Annual Conferences

The annual conferences are the primary forum for promoting interaction among members with their common field of interest.

Conferences are the opportunity to discuss best practices, to support members with less experience within the area, and to develop best practices for PhD training.

Conferences are also an opportunity to meet with major stakeholders and to influence the political development of PhD training in Europe and worldwide.

Members have reduced registration. PhD students are welcome, also as contributors.

Next ORPHEUS Conference, Leuven 2023

The 17th ORPHEUS conference will be held in Leuven, Belgium 13-15 April 2023. Further details will be announced shortly.

Doctoral training prepares doctoral candidates for their future careers in a constantly changing
society. At this year’s ORPHEUS conference, keynote speakers and presenters selected from
submitted abstracts, will address how we can really put the I’s and O’s in doctoral training.

Open science creates an opportunity for high-quality research, because it makes the entire research
process more transparent and freely available to other scholars and society. European universities
and doctoral networks encourage Internationalization, making it more accessible for researchers all
over the world, while the need for Interdisciplinary research and Intersectoral mobility continues to
grow.

At our annual meeting, this year in Leuven, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges
associated with these contemporary elements of doctoral training and research activities. We
warmly invite you to actively participate in the workshops, panel discussions, presentations and
poster sessions, meeting new colleagues as you do and expanding you network.

 

Provisional Program

ORPHEUS 2023, 13-15 April, Leuven

Putting the i’s and o’s in doctoral training; International, Intersectoral, Interdisciplinary, and Open Science

 

Thursday morning:

Premeeting (both workshops of ~90 minutes will be given twice):

How to make a graphical abstract – Luk Cox & Idoya Lahortiga (Somersault1824, Belgium)

How to make your research instafamous – Kristof D’hanens (I Like Media, Belgium)

 

Thursday afternoon:

Opening:

Welcome by John Creemers (President ORPHEUS)

Opening by rector Luc Sels (KU Leuven)

Session 1: Open Science part 1

Open Science = open for business – why you should make it your business! Lennart Martens (University of Ghent, Belgium)

The future of research assessment in the Open Science era. Robert Harris (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

Short talks selected from abstracts

Coffee

Session 2: Open Science part 2

Why it is not all about the data; how can scientists counteract fake social media news Laura Smillie (EC policy analyst, Belgium)

Dealing with aggression as a high-profile scientist in the news; the experience of a virologist during covid. Marc van Ranst (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Explaining the need for animal experiments to the general public. Sabine Chourbaji (Heidelberg University, Germany)

Short talks selected from abstracts

 

Friday Morning:

Session 3: International Collaboration

EUA-CDE thematic peer group report on co-tutelles: how to overcome the major challenges? An Huts (KU Leuven, Belgium)

European University Networks – An insider’s view An Jansen (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Selected talks from abstract

 

Session 4: International Mobility

Exploring the effects of mobility and foreign nationality on internal career progression in universities. Karen Vandevelde (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Brain drain, brain gain, brain circulation.

Selected talks from abstracts.

 

Friday Afternoon:

Session 5: Interdisciplinarity in Research

The University of Zurich’s Art & Science collaboration “Planet Digital”: Bridging the gap between science and society through novel means of science communication. Claudine Leysinger (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

The joys of interdisciplinary/cross sectoral supervision. Cormac Taylor (UCD Dublin, Ireland)

A new model to accelerate the translational cycle to benefit patient care. Péter Hegyi (Semmelweis University, Hungary)

 

ORPHEUS General AssemblyWhat can ORPHEUS do for you in your doctoral program? (Joana Palha [EC member], Ana Borovečki [treasurer], Janet Carton [vice-president], John Creemers [president])

 

Session 6: Ethics and Integrity

Perceptions of plagiarism across Europe and beyond Kris Dierickx (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Research ethics and integrity when starting a PhD – Mind the Gap John Pierson (VUB, Belgium)

Selected talks from abstracts.

 

Saturday morning:

Session 7: Intersectoral collaboration part 1

How a stakeholder engagement panel – a collaboration between the Flemish universities and non-academic partners – bridges the needs of early career researchers and the labour market Nicole Wedell-von Leupoldt (KU Leuven, Belgium) & Katrien De Gelder (University of Ghent, Belgium)

A hands-on course on Regulatory Medical Writing; a win-win for Industry and Academia – Johnson & Johnson (Belgium)

Biotechnology in Flanders; a success story? –Willem Dhooge (FlandersBio, Belgium)

Short talks selected from abstracts.

 

Session 8: Intersectoral collaboration part 2

CIFRE Industrial Doctorates in France. Clarisse Angelier (ANRT, France)

Industry-University collaborations; what are the future competencies for the pharmaceutical sector. Johnson & Johnson

Short talks selected from abstracts

 

Introduction to ORPHEUS2024 & Closing ceremony

 

Saturday afternoon:

Social program

Past Conferences

Below are a list of conferences which have taken place since 2005.

Istanbul 2022

Quality Training Environments for Biomedical Researchers

Braga 2020

Framework for Collaborative Doctoral Education Within Europe

Dublin 2019

Quality Training Environments for Biomedical researchers

Reykjavik 2018

Creativity, Diversity, Feedback and Motivation

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