8th UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS - Going beyond knowledge & skills in doctoral education: How to integrate values and professional attitudes in PhD training? Organised in cooperation with the PRIDE Network: Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education.

27-30 August 2017

Target group:

Vice-Rectors/Heads of Doctoral Schools/Programmes, doctoral supervisors, academics and professionals working in the area of doctoral education


As Supervisors or Heads of Doctoral Schools or units, we attach great importance to 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, 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
Application period: 15 May-30 June 2017
Confirmation of acceptance: by 10 July 2017
Maximum number of partici­pants: 25

Participation fee:

Participation fee of €600 (for UNICA member universities or PRIDE members) and €750 (non-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.

Contact & more information:

For more information please contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska (UNICA Secretariat):




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