Challenges for supervisors

Professional skills courses

Course information

ECTS: n/a
Number of session: 1
Hours per session: 1.5
Course fee:

  • Attention! This course is for supervisors only.
  • free for supervisors of the Graduate School
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School).

Edition 1 (online)
December 6 (Monday) 2021

Edition 2 (online)
March 10 (Thursday) 2022

Edition 3 (online)
June 15 (Wednesday) 2022


To enrol to our supervisor workshops, please send an email to
Please make sure to list which edition you would like to join.


At the invitation of the Dean of the Graduate School, supervisors from all our faculties can join in an informal conversation about the benefits and challenges of supervising PhD
researchers from different educational and national backgrounds.

Reflexivity on one’s own practices and a willingness to discuss them is one crucial factor in working with a diversity of PhD researchers.

Working method

The conversations are part of the efforts of the Graduate School - our Training the Trainer innovations - to bring supervisors together more regularly, around issues of common interest or concern.

Previous themes included 'inclusivity and diversity' and 'organising writing sessions for
your phD candidates'.

The themes this academic year:

  1. Outcome PhD surveys
  2. Issues around co-authorship
  3. Power structures

We warmly invite suggestions for future episodes!

About the instructor

Liesbet van Zoonen is professor of popular culture and dean of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (EGSH) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Liesbet is also academic director of the Centre for Big Open and Linked Data (BOLD) Cities. She has written about (new) media, citizenship and identity. Her research currently focuses on data and cities.