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Superb Supervision - Mentoring your phD candidate towards responsible research practices



Following the success of last year's pilot, the three-day seminar for supervisors of doctoral students will again be offered free of charge to BUA members from October 4-6, 2023. All disciplines are welcome!


  • Date: October 4-6, 2023,from 9:00 a.m.to 5 p.m.
  •  Venue: Technische Universität Berlin;
  • Course Guide: Dr. Louise Mennen (Mennen Training & Consultancy, Bloemendaal/Niederlande); Dr. Tamarinde Haven (Danish Centre for Studies in Research & Research Policy, Aarhus/Denmark);
  • Course Language: English;
What's new? Complementary module: Superb Supervision in a train-the-trainer format! (see "Become a trainer").


Applications to participate in the course can be made via the registration form until September 1, 2023. A total of 12 places are available. Registration includes mandatory participation in all three days. Applicants who wish to complete the train-the-trainer course will be given priority. Otherwise, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Aim and Content of the Course

This highly interactive course is designed to help supervisors of doctoral students not only to develop their supervision skills, but also to strengthen their ability to integrate Responsible Research Practices into the supervision process from the very beginning. The goal is not only to strengthen a research culture characterized by openness and communication. It is just as much about creating conditions with which practices of responsible research are established early in the research process. In this way, a sustainable contribution to ensuring the quality of research is to be made.

Against this backdrop, the course covers a variety of topics ranging from issues of research culture and social skills to the teaching 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 the active participation of the participants. The course language is English.

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

  •  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;
  • Develop key interpersonal skills (listening, giving feedback, coaching, managing expectations) and integrate them actively into the supervision of own phD candidates;

The curriculum of this training has been developed within the framework of the Academic Research Climate Project. The course is being offered at other international institutions such as the Amsterdam University Medical Centers on a regular basis.

Become a trainer!

If you are interested in matters of good supervision and can imagine supporting other supervisors at your institution in developing their supervision skills, you can complete a training course free of charge to become a trainer of your own. The course takes place between April 9 and 11, 2024. In the train-the-trainer course, you will learn how to not only apply the content learned from the Superb Supervision Basic Course, but how to sustainably and independently transfer it to others.

Please note that in order to participate in the Train-the-Trainer module, you must have previously completed the Superb Supervision Basic Course.