ORPHEUS 2014: Creating Career Opportunities for PhDs in Life and Health Sciences, Luasanne, Switzerland

9th ORPHEUS 2014 Conference was held in Lausanne, Swiss, April 3-5, 2014

Conference Participants
9:00 – 18:00Registration
PhD Candidates Pre-Conference Workshop:
Improve Biomedical PhD programs for non-academic careers
(Alexandre Yersin Auditorium)
11:00 -14:00

Dr. Veronika Berghold, PhD Candidate, Representative of ORPHEUS, University of Graz, Austria
Nathalie Neubert, PhD Candidate, ADAS, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Gergely Fügedi, PhD Candidate, Semmelweis University, Budapest, HungaryInvited Scientist:

  • Dr. Denis Billotte , General Secretary, Western Switzerland University Conference
  • Ms. Christa Janko , EMTRAIN, Medical University, Vienna
  • Mr Reto Hartmann , Platinn Innovation Platform, PSE. He is an expert in business development and finance in Life Science, BioTech, MedTech and B2B, including sales & marketing, industrial partnership and product development.

This workshop is supported by the:
§ ADAS, Association of PhDs of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne

Opening Ceremony
(César Roux Auditorium)


Opening Plenary Lecture
(César Roux Auditorium)
15:45 -16:15
  • Dr. Helke Hillebrand , Academic Coordinator and Dean of Graduate Studies EMBL International PhD program, Heidelberg, Germany
    Trade-mark, tradition and plasticity: cornerstones for PhD education in the 21st century


  • Edwin Kroeger , Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Pierre-André Michaud , Vice Dean for Academic Programs, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
16:15 -16:45Coffee Break
Session I: PhDs around the World
(César Roux Auditorium)
  • Prof. Qing Wang
    Vice-Dean of the Graduate School, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing
    Education of biomedical PhD Program in Peking University
  • Dr. Lai Wen Bin
    Director of the Research office, National University Health System (NUHS), Singapore
    PhD education and career opportunities in the field of life and health sciences in Singapore
  • Prof. Nick Goulding
    Director of Education, William Harvey Research Institute, London, UK
    The UK biomedical PhD under the microscope


  • Joey Barnett , Acting Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Philippe Moreillon , Vice Rector for Research and International Relation, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
18:15 -20:00Welcome Aperitif
(Conference Hall)
20:00 -24:00Candidate’s Party
8:00 – 17:00Registration
Plenary Lecture II
(César Roux Auditorium)
8:30 – 9:00
  • Prof. David Gordon
    President-Elect, World Federation for Medical Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Is the Making of Standards like “the Making of Shoes”?


Session II: PhDs around Health Sciences
(César Roux Auditorium)
9:00 -10:15
  • Prof. Sabina de Geest
    Director, Institute of Nursing Science of the University of Basel, Switzerland
    Developing an Educational Infrastructure for Doctoral Studies in Nursing Science at University of Basel in Switzerland
  • Prof. Stuart Anderson
    Associate Dean of Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
    Training Researchers, Developing Leader: New Approches to Doctoral Education in Public Health
  • Prof Jean-Pierre Hornung
    Director, Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Former Chair, Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) Committee
    PhD programs in Neuroscience : structures and challenges in Switzerland and in Europe


  • Roland Jonsson , ORPHEUS Executive Committee
  • Fred Paccaud , Director, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Switzerland
10:15 -10:45Coffee Break
Session III: Quality of PhD Supervision
(César Roux Auditorium)
10:45 -12:00
  • Prof. Gitte Wichmann Hansen
    Centre for teaching and learning, Aarhus University, Denmark
    Quality in the PhD Process
  • Prof. Robert Harris
    Director, Doctoral Education of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
    Outcome based Doctoral Education
  • Dr. Veronika Berghold
    Student Representative of the ORPHEUS Executive Committee, Graz, Austria
    PhD supervision across Europe and beyond: From the PhD candidates’ perspective


