ORPHEUS 2019: Quality Training Environments for Biomedical Researchers, Dublin

Date: 21–23 March 2019

Venue: O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland D04 V1W8

The themes for the 2019 conference are:

  • Empowering Doctoral Supervisors
  • Building Resilience and Supporting Timely Completion
  • Optimising Student Experience
  • Broadening Horizons

Please see sections provided below for further details on the Programme, Abstract Submissions and Excursions.

For further details on registration, please visit the Registration page.

Early Registration Deadline: 21-Feb-2019

Call for Abstracts

Abstract proposals are invited for oral and poster presentations which examine any of themes listed above. Further details can be found below.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31-Jan-2019

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Abstract Submissions

Abstract proposals for oral and poster presentations are invited which examine any of conference themes listed below:

  • Empowering Doctoral Supervisors
  • Building Resilience and Supporting Timely Completion
  • Optimising Student Experience
  • Broadening Horizons 

Abstracts should be submitted to orpheus2019@ucd.ie and should include:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Affiliations
  • Abstract Text – no more than 250 words 

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31-Jan-2019


As agreed with presenters, selected presentations from ORPHEUS Conference 2019 can be found below, sorted by programme order:

Thursday March 21st:

Friday March 22nd:

  • Prof. Janet de Wilde: Impact of coaching doctoral students in Imperial College London | Imperial College London | Prof. Janet de Wilde Presentation (pdf)
  • Dr. Emer Cunningham: The Irish Survey of Student Engagement for Postgraduate Researchers – Progress to date and future plans | Graduate Studies, University College Dublin | Dr. Emer Cunningham Presentation (pdf)
  • Prof. John Creemers: The pursuit of happiness; Optimising student experience at KU Leuven | KU Leuven | Prof. John Creemers Presentation (pdf)
  • K.F.L. Douma: Advisory consultations for PhD Candidates within the confidential setting of the Graduate School: which themes are discussed and what help can be offered? | University of Amsterdam | K.F.L Douma Presentation (pdf)

Saturday March 23rd:

  • Prof. Carol Robinson: Professional Doctorate programmes in England: The current landscape and future implications | University of Brighton | Prof. Carol Robinson Presentation (pdf)
  • Assoc. Prof. Marguerite Clyne: Developing PhD supervisory experience through structured PhD programmes | School of Medicine, University College Dublin | Prof. Marguerite Clyne Presentation (pdf)
  • Tiago Gil Oliveira: Building an MD/PhD program as a scientific hub to promote biomedical Research | University of Minho | Tiago Gil Oliveira Presentation (pdf)
  • Maria Isabel Sanchez & Concha Peiro: Ways to boost the training horizons of PhD candidates in Health Sciences and Biomedicine at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid | Autonomous University of Madrid | Concha Peiro Presentation (pdf)
  • Reinhard Würzner: Monitoring and Assessment of PhD Training: Update & assessment of the general opinion | Medical University of Innsbruck | Reinhard Würzner Presentation (pdf)
  • Tatjana Pekmezovic: Twelve-year evaluation of PhD study program in Medical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine, University in Belgrade | University of Belgrade | Tatjana Pekmezovic Presentation (pdf) 

Conference Delegates can choose between two optional excursions as listed below scheduled on the afternoon of Saturday, 23-Mar-2019. To register your place on an excursion, please visit the Registration page.

1. Dublin Free Walking Tour:

  • Cost: FREE
  • Date/Time: 23-Mar-2019 – tour start time to be confirmed after registration but will be around 14:30-15:00
  • Duration: Approx. 3 hours
  • Website: https://www.dublinfreewalkingtour.ie/

One of the best ways to explore Dublin and experience its unique atmosphere is on foot. This tour is approx. 3 hours long, so remember to bring comfortable shoes, and appropriate clothing or an umbrella, as Dublin’s weather can be very changeable!

2. Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour:

Jameson Distillery on Bow St., Dublin was founded by John Jameson in 1780 – while much has changed since that time, many of the original structures still stand. The Distillery Tour will cost €16/person and will include the following:

  • Guided Tour: Jameson story, Family History, Process of Making Whiskey
  • Whiskey Tasting
  • Complimentary Free Drink

Please note that if in the event that minimum numbers are not met, these tours may be cancelled. If minimum numbers are not reached, alternative arrangements or a complete refund will be made. Places on all tours are limited and will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of payment. 


The services specified in the tour descriptions above are available at the time of writing. However, in the event that any service(s) become unavailable for any reason, the conference organisers will make every effort to supply alternative services of an equal standard and value but cannot accept any responsibility for failure to provide the specified services.