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Effective Doctoral Supervision

11/29/2023 9:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
12/15/2023 9:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
01/12/2024 9:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
Event location:
  • Online
  • Graduate Academy
  • Workshop
Target groups:
  • Junior Research Group Leaders
  • Postdocs
  • Postdocs

Language: English.

This workshop aims to support participants in selecting suitable doctoral candidates and in supervising these candidates well.

Our overarching concern will be the question of how to act and communicate effectively as a doctoral supervisor. We will address the respective roles and responsibilities as well as the mutual expectations of supervisors and doctoral candidates; the doctoral phase as a learning process; how to be aware of doctoral students’ concrete needs; intercultural and interdisciplinary aspects; and ways of dealing with conflicts. We will also discuss relevant regulations and support services at the University of Kassel.

There will also be room for other questions and concerns raised by the participants.

In addition to short impulses by the trainer, we will work in groups of various sizes and will include moments and phases of guided self-reflection. Select content and real-world challenges will also be simulated in role-play activities.

Between the three half-day sessions, there is time for participants to reflect on what they have learned, to deepen their understanding through small work assignments and, where applicable, to begin applying lessons learned in their own practice as a supervisor.

Learning Objectives:

Participants understand how to select doctoral students based on suitable criteria and how to supervise them well and effectively. They know central aspects and challenges of the supervisory relationship and they have instruments for dealing with them.


  • Selection of doctoral candidates
  • Understanding roles and expectations
  • Doctoral studies as a learning process
  • Conflict management
  • Intercultural and interdisciplinary aspects
  • Concrete conditions in Kassel


  • Short impulses from the trainer
  • group work
  • self-reflection
  • exchange of challenges and experiences
  • role-play activities


Participants must be prepared to work via Zoom (the link will be sent about a week before the first course). You will need your own computer with appropriate Internet access as well as a camera, a microphone, and speakers.

More information about this event

Event location:



Graduate Academy


Dr. Isabelle Schulze
Universität Kassel
Stabsstelle Forschungs- und Graduiertenförderung
0561-804 1968
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Dr. Matthias Zach
Karriereberatung für Akademiker*innen

Educated in Oxford, Paris and Tübingen, Dr. Matthias Zach has years of work experience in research, teaching and science management at universities in Great Britain, France and Germany. For the Karriereberatung für Akademiker*innen, he focusses on national and international careers of researchers and scientists; on support for scientific projects and skills; and on rhetoric and didactics in academia.

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Fee: 30,00 €
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Booking possible from 14.08.2023, 00:00:00 until 23.11.2023, 13:00:00

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