22nd October 2012, Workshop, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Ottawa. Michael Mulvany and Roland Jonsson from ORPHEUS held workshop

October 22nd 2012, Workshop, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Ottawa. 08:00-13:00

Chair: Dr Andrew Watson, The University of Western Ontario


19th-21st October 2012, ORPHEUS Executive Committee meeting was held in Marseille (France)

October 19th-21st 2012, ORPHEUS  Executive Committee meeting was held in Marseille (France). Host of the meeting on behalf of University of Marseilles was ORPHEUS EC member Professor Andre Nieoullon. Hospitality of professor Nieoullon was memorable. Most important issues  discussed were:

  • Preparation for 2013 ORPEHUS Conference in Prague
  • Discussion and plans related to globalization  of ORPHEUS outside Europe (ORPHEUS MUNDUS project suggested in Bergen) and possibilities for global PhD standards in biomedicine and health Sciences.
  • Implementation of recommendations from 2012 ORPHEUS Conference in Bergen
  • French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish translations of ORPHEUS-AMSE-WFME Standards for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in Europe. Thanks to Professor Andre Nieoullon and Professor Luis Martinez Millan French and Spanish translations are finished.
  • Preliminary discussion about 2014 conference in Lausanne.


ORPHEUS EC work during a meeting in Marseilles

ORPHEUS Executive Comitte participants at the meeting in Marseilles

11th-13th October 2012, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Comenius University (CU), University of Martin, Slovakia organized ORPHEUS Workshop: "PhD Study from the Student´s View"

October 11th-13th 2012 Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Comenius University (CU), University of Martin, Slovakia organized ORPHEUS Workshop: "PhD Study from the Student´s View"


4th October 2012, PhD workshop, University of Melbourne

PhD workshop, University of Melbourne. October 4th 2012.. 12:00-15:00. 'Safeguarding the PhD as a research degree while ensuring employability of PhD graduates'.


28th September 2012, PhD workshop, Monash University, Melbourne

PhD workshop, Monash University, Melbourne.September 28th 2012.
The new Monash PhD in Biomedical Sciences: What’s best for our students?


25th-27th April 2013, ORPHEUS conference in Prague

8th ORPHEUS conference, will be held in Prague  April 25th-27th 2013 . Main topic: „Towards international PhD standards”.


Conference web site:

Prague website

23rd-27th September 2012, Doctoral week, EUA Doctoral Week: Global perspectives, Karolinska Institute

Doctoral week, EUA Doctoral Week: Global perspectivesKarolinska Institute. September 23rd-27th 2012. CODOC, EUA-CDE, ARDE (ZL,MM). Zdravko Lackovic and Michael Mulvany represented ORPHEUS. Zdravko Lackovic gave a talk. Further info: http://www.eua.be/EUA_Doctoral_week.aspx

17th February - 21st March 2013, ORPHEUS President Zdravko Lackovic at Medical University of Karaganda

February 17th- March 21st 2013 ORPHEUS President Zdravko Lackovic was visiting Karaganda Medical University (KMU). Kazakhstan. Beside presenting ORPHEUS, to colleagues from Karaganda and some other Kazakhstan centers he had a lecture at conference on Evidence Based Medicine, and give several lectures to PhD and Master students on introduction of science. At the end of his stay Professor Lackovic prepared critical  report for the Faculty Board of KMU with suggestions how to improve research activity, visibility of research at KMU and how to organize and improve PhD Program.

Z. Lackovic, NeilaTankibayeva and  S Tabagary visiting Holding Phytochemistry Karlag prison camp museum - Badalina Aigul, S. Tabagari, N. Scherbak and Z. Lackovic Prof. Lackovic lecturing wih excellent trnslator Dr Viktor Riklefs
Entrance of KMU with statute of Avicenna Conference on Evidence based Medicine Visiting Laboratory
with students training clinical skills With PhD student family. Grandma is preparing kumis (horse milk with lactose fermented in alcohol) Good by performance by KMU students

20th-21st September 2012, High level dialogue meeting



Aarhus. September 20th-21st 2012.

This meeting brought together rectors of Edinburgh and Aarhus University together with the European Commission, and several other organizations such as LERU, VITAE and ORPHEUS. The meeting agreed that although there are differences between Scandinavian and UK PhD programmes, the intended outcomes were similar: that PhD graduates should be trained researchers at the highest level, and that PhD training should provide the competencies needed for employment either within or outside of academia.

