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.



DAY 1: THURSDAY  18 April, 2024
  09:00 – 13:00Registration/Coffee
 11:00 – 13:00ORPHEUS EC Meeting
    13:00 – 14:00

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Address:

Prof. John Creemers – Organization for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System, President of ORPHEUS

Prof. Levan Tvildiani – David Tvildiani Medcial University, Rector

National Authority(ies) 

Session 1A
    14:00 – 16:00

Panel Discussions:

How Universities and/or Doctoral Schools can Engage in a Common Direction for Research Assessment Reform, While Maintaining Organizations’ Autonomy

Moderators: Prof. Joana A. PalhaSchool of Medicine, University of Minho, Portugal

                    Prof. Melita KovačevićUniversity of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. John Creemers, President of ORPHEUS – Research Assessment Reforms in ORPHEUS Member Universities

Prof. Harm Peters, President of AMSE – How AMSE Member Schools can Respond on Research Assessment Reform, While Maintaining Organizations` Autonomy

Assoc. Prof. Subha Ramani, President of AMEE – Balancing Common Direction for Research Assessment Reform and Organizations` Autonomy

Prof. Stephane Berghmans, Founder of CoARA Coalition and Author of EUA Agreement, EUA-CDE – Rethinking Research and Academic Career Assessment The Role of Universities

Prof. Menico Rizzi, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy and CoARA – The Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) First Outcomes of a Global Initiative for a Systemic Change of Research Assessment

Prof. Ricardo León-Bórquez, President of WFME – Can the PGME Standards of the WFME be Used for PhD Programs

16:00 – 16:20Coffee Break
Session 1B
   16:20 – 17:00

Keynote Presentations:

Chair: Giorgi Chakhava – Assoc. Prof. DTMU

Prof. Robert A. Harris, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden – 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

Chair: Tinatin Zurashvili – Assoc. Prof. DTMU

An Overview of the Current State of Turkish Member Graduate Schools of Health Sciences and Their Expectations from ORPHEUSProf. Dr. Hakan S. Orer, Koç University, (Istanbul, Turkey)

Implementation of Honoring the Most Successful PhD Theses A 5-Year Analysis at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade – Prof. Petar Milovanovic, University of Belgrade, (Belgrade, Serbia)

Interdisciplinary Hubs of Academic Collaboration The Case of One Health within Una EuropaAn Huts, Sr Adviser on Joint PhD, KU Leuven, (Leuven, Belgium)

Preparing Leaders in Biomedicine through an Innovative Doctoral Curriculum ApproachDr. Rahimi Syaidah, Universitas Indonesia, (Indonesia)

Uncovering and Addressing Undesirable Practices along the PhD Trajectory Signaling, Escalation and Action PlanMandy Xian Hu, PhD Advisor, Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School, (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

19:00 – 24:00Welcome Reception ORPHEUS 2024
DAY 2: FRIDAY  19 April, 2024


   10:00 – 10:45

                                                      Session 2 A

Keynote Presentations:

ORPHEUS Labeling

Chair:  Hakan S. Orer – Prof. Koç University Ethics Committees, Chair, UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, Member, ORPHEUS, Executive Committee Member

Prof. Gül Güner-Akdoğan, Medical Biochemistry School of Medicine, Izmir University of Economics, Balcova, Izmir

Orpheus Labelling

Prof. Joana A. Palha, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Portugal

What an institution goes through, for labelling


   10:45 – 11:45








Short Communications 2

Chair: Gvantsa Kharaishvili – Prof. DTMU

Academic Integrity Challenges and Solutions in the Age of Generative Artificial Intelligence Prof. Ekaterina Kldiashvili, TMA, (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Effectiveness and Efficiency of Using E-Learning Management System for Doctoral Education at Universitas Indonesia Prof. Asmarinah, Universitas Indonesia, (Indonesia)

Perceptions and Expectations on the Integration of Technology and Large Language Models in PhD Education A Comparative Study of PhD Candidates and Supervisors – Y. Güldiken, Istanbul University, (Istanbul, Türkiye)

Strengthening PhD Education in Health Sciences- Transferable SkillsTugce Necla SELVI, PhD Candidate, Bursa Uludağ University, (Bursa, Turkey)

11:45 – 12:00Coffee Break


12:00 – 12:50

                                                       Session 2 B

Keynote Presentations:

Chair: Giorgi Pkhakadze – Prof. DTMU, Consultant at World Health Organization, Geneva


Prof. Mariëtte van den Hoven, Amsterdam University Medical Centre, Dep Ethics, Law and Humanities

