2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

The societal dimension of doctoral education

12 - 14 June 2019

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is happy to announce its 2019 Annual Meeting, entitled “The societal dimension of doctoral education”.  

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The meeting will focus on the different ways doctoral education and doctoral candidates relate and contribute to society. This includes topics such as the relations between doctoral education and the Sustainable Development Goals, inter-sectoral mobility and collaboration, citizen science and the link between science communication and doctoral education. The EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will also offer reflections on policies and practices that assist the contribution of doctoral candidates to society and on doctoral education structures in general. Open to everyone interested in this field, the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) invites university members and other stakeholders to take this opportunity to exchange good practices and build new relations with European policy makers, funding organisations and global partners. This event may be of particular interest for academic leaders, doctoral education professionals, doctoral candidates and other research stakeholders.

For more information on the meeting, please contact us at info@eua-cde.org.




Photo 191018 rettoreMTira resizedDear Colleagues and Guests,

I am honoured and delighted to invite you to the University of Brescia to participate in the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Council for Doctoral Education of the European University Association.
The University of Brescia is a public research and teaching institution, located in a medium-sized city that is a champion of technological innovation in Italy. We are a driving force in a wealthy and economically well-developed region, ranking third among the most important provinces in the manufacturing sector in Europe and fifth among the most productive Italian provinces in terms of GDP.
The University of Brescia aims at attaining strong international achievements and a position of leadership in the East Lombardy area by offering education, training and research in the macro-areas of Economics, Engineering, Law and Medicine. Our community is made up of 15.000 students, 550 faculty members and 500 academic, administrative and technical staff. The eight departments of the university’s four areas offer 24 undergraduate and 21 master programmes, 38 schools of specialisation in medical disciplines and 9 PhD programmes. We foster sustainable growth, both in numbers and quality. Our strategic plan strongly emphasises the integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda within all of our educational and research activities.
During this year’s EUA-CDE Annual Meeting, on “The societal dimension of doctoral education”, we will discuss the different ways doctoral education contributes to the well-being of society, the construction of public awareness and the growth of knowledge. I am pleased to welcome you to our community, as I am sure it will be a unique occasion to strengthen the bond between our institutions and with the local society. Our young and motivated staff is already doing its best to prepare a warm welcome, worthy of such distinguished guests.

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Brescia in June 2019. In the meantime, I send you all my warmest regards.

Maurizio Tira
University of Brescia


About the host

The University of Brescia (Unibs) was officially founded in 1982, building on previous courses provided by the nearby University of Milan, Milan Polytechnic and University of Parma. Unibs is an open and inclusive academic community on a national and regional level, that is socially and economically well-rooted, and eager to face today’s challenges. It is a place where professors and students conduct research, study and work in an interdisciplinary context, while aiming at being a leading institution in society and enhancing the skills and humanism of students who invest in education and culture.

Unibs interacts with businesses that want to be competitive thanks to innovation based on research and with institutions that contribute to promoting social progress. With 15.000 students and about 600 professors and researchers, Unibs offers a wide range of educational programmes in 4 areas: Economics, Law, Engineering and Medicine, including Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, PhD programmes and Schools of Specialisation.

Unibs has 121 active international cooperation agreements and 150 bilateral agreements within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme for the exchange of students and staff. Moreover, thanks to a scholarship programme for international students, Unibs promotes an international study environment. It also provides high quality services for its students, such as counselling services, tutoring, accommodation services, computer and multimedia rooms, wi-fi zones, libraries, on-line services, laboratories and centres of advanced scientific research.










About Brescia

Brescia city view from castle resizedBrescia is the prototype of a smart city, which combines technological and digital innovation to provide increasingly modern and efficient services for its citizens. Culturally lively thanks to numerous important institutions, it also boasts significant artistic heritage starting from the remains of the ancient Roman Brixia to many 18th century churches. The city offers a wide range of sightseeing options, such as Franciacorta, Lake Garda, the valleys Val Camonica and Val Trompia. From an economic point of view, it is one of the most important iron and steel centres in the Po Valley.
Brescia’s historical centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, has Roman and Langobard origins, which left an important historical legacy, and offers museums, monuments and buildings of great artistic and architectural interest. Brescia has a population of about 200.000 inhabitants and is served by an excellent bus and subway system, as well as an efficient motorway and railway network.