Meeting communique: see http://www.au.dk/fileadmin/www.au.dk/Internationalt_Center/Communique_High_Level_Dialogue.pdf


Dorothy Kelly, Executive Board Chair, The Coimbra Group; David Gani, Governor, The Career Development Organisation and founding member of the Scottish Researcher Careers Coordination Forum; Alexandra Bitusikova, Vice-Rector for Research, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia; Peter van der Hijden, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission; Zdravko Lackovic, President, ORPHEUS; Vaclav Hampl, Rector, Charles University; Slobodan Radičev, President EURO-DOC; David Bogle, Headof University College London’s Graduate School and chair of LERU’s Doctoral Studies Community; Katrien Maes, Chief Policy Officer, LERU; Janet Metcalfe, Chair and HEAD of VITAE; Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh; Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Rector, Aarhus University and Vice-Chair, EUA; Lise Wogensen Bach, Vice-Dean, Aarhus University; Johnny Laursen, Head of the Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University; Mary Bownes, Senior Vice Principal External Engagement, University of Edinburgh; Jeremy Bradshaw, Dean of Postgraduate Taught & International, University of Edinburgh. Observers: Jon Turner, Director, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh; Michael Mulvany, Vice President at Orpheus and professor, Aarhus University; Kristian Thorn, Deputy University Director, AU Research and Talent, Aarhus University; Kirsten Wisborg, Head of Talent Unit, Health, AU Research and Talent at Health, Aarhus University; Jeppe Dørup Olesen, Head of Central Talent Unit, AU Research and Talent, Aarhus University.

5th-8th September 2012, European Congress of Immunology (EFIS), Glasgow, Scotland, 5 - 8 September 2012. ORPHEUS-EFIS Symposium, “PhD in immunology”.

EFIS is an umbrella organization that represents more than 12,000 individual members from 29 member societies in 31 European countries (all European Union member states and all other European states) and reaches beyond the European boundaries to Israel. This year conference was held in Glasgow. ORPEHUS together with EFI)S organized a workshop: "PhD in Immunology"  Program was as follows:

ORPHEUS-EFIS - "PhD in Immunology"
 Chairman Mr Seppo Meri - Finland  ORPHEUS Standards as a tool to improve the quality of PhD programs, prof. Zdravko Lacković - Croatia  Evaluation of PhD programs, prof. Roland Jonsson
 ORPHEUS Standards as the answer to the crisis of PhD degree, Mr. Michael J. Mulvany  Importance of collaboration and networking, Mr. Hannes Stockinger  Discussion, prof. Zdravko Lacković, prof. Roland Jonsson and Mr. Hannes Stockinger

27th-28th November 2012, ORPHEUS Workshop, Cologne

Workshop November 27th-28th 2012 . Cologne. “Career Development for PhD Students:Research Training for the Knowledge Society”

This conference discussed new developments in PhD education in Germany, in particular as regards ensuring that PhD graduates receive training in the competencies they will need in their future careers, whether it be in academia or outside.


5th-8th September 2012, Symposium "PhD in immunology"

September 5th-8th 2012, European Congress of Immunology (EFIS), Glasgow, Scotland, 5 - 8 September 2012. Symposium, “PhD in immunology”. 18:00-19:30.This workshop discussed the development of European PhD programmes in immunology and the standards to be expected.Chairs: Seppo Meri (Helsinki) and Catherine Sautès-Fridman (Paris)

  • Introduction by chairs (15 min)
  • Zdravko Lackovic (ORPHEUS President, Zagreb): ORPHEUS Standards as a tool to improve the quality of PhD programmes(15 min)
  • Michael Mulvany (ORPHEUS Vice President, Aarhus): ORPEHUS Standards as the answer to crisis of PhD degree (15 min)
  • Ronald Jonsson (Chair of ORPHEUS2012, Bergen): Evaluation of PhD programmes(15 > min)
  • Hannes Stockinger (Chair of ORPHEUS2010, Vienna): Importance of collaboration and networking (15 min)
  • Discussion (15 min)

22nd-24th November 2012, 9th International Medical Postgraduate Conference, Hradec Králové

November 22nd-24th 2012 9th International Medical Postgraduate Conference will be held in Hradec Králové

 Web site

25th-29th August 2012, Workshop: "Towards Global Standards for PhD Programmes in Medical Education", AMEE, Lyon

August 25th-29th 2012, AMEE, Lyon, France. Workshop: “Towards Global Standards for PhD Programmes in Medical Education”.


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