Zagreb 2005 programme

 

UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

PhD Programmes:  Biomedicine and Health Sciences

With the support of

 

Association of Medical Schools in Europe

 

Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region

 

European Medical Association

 

Association for Medical Education in Europe

 

 

 

 

SECOND EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON HARMONISATION OF PhD PROGRAMMES

IN BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

 

http://bio.mef.hr/conference

 

 

University of Zagreb – Medical School

Zagreb, Croatia, April 22-24, 2005

 

 

 

PROGRAMME


 

SCIENTIFIC & ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

President:

Professor Zdravko Lacković, MD, PhD PhD Program Director, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Secretaries:

Professor Jadranka Božikov, PhD PhD Program Deputy Director, Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Irena Miseviciene, MD, PhD  Vice-Rector, Kaunas University of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania

INTERNATIONAL

Professor Margarita Barón-Maldonado, MD, PhD President of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain

Vincenzo Costigliola, MDPresident, European Medical Association (EMEA), Bruxelles, Belgium

Professor David Gordon, MA, FRCP, F MedSci - President of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE), Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

Professor Petr Hach, MD, PhD - past President (-2004) of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and Emeritus Dean and Vice-Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Dr. Guy Haugh - Expert on the European Higher Education Area (“Bologna process”), Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Cees C. Leibbrandt, MD past Secretary General (1999-2002) of the European Union of Medical Specialist (UEMS), Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Professor Seppo Meri, MD, PhD Head of the Committee for Postgraduate Scientific Studies in Medicine, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Finland

Professor Jadwiga Mirecka, MD, PhD Member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and Head of the Department of Medical Education in Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków

Professor Charles Normand, PhD President of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) and Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Professor Hans Joachim Seitz, MD – German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), South-Eastern-European-Cooperation, Curriculum Reform in Medicine and University Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Professor Osman Sinanović, MD, PhD PhD Programme Director, Medical School, University of Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Professor László Vécsei, MD, PhD, DSc Director of Neuroscience PhD Programme, University of Szeged, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical and Pharmaceutical Centre and Head of the Department of Neurology, Faculty of General Medicine, Szeged, Hungary

CROATIAN

Professor Nada Čikeš, MD, PhD – Dean, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Marija Dominis, MD, PhD former Vice-Dean for postgraduate education, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Smilja Kalenić, MD, PhD - Vice-Dean for postgraduate education, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Luka Kovačić, MD, PhD – acting Director of the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Boris Labar, MD, PhD former Dean of the University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Helena Jasna Mencer, PhD Rector of the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Professor Stjepan Orešković, PhD – former Director of the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

 

INVITED SPEAKERS WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF
THE SCIENTIFIC & ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Professor Arthur Mettinger, MD, PhD – President of the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) and Vice-Rector of the University of Vienna, Austria

Professor Colette Creusy, MD, PhD – Catholic University of Lille, France (Co-author to Dr. Costigliola)

Professor Olesya Hulchiy, MD, Dr, PhD – Vice- Rector of the O. Bogomolets National Medical University, Kiev, Ukraine

Professor Vitaliy Fedorovych Moskalenko, MD, Dr.PH – Rector of the O. Bogomolets National Medical University, Kiev, Ukraine (Co-author to Professor O. Hulchiy)

Professor Katja Breskvar, MD, PhD – Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Professor Vito Starc, MD, PhD – University of Ljubljana Medical School, Slovenia (Co-author to Professor K. Breskvar)

 

Medical School University of Zagreb is deeply honoured to be the host of the first (2004) and now of the Second European conference on harmonisation of PhD programmes in biomedicine and health sciences. The idea was born in Zagreb with the aim to improve our own PhD programme, but we have found out that many other medical schools in different European countries share our dilemmas. Representatives of more than 30 medical schools from 23 European countries will come together in Zagreb. We are honoured and happy to have received support of most renowned European associations in this field, and that we were able to put together scientific and organizing committee consisting of prominent European scholars.

Many new events took place in a short time since the last Conference in April 2004, which make gatherings of PhD programmes representatives in 2005 even more important:

·         The messages from the Berlin Communiqué of Ministers 2003 and the Salzburg seminar “Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society” (3-5 February 2005) will have a significant impact on medical schools and schools of public health. The new recommendations have been created for the Ministers’ meeting in Bergen 2005. It is reasonable to assume that the Bergen Conference is going to propose the PhD programmes, a third cycle of higher education, as a necessary step in the process of the attainment of doctoral degree. Eventually, the doctoral degree will be a prerequisite for academic and scientific career in all countries of the European Union, those seeking the membership, and those trying to have comparable system of high education.

