methods and Philosophy of Science
August 10 – 14, 2015


  • Prof. dr. Henk G. Sol , University of Groningen


  • Dr. Mercy Amiyo, Makerere University
  • Dr. Raphael Aregu 
  • Dr. Annabela Ejiri Habinka, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • Prof. dr. Jude Lubega, Uganda Management and Technology University
  • Dr. Paul Ssemaluluu, Makerere University


Dr. Gilbert Maiga,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEAN, School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University


Drake Patrick Mirembe,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Lecturer, School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University
Edina Kyobutungi,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Science, Conference Room, Level 4, CIT Block A.

Course background and motivation

Graduate training in the East Africa region faces a number of challenges including; poor facilities and few PhD holders to support the growing demand for graduate training. Thus, the region has a low research output in high impact forums.  It is such observations that have motivated senior professors from universities in Europe and America to support research activities in the region. One of those professors is Prof. dr. Henk G. Sol of the University of Groningen, a world renowned scholar of information systems research. Professor Henk has supervised over 800 masters’ students, promoted 78 PhDs and currently has over 20 PhD students near completion at the University of Groningen under his PhD school of engaged scholars.

Course format

The 5 days course will enable PhD students to become more effective, efficient, and confident researchers. This is a hands-on course that emphasizes interactive examples and practice. In the first half of the course, foundation concepts of engaged research and design science will be discussed and principles of effective storytelling explained. The second half of the course focuses on issues specific to scientific writing, including: authorship, peer review, manuscript formatting, and communicating for lay audiences. This phase involve personalised individual feedback to participants from the programme facilitators and a panel of PhD supervisors.  

Who should attend?

The primary target audience are registered PhD students in both science and humanities at various levels of their research. Maximal number of participants is 30. 


  • Generally the course will cover the following areas
  • Research approaches and methodologies
  • Research philosophies
  • Developing your own research story
  • Organization; and streamlining the writing process (story line, cutting unnecessary clutter and language management)
  • The format of an original manuscript (different standards and practices for proposals, thesis etc.)
  • Issues in scientific writing (plagiarism, authorship, ghost writing, reproducible research)
  • How to communicate with the lay public


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Saturday August 8 2015 13.15 Prof. Henk Arrival with KQ 412.  Pick up by Drake and check in Protea Hotel
    Dinner  with Prof. Jude Lubega
Sunday  August 9 2015
(Interactions with students at Protea)
09:30 - 10:30 Robert Tweheyo
  10.30 - 11.30 Emmanuel Mugenjera
  11.30 - 12.30 Hasifah Namatovu
  13.30 - 14.30 Pros Katumba
  14.30 - 15.30 Mary Komunte
  15.30 - 16.30 Rebecca Pearl Tumwebaze
  16.30 - 17.30 To be filled in
Monday August 10 2015 08:00 - 08:30 Registration
  08:30 - 09:00 Opening ceremony (Remarks from Research coordinator, Dean & Principal CoCIS)
  09:00 - 10:30 Design science and engaged research. Prof Henk
  11.00 - 11.45 Design science research. Hasifah Namatovu
  11:45 - 12:30 Engaged research and abductive reasoning. Robert Tweheyo
  12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  14.00 - 15.00 Annabella Ejiri Habinka's story
  15.00 - 16.00 Raphael Aregu's story
  16.00 - 16.30 PhD student -Jackson B
  16.30 - 17.30 Meeting with PhD supervisors
  18:00   pm Meeting at Hotel with some Partners (Kyombogo, Gulu, MUST,etc )
Tuesday august 11 2015 09.00 - 10.00 Mercy Amiyo's story
  10.00 - 11.00 Paul Ssemaluulu story
  11:30 - 12:30 PhD Student- Thinus Bakker
  12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  14.00 - 15.00 PhD student slot – Pros Katumba
  15.00 - 16.00 PhD student slot
  16.00 - 17.00 PhD Student slot- Emmanuel Mugenjera
  17:00 - 18.00 PhD student slot
  18:00 Return to Hotel
  18:30 Dinner with Drake Family
Wednesday August 12 2015 09:00 - 10:00 Drake Mirembes's story
  10.00 - 11:00 Frida's story
  11.30 - 12.30 Phd student slot
  12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  14.00 – 15.00 PhD student – Pearl
  15.00 – 16.00 PhD student – Mary komunte
  16:00 - 17:00 PhD student slot
  17:30 - 18:30 Dinner with CoCIS Management, Return to Hotel
Thursday, August 13, 2015 08:30 - 12:30 PhD Student Colloquium
  12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  14.00 – 17.00 PhD Student Colloquium
  17.00 – 18.00 Meeting with students
  18:00 Return to Hotel
  18:30 - 19:30 Free evening
Friday, August 14, 2015 08:30 - 12:30 PhD Student Colloquium
  12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
  14:00 - 14:30 PhD student slot for personalized feedback
  14:30 - 15:00 PhD student slot for personalized feedback
  15:00 - 15:30 PhD student slot for personalized feedback
  15:30 - 16:00 PhD student slot for personalized feedback
  16:00 - 16:30 PhD student slot for personalized feedback
  17:00 - 17:30 PhD student slot for personalized feedback
  18:00 Dinner with Prof. Henk PhD School Alumni
Saturday, August 15, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 Emmanuel Mugenjera
  11:00 - 12:30 Hasifah Namatovu
  12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  14.00 - 15.00 PhD student Slot
  15.00 - 16.00 Pearl Rebecca
  16.00 - 21.00 Depart for Entebbe Airport and Dinner with Rebecca Pearl   
  23.30 Departure KL 562 to AMS 
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