Supervision of PhD Candidates

A Workshop offered by the Human Resources Development

Do you want to know how you can design a good PhD supervision? How to avoid pitfalls inherent in the structure of supervision, such as supervising without disciplinary responsibility? This workshops gives you an overview of the important aspects of a professional supervision relationship and the typical conflicts and how to manage them.

In-person Workshop

Tuesday, September 24, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25, 2024
Individual coaching sessions 45 minutes each


Dr. Neela Enke




Poppelsdorfer Allee 31-33, 3rd floor
The premises are not barrier-free (see FAQ).

Target group

Postdocs | Established Researchers |  Professors


Research Track


Certificate of attendance

9 units are applicable within the "Careers Plus" certificates

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PhD projects – Facts & Context

  • Structural & legal context of PhD supervision | Responsibilities of supervisor and candidate | Supervision agreements | Shared supervision/Supervision committees | The PhD as a process: Phases

My Role as a Supervisor

  • Self-Concept as supervisor | Communication and working style preferences and their implications

A professional Supervision Relationship

  • Transparent expectations | Choosing the best fitting candidate | Feedback and support day to day | Career support and development: possibilities & limitations | Typical conflicts and crises: Prevention, support & management

Frequently asked questions

No. Human Resources Development will cover the costs.

Yes, if an event is fully booked, we will put you on the waiting list. You will then move up if a place becomes available again in time before the start of the event.

The premises of Poppelsdorfer Allee 31-33 will be barrier-free in the near future. At the moment construction work ist still taking place. If required please contact us in advance.

If you need childcare during an event, please contact the Family Office of the University of Bonn.

In order to be able to participate in the training offers of the Human Resources Development of the University of Bonn, you must have an employment contract with the University of Bonn, be an enrolled PhD student, be active in research for the University of Bonn or be an associated member of a research network. 

You will usually be given a certificate at all our events that confirms your attendance at the event and its content.

We also offer a certificate program along the three "Career Tracks": "Research", "Research Management" and "Business & Organizations". For more information, please see the corresponding page of the certificates.

If the currently displayed training course can be credited to one of the three "tracks", this is indicated accordingly.


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Poppelsdorfer Allee 31-33

53115 Bonn

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