National doctoral education day 2022
Welcoming address by Vice-Rector for Research Osmo Rätti

Please download here the welcoming address given by Vice-Rector for Research Osmo Rätti:

vice rectors welcoming words_final for website.pdf

Presentation slides by keynote Alexander Hasgall

Please download here the slides presented by keynote Alexander Hasgall:

AH 06.10._Final_Finnish National Doctoral Education conference.pdf

Take-home messages and abstracts of workshop A "What characterises a good orientation?"

9:30–10:00 Registration & coffee (entry hall, F-building)

10:00–10:15 Welcome address (Esko & Asko hall, F-building)
Osmo Rätti, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Lapland

Keynote title: Doctoral education in Europe: Preparing early-stage researchers to address our common future. (Esko & Asko hall, F-building)
Keynote speaker: Alexander Hasgall, Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE). The keynote will be held remotely.

Panel discussion: What will doctoral education look like in 2032? (Esko & Asko hall, F-building)
Moderator: Research Professor Kamrul Hossain, Arctic Centre.
Pirjo Nikander, Research Director, Doctoral School, Tampere University
Auni Haapala, Doctoral Researcher, University of Lapland
Juha Himanka, Chair of Doctoral Programme Board, University of Lapland

[lunch break, own cost]

Panel discussion: How could we together build good pathways for communication and interaction in the academic community? (Esko & Asko hall, F-building)
Moderator: Service Manager, PhD Minna Söderqvist, Aalto University.
Sanna Vehviläinen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland
Vesna Holubek, Doctoral Researcher, Tampere University
Tiina Kotti, Planning Officer, Aalto University
Jouko Nuottila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lapland

[short transfer break]

Parallel mini-sessions (A–B) with short presentations on good practice:

A. What characterizes a good orientation? (F2059)
Host: Planning Officer Tiina Kotti, Aalto University

B. What can be achieved through dialogue between supervisors? (F4014)
Host: Professor, Director of Graduate School Pirjo Nuutila, University of Turku

Poster exhibition on development work of doctoral education at Finnish universities (F-hub, meeting room)

[short transfer break]

Thank you and closing words over coffee (restaurant Petronella, F-building)
Osmo Rätti, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Lapland

Evening programme:

Free entry to the art exhibition in Korundi House of Culture (address: Lapinkävijäntie 4)

  • guided tour offered to conference participants (more info coming up)


18:00–20:00 Conference dinner, payable upon registration (52,50 euros) (Korundi House of Culture, address: Lapinkävijäntie 4)


The expectations that doctoral schools and doctoral education services at Finnish universities face have become increasingly varied. There is need for discussing their role in light of emerging expectations. This day is an opportunity to help shape the future of doctoral schools and services in the spirit of openness, internationalization, and accountability that thematise the day.

The programme includes a keynote, panel discussions, and mini-sessions focusing on day-to-day research administrative support work, development, dialogue between supervisors, and the role of doctoral researchers in the university community – now and in the future.

We welcome all who take an interest in the development of doctoral education, especially directors of doctoral programmes and doctoral schools, experts working in the administration and development of doctoral education and, of course, supervisors and doctoral researchers.

The language of the day is English, considering the international group of participants, but questions and comments can also be asked in Finnish.

There is a conference dinner (own cost, in total 52,50 euros) served in the Korundi House of Culture (address: Lapinkävijäntie 4). You can pay the dinner cost upon registration.

As an alternative to arriving to here in situ, the plenary can be followed remotely. We have considered different participants and are organizing this day pro bono – without a registration fee – also in order to facilitate travelling to Rovaniemi. Welcome!

Call for submissions for the workshops (closed on 22 September 2022)

We invite submissions for the workshops (i.e. mini-sessions). The mini-sessions will include two-slide presentations of best practice. The two-slide presentations are presented by the presenter in 5–10 minutes. The session will end with discussion, and a summarizing conclusion will be given by the host of the session.

Kindly note that there is no online participation for the mini-sessions.

We welcome submissions that discuss good practices from traditional or more novel, emerging perspectives on the topic of the mini-session.

The parallel mini-sessions are (A–C):

A. What characterizes a good orientation?
Host: Planning Officer Tiina Kotti, Aalto University

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B. What can be achieved through dialogue between supervisors?
Host: Professor, Director of Graduate School Pirjo Nuutila, University of Turku

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C. What has been achieved by introducing electronically published dissertations? Lessons learned and ways forward.
Host: Information Specialist, PhD Taina Saarenpää

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How to submit: To submit your proposal, send the abstract (100 words) to by 22 September. Mention in your message the session you wish to submit to (A, B or C).

Registration (closed on 22 September 2022)

Click here to register, open until 22 September >

All participants are required to register, also those following the day online. This is free of charge, but we need to know how many participants we have and who the participants are and what stakeholder group they represent.

Participants are also invited to join the conference dinner. If you wish to join the dinner, the cost of the dinner is 52,50 euros and it is payable upon registration. Otherwise, the event itself is free of charge, and, thus, open and accessible for all those interested.

As an alternative to arriving to Rovaniemi, the plenary can be followed remotely via a one-way stream link. The mini-sessions are only for onsite participants.

The organizers welcome you