September 7, 2018

Staff Week on Best Practices for International Collaboration at Doctorate Level


The Staff Week on Best Practices for International Collaboration at Doctorate Level is a three-day training activity that will focus on the challenges and the advantages of different forms of “structured mobility” at Doctorate level in the context of the debate on doctoral training in Europe and the role of European university networks in the future European Education Area. It is organised by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Registration for this event is now officially closed.  If you are still interested in attending, please contact:

The target audience for this activity are: programme directors, staff at Doctoral Schools, International Relations staff, academic staff involved in doctoral education and university managers.

Aims and objectives

  • Present the advantages and the challenges of international collaboration at Doctorate level
  • Identify and describe the different types of ‘structured mobility’ at Doctorate level
  • Exchange good practices and share knowledge and experiencesabout doctoral training in collaborative contexts
  • Contribute to Strategic Action 3 ‘Promoting Education Collaboration’ of the YERUN Strategic Plan and in particular to the promotion of joint programmes at Doctorate Level
  • Position YERUN universities to constitute strategic partnerships within the coming European Education Area

Registration is open to staff from all higher education institutions or organisations, though preference will be given to YERUN members.


The sessions will consist of conferences by experts followed by Q&A, roundtables and discussion groups, focusing on both practical aspects of international collaboration at PhD level, as well as general issues.  The programme includes a special session on Doctoral Education in the EU, to be held on November 16.

Participation is free of charge, though participants may need to cover the social events. A certificate will be given to all attendees.

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Annamaria Silvana de Rosa: Director of the European/International Joint Ph.D. on SR & C Research Centre and Multimedia Lab, University of Rome ‘Sapienza’.
  • Gareth O’Neill: President of EURODOC, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers
  • Prof. John Creemers: Director Doctoral School Biomedical Sciences, KU Leuven
  • Prof. Mossadek Talby: Directeur du Collège Doctoral, Aix-Marseille Universitè

Download the programme

Social programme

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, as well as a cultural visit and a conference dinner.
The conference dinner will take place on Thursday Nov 15, 9pm (cost: 35€) at:
Restaurante Zerain
Quevedo 3, Madrid

Practical information

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation. Practical information is given in the document that can be downloaded here.

Participants may apply for funds to cover travel costs and subsistence under the Erasmus+ staff training programme  Contact the international or Erasmus+ office of your higher education institution to find out if these opportunities are available for you.

Organising committee and contact information

This event has been funded by: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Internationalisation Activities), UAM’s Doctoral School (EDUAM) & UAM’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and supported by YERUN.


Amaya Mendikoetxea (Chair)
Javier Díaz-Nido
Olga Fernández Soriano
Ana Llinares
Irene Martín
Margarita Rodriguez


Staff Week on Best Practices for International Collaboration at Doctorate Level


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