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Annual Meeting sessions
University of Brescia 
Faculty of Medicine
Viale Europa 11, Brescia
Closest METRO: Europa

Welcome reception on Wednesday 12 June
University of Brescia
Faculty of Medicine
Viale Europa 11, Brescia


Networking reception on Thursday 13 June 
City Hall
Palazzo Loggia
Piazza Loggia 1, Brescia
Closest METRO: Vittoria

Dinner on Thursday 13 June
San Faustino Cloister
Via San Faustino 74 B, Brescia          
Closest METRO: San Faustino
Both venues are in walking distance from each other.

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

A map of Brescia city centre can be consulted here.


Social programme

A welcome reception will be held at the University of Brescia on Wednesday 12 June at 18:45

The networking reception and dinner will be held in the centre of Brescia on Thursday 13 June at 19:00.  The evening will include a welcome drink at the Brescia City Hall, followed by a seated dinner in San Faustino Cloister. Dress code is smart casual.  The reception venue, the City Hall, is located in the heart of Brescia, and can be reached by metro (stop Vittoria). The dinner venue is located at a few minutes walking distance from the reception venue.

On Friday 14 June participants can join a free walking tour of Brescia. The tour departs after the end of the final session around 16:00 and lasts app. 1.5 to 2 hours. 

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

2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting: Getting Around 
2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting: Good to know

Registration information

Registration for the 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 registration deadline was  28 May 2019.

Information on the pre-meeting events on Wednesday 12 June

From 11:00-16:30 the University of Brescia is organising a separate event for Italian university representatives. This event will be conducted only in Italian. Further information is available here. Registration for this separate event needs to be done via this link.

From 15:00-16:30 EUA-CDE is organising two pre-meeting workshops in parallel. For more information about the contents of these workshops, please consult the programme. You will be able to indicate your attendance to either of these workshops in the Annual Meeting registration form. There is no extra fee involved, but kindly note that attendance to these workshops is limited.

From 17:00-18:45 a special event on Promoting doctoral education in South Africa will be organised. For more information about the contents of this event, please consult the programme. You will be able to indicate your attendance to this special event in the Annual Meeting registration form. There is no extra fee involved.

Registration fees


CDE members

395 Euro

Non-CDE members

560 Euro

    Doctoral candidate*      165 Euro


80 Euro


*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 (CDE members, non-CDE members and Doctoral candidates) includes all documentation, coffee breaks and lunches at the meeting, the welcome reception on Wednesday 12 June and the networking reception/dinner on Thursday 13 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.

The companion fee is only valid for a spouse/partner and only gives access to the welcome reception on Wednesday 12 June and the networking reception/dinner on Thursday 13 June. Name badges are required for admission to the social events and will be available for collection at the registration desk.
Participant and companion fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses or post-conference programmes.


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 must be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. Credit card payments can only be accepted if paying by Visa or MasterCard. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.

Cancellation of registrations

Cancellations must be sent to EUA by email: events@eua-cde.org. If a cancellation is received on or before 20 May 2019, an administration charge of 20% of the registration fee remains due. If a cancellation is received after 20 May 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 University of Brescia 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: events@eua-cde.org.

EUA Council for Doctoral Education

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:
Alexander Hasgall
Head of Council for Doctoral Education
Email: alexander.hasgall@eua.eu

Ana-Maria Peneoasu
Administrative Assistant
Email: ana.maria.peneoasu@eua.eu

EUA Events Team
For enquiries regarding registrations, payments (debit notes), visa applications and general coordination, please contact:

Sabien De Hanscutter
Events Manager
Email: events@eua-cde.org

Arianna Palomba
Events & Marketing Officer
Email: events@eua-cde.org

University of Brescia
For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact:

Sabrina Spagna
Email: Sabrina.spagna@unibs.it

The call for contributions to the 2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting is now closed. 


