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Workshops and meetings on PhD supervision

ULB has been organising since 2014, in cooperation with ULg and VUB, workshops and meetings on PhD supervision.

The programme includes:

Advanced Workshop on PhD supervision

The Advanced Workshop is designed for academics who are supervising/have already supervised at least one PhD candidate.


Supervisors are all experts in many aspects related to PhD supervision. The workshop does not start from scratch. It focuses on concrete cases and on collecting, exchanging and reflecting on good practices: regular monitoring and communication with candidates, clarity about expectations, team supervision, supervising international PhD candidates... Tools are presented and explored.

The results of the workshop are direct value for both supervisors and PhD candidates.


Supervising PhD candidates is about turning PhD ‘students’ into PhD ‘managers’ of their PhD project. As a supervisor, this requires constant balancing between own expertise and how to make use of that expertise in a way that PhD candidates grow in autonomy and come to results and effective cooperation.

Day 1 is about Solution Focused Interaction, Project Management (clarity about project scope and planning) and Basic Communication Skills (assertiveness, dealing with emotions…). The goal of Day 2 is on coaching and covers different aspects of giving clear and adequate guidance (e.g. Situational Leadership, motivation, giving feedback).

The workshop is held in English.

Next session

The workshop on PhD supervision will be co-organised jointly with VUB in collaboration with True Colours.

The workshop on PhD supervision is organised on Tuesdays or on Thursdays. You can choose to follow them on Tuesdays or on Thursdays.

Please note that you have to be available on the two days before your register!

  • Campus Humanities, Science and Engineering, VUB

    • Thursday 26 October 2017, 9am-5pm

    • Thursday 23 November 2017, 9am-5pm

  • Campus Solbosch, ULB

    • Tuesday 7 November 2017, 9am-5pm, Doucy room (12th floor).

    • Tuesday 5 December 2017, 9am-5pm, Doucy room (12th floor).


Each group is strictly limited to 14 participants. Given the success of the last editions, we recommend you to register as soon as possible.

Should applications exceed places, the priority will be given to academics hired since less than 5 years and those on the waiting list last year. Then first-come, first-served basis will apply.

Please make sure that you are available on the two days before your register!

Registration form. Deadline: 14 October 2017.

Round tables on PhD supervision


This year, the round table will be organised in cooperation with VUB.

The round table will focus on selection of PhD candidates. Four supervisors will share their experience on the topic. Then, the discussion will be open to the audience. Here is a non-exhaustive list of questions that will be discussed:

  • what should be good selection criteria?

  • Should we apply the same criteria to all applicants? (applicant holding a Master Degree from ULB/VUB, international applicant...)

  • Who should be involved in the selection procedure?

  • Which steps should be followed in the selection procedure of a PhD candidate?

  • What should be done in case of doubts?...

The round table will be followed by a working group session (2-4pm), during which participants, on a voluntary basis, will establish a checklist for supervisors regarding the selection procedure of PhD candidates. The list will be based on the conclusions of the round table and on their own experience. This checklist will then be made available for VUB and ULB supervisors.

The round table will be held in English.

Next session

The round table will be organised in February 2018, at lunchtime (date to be confirmed).

Former sessions

  • Encadrer des doctorants internationaux: enjeux et bonnes pratiques, ULB, June 2016, in French

  • Quelles bonnes pratiques de sélection des doctorants?, ULg, January 2016, in French

Intervision sessions

Intervision is a collegiate support, by advising each other in case of supervision issues, in a group of equals (no hierarchy – strict confidentiality) who, within a pre-determined process, try to find solutions and support for a colleague who presents a case. A facilitator guides the participants through all steps of the process.

Next session

Intervision sessions will be organised in April 2018 (groups of 6-10 supervisors), according to availability of participants.

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Marie-Noëlle Chapelle