10th UNICA PhD Master Class on Supervision revisited


Dubrovnik welcomes another edition of the UNICA PhD Master Class in September 2019! This year's edition is a special one as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PhD Master Class! The meeting will take place at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, 1-4 September 2019.

The topic of the 10th UNICA PhD Master Class is "Supervision revisited: Supervisors - PhD Candidates - Wellbeing, creating a balanced triangle".

The Master Class is organized in cooperation with PRIDE - Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education and is hosted by the University of Zagreb, CAAS, in Dubrovnik.

  • Target Group:

Vice-Rectors/ Heads of Doctoral Schools/ Programmes, Doctoral Supervisors, Academics and Senior Managers from UNICA and non-UNICA institutions working in the area of Doctoral Education, PhD candidates, Professionals in Doctoral Education

  • The theme: 

After 10 years tackling different issues in Doctoral Education, this year's Master Class is revisiting Supervision, the very first topic which started it all back in 2009. Motivation lies in the fact that, although Supervision is still a core dimension, the context and the concerns have changed. Nowadays a kind of imbalance in the system is observed and could threaten the wellbeing of supervisors and candidates.

These are some of the questions the Master Class will address:

  1. What are the factors creating that imbalance?
  2. Why is wellbeing important?
  3. What can we do to ensure a good balance?

Having this questions in mind, the objectives are the following:

  1. Gain a wider understanding of wellbeing issues in Doctoral Education;
  2. Spot the main reasons for an imbalanced triangle;
  3. Identify levers to ensure or increase balance in your own institutional context
  • Introduction

The Master Class will start with a very special guest: Croatian award-winning director Rajko Grlic! He will give a personal introduction to the storyline and concept of his critically acclaimed movie The Constitution, which will then be screened at the CAAS courtyard.

  • Registration:

Applications will be accepted on motivation & short biography
Application deadline: 20 June 2019
Confirmation of acceptance: End of June 2019
Maximum number of participants: 25

Contact person: Aurelie Duchateau | aurelie.duchateau@unica-network.eu

€650 for UNICA or PRIDE members
€800 for non-members
Participation fee includes: accommodation (4 nights), breakfasts, lunches; coffee-breaks, 2 dinners, participation in the special anniversary social program. The fee does not cover travel expenses.


  • Presentations (more coming soon...)

  1. Eva Hnatkova, EURODOC, Mental Health Issues and Early Career Researchers
  2. Jan Den Haese, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Wellbeing for supervisors and PhD candidates - setting the scene
  3. Robin Wollast, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Who Are the Doctoral Students - Who Drop Out?
  4. Hannelore De Grande, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Integrative approach of mental health at VUB
Sunday, 1 September, 2019 to Wednesday, 4 September, 2019
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Host Institution: 
University of Zagreb
Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik
Don Frana Bulica 4 20000 Dubrovnik Croatia