Academic career development

Nowadays, doctoral candidates pursue different careers both inside and outside of academia. Many will become highly qualified knowledge workers for the public and private sectors, while others will pursue careers in academia as the supervisors and academic scholars of tomorrow. Institutions are confronted with the task of best preparing the doctoral candidates for whatever their next career step may be.

The 2020 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop focused on academic career development and the question of how universities can support doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers for careers in academia and what challenges are involved. This includes topics such as skills training for postdoctoral researchers, teaching careers in universities, mental health support, the gender dimension and sustainability in researchers’ careers. The workshop also served as a forum to present results of the EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group on Career development and career tracking.

This event provided an occasion to discuss these issues and identify innovative solutions together with other EUA-CDE members. It was of interest to anyone with responsibilities and interest in doctoral education (either at the institutional, faculty or disciplinary level) including academic leaders, doctoral education professionals and doctoral candidates.

For more information on the meeting, please write to

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Hosted by:

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University








Welcome from the Rector

Welcome toTSU.Rector GeorgeSharvashidze2019 Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), the oldest university in Georgia and the first higher education institution in the South Caucasus region.

Founded in February 1918 as a comprehensive European-style higher education institution, TSU established formal education in the country, creating a local intellectual workforce and paving the way for human development and democracy. For over 100 years, TSU has been granting degrees and promoting the ideals of equality, justice and progress.

TSU shares the ideals promoted by the Magna Charta of the European Universities and its values are based on critical, creative and progressive thinking, the principles of academic freedom and academic ethics, as well as open, dynamic and transparent relations.

We are very proud to host the 2020 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop and we are committed to making your visit to TSU and your stay in Tbilisi a memorable and enriching experience.

George Sharvashidze
Rector Magnificus, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University 



About Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU)

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) was founded in February 1918 as a comprehensive European-style higher education institution. The majority of its 12 founders had received higher education in Europe and brought their knowledge, experience and contacts to TSU.

Initially, TSU started with the faculty of philosophy, which included some fields of study from humanities, as well as natural sciences and mathematics. Today, TSU is a research-intensive institution focusing on four core pillars of performance: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. It has 22,000 students, 5,000 staff members and more than 200 partner institutions worldwide.

Ever since Georgia joined the Bologna Process in 2005, internationalisation has been an essential part of TSU’s development strategy. TSU has been actively involved in establishing institutional partnerships with universities around the globe.


About Tbilisi

TibilisiGeorgia is one of the ancient countries in the Caucasus Region. Georgia’s geographic location has always had a large influence on its history, as well as its economy. Located on the southeastern edge of Europe, Georgia has been known for its east-west trade routes ensuring its position as an important transit road for global energy and trade projects.

Founded in the fifth century, Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia with roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. The history of Tbilisi is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, classical, Soviet and modern structures. Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, with a current religious composition that is predominantly Eastern Orthodox Christian. 

Georgia is host to an extensive variety of sights, unique cultural venues, museums and other landmarks. From Turkish Baths to bookstores, Tbilisi has something to offer all visitors.


  • Thursday, 23 January 2020

    9.00 - 9.30
    Welcome coffee and registration
    9.30 - 11.30
    Pre-meeting workshop

    This pre-meeting workshop provides the opportunity to share and discuss good practices in the supervision of doctoral candidates and to gain insight into the work of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education.

    • Joan Josep Carvajal Martí, Associate Professor, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
    • Ercilia García Álvarez, Vice-Rector for Staff, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
    11.30 - 13.00
    13.00 - 14.00
    • Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Georgia
    • Giorgi Sharvashidze, Rector, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
    • Martine Rahier, EUA Vice-President; Acting Chair EUA-CDE Steering Committee
    • Irma Grdzelidze, Head of Quality Assurance Service, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
    14.00 - 15.00
    Plenary session I

    Keynote: What will it mean to be an academic in the future?

    • Antonio Loprieno, President European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA); President Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences; former President, Conférence des Recteurs des Universités Suisses (CRUS)
    15.00 - 15.30
    Group photo followed by coffee break
    15.30 - 16.45
    Interactive sessions (World Café) part 1

    Skills training for postdoctoral researchers

    This session will discuss which specific skills need to be taught in order to support the academic career of postdoctoral researchers. Participants will also discuss to what degree these skills can also be useful for postdoctoral researchers who move into careers beyond academia.

    • David Bogle, Pro-Vice-Provost of the Doctoral School, University College London, United Kingdom

    Rapporteur: Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Teaching careers in universities

    This session will present and discuss the report of the EUA Thematic Peer Group on career paths in teaching in universities and how universities can support the teaching skills of early career researchers.

    • Susan Te Pas, Board member, Centre for Academic Teaching; Professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands

    Rapporteur: Mossadek Talby, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Work overloads and wellbeing support

    This session will discuss the specific mental health challenges that confront early career researchers pursuing an academic career. We will also discuss the effect of sometimes extreme competitive pressures in the context of academic careers and how early career researchers can be supported.