  • Ewoud Compeer , PhD Candidate, UMC Utrecht, Netherland
  • Mélanie Bosson , Deputy of junior faculty development, UNIL, Switzerland
12:00 -14:00Lunch and Posters
Session IV: Free Communications
(César Roux Auditorium)
14:00 -15:00

 Prof. Francesco Saverio Ambesi-Impiombato, University of Udine, Italy
SITT (Selection Improvement Topical Team) Model to Study the Influence of Admission Procedure on the PhD Program Outcomes

 Prof. Miroslav Cervinka, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Open Access – The Way Towards International Harmonization in PhD Training

 Prof. Nino Chikhladze, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia,
Ms. Natia Skhvitaridze , University of Georgia
Modernizing PhD Programs in the Framework of SIU Poject through Collaboration with University of TromsØ: TSU and UG Experience

• Prof. Oksana Sulaieva, M. Gorky Donetsk National Medical University, Ukraine
Achieving of ORPHEUS Standards in Ukraine: Illusion or Reality ?


  • Ludovic Pilloux , PhD Candidate, University of Lausanne
  • Luis Martínez Millán , ORPHEUS Executive Committee
  • Radu Oprean , Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania
15:00 -15:30Coffee Break
Parallel Workshops
15:30 -17:00

Workshop 1: Public-Private partnership PhDs and Employability
(Alexandre Yersin Auditorium)

Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher, ORPHEUS Executive Committee
Omaya Dudin, PhD Candidate, University of Lausanne
Christa Janko, EMTRAIN, Med University, Vienna

Invited Scientists:

1. Dr. Johannes Mosbacher, Head Cellular Neuroscience, F. Hoffmann- Roche Ltd
Exploring pathways in drug discovery and development

2. Dr. Mike Hardman, EMTRAIN, VP Science Relations, AstraZeneca
How to be a ‘supercollaborator’

3. Prof. Anita Aperia, EMTRAIN, Professor of pediatrics, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Promotion of a Public-Private-Partnership PhD Programme: Academia Leaves the Ivory Tower

This workshop is supported by the:
§ European Medicines Research Training Network – EMTRAIN

Workshop 2: PhD Supervision & Career Mentoring
(Auguste Tissot Auditorium)

Altyn Aringazina (Head of the Department of Population Health and Social Sciences, Kazakhstan School of Public Health)
Layane Hanna-El-Daher (PhD Candidate, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Invited Scientists:

1. Prof. Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer , Academic Director and Head of the PhD Program “Public Health”, Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)

2. Prof. Robert Harris, Director, Doctoral Education of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

This workshop is supported by the:
§ Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+)

Workshop 3: PhD Education and Careers in Nursing
(Charlotte Olivier Auditorium)

Prof. Gul Guner-Akdogan, Executive member of Orpheus, Graduate School of Health Sciences – School of Medicine, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Turkey
Prof. Diane Morin, Director, Institute of Higher Education and Nursing Research, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Venetia Velonaki, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland

Invited Scientists:

1. Prof Judith Shamian, President elect – International Council of Nurses, Geneva. Prof Shamian is the former President and CEO of the Canadian Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and past President of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). She is also a Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, in Canada. She is involved as a researcher within its Nursing Health Services Research Unit. She was the Executive Director of the Canadian Federal Government’s Office of Nursing Policy for five years. Prof Shamian has published and spoken extensively nationally and internationally on issues surrounding nursing, health human resources, leadership, and health-care policy.

2. Prof David Richards, President elect – European Academy of Nursing Science. A University of Exeter professor, Prof Richards is anchored at the University’s Mood Disorders Centre, and is one of two Professors of nursing to become a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) senior investigator in England. The European Academy links nurse scientists across Europe and provides a forum to meet, work together and develop evidence base for nursing.

