Postdoc-Workshop: Preparing for Doctoral Supervision


Time: Thu, 23 March 2023, 9:00–15:00, plus 1.5 hours pre-workshop activities
Location: Online via Zoom
Target group: Postdocs of all research fields of the UA Ruhr universities (max. 12 participants)
Trainer: Dr. Thomas Koch
Registration deadline: 16 March 2023
Contact for organizational questions: Dr. Ursula Justus (RUB Research School)

Workshop description

The workshop gives orientation for postdoctoral researchers with or without formal supervisory authority to navigate the complexities of day-to-day doctoral supervision. It addresses the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of how to support the research of doctoral candidates, their development as researchers, and establishing effective supervisory relationships. It also provides the opportunity to reflect the own personal development as a principal investigator.

By participating in the workshop, you will be better equipped to:

  • understand the formal and informal roles and responsibilities as supervisors
  • provide support and effective feedback to develop doctoral candidates
  • guide doctoral candidates to conduct their research successfully
  • develop yourself as a principal investigator
  • establish upward influence

This highly interactive workshop employs theoretical input and practice scenarios, plenary discussions, individual and small group work, experience sharing, and expert advice.

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Dr. Thomas Koch is a research management consultant and certified business trainer and coach. Holding a PhD in physical chemistry from the UK, he builds on 10 years of international experience as a researcher and 12 years of professional experience as a research manager and senior administrator at universities in Bochum (RUB) and Munich (LMU).

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