    • Barbara Dooley, Dean of Graduate Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland; EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Rapporteur: Pirjo Nikander, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Careers in the third space

    In recent years, the so-called “third space”, a sector between purely academic work and administration, has gained importance in universities. This session will address how professional and academic career development can be connected in this special area of higher education.

    • Lucas Zinner, Head of Research Services and Career Development, University of Vienna, Austria

    Rapporteur: Edwin Constable, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member 

    The gender dimension in academic career development 

    In the course of an academic career, the number of female researchers steadily decreases. This session will discuss strategies to counteract this “leaky pipeline” phenomena, and participants will share ideas and good practices.

    • Bernard Fusulier, Research Director; Full Professor, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

    Rapporteur: Martine Rahier, EUA Vice-President; Acting Chair EUA-CDE Steering Committee

    Sustainability in research careers

    Based on a recently published joint paper of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Alumni Association and Eurodoc, this session will discuss structural challenges to developing sustainable careers for researchers and how to overcome them.

    • Gabor Kismihok, Chair of Career Development Policy Task Force, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Alumni Association

    Rapporteur: Paolo Biscari, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    16.45 - 17.00
    17.00 - 18.15
    Interactive session, part 2

    Speakers will address the same topics as the previous sessions and participants will provide further input.

    20.00 - 22.30
    Reception and gala dinner
  • Friday, 24 January 2020

    10.00 - 11.30
    Plenary Session II

    In this session, participants will address the issue of research assessment in the context of career progression of early-career researchers in a world of Open Science. They will discuss how multifactorial and multidimensional assessments, taking into account a wide range of parameters beyond the typical journal impact factor, can have a positive impact on the research and academic work of early-career researchers and strengthen principles of research ethics and integrity. In particular, participants will discuss what doctoral schools can do to support doctoral candidates in dealing with assessment procedures and practices.

    • Emanuel Kulczycki, Chair, ENRESSH (European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities); Director of the Doctoral School in Humanities, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
    • Edwin Constable, Professor for Chemistry; Former Vice-Rector, University of Basel, Switzerland; EUA-CDE Steering Committee member
    • Nele Bracke, Policy Advisor, Ghent University, Belgium
    • Bregt Saenen, Policy & Project Officer, EUA

    Chair: Alexander Hasgall, Head of EUA-CDE

    11.30 - 12.00
    Coffee break
    12.00 - 13.30
    Presentation and discussion of the results of the interactive sessions

    Summary of the outcomes of the interactive sessions

    13.30 - 14.30
    14.30 - 15.30
    Career tracking of doctoral candidates

    This session will present the work of the EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group on Career Development and Tracking and discuss its findings with the participants.

    • Claudine Leysinger, Chair, EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group; Head of Graduate Campus, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    • Ana-Maria Peneoasu, Project Officer, EUA-CDE
    15.30 - 16.00
    Closing session
    Farewell reception


Workshop sessions on 23 & 24 January

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Building #1
1 Chavchavadze Avenue
Tbilisi, Georgia

Workshop dinner on 23 January

The Shadow of Metekhi
29a Ketevan Tsamebuli Avenue
Tbilisi, Georgia

A map with the location of the different venues and recommended hotels (see Accommodation tab) can be consulted here.


The workshop dinner took place at The Shadow of Metekhi. Located in the old part of Tbilisi, this Georgian restaurant offers a cozy ambience along with wonders of local cuisine. From our beautiful terrace you can enjoy the mesmerizing view of old Tbilisi. Shuttle bus transportation will be provided.


Access from airport, train station, other public transport to the venue

 Arriving at Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)

Shota Rusatveli Tbilisi International Airport is the main airport in Georgia, located at 17 km southeast of Tbilisi. Since most of the international air carriers land very early in the morning, you probably need a taxi to get to your hotel. There are two main options for this: the official Airport Taxi service and individual drivers who offer lift services. Both options are available outside the arrivals hall terminal and provide a 24-hour service to passengers.

  The journey to the city centre takes 20-30 minutes and the fee ranges from 30 to 50 GEL, depending on which of the two options you take. The official Airport Taxi is more expensive than unofficial drivers.

Alternatively, you can take a bus to reach the centre of Tbilisi. Tbilisi airport is served by a municipal Bus #37 that will take you to Rustaveli Avenue. Navigating in the city is very easy from there, as you are able to use minibuses, buses and metro to reach the hotels in most parts of the city.

Arriving at Kutaisi International Airport (KUT)

Kutaisi International airport is located in West Georgia and offers budget airline flights. The distance from Kutaisi to Tbilisi is 200 km (3-4 hour journey approximately). The Georgian Bus Company operates transfers of passengers from Kutaisi to Tbilisi and vice versa, adjusted to certain flight schedules. Buses depart regularly for Kutaisi from Didube Bus Station, located at the Didube metro stop in Tbilisi. Mini-buses depart once an hour and the typical fare is 10 GEL, large buses depart every three hours and the ticket costs 15 GEL.



