On June 30th, the first virtual meeting of the Arqus PhD Council took place, which was organized by the University of Graz as part of the Arqus Action Line 6 "Research Support and Early Stage Researcher Development".
The aim of the PhD Council is to enhance and intensify the collaboration in the field of doctoral training within the Alliance and to explore the possibility of the creation of an Arqus Graduate School.
At this first meeting, the PhD Council, consisting of scientists and experts in the field of doctoral education, discussed best practice examples in the training of doctoral students at the seven Arqus universities as well as institutional strategies for a successful doctoral training.
The goal of the exchange was to collect model approaches on various aspects such as recruitment, application procedures, internationalisation, interdisciplinarity, doctoral supervision as well as support for scientific activities such as publishing and conference participation.
In autumn, the PhD Council will meet again to discuss a first draft of recommendations for closer networking of the structures and content of doctoral training within the Alliance.