Superb supervision junior - mentoring your PhD candidate towards responsible conduct of research

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Are you a junior PhD supervisor? In this course we will help you (further) develop the skills to supervise PhD candidates in a competent and conscientious way.

To support junior researchers with responsible supervision, we developed a training that combines personal development and communication skills with practical tools contributing to conducting research in a competent and conscientious way. We integrate key soft skills for supervisors such as listening, giving feedback and coaching with critical understanding of research integrity dilemmas. We highlight tools that enable responsible conduct of research with the recurring question: How will this help your PhD candidate become a responsible researcher? Also, we zoom in on how you can become a responsible role model for PhD candidates.

Quotes from participants:

“An excellent course for reflecting on the aspects of mentoring that are essential” “Modern, up-to-date supervision. You will learn things you were not aware of before!”
“PhD students deserve it that their supervisor follows this training!”
“I fully recommend this course for every supervisor”

Day 1:

- Research integrity & research misbehaviour
- Creating a safe work environment
- Managing expectations
- True Listening
- Giving effective Feedback
- Coaching Essentials
- Fly on the wall exercise for intervision

Day 2:

- A responsible working climate for Open Science
- Solving authorship queries
- Role plays with actors

Day 3:

- Personal pitfalls, drivers from the past
- Recognize and dealing with stress
- The Imposter Syndrome
- PhD, what’s next?
- Learning form role models
- Becoming your own role model

Target audience

Junior supervisors of PhD candidates (postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors)


Three days


Spring (nb. group is full):
Module 1: Wednesday March 11th 2020 (9:00-17:00)
Module 2: Tuesday June 16th 2020 (9:00-17:00)
Module 3: Thursday September 17th 2020 (9:00-17:00)

Fall 2020:
Module 1: Thursday October 29th 2020 (9:00-17:00)
Module 2: Thursday December 10th 2020 (9:00-17:00)
Module 3: Thursday January 28th 2021 (9:00-17:00)

NB. Registering for this course implies attending all three modules.


The price for this course is €960,- p.p.


VU campus


This course is ABAN accredited for medical doctors with 18 points.


This course is conducted by dr. Joeri Tijdink, Tamarinde Haven, MSc. in combination with dr. ir. Louise Mennen. 

Dr. Louise Mennen has worked for more than 10 years as a scientist in academia. She noticed that for pushing science forward, besides increasing scientific skills and knowledge, scientists also need to improve their soft skills and self-awareness. She now trains and coaches scientists, to help stimulate their personal development and inspire them to become better scientists and leaders. Due to her large experience in life science research she knows what research dilemma’s you are currently facing and she knows how to help you with your personal challenges.

Registration procedure

You can use the registration button to show your interest in this course. Based on a short questionnaire, we evaluate whether your profile will suit the junior or the senior course best.


This course is offered in Dutch or English, depending on the participants.

General terms and conditions

When you register for this course, you agree with the general terms and conditions of VUmc Academie. Please take note of our cancellation policy.

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