Annual Conferences 



The annual conferences are the primary forum for promoting interaction among members with their common field of interest. And the ORPHEUS annual conference is an eagerly anticipated opportunity for all academics, directors and graduate managers, professionals and administrators, to share their best practices, network and grow excellence in their own doctoral education provision.

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

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ORPHEUS Conference 2023 KU Leuven

Innovative Strategies and Concepts for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences

ORPHEUS – Quality in Doctoral Education

We are excited to announce that the ORPHEUS annual conference, 2024 on Innovative Strategies and Concepts for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences is being hosted by David Tvildiani Medical University (DTMU) in Tbilisi, Georgia on April 18th-20th. The venue for the conference is the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace Hotel. Representatives from the ORPHEUS family of members and from AMEE, AMSE, WFME and the EUA-CDE will be participating. Innovative practices in doctoral education, as well as approaches to contemporary challenges being faced by doctoral schools, students and supervisors, will be delivered by selected keynote speakers. The traditional ORPHEUS conference format will of course include student representation, poster sessions and exciting and relevant expert panel discussions.


ORPHEUS Conference 2024


Format of the conference: keynote lectures, short communications (abstract presentations), panel discussions, workshops, poster presentations

18 April 2024

09:00 – 13:00

Registration, morning coffee

11:00 – 13:00

ORPHEUS EC meeting

13:00 – 14:00

Opening ceremony

Welcome speech:

  1. ORPHEUS President
  2. DTMU Rector
  3. DTMU Vice-rector
  4. Local authorities






14:00 – 16:00

Session 1

Chair – Professor Joana Palha

How universities and/or doctoral schools can respond on EUA Agreement establishing a common direction for research assessment reform, while maintaining organizations` autonomy

Panel discussion: 15 minutes for each presentation and 30 minutes for panel discussion

●   President of ORPHEUS: Professor John Creemers

●   President of AMSE: Professor Harm Peters

●   President of AMEE: Professor Subha Ramani

●   Founders of CoARA coalition and author of EUA Agreement, EUA-CDE: Professor Stephane Berghmans

●   ANVUR: Professor Menico Rizzi, Italian National Agency for the evaluation of Universities and Research Centers, member of the Steering Board of the global initiative CoARA – Coalition for Advancing research assessment. University of Piemonte Orientale

●   President of WFME: Professor Ricardo León-Bórquez – Can the PGME standards of the WFME be used for PhD programs?

16:00 – 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 – 17:00

Keynote speech – Professor Bob Harris, Director of Doctoral Education at Karolinska Institute, past president of ORPHEUS:

PhD School`s role in building ecosystems where inventors, business professionals, funding bodies and other key players can collaborate to speed up innovations

17:00 – 18:00

Short communications 1 (10 minutes for each abstract presentation+2min for QA, max 5 presentations)

19:00 – 24:00

Welcome Reception

19 April 2024


10:00 – 10:45

Session 2

Keynote speakers: ORPHEUS Labeling (15 minutes for each presentation, 15 min for QA)

1.     ORPHEUS Labeling – Professor Michael Mulvany

2.     ORPHEUS Labeling – Professor Joana Palha

10:45 – 11:45

Short communication 2 (10 minutes for each abstract presentation+2min for QA, max 5 presentations)

11:45 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 12:50

Session 3

Keynote speech: Professor Mariëtte van den Hoven, Professor of Ethics, Law & Medical humanities, APH – Global Health and Quality of Care, Amsterdam UMC,

12:50 – 13:45

Panel discussion: 15 minutes for each presentation and 30 minutes for panel discussion

  1. PhD Candidate perspective: presenting updated ORPHEUS charter of PhD and Supervisors’ relationship
  2. Supervisor perspective – Professor Cormac Taylor
  3. PhD Ombudsman –Eva Boffe (KUL)

13:45 – 14:00

Coffee break

14:00 – 15:00

Parallel workshops

#1 Workshop on Supervisors training: improving mentor-doctoral student relationship in postgraduate doctoral study in biomedicine and health sciences on supervisor training – Professor Janet Carton,

#2 Workshop on ORPHEUS Labeling – Professor Gyul Guner-Akdogan

#3 PhD workshop on research integrity and ethics – Professor Ana Borovecki and PhD Candidate

15:00 – 16:00

Lunch break

ongoing Poster session




16:00 – 16:30

ORPHEUS pathway: past, present and future

●   Organization supporting/contributing universities through providing best practices “in research on research” since 2004 – Professor Zdravko Lackovic

●   ORPHEUS future plans – Professor John Creemers

16:30 – 18:00

ORPHEUS GA (attending only members)

20:00 – 23:00

Gala dinner

20 April 2024

10:00 – 10:40

Plenary (30 min, 10 min for QA) : AMEE President Professor Subha Ramani – Clinicians doing a PhD in HPE

10:40 – 11:30

Short communication 3 (10 minutes for each abstract presentation+2min for QA, max 5 presentations)

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 12:40

Keynote speech: Professor Master Ken – Associate Professor of Medical Informatics in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. University of Cape Town – Senior Lecturer, IT Education

12:40 – 13:00

ORPHEUS EC report: Orpheus Survey on Doctoral Programs: A Preliminary Analysis – Professor Damir Sapunar, ORPHEUS Secretary, University of Split, Croatia

13:00 – 13:15

Flag ceremony, Presenting next conference

13:15 -14:00



Social Program – recommend on website few additional things for participants

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Past Conferences

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

Leuven 2023

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

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