The role of data in shaping doctoral education

The 2024 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will focus on the topic of data from various perspectives. Hosted by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, it will discuss this topic by looking into the available data on doctoral education and how this data impacts management and strategy in this field.

Through a mix of traditional and interactive sessions, this conference will tackle a broad spectrum of issues. These include the key role of data in the strategic development of doctoral education, duration and completion rate of doctoral programmes, artificial intelligence and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data training. Over three days, the Annual Meeting will also provide a platform to reflect on how to develop data management skills at the doctoral level and how to facilitate access to data infrastructures for doctoral candidates, among many other topics.

In addition, EUA-CDE will organise a dedicated session featuring the presentation of a Thematic Peer Group report on institutional support for postdoctoral researchers and stimulate an exchange between participants on how to successfully foster this type of support within European universities.

This year’s conference will provide participants with opportunities for discussions, debates and networking, also outside the formal programme.

EUA-CDE Annual Meetings have become the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of academic leaders, senior academics, doctoral education professionals, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and other stakeholders working on doctoral education and research training. They are open to anyone with responsibilities and interest in this field.

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Rector UPC with creditWith pleasure and enthusiasm, I extend a warm welcome to the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting 2024, hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC).

The UPC serves as a testament to our shared commitment to advancing doctoral education and research training. We are pleased to be part of this community, comprising over 250 members from 36 countries.

Celebrating more than 50 years of outstanding contributions, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has become a crucial pillar in Catalonia's technological advancement. Throughout its rich history, the institution has significantly propelled the region into a leading position in technology, solidifying its current prominence and essential role in tackling the significant challenges that lie ahead for our society.

With a formidable presence in prominent global university rankings, the UPC stands as a public institution firmly integrated into both the production sector and the local community. Its hallmark is the provision of high-quality employment opportunities for its graduates, further cementing its impact on the socio-economic landscape of Catalonia.

What sets the UPC apart is not only its academic accomplishments but also its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Emphasizing cross-disciplinary competencies, the university strives to equip future professionals with a profound understanding of the intricate web of economic and social phenomena.

As we gather for the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting at UPC, I encourage each participant to actively engage in the rich discussions, collaborative initiatives, and knowledge exchange that define this event.

Once again, I extend my heartfelt welcome to the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting 2024 at UPC. May our collective efforts during this gathering be both productive and inspiring, setting the stage for continued collaboration and progress in the realm of doctoral education and research training.

Prof. Daniel Crespo, Rector, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

UPC RectoradoUPC MediumThe 2024 EUA-CDE annual meeting is hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC). As a distinguished public institution, the UPC stands at the forefront of research and higher education in engineering, architecture, sciences, and technology, earning its position as one of Europe's premier technical universities.

Annually, the UPC witnesses the graduation of nearly 6,000 bachelor's and master's students, along with over 300 doctoral candidates and 1,600 continuing education students. With an impressive graduate employment rate of 95%, and 88% securing employment within three months, the UPC consistently delivers academic excellence, evident in its recognition within major international rankings.

Spanning nine campuses across Catalonia, including Barcelona and neighbouring towns like Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, and Vilanova i la Geltrú, the UPC ensures a widespread presence. These campuses are accessible, well-connected by public transport, and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to enhance the learning, research, and university experience.

Discover the UPC campuses in their entirety, each contributing to the vibrant urban landscape of Catalonia. Join us for an intellectually enriching conference amid the academic excellence and dynamic environment of UPC.

The EUA-CDE Annual meeting will be hosted by UPC in Barcelona, a captivating city that seamlessly blends rich history, avant-garde architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene. Hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, our upcoming conference on doctoral education promises an intellectually stimulating experience in this picturesque Mediterranean gem.

pabellones de la entrada del park gue Medium with creditBarcelona, the capital of Catalonia, exudes a unique charm with its iconic landmarks, including Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, and the renowned Park Güell. The city's historic Gothic Quarter invites delegates to wander through narrow streets, discovering medieval treasures and atmospheric squares.

Known for its open-minded atmosphere, Barcelona thrives as a hub of innovation and creativity. The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, with its commitment to cutting-edge research and academic excellence, provides an ideal backdrop for exploring the future of doctoral education. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with scholars from diverse disciplines while immersing themselves in Barcelona's dynamic academic environment.

Beyond academia, Barcelona offers a delightful culinary scene, from traditional Catalan cuisine to avant-garde gastronomic experiences. The city's beaches, vibrant nightlife, and the warm Mediterranean climate add an extra layer of appeal, creating an unforgettable backdrop for our conference on shaping the future of doctoral education. Join us in Barcelona for a conference that combines intellectual rigor with the allure of one of Europe's most captivating cities.

The call for contributions for the 2024 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting is now closed. 

The event organisers aim to ensure that all members who desire to attend the Annual Meeting can participate. However, in order to guarantee a balance between country and institution representations, the organisers 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. 

The early registration deadline is 14 May 2024.

