Going beyond knowledge & skills in doctoral education:

How to integrate values and professional attitudes in PhD training?


Hosted by the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, 27-30 August 2017


Organised in cooperation with the PRIDE Network: Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education



Download the "save the date" announcement (in PDF) - extended deadline for applications: 30 June!


Target group:

Vice-Rectors/Heads/Deans of Doctoral Schools/Programmes, doctoral supervisors, academics and senior managers from UNICA and outside the UNICA Network working in the area of doctoral education



As Supervisors or Heads of Doctoral Schools or units, we attach great importance to academic values, in particular research integrity and ethics, and we expect that PhD candidates will share these values. The goal of doctoral education is to support the development of doctoral candidates so that they become responsible, autonomous people, working ethically and with integrity. In this regard, adherence to specific professional values is also an expected outcome of doctoral training.


The recent developments in doctoral education placed emphasis on the knowledge and skills needed to complete a PhD and start a professional career inside or outside the academia, often not giving enough attention to the questions of values and attitudes. Although workshops and training on research integrity have been introduced, providing the PhD candidates with knowledge about definitions, regulations and other topics mainly through lectures and case study work, no lecture or regulation will deeply impact ethical behaviour unless a real adherence to values, such as research integrity or rigour, is present.


This year the UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS will focus on values and attitudes and discuss how to integrate them in the process of doctoral training. The support of development of values and professional attitudes during the “journey” leading to a PhD will be discussed in a global perspective, that is not limited to supervision or training workshops but aiming at considering all the actors and existing opportunities.


Fully in line with the DNA of the UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS, the 3-day workshop will engage the participants and will be based on exchange of experience and on active learning complemented with contributions from experts.


The workshop will provide a dynamic forum for discussion and give the participants an opportunity to identify different ways of instilling values and professional attitudes in doctoral candidates.


UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS ORGANISING COMMITTEEE: Jacques Lanarès (Professor, U. of Lausanne, Chair of UNICA Doctoral Education Group), Melita Kovačević (Professor, U. of Zagreb), Patricia Rosado Pinto (Pro-Rector, U. NOVA de Lisboa), Lucas Zinner (Head of Research Services and Career Development Office, U. of Vienna, President of PRIDE Network), Kris Dejonckheere (Secretary General, UNICA Network).



Applications will be accepted on motivation, short biography and a case study. 

Open the online application form

Extended deadline for applications: 30 June 2017

Confirmation of acceptance: by 4 July 2017

Maximum number of partici­pants: 25


Participation fee:

Participation fee of €600 (for UNICA member universities) and €750 (non-UNICA members) includes: accommo­dation at CAAS Residence (4 nights), breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, 2 dinners and the participation in the social programme. The fee does not cover travel expenses.



The schedule is indicative and the exact timing of sessions may change. Detailed programme will be available in June.


Sunday, 27 August 2017


11:00-14:00 Meeting of the Organising Committee

15:30-16:30 Registration of participants

16:30-17:15 Welcome

17:15-18:15 Icebreaking activity ("MASTER CLASS warm-up")

18:15-19:00 Welcome drink (CAAS Courtyard)

19:00-22:00 Dinner at Orhan Restaurant


Monday, 28 August 2017


07:00-08:00 Morning swim

08:00-09:00 Buffet breakfast at Sesame

09:00-10:00 Start-up activity in groups

10:00-11:00 Expert's Input & Discussion

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Reflection in groups

12:00-13:00 Plenary session & Discussion

13:00 14:30 Lunch

14:30-14:45 Introduction to the exercise in groups

14:45-15:40 Exercise in groups (part 1)

15:40-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Exercise in groups (part 2)

17:00-17:30 Plenary

17:30-18:00 Initial & Individual work to describe one's own context ( actors / opportunities  / strategies )

18:00 Free time


Tuesday, 29 August 2017


07:00-08:00 Morning swim

08:00-09:00 Buffet breakfast at Sesame

09:00-09:10 “Rewind to play”

09:10-11:00 Expert's Input & Discussion 

11:00 Departure from CAAS

12:00-17:00 MASTER CLASS Retreat in Kolocep Island

  • Intervision exercise
  • Projects Round table

20:00 Return and dinner in the Old Port


Wednesday, 30 August 2017


07:00-08:00 Morning swim

08:00-09:00 Buffet breakfast at Sesame

09:00-09:10 “Rewind to play”

09:10 10:10 Expert's Input & Discussion

10:10-12:00 Working Groups

12:00-13:00 Plenary & Discussion

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Working Groups

16:00-17:00 Plenary, feedback from Experts

17:00-17:30 Concluding remarks

17:30-18:30 Farewell drink (CAAS Courtyard)


Thursday, 31 August

09:00-12:00 Debriefing meeting of the Organising Committee, preparation of the next MASTER CLASS

Departures of participants


Contact & more information:

For more information please contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska (UNICA Secretariat): marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu



Sunday, 27 August, 2017 to Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
University of Zagreb
Centre for Advanced Academic Studies University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik
Don Frana Bulica 4, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia