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The International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) provides an avenue for researchers on doctoral education from around the globe to generate dialogue on knowledge creation and doctoral pedagogy.
If you start working as a professional in the field of doctoral studies, you soon come across the topic of “supervision” or the question: how can we as a university, but also as service providers, ensure or at least contribute to the quality of supervision by our researchers. And this of course means, on the one hand, thinking about quality in supervision at all, and on the other hand reflecting on the complexity of the topic of supervision. One way to immerse yourself in the topic is to take a closer look at the handbooks on the topic of “PhD Supervision”.
When I started to work at the Center for Doctoral Studies in 2010, I was new in the field of doctoral education. Thus, to get a broader understanding of the developments in doctoral education at the University of Vienna, my senior colleagues recommended me to read the 10 Salzburg Principles from 2005, which mark the beginning of new developments in doctoral education in many European countries.
The need to promote good research conduct and research integrity, and how to achieve it has been debated by Universities, funders, and publishers alike for many years. However, in this current pandemic climate it has never been more timely to highlight the importance of good trustworthy, reliable research.
The German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND/GUAT) was established in 2009. It is the only national organisation in Germany that is dedicated solely to the advancement of (post-) doctoral education and training. Please visit the website for more information: www.uniwind.org .
The MARDS project deals with one of the most acute problems in the Montenegrin and Albanian educational system, the doctoral studies. Its main objective is to contribute significantly to the reformation of doctoral studies in accordance with the Salzburg principles and to establish sustainable and modern joint pilot doctoral schools between two friendly neighboring partner countries, which will serve as an example of “good practice” for the Western Balkan region. In the medium to long term, the MARDS project contributes to building, improving and continuously expanding sustainable capacities in the field of doctoral studies in the two countries, Montenegro and Albania. In order to achieve this, the relevant ministries of both countries are part of the consortium in addition to academic partners.
The Researcher Mental Health Observatory (ReMO) COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), is a coordinated and evidence-based international networking action, aimed at promoting mental health skills and wellbeing within academia. At the moment of writing, the consortium already includes 29 member countries and 100+ leading researchers and practitioners. ReMO is a four year action that will build an Evidence Hub (E-HUB), a Training and Dialogue Network (TDN) and dissemination platform for institutional policy and best practice guidelines. Crucial to ReMO’s mission is its capacity in bringing together stakeholders from academia, practitioners, private sector, civil society, higher education management and researchers to actively and efficiently exchange input on experienced challenges, best and worst practices, knowledge gaps and needs.
Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, is an umbrella organization of national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers in European countries. Eurodoc was established in 2002 and is based in Brussels. As representatives of early-career researchers (ECRs) at European level, we engage with all major stakeholders in research and innovation in Europe.