This workshop is supported by the:
§ Institute of higher education and nursing research, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
§ Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Switzerland

Workshop 4: ORPHEUS labelling (report PDF)
(Mathias May or Auditorium)

Prof. Michael Mulvany, Vice President, ORPHEUS
Prof. Mirecka Jadwiga, Executive Committee of AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe)

Invited Scientists:

1. Introduction by Chairpersons
2. Dr. Helke Hillebrand, Academic Coordinator and Dean of Graduate Studies EMBL International PhD program, Heidelberg, Germany
Evaluating PhD programs
3. Prof. Zdravko Lackovic, President of ORPHEUS, Zagreb, Croatia
The ORPHEUS labelling project
4. Prof. Tatjana Simic, Vice-Dean of the Medicine School, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Why do institutions want an ORPHEUS label?
5. Discussion: Prof. André Nieoullon, Directeur of the Doctoral School, University of Marseille, France and Dr. Veronika Berghold, Student Representative of the ORPHEUS Executive Commitee, Graz, Austria
What should be required for an ORPHEUS label?
7. Conclusion by Chairpersons

Session V: Responsible Conduct in Research
(César Roux Auditorium)
17:00 -18:15
  • Prof. Lazare Benaroyo
    President, Ethos – Interdisciplinary Ethics Platform, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    Ethics and research: what does it mean to be responsible?
  • Prof. Christiane Woopen
    Chair, German Ethics Council, Director of CERES (Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics and Social Sciences of Health) and Head of Research Unit Ethics
    Sensitising for ethical implications
  • Prof. Henk ten Have
    Director, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Center for Healthcare Ethics, University of Duquesne, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Responsible conduct in research


  • Ana Borovečki , ORPHEUS Executive Committee
  • Lise Wogensen , Vice Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Ruta Vosyliute , PhD Candidate, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Litthuania
19:30 -24:00Gala Dinner
(University Restaurant)

Day 3

Saturday, the 5 th of April 2014: Final Program

9:00 – 18:00Satellite Event: Life Science Career Day
(César Roux Auditorium)
Plenary: Evolution of ORPHEUS Standards
(Mathias Mayor Auditorium)
9:00 – 9:30


Workshop Summaries and Round Table
( Mathias Mayor Auditorium )
9:30 – 10:30


10:30 -11:00Coffee Break
Lausanne Consensus Statement
( Mathias Mayor Auditorium )
11:00 -12:00
  • Stephanie Clarke , President of the Organising Committee
  • Michael Mulvany , Vice President, ORPHEUS


  • Zdravko Lackovic (President of ORPHEUS)
  • Veronika Berghold , PhD Candidate, Student Representative of the ORPHEUS Executive Commitee
Closing Speeches and Flag Ceremony
( Mathias Mayor Auditorium )
12:00 -12:30
  • Stephanie Clarke , President of the Organising Committee
  • Zdravko Lackovic , President of ORPHEUS
  • Vladimir Bumbasirevic , President of the Organising Committee – Belgrade 2015


ORPHEUS General Assembly
(Jequier Doge Auditorium – PMU)
13:30 -15:00
  • ORPHEUS Executive Committee
General Assembly

ORganisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences

in the EUropean System, https://orpheus-med.org

ORPHEUS General Assembly

Lausanne Jequier Doge Auditorium, Zone PMU

Saturday April 5th, 2014, 13:30-15:00

(In the same building, near the Conference Auditorium (3 min walk, from zone 1 to 2); Guidance will be ensured by conference staff. (See Map)

Preliminary agenda proposal

Chair: Zdravko Lacković, Stephanie Clarke, Miroslav Cervinka

1. Agenda proposal; ORPHEUS President, Zdravko Lacković

2. Annual report of the ORPHEUS activities (pdf), ORPHEUS President, Zdravko Lacković

3. Annual financial report (for 2013) prepared by ORPHEUS Treasurer, Andrea Olschewski; from 14.1. 2014 onwards, prepared by Ana Borovečki, acting treasurer, Ana Borovečki reporting

4. Auditors’ report 2013 done by Guenther Gell and Osman Sinanovic, auditor report 01.01 – 01.04. 2014 done by Osman Sinanovic, Osman Sinanovic reporting

