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Workshop on Doctoral Education

Campus Catalunya, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona09/11/20118.30 to 14.00

Doctoral training seminars will consist of lectures and roundtables dealing with the most significant changes in doctoral education and public funding for doctoral programmes. Good practices of the doctoral schools which implemented the new model several years ago will also be presented. These seminars will be attended by representatives of the governments of Catalonia, Spain and other European countries, as well as representatives of the European University Association and other international institutions.


Main publics

  • CEICS master and PhD program coordinators and managers
  • CEICS research groups leaders and researchers
  • Representative of CEICS allies in master and PhD training
  • Department/faculty responsible
  • Management and support technicians of postgraduate education
  • Directors and postgraduate responsibles for the CEICS research centers
8:30 - 9:00 Accreditation
9:00 - 9:20


  • Francesc Xavier Grau, Rector, Rovira i Virgili University and President of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia.
  • Luis Delgado, Deputy Director for University Modernisation and Internationalization, Ministry of Education, Government of Spain.
  • Lluís Jofre, Director General for Universities, Department of Economy and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia.
9:20 - 10:30

"Rethinking doctoral education and research training"

  • Chair: Jordi Cartanyà, Executive Director, Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia.
"Modernisation of the doctoral system in the Netherlands: successes and challenges"
  • Gab van Winkel, Researcher and advisor on PhD education, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
"The US perspective: Developing doctoral education in US, the role of graduate schools"
  • Daniel Denecke, Program Director, "Best Practices", Council of Graduate Schools (US).
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00- 12:30

"Graduate Schools as drivers of doctoral education reform"

  • Chair: Francesc Díaz, Deputy Director of the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia and Graduate School Reform Project Leader.
"Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (BIG-NSE): The PhD program of the Cluster of Excellence Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UNICAT)"
  • Reinhard Schomäcker, Director BIG-NSE (Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, PhD School of UNICAT (Unifying Concepts in Catalysis Cluster of Excellence).
"Establishing Doctoral Schools at the Goethe University Frankfurt amb Main-Objectives, Design, Experiences,   Future Developments"
  • Helmut Brentel, Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE) at Frankfurt an Main University. Former director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate School, Frankfurt an Main University.
"The Doctoral College of the University of Tolouse: Organization and activities"
  • Michel Caffarel, Director of the École Doctorale Sciences de la Matière. Université Paul Sabatier.
12:30 - 14:00

"Policies supporting doctoral education"

  • Chair: Josep Manel Ricart, Vice-Rector for Academic and Scientific Policy, Rovira i Virgili University.
"New regulation for doctoral studies in Spain" 
  • Luis Delgado, Deputy Director for University Modernisation and Internationalization, Ministry of Education, Government of Spain.
"EU Marie-Curie Actions: approach for excellent doctoral training" 
  • Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Policy Coordinator of Marie Curie Actions, Directorate-General Education and Culture, European Commission.
"Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates: An Integrated Model of Interuniversity Cooperation at PhD Level" 
  • José Gutiérrez Fernández, Deputy Head of Unit, ERASMUS Mundus & External Cooperation, Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
  Closing remarks
14:00 - 15:30