The 10th edition of the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting highlights the impact of digitalisation on the role and practice of doctoral education. Societies in general, and universities in particular are facing a transformation brought by the proliferation of digital technologies. For universities, this requires considering the impact of digitalisation on their different missions and doctoral education has an essential role to play given the crucial role of doctoral candidates and early-stage researchers in ensuring the base for knowledge production in the digital era.
The meeting will highlight different perspectives on the changing role of doctoral education in the context of digitalisation, offering concrete examples across different disciplines to show how doctoral schools are adapting their practices to keep up with digitalisation. Doctoral candidates and early-stage researchers find themselves at the forefront of the digital transformation of research and the skills they acquire will be essential for their future careers, be they in academia or in key positions in other fields. The meeting will also explore how universities can develop policies to support and guide young researchers in their endeavours in a coherent and responsible manner.
The programme of the Annual Meeting is structured around a series of plenary sessions, fostering exchanges between institutional leaders, the doctoral education community, academics from different disciplines, as well as policy makers and industry representatives. while a series of parallel sessions will enable the EUA-CDE community to share their experiences. In addition, there will be ample opportunities for further exchange, reflection and networking throughout the event
EUA-CDE Annual Meetings have become the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of academic leaders and professionals working on doctoral education and research training in Europe. Last year’s event, for example, welcomed 230 participants from 111 institutions in 26 countries. Open to everyone working in this field, the annual meetings offer EUA-CDE members an opportunity to build new partnerships with European and national policy makers, funding organisations, quality assurance agencies, global partners and other relevant stakeholders.