Date: 6 and 7 February 2020
Schedule: 9h- 13h and 14h - 18h
Local: Faculdade de Engenharia, room B116
This 16-hours workshop will take place on the 6th and 7th February and targets PhD supervisors.
• Become aware of the new roles of supervisors in the context of the new doctorate.
• Give tools for the early identification of potential conflicts and resolution of the existent ones
in the relation between the supervisor and the PhD researcher.
• Develop a culture of the supervision that albeit being productive supports the PhD candidate.
• Help to achieve satisfactory doctoral experiences, for both supervisors and PhD candidates.
• Advocate on the quality, efficiency and excellence of the doctoral education.
• Create a common and generalised research culture.
• Introduction to the good practices in the supervision. This part offers a general insight to the
current international context of the professionalization of the doctoral supervision, going through
its historical evolution, the concept of supervision, the need to produce doctoral theses of high
quality and the implications of the professionalization of the doctoral supervision.
• Supervision, a multidimensional task. The main functions of the supervisors are analysed:
guidance and academic and professional support, and follow-up of these tasks.
• From the “ideal” to the “real” candidate. The aim is to identify the main preferable
characteristic in the profile of the ideal doctoral candidates, and to assist the supervisors with the
design of tools to remediate the competency mismatches of their PhD candidates, thus helping
them in the development of their future professional career.
• Supervision, a question of style. The characteristics and roles of an effective supervisor are
described, as well as the importance of good relation between supervisors and PhD candidates.
Special attention is given to the expectations of both supervisors and supervisees and to the
diversity of styles that can facilitate an effective supervision.
• Problems in the supervision: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. The focus is on the
anticipation of the identification of potential sources of problems and conflicts that can emerge
all along the living cycle of the doctoral thesis. Tools to help solving these issues are presented
This initial course contains four modules on the basic topics of good practices in doctoral
supervision. Each module starts with a short presentation of the main concepts that will be
treated, followed by interactive exercises performed by the supervisors in groups, working in
The objective is that there is a “before and after” in one’s own conception and awareness of the
supervisory role. To achieve this, emphasis is given not to the conceptual contents, but above all
to the process based on the experience.
Supervisors of different disciplines and with different degrees of experience can work together in
a collaborative way. This methodology allows supervisors to create their own tools that facilitate
and systematise the process of supervision. Attendance is therefore indispensable in the
development of this training programme, with the added value of making possible the interaction
between peers and creating a forum of dialogue on the doctoral supervision as a professional
practice, forum which up to now did not exist in our university. This diversity between participants
can be beneficial because it reveals that, despite the very different ways of working in the
different areas of knowledge during the doctorate, the main challenges and problems are
common to all. Therefore, although the task of the supervisor is often very individual and solitary,
the training activities provide room for meetings and support that many times continues and goes
beyond the duration of the workshop.
These training activities are not aimed at giving global and magic recipes to become a good
supervisor. All the opposite, what is looked for is that the participants are able to create their own
tools to perform a systematised follow-up of the process of supervision when needed, and always
adapted to their specific needs in a continuum evolutionary process.
A inscrição no workshop tem um custo de 50¤.
This workshop is organized by the MEA - Unidade para a Melhoria do Ensino e Aprendizagem, Pró-Reitoria para a Inovação Pedagógica with the collaboration of LEA - Laboratório de Ensino-Aprendizagem, FEUP.