Doctoral Supervisor Training – Become the next SUPERvisor!
The Doctoral Supervisor Training offers support for the supervision of doctoral candidates on an academic and personal level. In cooperation with qualified trainers, various aspects of supervision, such as my role as a supervisor, leadership through communication, mental health, etc., are examined with best-practice examples in individual sessions. The training will provide you with a holistic overview of how you can best support your doctoral researchers from recruiting to career development.
Through the cooperation with scientists from different fields and institutions, the offer also provides a platform for professional exchange.
The jointly developed training is aimed specifically at professors, junior research group leaders (ECIs) and postdocs at TUM, the two Max Planck Institutes for Biochemistry and Biological Intelligence i.f. and Helmholtz Munich.
The structured program consists of eight modules taking place between October and December 2022. The kick-off as well as the conclusion of the training are designed in a face-to-face format, while the other six content modules take place online via zoom. The modules are linked by an exchange of experiences and practical applications.
If you are interested in participating in our doctoral supervisor training, please fill the registration form until September 15, 2022. Please include a short motivation statement to explain why you would like to join the training.
You will be notified if you have been selected to participate one week after via email.
If you have any questions please contact Neele Meyer at Helmholtz Munich or use the
Content / Learning Outcomes
Oct. 26, 2022, 1 pm - 6 pm, in person
Monika Beer, Janina Häusler
Camila Hernández, Neele Meyer
Getting Started: Understanding my role as a supervisor
Getting to know each other and clarification of expectations
Supervision timeline & formal aspects
Understanding my role as a supervisor
Team building & Get together
Oct. 27, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online
Leading through communication
Understanding which dynamics do occur in your supervisor relationships and how you manage them
The power of conflict and constructive ways to work with them
How understanding your own needs help you to support your doctoral researchers
Nov. 10, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online
Communication over time - How do relationships change?
Nov. 17, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online
Being a role model for staying mentally strong in a challenging work-environment
Healthy self-motivation strategies
Self-calming strategies in stressful times
Knowing warning indicators for mental exhaustion
Establish routines to keep strain and regeneration in balance
Supporting doctoral researchers in dealing with different stressors
Create a safe work environment in which people can flourish
Nov. 24, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online
Recruitment, onboarding and mentoring
Selection of doctoral candidates
Reflection on the ideal doctoral researcher
Transferring theory into practice
Creating a supervisory plan
Reflecting unconscious biases
Dec. 1, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online
Creating a positive and motivating work environment and promoting responsible research
Trustful and motivating environment as a basis for responsible research
Consequences of scientific misconduct
Being a role model for Good Scientific Practice
Collegial intervention (Kollegiale Beratung) & Case Studies
Dec. 8, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online
Nicola Bauer, Meike Rottermann
Effective career support for doctoral researchers
Insights into the needs of doctoral researchers regarding career guidance and how they evaluate the status quo
Openness for the diversity of career options after a doctorate
Knowledge of various career support options
Understanding the benefits for your own lab
Awareness for supportive measures which can easily be provided within the own lab
Dec. 15, 2022, 2 pm - 6 pm, in person
Monika Beer, Janina Häusler
Camila Hernández, Neele Meyer
Guests: Supervisory Award Winner
Alumni of the Supervisor Training Program
Looking back & future vision as a supervisor
Insights from experts & Networking
Reflection: My role as a supervisor after the training
Definition of milestones & implementation strategy to put theory intro practise
Impulse lecture with a supervisory role model and panel discussion with previous participants of the Doctoral Supervisor Training
Exchange of experience & feedback
Maria Prahl studied Human Resource Development, Eastern European History and Intercultural Communication. She works since 2004 as trainer and facilitator in universities, foundations and companies. Website | LinkedIn
Judith Bergner is a licensed psychologist and holds an Executive Master´s degree in business engineering. She founded skillfactors in 2000. Her focus is currently on mental health of employees and the correlation with working conditions and superior interactions. Website | LinkedIn
Dr. Nicola Bauer is a career coach and trainer for postdocs and doctoral researchers at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center and works self-employed as a coach for people in change processes . She holds a PhD in stemcell biology and a Master’s degree in Psychology. Several years in management consultancy gave her great insights into the pharmaceutical and biotec industry. Website | LinkedIn
Meike Rottermann is a certified careers consultant, coach and trainer. She works at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center and self-employed as a careers consultant and business coach. More than 13 years of experience in the academic field gave the Cultural Anthropologist a broad insight into the scientific system (and the challenges of Early Stage Researchers to pursue good work). Website | LinkedIn
Dr. Amudha Brugger is Head of the HELENA Graduate School Office at Helmholtz Munich. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience, is a certified research integrity trainer, and facilitates workshops on Good Scientific Practice for doctoral researchers. She has several years of experience in science management and doctoral training. Website | LinkedIn
Prof. Dr. Rolf Holle is Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice at Helmholtz Munich. After his formal retirement, he is still involved in teaching and research in the field of public health and health economics at LMU Munich. Website
Dr. Monika Beer isHead of Scientific Talent and Career Development, Strategy, Programs, Resources and Director of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) at Helmholtz Munich.
Dr. Camila Hernández Frederick is PhD and Postdoc Coordinator – Career Development at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich.
Dr. Janina Häusler is Project Manager Qualification Program at the TUM Graduate School.
Dr. Neele Meyer is Postdoc Coordinator as part of the Scientific Training and Career Development Team at Helmholtz Munich.