The ultimate registration deadline is 12 June 2024.

Information on the pre-meeting events on Wednesday 26 June.

From 09:00-12:00 Opportunity for national and regional meetings self-organised by EUA-CDE members: There is an opportunity for EUA-CDE members to organise meetings together with their peers at a national or regional level.  Please note that the number of rooms is limited. In case of interest in organising such a meeting please contact us at as soon as possible and no later than 27 May 2024.

From 12:30-14:00 EUA-CDE is organising one pre-meeting workshop. For more information about the contents of this workshop, please consult the programme. You will be able to indicate your attendance in the Annual Meeting registration form which is accessible via the Register button on this page. There is no extra fee involved, but kindly note that attendance to this workshop is limited.


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*Doctoral candidates: this fee is only for doctoral candidates from EUA-CDE member institutions.To benefit from this fee, please download the “EUA Doctoral Candidate Certificate form” and send it to the events team ( Please ensure it is signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat. 

The companion fee: this fee is only valid for a spouse/partner and only gives access to the gala dinner on Thursday 27 June. Name badges are required for admission to the social events and will be available for collection at the registration desk.

The registration fee includes the participation to the whole event, including coffee breaks and lunches, the welcome reception on Wednesday 26 June, the dinner on Thursday 27 June and the farewell lunch on Friday 28 June. The name badge issued to you upon registration is required for admission to the meeting and all related events. You are kindly requested to wear your name badge at all times. Participant and companion fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses or post-conference programmes. 

Confirmation: Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements.

Payment: Payment must be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.


If a cancellation is received on or before 29 May 2024 an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 29 May 2024 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address:

Liability: Neither EUA nor Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the meeting and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the EUA Events Team at:


EUA Council for Doctoral Education & EUA Events Team

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

Stephane Berghmans

Director, Research and Innovation


Ana-Maria Peneoasu
Policy & Project  Officer

For enquiries regarding registrationspayments, invoices, visa applications and general coordination, please contact:

Gemma Fagan
Events Officer

For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact: 

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya



UPC Vertex Building

Vèrtex (VX)

Plaça d'Eusebi Güell, 6

Les Corts

08034 Barcelona


Barcelona has plenty of accommodation options. The hotels listed below are in the neighbourhood of the conference site, close to UPC’s Campus Nord. We advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible, as the summer season is extremely busy in Barcelona.

Recommended hotels with a special discount for the conference, use the discoount code indicated when booking:

Hotel Arenas AtiramCarrer del Capità Arenas, 20, 08034 Barcelona

Discount code: EUACDEAM

Hotel Arenas Tres Torres: C. de Calatrava, 32, 08017 Barcelona

Discount code: EUACDEAM

Hotel Bonanova Park:  Capità Arenas, 51, 08034 Barcelona

Discount code: UPC


Other hotels close to the venue:

AC Hotel by Marriott Victoria Suites:  Carrer de Beltrán i Rózpide, 7-9, Les Corts, 08034 Barcelona  Barcelona Hotel Accommodation | AC Hotel Victoria Suites (

Hilton Barcelona: Av. Diagonal, 589, 591, Les Corts, 08014 Barcelona  Barcelona Central Hotel - Hilton Barcelona 

Melià Barcelona Sarrià:  Av. de Sarrià, 50, Les Corts, 08029 Barcelona  Hotel Meliá Barcelona Sarrià, urban hotel in Barcelona |

AC Hotel by Marriott Diagonal L'Illa:  Av. Diagonal, 555, Les Corts, 08029 Barcelona  New 4-Star Hotel in Barcelona | Autograph Collection (

Hotel NH Collection Barcelona Constanza:  Carrer de Déu i Mata, 69-99, Les Corts, 08029 Barcelona  NH Collection Barcelona Constanza: 4* Hotel in Downtown Barcelona (

Hotel Sofia Barcelona:   Pl. Pius XII, 4, Les Corts, 08028 Barcelona Luxury Hotel in Barcelona Near Camp Nou | Hotel SOFIA Barcelona by Hyatt

Hotel Catalonia Mikado:  Pg. de la Bonanova, 58, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08017 Barcelona

Hotel Torre Melina Gran Melià:  Av. Diagonal, Les Corts, 08028 Barcelona  Hotel Torre Melina Gran Meliá, un respiro en Barcelona |

Hotel Upper Diagonal: Passeig de Manuel Girona, 7, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08034 Barcelona


A bit further away, in the Gracia Neighbourhood, with possibility of shared rooms / apartments:

Generator Barcelona:  C/ de Còrsega, 373, Gràcia, 08037 Barcelona  Stay at Generator Barcelona Hostel in the Gràcia District | Stay Generator



For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the conference, please check this document 

Exploring Barcelona on foot allows you to immerse yourself in its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture at your own pace. Here are two potential walking tours: 

Barcelona Walking Tour: La Rambla I El Gòtic

Barcelona Walking Tour: Pedralbes & Upper Barcelona


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