10 Supervision training

Academia Raetica

As postdoc, group leader, PI, or PhD candiate you are taking over the responsibility as supervisor for students. In this workshop we will focus on supervisor skills necessary in the supervisor role. We will ask questions of expectations on both sides as supervisor and as student. Further we will reflect on good agreements for the supervision process and point out difficult situations.

  • Date: Monday, October 2, 2023, ONLINE

  • Time: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

  • Language: English

  • Target audience: Postdocs and group leaders, senior researchers, PIs

  • Course fee for participants from Academia Raetica member or partner institutions: CHF 100

  • External participants (not working at an Academia Raetica member or partner institution): CHF 150

  • Registration deadline: September 7, 2023

  • Max. number participants: 12 (min. number participants 8)

  • Our terms and conditions

  • Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen, daniela.heinen@academiaraetica.ch, phone 081 410 60 84


The participants:

  • reflect on their experiences during their PhD and draw conclusions for the supervisor’s role

  • know basics of coaching/counselling for supervision (e.g. meeting structure, questioning attitude etc.)

  • develop an individual guideline for their own supervision processes


In this workshop we will:

  • reflect on your own experience during your PhD and collect conclusions for the new role as supervisor

  • become aware of the different skills as supervisor

  • get conscious about possible problems during a supervision

  • know the importance of clearly defined agreements

  • know principles of supervision in comparison with coaching/consulting like question types, one’s own questioning attitude

  • practice how a meeting whit a student could be designed

  • develop a guideline for forthcoming supervision processes


  • Input, individual work, exchange in groups and group work, exercises, preparatory task

  • Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences in exchange with the group.


Dagmar Engfer, MSc Geography, Coach and Consultant, Certified Member of BSO (Berufsverband für Coaching, Supervision und Organisationsberatung), lecturer and trainer at universities and in different organisations and companies and lecturer and coach at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, PHZH.


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