Block reservations for participants and accompanying guests have been made at special rates in hotels of different categories for the period of the event.

Hotels are to be booked by the participant directly on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that rates are only valid for reservations directly made via the respective email addresses below. The indicated rates include breakfast. When making your reservation via email, please mention 2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting to receive the conference rates.

Upon confirmation you will be asked for a valid credit card together with arrival/departure date. The hotel will also confirm the individual cancellation policy (for most hotels, cancellation is possible free of charge up to 2 weeks before arrival).


Please find here the map with the location of the event venues and the hotels listed below.

Website: www.hotelcristallobrescia.com/it
Email:  info@hotelcristallobrescia.com
Single: € 50,00      
Double: € 65,00      
Triple: € 85,00     
Closest metro stop = “STAZIONE”, 5 stops to “EUROPA” (event venue).

Website: www.regalhotel.it
Email: info@regalhotel.it
Double single use: € 59,00
Double: € 69,00
Triple: € 89,00
Quadruple: € 109,00
350m from the event venue

Website: www.hoteligea.net
Email: info@hoteligea.net
Single: € 65,00
Double single use: € 75,00
Double: € 80,00
Closest metro stop= “STAZIONE”, 5 stops to “EUROPA” (event venue).

Website: www.hotelmaster.net
Email: info@hotelmaster.net
Single: € 75,00
Double single use: € 86,00
Double: € 92,00
Closest metro stop= “FAUSTINO”, 3 stops to “EUROPA” (event venue).

Website: www.hotelcanoa.it
Email: info@hotelcanoa.it
Single: € 69,00
Double single use: € 79,00
Double: € 89,00
Triple: € 109,00
900m from the event venue

Website: www.hotelvittoria.com
Email: info@hotelvittoria.com
Single: € 85,00
Double single use: € 99,00
Double: € 110,00
Closest metro stop= “VITTORIA”, 4 stops to “EUROPA” (event venue).

Website: www.hotel-leonardo-brescia.it
Email: info@hotel-leonardo.com
Double single use: € 64,00
Double: € 79,00
1’000m from the event venue

Website: www.centropastoralepaolovi.it
Email: ricevimento@paolovi.it
Double single use: € 90,00
Double: € 110,00
Closest metro stop= “VITTORIA”, 4 stops to “EUROPA” (event venue)

Wednesday 12 June 2019


11:00 – 16:30

Italian universities pre-conference

15:00 – 16:30

Pre-meeting Workshop I: Promoting your doctoral school or programme via social media 

-          Christel Vacelet, Director for Communications, Public affairs and Membership, European University Association

15:00 – 16:30

Pre-meeting Workshop II: New to doctoral education 

-          Nicholas C Vella, Director of the Doctoral School, University of Malta, Malta

-          Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Graduate Dean, Technical University of Munich, Germany, EUA-CDE Steering Committee

17:00 – 18:45

YEBO Special event: Promoting doctoral education in South Africa

-          Therina Theron, Senior Director for Research and Innovation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

-          Thandi Mgwebi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Tschwane University of Technology, South Africa

-          Burtam Fielding, Director of Research Office, University of Western Cape, South Africa


-          Laetus Lategan, Senior Director of Research, Central University of Technology, South Africa

-          Nadia Lagarde, Deputy-Director at International Relations Department, University of Montpellier, France

       Thursday 13 June 2019


10:15 – 10:45

Welcome address

-          Maurizio Tira, Rector, University of Brescia, Italy

-          Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair

10:45 – 12:00

Plenary Session I

Doctoral Candidates and Graduates serving as a bridge between Universities and Society

-          Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae, UK

-          Philippe Lutz, Head of the Doctoral College, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France

Chair: Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Member            

13:30 – 15:00

Plenary Session II

Keynote: Contribution of doctoral education to reaching the SDG

-          Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and University Professor, Columbia University, USA [via video-conference]

Panel discussion:

       -   Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela, Head of the Doctoral School, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, EUA-CDE Steering Committee