·         Despite of the educational diversity in Europe, some mutual schemes were recognized in Salzburg. At the First European conference on harmonisation of PhD programmes in biomedicine and health sciences in Zagreb it was clearly stated that in the process of the doctoral degree attainment the emphasis must be placed on the advancement of scientific research.

·         The increased number of doctoral candidates is expected, which might lead to the advancement of science all across the Europe. On the other hand, if the implementation of PhD programmes and studies is not meaningfully organized and funded, the number and the quality of the programmes will go down. This situation may perpetuate the status quo, or even worse, it can lead towards the lowering of the existing criteria. Consequently, these negative effects may lower the critical mass of good quality scientists.

·         Establishing of PhD programmes as mandatory third cycle of higher education in all fields of medicine and medical specialisations is a new task for our universities, quite different from some voluntary PhD programmes and international networks seeking for scientific excellence in some very narrow fields. Now, starting from the need of necessary reproduction of academic staff at our universities, we have to make quality programmes in all fields of medicine and medical specialisations. The need for such broad programme (or so many different programmes) may lead to a lack of the knowledgeable experts and supervisors in some European countries, particularly in some medical fields. Greater cooperation among PhD programmes through the formation of wide international networks all across Europe might be one of the solutions.

·         The important aim of the Conference is to gather in one place the representatives of European universities participating in PhD programmes in biomedicine and health sciences, who can give an insight into their own experiences and the experiences of their countries, as well as try to propose the best way of mutual harmonisation, and creation or transformation of PhD programmes into “third circle of “Bologna process”. Even if the only one outcome would be the extended publication of PhD programmes in Europe, and some general recommendations based on first Zagreb Conference and Salzburg seminar it would still be an important guideline for many universities in creating or reshaping their PhD programmes. Additionally, the proposal of certain recommendations and start of the initiatives for mutual cooperation might be reached and would represent a significant achievement. With more ambitions, timing of the Conference between Salzburg Seminar (January 2005) and Ministers’ meeting in Bergen (May 19-20, 2005) allows us to send our suggestions to Bergen Conference where important decisions will take place.

·         The aims and objectives of the Second European conference on harmonisation of PhD programmes in biomedicine and health sciences are very much similar to that of the First conference and could be seen as their upgrade after Zagreb Declaration and Salzburg Recommendations: analysis of the obstacles and recommendations for quality improvement of PhD programmes. Thus essential topics are: PhD programmes in biomedicine and health sciences in front of challenges of Bologna process. How to develop quality programmes in each field within European medicine and health sciences? Enabling mobility through networking. Establishing minimal quality criteria for PhD thesis, supervisors and PhD programmes. In short it is expected that a document Guidelines for Organisation of PhD Programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences” will be accepted by the Conference.

 


 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

In general, Conference will work in sessions, chaired by several members of Scientific and Organising Committee. Committee will prepare written Conference proposals for discussion. We believe that the exchange of experiences and ideas and the discussion with the invited lecturers will lead us towards the following consensus documents:

  1. Guidelines for the Organisation of PhD Programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences
  2. Letter to the Bergen Ministers Conference
  3. Proposal on future activities

FRIDAY, April 22, 2004

University of Zagreb Medical School

15.00 – 16.00     REGISTRATION

Čačković Hall at University of Zagreb Medical School

OPENING CEREMONY AND KEYNOTE LECTURE

Chair: Professor Helena Jasna Mencer, Professor Nada Čikeš and Professor Zdravko Lacković

16.00 – 16.30     Opening ceremony

16.30 – 17.15     Professor Arthur Mettinger:
The Bologna process from the basic idea to the “third cycle”

17.15 – 18.15     Welcome cocktail

Komedija Theatre, Kaptol 9

20.00 –               Chicago Musical (Komedija Theatre)

 

SATURDAY, April 23, 2005

University of Zagreb Medical School

 9.00 – 9.30        REGISTRATION

Čačković Hall at University of Zagreb Medical School

INTRODUCTION

Chair: Professor Petr Hach, Professor Osman Sinanović and Professor Hans Joachim Seitz

 9.30 – 10.00      Professor Zdravko Lacković on behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committee:
Resumé of the First Conference and the aims of the Second Conference on harmonisation of PhD programmes in biomedicine and health sciences

SESSION 1. CHALLENGES OF THE BOLOGNA PROCESS

Chair: Professor László Vécsei, Professor Seppo Meri and Professor Jadranka Božikov

10.00 – 10.30     Professor Jadwiga Mirecka:
Where is medicine within the Bologna Process?

