The 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting invites academic leaders, doctoral education professionals and other research stakeholders with responsibilities in doctoral education from EUA- CDE member-universities to submit proposals relating to the topic of the event.

The conference entitled, “Time and timing in doctoral education” will be hosted by the University of Manchester from 22 to 24 June 2022 in the UK.

The Annual Meeting looks at key topics relating to the issue of time and how time and timing shape key aspects of doctoral education today. This includes the duration of a doctorate, time to obtain the degree and its relation to funding, and how to ensure that the duration of a doctorate corresponds to the need for completing a high-quality research project. Another key topic will be how to organise a doctorate around a timeline and more specifically “when do we offer what”. Other issues will focus on how best to prepare doctoral candidates for their doctoral journey, time management as a key skill, part-time doctorates and the needs of doctoral candidates.

To find out more about the scope and topics of the Annual Meeting, please consult the draft programme.

Contributions should be related to the overall topic of the event. Themes can include, but are not limited to:

  • Organisation of doctoral programmes around a timeline
  • Supporting doctoral candidates in preparing their doctoral journey
  • Duration of the doctorate and dropouts
  • Training and implementing time management
  • Different demographics such as older or first generation candidates
  • Maintaining contact with doctorate holders after graduation
  • Effect of timelines on mental health

While the Annual Meeting will focus on some of the subjects listed above, we also welcome proposals with innovative perspectives on other hot topics in doctoral education. The proposals should stimulate interaction and discussion with the audience to ensure an engaging format.

Types of contributions

Two types of contributions will be considered: proposals for parallel sessions and posters.

Parallel sessions

Selected presentations will receive a time slot of up to 15 minutes followed by a Q&A session. They should relate to the main topic of the conference and could include presentations of case studies, good practice, national initiatives or ways of addressing challenges encountered. Contributions designed to share experiences with a specific practice or approach at institutional or national level are also welcome.


Poster sessions invite contributors to present innovative ideas and share best practices relating to one of the themes mentioned above, in poster format. This includes a short oral presentation discussing the poster during one dedicated session.

Contributions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The contribution has a clear focus that will be of interest to the meeting participants
  • The contribution relates to the themes of the conference
  • The argument and structure of the contribution is logical, coherent and understandable
  • The contribution has the potential to start a lively debate
  • Contributions presenting examples of institutional practices are critical and self-reflective
  • The contribution can be presented within the given timeframe

    Applicants should bear in mind that the proposal form will ask for the following information:
  • details of one presenter
  • details of an additional contact person and up to three co-authors (both optional)
  • theme to which the contribution most directly relates
  • title of contribution
  • summary of contribution (max. 50 words)
  • outline of contribution

IMPORTANT: Authors of contributions selected for parallel sessions will benefit from a fee reduction, which will be applied through a special registration process. Please note that a special registration fee will be awarded to only one author per contribution. There is no reduced registration fee for participants contributing a poster.
All contributors are kindly asked not to register for the Annual Meeting until the results of the selection process have been announced. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

For more information, please visit the event webpage or contact Ana-Maria Peneoasu at


All proposals should be submitted using one of the forms below, in a single file in Word format, by 20 April 2022 to Please do not send a hard copy, PDF file or PowerPoint presentation.


The deadline to submit contributions is 20 April 2022.

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