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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.


The Advanced Workshop on PhD supervision will provide knowledge and skills that provide security for new PhD supervisors and offer experienced supervisors some useful tools and opportunities to share best practices. The course leader will be Dr. Anne Lee, a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, an Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. She currently works for a range of universities, primarily in Europe, focusing on research supervision. The main goals of the workshop include learning to clearly communicate and manage expectations in the supervisor – doctoral candidate relationship, getting acquainted with several supervision styles suited to the person and the context, giving constructive feedback, and much more.

Next session

Please note that you are required to attend the two days of the workshop!

Group 1 (Solbosch campus)

  • Monday 18 February 2019, 9h-17h

  • Monday 18 March 2019, 9h-17h

Group 2 (Etterbeek campus - VUB)

  • Tuesday 19 February 2019, 9h-17h

  • Tuesday 19 March 2019, 9h-17h


Registration form

Priority criteria: 1) balance ULB/VUB; 2) experience of participants 3) first come, first served

Round tables on PhD supervision


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

The topic of this round table will be: "How to answer career questions of young researchers under your supervision – what role can you as a supervisor play?”

Do you want to discuss career plans with your doctoral candidate, but don’t know how to start the conversation? Do you want to know how you can support non-academic career plans during the PhD trajectory? These and other questions will be dealt with during the second ULB-VUB Round Table for Supervisors. We talk with 2 supervisors, Pierre Regnier (Sciences, ULB) and Christophe Vanroelen (Sociology, VUB), on how they deal with these issues. We also turn to PhD career experts Laurence Theunis (Focus Research) and Martine Alonso (Key2Advance) to draw a clearer picture on career possibilities for PhD candidates (and for their supervisors!).

Four experts will share their experience on the topic. Then, the discussion will be open to the audience.

Language: the round table will be held in English.


  • Pierre Regnier, ULB - Faculty of Sciences

  • Christophe Vanroelen, VUB - Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School.

  • Martine Alonso, Career Coach - Key2Advance

  • Laurence Theunis, Focus Research

Next session

The round table will be organised on Tuesday 27 November 2018, noon-2pm (ULB, Solbosch Campus, S. building, Janne room, 15th floor).

Number of participants

Round table: max. 50 participants.

Should applications exceed places, the following criteria will apply: 1) balanced representation of ULB-VUB supervisors, 2) first-come, first-served basis.


Registration is closed (deadline: 21/11/18)

Former sessions

  • Quelles bonnes pratiques de sélection des doctorants?, ULB, May 2018, in French

  • 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

In the last years, several pilot-groups have experimented the intervision technique. Their feedback was extremely positive and enthusiastic. For this reason, it was decided to open intervision sessions to all ULB and VUB supervisors.

Intervision is a collegiate support, by exchanging on professional experiences and reflecting on professional practice, in a group of equals (no hierarchy – strict confidentiality). In particular, participants, within a pre-determined process, formulate advises and solutions to a concrete case presented by a colleague (for instance, thesis supervision issue or preparation of the supervisory committee annual meeting), in a spirit of cooperation and peer support. The analysis and advises are of interest for all the participants. A facilitator guides the participants through all steps of the process.

Do you experience difficulties in the supervision of a PhD candidate? Do you want tips and tricks to supervise more efficiently, but you don’t have time for a full 2-day workshop? Then following an intervision session might be the solution for you! Bibiane Fréché (Postgraduate Unit - ULB) will introduce you to a methodology on problem solving amongst peers and serves as a facilitator during the exercise.

Next sessions

  • Monday 4 February 2019, noon-2pm, in English, Etterbeek Campus (VUB).

  • Thursday 25 April 2019, noon-2pm, in French, Solbosch Campus (ULB).

  • Tuesday 30 April 2019, noon-2pm, in English, Erasme Campus (ULB).

Facilitator: Bibiane Fréché, ULB - Postgraduate Office

Number of participants

Min. 6 participants and max. 10 participants/session.


Registration form

Deadline group 1 (Etterbeek, 4 February): 28 January 2019.

Deadline group 2 (Solbosch, 25 April) and group 3 (Erasme, 30 April): 18 April 2019.

Should applications exceed places, the following criteria will apply: 1) balanced representation of ULB-VUB supervisors, 2) first-come, first-served basis.

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Marie-Noëlle Chapelle