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Doctoral Training Working Group

Doctoral Training Working Group

This working group (WG) looks at everything that has to do with the quality of doctoral training. This year the main theme will be how to define doctoral education and its scope.

The work of the group is led by co-coordinators Karl Kilbo Edlund, a doctoral candidate at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) in the field of medicine, and Pil Maria Saugmann recently graduated with her PhD from Stockholm University (Sweden) in the field of theoretical physics. 

The WG was created during the Eurodoc AGM in Luxembourg (2016) to create a dedicated space for European ECRs to discuss the issues related to doctoral training across Europe.

The WG works to identify the idiosyncrasies of doctoral training across different European countries, highlight the best practices and promote their implementation at the European level. Through this WG, Eurodoc aims to bring ECRs’ perspectives, concerns and proposals into the European debate on doctoral training policies.

The general goals of the working group:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of high-quality doctoral training for the future of European research and society;
  • Study and comment on documents on doctoral training from relevant European stakeholders;
  • Write recommendations on how to improve doctoral training by including doctoral candidates’ perspectives.

The current activities of the working group are 

  • To propose a statement on the purpose of doctoral training that focuses
    • on how doctoral education can be quality assured,
    • on what skills a doctoral education leads to and how these can be assessed
    • highlights the difference between the master's degree and doctoral degree
  • To initiate a statement on the supervision of doctoral candidates that focuses on
    • facilitating healthy relationships between the doctoral candidate and supervisor to foster mutual respect and attainment;
    • increasing clarity about the roles and responsibilities of doctoral candidates and supervisors for greater knowledge exchange and teamwork;

How to sign up for the WG mailing lists

Each working group has an email list. Here, the working groups can keep in touch between meetings, such as calling for meetings and sharing information of interest to its members.

All Eurodoc has 6 working groups open for all Early career researchers and doctoral candidates affiliated with one or more of the members (national associations) of Eurodoc to join. In some cases, it is even possible for others to join these working groups.

If you wish to be added to the new email lists for any working groups, please sign up through this google form.