The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was launched in 2008 at the initiative of the European University Association, responding to a growing interest in doctoral education and research training in Europe. We are now the largest European network in this field, covering more than 30 countries and bringing together a community of academic leaders and professionals from over 230 universities awarding doctoral degrees and institutions working on issues related to doctoral education and research training.
Since its creation, we have been leading the transformation of doctoral education in Europe, facilitating the impact of universities on European policy developments. Building on the outcomes of EUA’s work on doctoral programmes and research careers, we have been the driving force behind the implementation of the Salzburg Principles and Recommendations and promoting doctoral education as the main intersection between the European higher education and research areas. EUA-CDE reaffirmed its commitment to this with Taking Salzburg forward.
The main objective of EUA-CDE is to strengthen the doctoral research capacity of European universities to attract and shape talented early-stage researchers in a competitive and global environment. By promoting collaboration and exchange of good practices among its members and disseminating the outcomes of its work, EUA-CDE makes an important contribution to the development of doctoral education and research training in Europe.
EUA-CDE is overseen by a Steering Committee, which has full responsibility for the development and implementation of our activities and events. The current Steering Committee is composed of the following members:
Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Since 2010 he has been responsible for the university’s research strategy and its implementation, doctoral training, and for business engagement and commercialisation activities, as well as general executive duties. He continues to be active in research and policy advice to governments and business with his current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve). In 2011 he was elected to the Academia Europaea.
Head of the Doctoral School of the University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia since January 2015. She was Vice-Dean for postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UL (2007-2011). Professor Kanjuo Mrčela teaches sociology of work and economic sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
Professor Edwin Constable has been involved in supramolecular chemistry since its inception and has published over 500 research papers and many books. In 1993 he became Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel, where he remained until 2000, when he returned to the United Kingdom to a Chair of Chemistry in Birmingham. In 2002 he returned to Basel, where he currently holds a Chair of Chemistry. He was previously Research Dean of the Faculty and is currently Vice-Rector for Research.
Professor of circuit theory and electromagnetic compatibility with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications at Politecnico di Torino. He serves as the Director of the Doctoral School at Politecnico di Torino. His research interests include the fields of signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility, to which he contributed with more than 200 papers.
Full professor of informatics and mathematics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, where he holds the Scientific Computing chair in TUM’s Informatics Department. From 2010 to 2013, Bungartz was Dean of Academic Affairs of his department, and since 2013, he has served as both Dean of Informatics and TUM Graduate Dean, heading the TUM Graduate School.
Professor Martine Rahier was granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 1988 and became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. She served as rector of the University of Neuchâtel from 2008 to 2016. She was a member of the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities (2008-2016) and president (2013-2015) of the “swissuniversities”. She has been member of the German Accreditation Council since 2013, Vice-President of European University Association since 2015 and a member of the Council of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria since 2017.
Professor Mary McNamara is the Head of the Graduate Research School at Dublin Institute of Technology. Mary manages graduate research programmes at DIT and with the graduate research school team, administers the academic guidelines and regulations of the Institute in relation to postgraduate research awards. She is the guarantor of graduate research quality assurance and also works with schools and colleges in the development of structured PhD programmes.
Professor of Physics at Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France. Since September 2015 he is Director of the Doctoral College which federates the 12 AMU Doctoral Schools. He is strongly involved in the doctoral education at AMU and from 2012 to 2015 was Director of the Doctoral School of Physics. From 2013 to 2015, he was also "Chargé de mission" to the research Vice-President for relations with AMU research structures.
Professor of Medical Biophysics and Vice- Rector for Research and Innovation at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey. He is the national infrastructures representative of the Turkish Research Council, TUBITAK, for the European Commission. Additionally, he has been a member of the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), contributing to a number of strategic road mapping documents on the European research landscape. He is currently the Chair of the ESFRI Health and Food Strategy Working Group of Europe.
Professor of Finance and Dean of Research at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. He received his PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2001. Prior to joining Hanken in 2008, he worked at Gonzaga University in the USA. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, financial markets and financial institutions. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, and many other finance journals. Professor Korkeamäki is the chairman of the Graduate School of Finance, a consortium that organises doctoral courses and workshops for Finnish Business Schools, and he is also the vice chair of the Nordic Finance Network.
Our day to day work of is implemented by the EUA-CDE Secretariat, which is composed of the following staff: