Second Workshop on Doctoral Studies

Friday, October 12, 2018

Venue: University of Tartu Library, Seminar Room Tõstamaa (W. Struve 1, Tartu).


The goal of the seminar is to support our members in the process of developing doctoral studies. Improving graduation rates and strengthening labor market relevance for careers outside academia are among the topics discussed this time. The University of Tartu has invited representatives of their partner universities from Aalto University, University of Göttingen, University of Groningen and Uppsala University to share their best practices and experiences.

In this seminar, we will focus on the following topics:

  1. Status of the doctoral students, including conditions of work contracts and remunaration during the studies.
  2. The flexibility of the doctoral training programmes. Thesis requirements.
  3. Objectives and responsibilities of the graduate schools in doctoral training. Support (mentoring, networking) offered to doctoral students during studies.
  4. Activities encouraging doctoral students to take up a career outside of academia. Best practices and challenges in cooperating with enterprises.


Agenda of the Workshop

10.00-10.30 Registration, coffe and networking
Welcome and setting the scene
10.30-10.45 Ms. Hanna Kanep, Secretary-General, Universities Estonia
10.45-11.00 Dr. Kristjan Vassil, Vice Rector of Research, University of Tartu
Session I. The Netherlands and Germany
11.00-11.45 Doctoral Training at the University of Groningen 
Prof. Lou de Leij, Dean of Graduate Schools and Dr. Marjan Koopmans, Project Manager Graduate Schools, University of Groningen 
11.45-12.30 Doctoral Training at Göttingen University
Dr. Britta Korkowsky, Coordinator qualification program, Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Göttingen
12.30-13.15 Lunch
Session II. Sweden and Finland
13.15-14.00 Research training at Uppsala University with focus on Medicine and Pharmacy
Prof. Anders Backlund, Vice Dean for research training at the Scientific domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Uppsala University
14.00-14.45 Growing with start-up companies in Aalto Space Tech ecosystem
Dr. Jaan Praks, Assistant Professor in Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Aalto University
Closing remarks
14.45-15.15 Coffe and discussion