       -   Tomas Enrique Leon Sicard, Professor, DAAD SDG Graduate School, Programa de Apoyo a la Formación Doctoral, National University of Colombia

       -     Francesco Castelli, Rector's Delegate for Cooperation and Development, UNESCO Chair on "Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countries", University of Brescia, Italy

- Paolo Biscari, CDE Steering Commitee and Dean of PhD School, Politecnico di Torini, Italy

Chair: Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair

15:00 – 15:30

The CDE 2018/2019

-          Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair

-          Alexander Hasgall, Head EUA-CDE

16:00 – 17:30

Parallel Session I 

  1. Developing new skills for future challenges

Doctoral final examinations: Relevance to new skills and future challenges

Dawn Duke, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Doctoral programmes and individual doctorate - different ways to future skills?

Vincent Novak, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Chair: Paolo Biscari, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member


  1. Societal engagement of doctoral candidates

Higher education cultures, doctoral researcher well-being and the public good: a sociological approach

Rosemary Deem, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom

Fitness for Purpose: Preparing doctoral candidates for societal engagement and inclusivity

Sandra Hasenefendic, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Adrian Verkleij, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chair: Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member


  1. Communicating research to the society

Communicating high-impact research through innovative formats

Catherine Vancsok, University of Liège, Belgium

Chair: Edwin Constable, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member


   4. Intersectoral mobility

Success in the relation of companies and universities: Endowed Chairs

Carmen Gallardo Cruz, Seville University, Spain

Chair: Timo Korkeamäki, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

       Friday 14 June 2019

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary Session III

Societal impact and societal responsibility of doctoral education

-          Francesc Xavier Grau, Secretary of Universities and Research, Generalitat de Catalunya; former Rector University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

-          Eva Hnatkova, President Eurodoc, Doctoral Candidate, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic

-          Claire Morel, Head of Unit, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), European Commission

Chair: Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director, Research and Innovation, European University Association

11:00 – 12:30

Parallel Session II

  1. Developing skills for current societal challenges

Innovative skills development as core challenge and task for the societal dimension of doctoral education

Helmut Brentel, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Doctoral education for the future - identifying the drivers and needs for development

Maija Urponen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Chair: Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

B. Intersectoral mobility

Doctoral graduates in society: Case studies of enterprising researchers

Dawn Duke, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

James Armstrong, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Clare Wunderly, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

The role of doctoral degree holders in society and how their skills are valued by employers

Andrea Dünschede, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

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

C. Doctoral education: a tool for the development of internationalisation

Irish National Guidelines for collaborative research degree programmes

Maria Pramaggiore, Maynooth University, Ireland

Marie Murphy, Maynooth University, Ireland

Strengthening doctoral education in Africa: societal demands and the impact of DAAD programmes

Sebastian Sperlich, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany

Chair: Mossadek Talby, EUA-CDE Steering Committee member

D. Initiatives to support intersectoral mobility during and after a doctorate

International and intersectoral mobility in DFG-funded Research Training Groups

Astrid Evers, German Research Foundation, Germany

Stimulating and supporting intersectoral mobility during and after a PhD: from funding to competences?

Stefanie Kerkhofs, Hasselt University, Belgium

Ilse Van Damme, Hasselt University, Belgium

Chair: Martine Rahier, EUA Vice-President and ex-officio EUA Board member

13:45 – 15:00

Plenary Session IV

Communicating doctoral research and doctoral education

-          Claudine Leysinger, Head of Graduate Campus, University of Zurich, Switzerland

-          Chris Waiting, Chief Executive, The Conversation

-          Martin Delguste, Doctoral Candidate, Université catholique du Louvain, Belgian winner of the “ma thèse en 180 secondes” contest

       Chair: Alexander Hasgall, Head EUA-CDE        


15:00 – 15:30

Closing session

-          Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair

-          Vittorio Ferrari, Rector’s Delegate for research quality management and postgraduate studies, University of Brescia, Italy

-          Invitation to the 2020 Thematic Workshop by the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

-          Invitation to the 2020 Annual Meeting by the University of Manchester, UK


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