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Registration for training course "Superb Supervision" now open!

As part of the activities of the priority area Advancing Research Quality and Value, the Berlin University Alliance is organizing the training program "Superb Supervision - Mentoring your PhD Candidate towards Responsible Research" from October 18 to 20, 2022, which is aimed at supervisors of PhD candidates from all disciplines of the partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance. The event will take place in Berlin and is free of charge for participants. Up to 12 places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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All spots are taken. Interested parties can register for the waiting list. We thank you for your understanding.

The aim of the course is to train supervisors of doctoral students to integrate the teaching of Responsible Research Practices into the supervision of their doctoral students. In this manner, supervisors can help create conditions at an early stage for these practices to be sustainably established in the research process and accordingly, contribute to ensuring the quality of research. The course covers different topics ranging from issues of research culture to social skills to the conveying of Responsible Research Practices and the critical examination of the role and self-image of the supervisor. The workshop employs a variety of facilitation techniques that require active participation by participants.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to, among other things:

  • Communicate to doctoral students the importance of responsible research and how to conduct research in an ethical manner and in accordance with Good Scientific Practice requirements;
  • Actively and consciously apply key interpersonal skills (listening, giving feedback, coaching, managing expectations, among others) for supervising their PhD students.

The curriculum of the training program was developed within the framework of the research program Academic Research Climate project and its introduction was scientifically monitored. The course is now also offered regularly at other institutions, for example at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers.

Applications to participate in the course can be submitted until October 3, 2022 by email to Nele Albrecht, Coordinator for Research Quality in Objective 3 - Advancing Research Quality and Value: nele.albrecht@berlin-university-alliance.de. In your application, please state your name, affiliation, and contact data.

We would like to point out that an application includes participation in all three days. If applications cover less than three days, applications for participation over all three days will be given priority.


Date: October 18-20, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Location: Berlin; exact details about the venue will follow soon.

The course will be held in English.

Course Directors:

Dr. Tamarinde Haven (Danish Centre for Studies in Research & Research Policy, Aarhus/Denmark) Dr. Louise Mennen (Mennen Training & Consultancy, Bloemendaal/Netherlands).

Registrations by October 3, 2022 via email to: Nele Albrecht, Coordinator for Research Quality in the Objective 3 - Advancing Research Quality and Value.


Nele Albrecht (she/her)


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