Supervisor Workshop

How to be a good supervisor

Workshop for PhD supervisors

Course Description

Principal investigators and PhD supervisors are usually faced with considerable challenges of supervision, especially due to recent changes in PhD qualification and current challenges in remote work. In health sciences, the challenges might be even larger due to clinical responsibilities next to research, teaching, and PhD supervision.

This workshop aims to focus on participants’ everyday challenges of PhD supervision. In practical exercises, participants will exchange their experiences in small groups. Furthermore, the experienced trainer will give information about promising practices of supervision in doctoral education. 

Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be aware of:

  • Mutual expectations related to supervision and leadership
  • Their own strengths and shortcomings as supervisor of a PhD student
  • Promising practices in supervising a PhD student

Open for all experienced post-docs up to the professorial level of Swiss TPH and/or the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel. The workshop is tailored to the needs of the participants in that we consider their respective career stages.

Max. 10 participants.

Dr. Beate Scholz – Scholz consulting training and coaching
Beate Scholz works internationally as a trainer and coach at universities and research organizations, among other things focusing on research career development and international research cooperation. Previously, she was in charge of DFG’s research careers unit.


Dates 2023

Spring semester*
19 June, 15:30 – 17:30
26 June, 15:30 – 18:00

*The course in June is fully booked. You can register to be added to the waiting list.

Fall semester
4 December, 15:30 – 17:30
11 December, 15:30 – 18:00


Online via Zoom

Virtual office hours

Please feel free to contact Anja for a virtual office hour meeting with any questions / problems regarding supervision. Details are on the contact page.


Information at the Graduate Center of the University of Basel

“Shaping a Doctorate Together – Guidelines for Supervisors”
English / German