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Qualification for Supervisors

Supervision can have a decisive influence on the progress and outcome of a (doctoral) project. Yet, good supervision requires skills that are not necessarily trained in the classical career of a scientist. The Supervisors’ Forum offers trainings as well as peer counselling formats that are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of supervision and are easy to integrate into daily supervision routines.”

Supervision 101

This training´s main objective is to make the FZJ supervisors aware of the tools and background knowledge that would allow them to become more effective and successful in shaping the newer generation of graduate students and doctoral researchers. Supervision 101 is a one day training offered on a regular basis (every 12 to 18 months). It addresses four main themes and related subtopics:

  1. Roles and responsibilities;
  2. PhD profile and recruiting;
  3. Goal setting and evaluation;
  4. Communication

Supervision 101 is organized as a practical training with an equal amount of lectures and hands-on practical exercises. The practical exercises are usually conducted in small groups and are meant to provide practical experience with the concepts and ideas that have been explained in the lectures.

Peer group supervision

Peer group supervision is an effective form of leaderless peer group counselling. Participants discuss challenging situations in their professional lives and attempt to find solutions. They also learn about ways of better managing professional problems and reducing stress.

Peer group supervision offers the following benefits:

  • improves the quality of supervision through peer-based feedback on a particular topic or a specific issue
  • provides support in resolving conflicts and difficult problems
  • taps into the potential of the network of supervisors at Forschungszentrum Jülich


This activity is part of the initiatives of the Supervisors' Forum and is meant for the benefit of the Forschungszentrum Juelich Supervisors:

  • It is based on volunteers. There is no restriction to participate as long as the participant is or acts as a day-to-day supervisor.
  • Each meeting should have enough participants to constitute at least one group (5-8 people).
  • The groups composition should be the most heterogeneous possible. Ideally no two people of the same institute should be part of the same group. This is to allow the participants to be as open as possible in presenting or discussing an issue, and eliminate any bias.
  • Members of a group abide to a confidentiality agreement meant to protect the people whose information is shared in the group.

PGS events are planned on a regular basis and are announced via the mailing list.

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