Networks: About EUA CDE

by Alexander Hasgall, Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education


The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was launched in 2008 at the initiative of the European University Association, responding to a growing interest in doctoral education and research training in Europe. An integral part of the European University Association, it is now the largest European network in this field, covering more than 260 universities and institutions working on issues related to doctoral education and research training in 36 countries.

Since its creation, EUA-CDE has been leading the transformation and strengthening of doctoral education in Europe. Building on the outcomes of EUA’s work on doctoral programmes and research careers, EUA-CDE has been the driving force behind the implementation of the Salzburg Principles and Recommendations and the promotion of doctoral education as the main intersection between the European higher education and research.

By promoting collaboration and exchange of good practices among its members and disseminating the outcomes of its work, EUA-CDE makes an important contribution to the development of doctoral education and research training in Europe. Its members enjoy many opportunities to exchange on issues of common interest and take part in shaping the doctoral education landscape of the future.

Regular EUA-CDE activities include two flagship events, thematic peer groups, the Doctoral Debate online forum, a regular newsletter, information gathering and monitoring, and policy representation. EUA-CDE also partners in European and global projects and is in continuous interaction with a range of other European and global organisations.

In all of these activities, EUA-CDE addresses recurring and emerging topics, such as supervision of doctoral candidates, transversal skills training, career development and tracking, research integrity, careers of postdoctoral researchers, Open Science and the digital transformation, internationalisation of doctoral education, research assessment and doctoral candidates’ mental health and wellbeing.

For more information, please contact the EUA-CDE secretariate and the website

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