5. Election of a new Executive Committee of ORPHEUS (only members who have paid their annual membership fee for that calendar year are eligible for voting, Statutes, Article 10) Mike Mulvany, ORPEHUS Vice President reporting

Recording Secretary: Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher

Zdravko Lackovic

ORPEHUS President

Local Organizing Committee

The Heads and Reprentatives of the PhD programs at UNIL-FBM-CHUV:

•Prof. Stephanie Clarke (Director of the Doctoral School, LOC President, UNIL-FBM)
•Prof. Béatrice Desvergne (Dean, UNIL-FBM)
•Prof. Pierre-André Michaud (Vice-Dean for Academic Programs, UNIL-FBM)
•Prof. Diane Morin (Director, IUFRS, UNIL-FBM, CHUV)
•Prof. Jean-Pierre Hornung (Director, Lemanic Neuroscience DS, UNIL & UNIGE)
•Prof. Daniel Hohl (Director, MD-PhD Program, UNIL-FBM)
•Prof. Stefan Kunz (Director, PhD Program in Microbial Sciences, UNIL-FBM)
•Prof. Nouria Hernández (Director, PhD Program in Integrated Experimental and Computational Biology, UNIL-FBM).
•Prof. Paolo Dotto (Director, PhD Program in Cancer and Immunology, UNIL-FBM)
•Dr. Ulrike Toepel (Coordinator, PhD Program Cardiovascular and Metabolism, UNIL-FBM)
•Dr. Denis Billotte (General Secretary, Western Switzerland Universitiy Conference)
•Prof. Fred Paccaud (Director, IUMSP, Swiss School of Public Health, CHUV)

The Association of PhD Students at UNIL-FBM:

•PhD Candidate, Layane Hanna-El-Daher (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)
•PhD Candidate Natalie Neubert (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)
•PhD Candidate Omaya Dudin (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)
•PhD Candidate Melanie Juilland (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)
•PhD Candidate Mati Moyat (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)
•PhD Candidate Ludovic Pilloux (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)
•PhD Candidate Sarah Vacle (ADAS, UNIL-FBM)

The Doctoral School Team:

•Dr. Laura De Santis (Conference Coordinator, PhD Program in Life Science, DS-UNIL-FBM)
•Dr. Slavica Masina (Conference Cooordinator, DS-UNIL-FBM)
•Ms. Chloé Arnera (Communication Assistant, DS-UNIL-FBM)
•Ms. Aniko Fehr (Conference Assistant, DS-UNIL-FBM)

International Scientific Committee of ORPHEUS 2014
ORPHEUS Executive Committee

•Prof. Zdravko Lacković (President, Croatia)
•Prof. Michael Mulvany (Vice President, Denmark)
•Prof. Seppo Meri (General Secretary, Finland)
•Prof. Andrea Olschewski (Treasurer, Austria)
•Prof. Miroslav Cervinka (Czech Republic)
•Prof. Gul Guner-Akdogan (Turkey)
•Prof. Konstantin Gurevich (Russia)
•Prof. Chris Van Schravendijk (Belgium)
•Prof. Roland Jonsson (Norway)
•Prof. Andre Nieoullon (France)
•Prof. Simona Dragan (Romania)
•Prof. Stephanie Clarke (Switzerland)
•PhD Candidate Veronika Marlies Berghold (Austria)

Co-opted Members of the ORPHEUS Executive Committee

•Prof. Luis Martínez Millán (Spain)
•Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (Germany)
•Prof. Ana Borovečki (Croatia)
•Professor Robert Harris (Sweden)


DS: Doctoral School
FBM: Faculty of Biology and Medicine
UNIL: University of Lausanne
UNIGE: University of Geneva
IUFRS: Institute of higher education and nursing research
IUMSP: Institute of social and preventive medicine
CHUV: University Hospital Center
ADAS: Association of PhD students and Assistants of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine

Consensus Document