What Do PhD’s and Their Supervisors Need to Be(come) Responsible Researchers Innovations in RCR Training in Rapidly Changing Research Practices

12:50 – 13:45

Panel Discussions:

Moderator: Prof. Robert A. HarrisKarolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden


PhD Candidate Perspective:

Kaan Mert Guven, PhD candidate Presenting Updated ORPHEUS Charter of PhD and Supervisors’ Relationship

PhD Student and Supervisor Relationship from PhD Student Perspective

Supervisor Perspective:

Prof. Cormac Taylor, School of Medicine, Dublin, Ireland

Guiding Principles for PhD Supervision


PhD Ombudsman:

Eva Boffe, Policy Advisor for the Doctoral School of Biomedical Sciences (KUL) –

Fostering a Supportive Academic Environment Ombuds Services at the DS-BMS

13:45 – 14:00Coffee Break

   14:00 – 15:00


Parallel Workshops:


Chairs: Rusudan Agladze – Assoc. Prof. DTMU; Tamar Talakvadze – Prof. DTMU; Aleksandra Nadiradze – PhD Candidate, DTMU


N1.  Workshop: Supervisors Training


Improving Mentor-Doctoral Student Relationship in Postgraduate Doctoral Study in Biomedicine and Health Sciences on Supervisor Training


Prof. Janet Carton, University College Dublin, Ireland


N2.  Workshop: ORPHEUS Labeling


Prof. Gül Güner-Akdoğan, Medical Biochemistry School of Medicine, Izmir University of Economics, Balcova, Izmir


N3.  PhD Workshop: Challenges in Ethics and Scientific Integrity in Research and Professional Development: From the Perspective of PhD Students


Prof. Ana Borovecki, University of Zagreb, Croatia,

Aleksandra Nadiradze, PhD Candidate, DTMU

15:00 – 16:00

Lunch Break


Ongoing Poster Session

Evaluator: Prof. Nebojsa Lalič, Faculty of Medicine of Belgrade University, Serbia


   16:00 – 16:30

ORPHEUS Pathway: Past, Present and Future

Chair: Sergo Tabagari – Prof. DTMU


Prof. Zdravko Lackovic, ORPHEUS Founding President, Zagreb University, Croatia –

Organization supporting contributing universities through providing best practices in research on research since 2004

Prof. John Creemers, President of ORPHEUS, KU Leuven, Belgium –

ORPHEUS Future Plans


16:30 – 18:00ORPHEUS General Assembly (attending only members)
20:00 – 23:00Gala Dinner
DAY 3:    SATURDAY  20 April, 2024
Session 3A
   10:00 – 10:40

Keynote Presentations:

Chair: Harm Peters – Prof, President of AMSE

Assoc. Prof. Subha Ramani, AMEE, President, Harvard Medical School – Pursuing a Doctoral Programme Successfully A Primer for Clinical Educators

   10:40 – 11:30

Short Communications 3

Chair: Tinatin Zurashvili – Assoc. Prof. DTMU


Effectiveness and Efficiency of Using E-Learning Management System for Doctoral Education at Universitas Indonesia – Prof. Asmarinah, Universitas Indonesia, (Indonesia)

Evaluating the Quality and Quantity of Thesis-Related Publications After ORPHEUS Label at Hacettepe University – Prof. Muge Yemisci, Hacettepe University, (Ankara, Turkey)

What Do PhD Students and Advisors Expect from Each Other Examining Expectations in Doctoral Student-Supervisor RelationshipK.M Guven, PhD Candidate, Acibadem University, (Istanbul, Turkey)

 Navigating Challenges in PhD Education at TSU Faculty of Medicine: A Path Towards Regulatory Reform and Inclusivity – Prof. D. J. Kordzaia, TSU, (Tbilisi, Georgia)

 11:30 – 12:00Coffee Break
    12:00 – 12:40

Keynote Presentations:

Chair: Joana A. Palha – Prof, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Assoc. Prof. Ken Masters – Medical Informatics, CoM&HS, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Empowering PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences Navigating the AI Revolution

12:40 – 13:00

ORPHEUS EC report: ORPHEUS Survey on Doctoral Programs: A Preliminary Analysis:

Chair: Melita Kovačević – Prof. University of Zagreb, Croatia


Prof. Damir Sapunar, ORPHEUS Secretary, University of Split, Croatia

Are Our Doctoral Programs Merely Vocational Schools Insights from the Orpheus Survey Report

13:00 – 13:15Flag Ceremony, Presenting Next Conference
13:15 -14:00                                                              Lunch
15:00Social Program – Recommend on Website Few Additional Things for Participants