During the last decade there have been significant changes in doctoral education worldwide: In many countries, the numbers of doctoral candidates and doctoral granting institutions have increased to help drive both national innovation and research performance of individual institutions, especially in Asia. Worldwide, there is a greater focus on diverse employment prospects and transferable skills of doctorate holders and postdocs. At the same time, the world is changing faster than ever. Seemingly adverse developments with yet unknown effects, namely digitisation as potential driver of progress as well as increased insecurity and the simultaneous deterioration of democracies aligned with the rise of populist or fundamentalist movements characterise the second decade of the 21st century. Training doctoral candidates to become the next generation of creative, critical, autonomous and responsible intellectual risk takers is more essential than ever in these times of epochal challenges and unsettling changes.
Now is the time to review the changes in doctoral education, their successes and failures, and to explore ways forward for training new generations of researchers to become future leaders in developing and developed societies.
This 1.5 day international conference will provide a platform to discuss, enhance, and disseminate futureoriented advancement of doctoral education and related policies, assessing where we stand on core values of doctoral education and research; taking stock of ongoing developments and changes in doctoral education worldwide; looking forward and setting a policy agenda on how doctoral education can best be shaped in a socially responsible way, not only in our own national systems, but at a global scale for driving innovation in public and private sectors.
Panel discussions and work in small groups will investigate major topics pertinent for doctoral education at our times and will critically discuss policy recommendations resulting from a preparatory workshop from a group of experts from all continents.
International Conference "Revisiting Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide in a Newly Configured and Constrained Global Context"
September 5-6, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
A detailed preliminary program is available for download in the donwload section.
Conference Topics at a glance
Session 1: The system dimension: Assessment of Doctoral Education reforms since 2005
Session 2: Impacts of changes on meso and micro levels
Session 3: Capacity Building in the era of globalization
Session 4: Global labor market developments
Session 5: Interplay of societal/political change and the role of researchers
Confirmed Speakers Include
Ahmed Bawa, (Physics), Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Universities of South Africa; Roshada Hashim, (Biochemistry) Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Universiti Sains Islam, Malaysia; Reinhard Jahn, (Biology), Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany; Suzanne Ortega, (Sociology) President of the Council of Graduate Schools (USA/North America); Richard Strugnell, (Epidemiology) former Pro Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies, The University of Melbourne.
The keynote address of the conference will be delivered by Professor Jonathan Jansen (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa). Professor Jansen is the former Vice chancellor of the University of the Free State and served as chair of the evidence-based study of PhD education by the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Travel Grants for Early Career Researchers
There was a call for travel grants for interested early career researchers. Application deadline was January 4, 2019.
The conference is jointly organized by the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE), Washington, the University of Bremen, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) and the Volkswagen Foundation.
The conference language is English.
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the "Registration" button in the column on the right or by using our registration tool.
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a room as soon as you register.
Venue and Public Transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by subway: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".