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Final Conference of the PRIDE project

8-9 September 2016 hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt Graduate School).


Target audience:  University leadership, heads of Doctoral Schools & Programmes, university HR managers, and academic and professional staff working in doctoral education.

Please click on the following item to access the PDF Version:

Programme (pdf) as of 02 September

Abstracts and Biographies (pdf)


Presentations (for internal use only!):

Presentation Lucas Zinner (pdf)

Presentation Jan den Haese(pdf)

Presentation Mick Fuller(pdf)


Doctoral education underwent a major transformation in the last decade in Europe.  The changes were supported by new organisational structures and strategic investments in the quality of scientific supervision and the personal & professional development of doctoral candidates. However, the development of the new framework did not take fully into account the new roles and needs of professionals working in the area, who not only support the training of doctoral candidates and the work of supervisors, but also assume the roles of science communicators, project and quality managers, active observers of the labour market, and act as liaison officers with external stakeholders.

The need for proper investment in the professional development of administrative staff working within the new framework of doctoral education in Europe set a foundation for this PRIDE Project.

The Final Conference will highlight the findings and outcomes of the project, which were obtained through a series of activities, including the PRIDE Survey conducted in universities across Europe, focus groups, and collection of examples of best practice. The Final Conference is also considered to become the kick-off for future networking activities.

In the course of presentations, panel discussions and working groups, the Conference will examine how the major developments in doctoral education influenced the role and responsibilities of administrators working in the area. It will offer insights into good practices of up to date support for doctoral candidates and discuss existing tools for needs assessment, training & development of professionals in doctoral education. 

Please complete and submit this online registration form (click here). After submitting your form, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission. Your form will be automatically recorded in the UNICA registrations system. If you encounter any problems with the submission, do not hesitate to contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska from the UNICA Secretariat (marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu)

For questions about the Conference, please contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska (UNICA Secretariat): marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu


This project has been funded by the European Commission DG EAC through the Lifelong Learning Programme. This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
University of Vienna, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, Austria, lucas.zinner@univie.ac.at