10.30 – 11.00     Dr Vincenzo Costigliola and Professor Colette Creusy:
DEBOMED: the impact of the Bologna process on medical schools

11.00 – 11.15     Professor Vitaliy Fedorovych Moskalenko and Professor Olesya Hulchiy:
International cooperation in the context of Bologna process: new aims and content

11.15 – 11.30     Professor Katja Breskvar and Professor Vito Starc:
The EUA project on doctoral programmes (Network 4): The impact on Restructuring of Doctoral Programme Biomedicine at University of Ljubljana

11.30 – 12.00     Coffee break

12.00 – 12.30     Professor David Gordon:
PhD Programmes in UK and the challenges of the Bologna Process

12.30 – 12.45     Professor Nada Čikeš:
PhD Programmes in Croatia and the challenges of the Bologna Process

12.45 – 13.30     Discussion

13.30 – 15.00     Lunch (University of Zagreb Medical School)

 

SESSION 2. ACCREDITATION, NETWORKING AND FUTURE ACTIVITIES

Chair: Professor David Gordon, Professor Helena Jasna Mencer, Professor Zdravko Lacković and Professor Margarita Barón Maldonado

15.00 – 15.30     Professor Luka Kovačić and Professor Charles Normand:
Accreditation experience of ASPHER

15.30 – 16.00     Dr. Cees C. Leibbrandt:
Accreditation experience of EMSA

16.00 – 17.00     Discussion on future activities

20.00 – 23.00     Dinner given by Dean of the Zagreb University Medical School Professor Nada Čikeš (Restaurant Kaptolska klet, dinner with live music Kraljevi ulice)

 

SUNDAY, April 24, 2005

SESSION 3. GUIDELINES FOR ORGANISATION OF PHD PROGRAMMES IN BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Chair: Professor Irena Misceviciene, Professor Jadranka Božikov,  Dr. Vicenzo Costigliola and Professor Luka Kovačić

 9.30 – 10.30      Presentation and discussion on Guidelines for the Organisation of PhD Programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences
Part I. Criteria for Advisors and Criteria for Institutions (on behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committee the Guideline will be presented by Professor Irena Misceviciene)

10.30 – 11.00     Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00     Presentation and discussion on Guidelines for the Organisation of PhD Programmes in Biomedicine and Health Sciences
Part II. Structure and Organisation of PhD Programme (on behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committee the Guidelines will be presented by Professor Jadranka Božikov)

12.00 – 12.45     Professor David Gordon:
Letter to the Conference of Ministers in Bergen
Discussion and acceptance of the letter

12.45 – 13.00     Professor Zdravko Lacković:
Conclusions about future activities and closing of the Conference

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch (University of Zagreb Medical School)

 

TRANSPORT: Transfer from/to airport on arrival/departure day is organised for all participants who booked the hotels and provided their arrival/departure time to the travel agency O-Tours. Transfer from hotels Dubrovnik and Jadran to the Conference venue (Zagreb University Medical School) and back will be organised every day. All the transfers are provided by O-Tours free of charge.

 

CONFERENCE FEE: there is no fee for the representatives of European universities, medical schools, research institutes and schools of public health. They are our guests. All registered participants will receive conference material and will be participate in social programme free of charge.

SOCIAL PROGRAMME: Social programme includes: Welcome cocktail on Friday 5.15-6.15 p.m., visit to Komedija theatre where Chicago musical will be performed on Friday at 8 p.m. and Conference dinner in a restaurant Kaptolska klet on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. All the registered participants are kindly invited to participate in social programme sponsored by the Zagreb University Medical School and particularly to be hosted by the Dean, professor Nada Čikeš, at Saturday evening dinner in a relaxing atmosphere with live music performed by the band named Kraljevi ulice (Kings of the street).

Lunches, coffees and refreshments will be served on Saturday and Sunday on the second floor in front of the Čačković Hall and are free for all participants.

ASSISTANCE: Miss Branka Frleta B.A.; PhD Programme Secretary,  will give the assistance and information to participants during the Conference. Internet connection will be available in the computer room.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATION: Official travel and accommodation agency:

O-Tours d.o.o., Gajeva 6, HR-10000 Zagreb, CROATIA

Phone:+385 1 4831 444         Fax:     +385 1 4813 010

E-mail: ivana.bujanovic@otours.hr

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Conference is sponsored by

  • University of Zagreb Medical School,
  • National Foundation for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Croatia and
  • Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.

 

     

Ministry of Science Education and Sports