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”

For an interview about the program in Dutch click here.

For price see: Practical.

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 from role models
- Becoming your own role model

Target audience

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


Three days


Fall 2021 (November 25th 2021, January 19th 2022, March 17th 2022)
NB. This group is full.
Dates for a new group will be announced as soon as possible


Price 2021

Amsterdam UMC (VUmc and AMC employees): 1050,- euro
External participants: 1260,- euro


VU Campus
NB. If this course cannot take place on the VU campus due to COVID regulations, the course will take place online.


We will apply for ABAN accreditation for medical doctors.


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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