Digitalisation: A Game changer for doctoral education?

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was proud to present its 10th annual meeting, titled ‘Doctoral Education and Harnessing Digital Possibilities’. The event was hosted by Tallinn University on 15 and 16 June 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

As societies in general and universities in particular explore the opportunities of digitalisation, EUA-CDE has highlighted open science and innovation and their potential to change established research practices as some of the most pressing issues confronting today’s academic community. Doctoral candidates and other early-stage researchers find themselves at the forefront of harnessing digital possibilities in this regard, adapting their work to make use of new opportunities. Universities must develop coherent policies and infrastructures for online sharing and learning in doctoral education that can be used in a coherent and responsible manner across the institution.

10th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

The annual meeting brought together European stakeholders working to harness digital possibilities in doctoral education, illuminating the key aspects of this issue in a series of discussions and opportunities to exchange good practices. The central question in these discussions was how all institutional levels can work together to build a coherent strategy to support early-stage researchers as they lead the way on exploring the opportunities of open science for academic research.

EUA-CDE annual meetings have become the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of academic leaders and professionals working on doctoral education and research training in Europe, the previous edition welcoming 230 participants from 111 institutions in 26 countries. Open to everyone working in this field, they offer EUA-CDE members an opportunity to build new partnerships with European and national policy makers, funding organisations, quality assurance agencies, global partners and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Thursday 15 June 2017

    11:00 - 11:30
    Welcome address

    Tiit Land, Rector, Tallinn University, Estonia
    Tarmo Soomere, President of Estonian Academy of Sciences
    Andres Koppel, Head of Estonian Research Council
    Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair

    11:30 - 12:30
    Plenary session I

    Digitalisation of Society, the Role of Universities and its Impact on Doctoral Education and Research

    Chair: Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair
    - Mary Ritter, Imperial College London, UK
    - Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    14:00 - 15:30
    Parallel session I

    I.a. Doctoral Graduate Careers and Skills Development
    Chair: Murat Özgören, EUA-CDE Steering Committee

    ‘Digital Nationwide Working Life Skills Study Package for Doctoral Students’ – Virpi Juppo, University of Vaasa, Finland
    ‘A Joint Career Tracking Survey of Doctorate Holders: Project presentation and discussion of initial data analysis’ – Julia Boman, ESF Science Connect, France, Michael Klimke, Technical University Munich, Germany and Barbara Brecko, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    I.b. Doctoral School Data Management
    Chair: Hans-Joachim Bungartz, EUA-CDE Steering Committee

    ‘Monitoring the Doctoral Trajectory Through an Annual Survey’ – Hannelore De Grande, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    ‘Idea Puzzle Software: A new approach to research design based on Philosophy of Science’ – Ricardo Morais, Catholic University of Portugal

    I.c. Doctoral Education Data Management and Open Science
    Chair: Timo Korkeamäki, EUA-CDE Steering Committee

    ‘On the way Towards Research Data Management in Doctoral Education at Kaunas University of Technology’ –Ieva Ceseviciute, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
    ‘Data Management and Doctoral Education: An integrative approach’ – Nina Bergmann, University of Kiel, Germany

    16:00 - 17:30
    Panel discussion – plenary session II

    Key Challenges for Doctoral Education and Research Training in the Digital Era

    Chair: Lidia Borrell-Damián, Director Research and Innovation, EUA
    - Manuela Epure, Open Science Policy Platform and Spiru Haret University, Romania
    - Jeroen Jaap van Hunen, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
    - Henriikka Mustajoki, University of Helsinki, Finland
    - Carlos Vargas Alvarez del Castillo, Tallinn University, Estonia

  • Friday 16 June 2017

    09:00 - 10:30
    Plenary session III

    Digital Technology Across Disciplines Similarities and Differences

    Chair: Melita Kovačević, University of Zagreb, Croatia
    - Leslie Zachariah-Wolff, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    - Daniel Alves, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

    11:00 - 12:30
    Parallel session II

    II.a. Doctoral Candidate Supervision
    Chair: Mary McNamara, EUA-CDE Steering Committee

    ‘Efficient Online Supervision Calls for Digital Skills as Well as Pedagogical Skills’ – Gitte Wichmann-Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark
    ‘A Successful Supervisor: Based on academic excellence or talent?’ – Romanna Safir, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

    II.b. Doctoral School Data Management
    Chair: Mossadek Talby, EUA-CDE Steering Committee
    ‘Digitalizing the Life-Cycle of the Doctoral Student, From the Application to the Dissertation’ – Pijo Nuutila, University of Turku, Finland
    ‘Data Management as a Strategic Tool in Doctoral Education at the Technical University of Munich’ – Sarah Kersten, Technical University Munich, Germany

    13:30 - 15:00
    Plenary session IV

    New Skills in Doctoral Education and Research Training

    Chair: Lesley Wilson, EUA Secretary-General
    - ‘Doctoral Education in Europe - Researcher's careers in the European Research Area’ – Fabienne Gautier, Head of Unit ‘Open Science and ERA Policy’, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
    - Oleg Shvaikovsky, Board Member and Partner, NORTAL, Estonia

    15:00 - 15:30
    Closing session

    Chair: Luke Georghiou, EUA-CDE Steering Committee Chair
    - ‘Presentation of upcoming EUA-CDE activities and events’ – David Oliva Uribe, Head of EUA-CDE
    - ‘Closing words by Tallinn University’
    - ‘Invitation to the next Annual meeting in June 2018 by the University of Ljubljana’

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