On Thursday 10 November, the PhD Center  (Dutch Expertise Center for Doctoral Training) is organizing a study day on:
‘Social safety of PhD candidates’
We would like to discuss and study this subject by focusing the KNAW’s recent report on social safety in science , on the situation of PhD candidates. In addition, we will highlight other sources, such as “A healthy practice in the Dutch PhD system”  from UNL and the “Good Practice Principles for Graduate Schools in the Netherlands”  from the PhD Center itself.
The way we want to do this is by means of a limited number of speakers followed by 2 rounds of 5 workshops (of your choice) in which we want to explain the core principles and perhaps arrive at the start of a code of conduct and certainly want to emphasize the importance of prevention. Hopefully the results can again supplement the sources mentioned.
As indicated in the introduction, this day is intended for all those involved in the ups and downs of PhD students: PhD students and their supervisors, deans and employees of Graduate Schools and Doctorate Boards, research policy officers, PhD confidential advisers, PhD counselors, PhD psychologists, diversity and integrity staff, and PhD representatives (such as PNN and local PhD platforms).
The day is planned in Enschede on Thursday, November 10, 2022, and will last from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm with drinks afterwards. The components of this day look something like this (exact program will follow later after submission):
Inge van der Weijden (CWTS, Leiden): Social safety, PhD students and supervisors.
Paul van Dijk (TGS, UT): The (im)possibilities of confidential advisers with regard to PhD students.
Tamarinde Haven (VU/Aarhus): Responsible supervision of PhD students from the perspective of the PhD students and supervisors.
1. Recruitment and introduction (‘onboarding’) – Inge van der Weijden
2. Early identification of problematic relationships: who and how – Paul van Dijk
3. Reports and research – Christine Teelken
4. Instruments to promote early identification – Hannerieke van der Boom
5. Prevention through training, intervision and peer support – Hans Sonneveld