Inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education

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The 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop will focus on inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education. Participants will reflect on how universities with different goals and levels of development can benefit from different forms of collaboration. This includes between universities, as well as other institutions doing research at the local, national and international level. The workshop will also address related challenges and will provide an occasion to identify new collaboration opportunities between EUA-CDE members.

Registration is now closed as maximum attendance was reached. 

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It is my privilege as Rector of Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam to welcome you to our university. We are honoured to host the 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop, and to learn from and be inspired by our peers in our efforts to continuously improve our doctoral programmes.

Educating young students to become future leaders in their chosen fields, balancing disciplinary depth and broader relevance, is the main assignment universities are given by their constituencies. Doctoral candidates are a special case. They deliberately set out on an intensive and focused endeavour, in order to develop the skills to perform research.

The landscape for employment after earning a doctorate has changed significantly in the last decades. While an academic career was the traditional next step after a doctorate, the options have widened dramatically, and we nowadays witness that the majority of graduates do not pursue a career in academia. The fact is that the growth in the number of doctoral graduates is not matched by an equal growth in the number of academic jobs. But that is not the sole reason for this change. The academic, research, and analytical skills than one learns as a doctoral candidate qualifies one for a wide spectrum of roles. Graduates themselves and both for profit and not-for-profit organisations have discovered that doctorate holders are highly qualified and motivated staff that are an asset to every organisation.

Wherever their careers lead them, doctoral graduates often comprise the research and thinking capacity of their employing organisations. A special focus of our university is on designing projects with developing and emerging economies. The core of these projects is always the training of local doctoral candidates, as that has proven to be the best way to reach sustainable impact: building capacity!

The theme of the 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop is a highly topical one, inter-institutional cooperation in doctoral education. Knowledge knows no boundaries, and mobility is a key component of the research enterprise. Working together internationally and across the borders of disciplines is increasingly important. Considering the participating universities in EUA-CDE I am confident that important contributions to the furthering of international cooperation in doctoral education will come out of this workshop!

I wish you a fruitful and challenging workshop and a great stay at VU and in Amsterdam.

Prof. Vinod Subramaniam
Rector Magnificus
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: looking further

Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organisation, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

With its excellent educational and research programmes, VU Amsterdam brings together talented individuals in a wide range of disciplines from many different countries and is a recognised research university with a centralised campus. Located in the southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is 15 minutes from the city centre by bike.


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 UV Amsterdam


  • Thursday 17 January 2019

    9.30 - 10.30
    10.30 - 11.00
    Welcome address and presentation of the programme
    • Albert Feilzer, Dean for Internationalisation, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    • Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair
    11.00 - 12.15
    Plenary Session I

    Added value of inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education

    • An Jansen, Research Policy Adviser, KU Leuven, Belgium 
    • Izabela Grabowska, Head of Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

      Chair: Alexander Hasgall, Head EUA-CDE
    12.15 - 13.30
    Group photo, followed by lunch
    13.30 - 14.30
    Plenary Session II

    Joint doctoral supervision: Does it meet the expectations?

    • Pirjo Nikander, Research Director, University of Tampere, Finland
    • Erika Kothe, Professor, University of Jena, Chair UniWIND, Germany
    • Robert Harris, Central Director of Doctoral studies, Karolinska University, President of Orpheus Network, Sweden

      Chair: Paolo Biscari, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    14.30 - 15.00
    Coffee break
    15.00 - 16.30
    Parallel Working Groups I

     A. Starting inter-institutional collaboration 

    Chair: Hans-Joachim Bungartz, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

        Finance doctoral program collaboration within Finland and among the Nordic countries

     B. Collaboration with non-university partners

    Chair: Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    The PhDs@Work project:  enhancing cproject:areer development of early stage researchers through interuniversity and intersectoral cooperation

    Engineering Science Lyon Tohoku joint lab for Materials and Structure under 
    Extreme Conditions, ELyTMaX

    • Jean-Yves Cavaillé, University of Lyon, France 

      C. Opportunities and challenges for inter-institutional collaboration: research integrity 

      Chair: Barbara Dooley, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

      Joint degree programmes: best practices and challenges from the Wageningen perspective
    • Gab van Winkel, Wageningen University, Netherlands

      Research integrity challenges: the case of Vrije Universiteit Brussel in relation to international and Flanders regulations
    • Karen Francois, Free University Brussels, Belgium

    D. International collaboration

    Chair: Mossadek Talby, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Disseminating scientific outcomes of the So.Re.Com. Joint-Innovative Doctoral Program by sharing and developing the research infrastructure SoReCom “A.S. de Rosa” @-Library


    16.30 - 17.15
    Plenary Session III

    Flash presentations (part 1 of 2)

    • Gotzone Barandika, University of the Basque Country, Spain
    • Anna Kolberg Buverud, University of Oslo, Norway
    • Isabelle Halleux, University of Liège, Belgium 
    • Horia Iovu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
    • Francesc Sepulcre, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain

      Chair: Edwin Constable, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    19.00 - 22.30
    Workshop Dinner

    Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City
    see the map.