The official language of the workshop is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.


The currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari (GEL).

Although prices are occasionally quoted in USD and EUR, Georgian law requires that all goods and services are paid for in the local currency. Credit and debit cards are widely used in Tbilisi, ATMs are also available. For currency exchange rates, this website can be consulted.


Eduroam is available at the university. If you do not have an eduroam account, you will be able to use a guest network.


Winter in Tbilisi can be snowy and icy, so it is important to bring warm clothes and appropriate footwear. For the weather forecast of Tbilisi, click here.


If you would like to tweet about the event or follow the discussions on Twitter, use the hashtag #EUACDE.


Please note that photos will be taken during the event and may be used by the organisers and host for publications and websites. Should you be opposed to your picture being used in this way, please contact the photographer or the organisers onsite.

For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the Workshop, please consult both documents below:

2020 EUA-CDE workshop-Getting Around
2020 EUA-CDE workshop-Good to Know

Registration is now closed, for further information please contact

Participation in the workshop is open to EUA-CDE members only. To check if your institution is an EUA-CDE member or for more information on how to become a member, please click here.

The registration deadline was 8 January 2020.

We aim to ensure that all EUA-CDE members who desire to attend the event can participate. However, in order to facilitate an interactive and in-depth discussion, as well as to guarantee a regional and institutional balance, we may have to restrict attendance. Priority will be given to those who register early. Additional registrations will not be accepted once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline.



EUA-CDE members: €290
Doctoral candidates*: €150
Companions: €80

*to benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Doctoral Candidate Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

The registration fee includes attendance at the workshop, all documentation, coffee breaks and lunches at the workshop, as well as the networking dinner.

Companions (spouse/partner only) must be registered in advance. The companion registration fee (€80) only includes admission to the networking dinner on Thursday 23 January. Name badges are required for admission and will be available for collection at the registration desk.

Registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making travel or accommodation arrangements. However, please note that your registration will only be completed and considered final once your payment is received by EUA. Payment has to be made upon registration either by bank transfer or credit card. 

Cancellations must be sent in writing to EUA by email: Please bear in mind that once a participant registers for the workshop they are obliged to pay the workshop fee. If a cancellation is received on or before 20 December 2019, an administration charge of 20% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the workshop.
If a cancellation is received after 20 December 2019 and/or the participant fails to attend, the entire registration fee must be paid. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change.

Neither EUA nor Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the workshop and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.



 EUA Council for Doctoral Education

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

Alexander Hasgall
Head of Council for Doctoral Education
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96  
EUA Events Team
For enquiries regarding registrations, payments (debit notes), visa applications, and general coordination, please contact the EUA Events Team:

Sabien De Hanscutter
Events Manager
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

Arianna Palomba
Events & Marketing Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

Coordination at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact:

Mariam Razmadze
Department of Foreign Relations

 Tea Gergedeva


The organisers made special arrangements with the hotels listed below for workshop participants. Hotels are to be booked by the participant directly on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are advised to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible.

In order to make a reservation at any of the listed hotels, please send your booking request directly to the hotels via the indicated email, using the provided promo codes.

Although prices are quoted in USD and EUR, Georgian law requires that all goods and services are paid for in the local currency. Therefore, the rates mentioned below are indicative and may slightly differ because of currency exchange rates.

Please find here the map with the location of the workshop venues and the hotels that are listed below.


Hotel Orion

Napareuli street 5

Tbilisi, Georgia


45-50 EUR (single room including breakfast)

55 euro (double room including breakfast)

Booking deadline: 15.11.2019

Reservation cancellation: 15.12.2019

Promo code: EUA -CDE 

Tel:  +995 32 255 25 55

Email: or


Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

14 M. Kostava Street

Tbilisi, Georgia


118 USD (urban/garden view queen room or garden view twin room, single occupancy, including breakfast)

136 USD (urban/garden view queen room or garden view twin room, double occupancy, including breakfast)

177 USD (signature king room, single occupancy, including breakfast)

195 USD (signature king room, double occupancy, including breakfast)

Booking deadline: 30.12.2019

Reservation cancellation: 48 hours before check-in

Promo code: TSU2020

Tel: +995 32 202 00 20

Email: or


Hotel Moxy Tbilisi

Saarbrucken Square

Tbilisi, Georgia


55 USD + 18% VAT (single room including breakfast)

65 USD + 18% VAT (double room including breakfast)

Booking deadline: 19.12.2019

Reservation cancellation: 21.12.2019

Promo code: EUA/TSU2020

Tel: +995 32 227 792 77



Holiday Inn Tbilisi

1, 26 May Square

Tbilisi, Georgia 


125 USD + 18% VAT (single room including breakfast)

140 USD + 18% VAT (double room including breakfast)

Booking deadline: 17.01.2020

Reservation cancellation: 48 hours before check-in

Promo code: EUA/Tbilisi

Tel: +995 32 2300 099


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