  • Friday 18 January 2019

    9.00 - 10.15
    Plenary Session IV

    The role of doctoral education in European university networks

    • Gareth O’Neill, President of Eurodoc
    • Stijn Delaure, Policy Officer, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Unit, European Commission
    • Barbara Daniel, National Coordinator, EURAXESS Luxembourg Network, Luxembourg
    • Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair

      Chair: Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director for Research and Innovation, EUA


    10.15 - 10.45
    Coffee break
    10.45 - 12.15
    Parallel Working Groups II

     A. Starting inter-institutional collaboration 

    Chair: Hans-Joachim Bungartz, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

     Ireland's First National Survey of Postgraduate Research (PGR) Student Experiences: A story of Partnership and Inter-institutional Collaboration

     B. Collaboration with non-university partners

    Chair: Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Innter-Institutional Collaboration in Doctoral Education – the Umeå Experience

    • Benkt Wiklund, Umea University, Sweden

      Driver’s Seat – Industry-Sponsored Doctorates and Research Integrity
    • Daniel Müller, University of Siegen, Germany

    • C. Opportunities and challenges for inter-institutional collaboration: research integrity 
      Chair: Barbara Dooley, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member 

      Cooperation by integration. Some remarks on the Berlin research area

    • Markus Edler, Free University Berlin, Germany

      The Power and Problems of International Collaborative Doctoral Education

    • Que Anh Dang, Coventry University, United Kingdom

    D. International collaboration

    Chair: Mossadek Talby, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    Cluster approach for industrial, research and educational partnership of classical universities

    • Romanna Safir, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Russia

    12.15 - 13.15
    13.15 - 13.45
    Plenary Session V

    Flash presentations (part 2 of 2)

    • Helena Karlström, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
    • Jef Schrooten, KU Leuven, Belgium 
    • Antonio Teixeira, University of Aveiro, Portugal 
    • Hannelore de Grande, Vrije University of Brussels, Belgium

      Chair: Edwin Constable, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

    13.45 - 14.45
    Plenary Session VI

    Report and discussion on the key findings of the working groups

    • Hans-Joachim Bungartz, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member
    • Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member
    • Barbara Dooley, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member
    • Mossadek Talby, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

      Chair: Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair
    14.45 - 15.00
    Closing Session

    • Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair
    • Frans A.M. Snijders, Director International Office, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The call for contributions is now closed. However it is still possible to contribute with flash presentations. For further information click here

For any questions, please contact

Registration is now closed as maximum attendance was reached.

Participation in the workshop is open to EUA-CDE members only. To become a member of the EUA-CDE, please click here.

The registration deadline is 7 January 2019.

We aim to ensure that all 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.

Registration fees

EUA-CDE members: €290
Doctoral candidate*: €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 17 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, either by email: or by fax: +32 2 230 57 51. 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 17 December 2018, 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 17 December 2018 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 VU Amsterdam 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.
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the EUA events team at:


EUA Council for Doctoral Education

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:
Alexander Hasgall
Head of Council for Doctoral Education
Tel: +32 2 743 11 31
EUA Events Team
For enquiries regarding registrations, payments (debit notes), visa applications, and general coordination, please contact the EUA Events Team:

Aurélie Clenet
Events Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44

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

Coordination at VU Amsterdam
For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact:

Sandra Hasanefendic
Consultant International PhD Recruitment

Workshop venues novotel amsterdam city

Workshop sessions on 17 & 18 January
Main building VU Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Workshop dinner on 17 January
Novotel Amsterdam city 
Europaboulevard 10
1083 AD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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

Social programme

The workshop dinner will take place at Novotel Amsterdam City; a 4-star hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s business district ‘de Zuidas’ , located along the A10 highway and within walking distance from the workshop venue.

Between 19:00 and 19:30 we will welcome guests with a pre-dinner cocktail in the foyer of the hotel’s Convention Center, followed by a seated dinner. -

Boat tour
Participants will have the opportunity to take a boat tour after the workshop on Friday and explore the beauty of Amsterdam. The tour costs 20 Euros and includes drinks.
The tour takes place in different intervals: 16h45, 17h00, 17h30, 17h45.

During the Amsterdam Light Festival the canals and artworks can be viewed from the comfort of a covered boat, whilst enjoying free warm and cold beverages. The knowledgeable host and captain will enlighten participants on all the ins and outs of Amsterdam and explain the artworks are viewed during the cruise.

Participants can indicate their interest in this tour in the online registration form. They will be contacted with further practical and payment instructions by VU Amsterdam. Kindly note that the tour will only take place in case of sufficient bookings.

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

2019 EUA-CDE workshop-Getting Around
2019 EUA-CDE workshop-Good to know


©Novotel Amsterdam City


Please find below a list of nearby hotels recommended by VU Amsterdam. Please feel free to also check alternative accommodation as the connection to the train station Amsterdam Zuid and the university is very good.

Due to the popularity of Amsterdam as a destination, we advise participants to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible. 

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

Hotel Holiday Inn Express
Address: Zwaansvliet 20, Zuideramstel, 1081 AP Amsterdam
From 95 Euros for a double bed room with breakfast

Hotel Qbic
Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, Zuideramstel, 1077 XT Amsterdam
From 73 Euros for a double bedroom without breakfast

Hotel Element
Arend Janszoon Ernststraat 577, Zuideramstel, 1082 LD Amsterdam
From 150 Euros for a studio with breakfast

Hotel Beethoven
Beethovenstraat 43, Oud-Zuid, 1077 HN Amsterdam
From 89 Euros for a twin room without breakfast

Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City
Europaboulevard 10, Zuideramstel, 1083 AD Amesterdão, Países Baixos
From 140 Euros for a double bedroom without breakfast

Hotel NH Amsterdam Zuid
Van Leijenberghlaan 221, Zuideramstel, 1082 GG Amsterdam
From 95 Euros without breakfast

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