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Counselling in supervision conflicts

Doctoral researchers and supervisors team up to work on an exciting research project and to explore new scientific perspectives and questions. While supervisors generally have some experience in working in science and are often involved in several projects at the same time, for you it is often the first independent scientific project. Additionally, the doctoral project can also represent your attempt to become an autonomous and established member of the scientific community.

This situation together with often competitive framework conditions in science, can lead to stressful and frustrating times during the doctoral project. This can result in conflicts between you and your supervisor. Often these conflicts can be resolved through respectful communication and advice from colleagues. Additionally, there are various services which can provide advice at collegial level or professional support (Counselling Services ).

For cases in which conflict resolution does not work with the help of collegial advice, a committee of the JuDocs Council currently prepares a counselling service specific for doctoral researchers and supervisors. Researchers on various career levels will be represented in the committee and offer confidential advice or mediation.

The JuDocs Committee will offer counselling to doctoral researchers and supervisors.The JuDocs Committee will offer counselling to doctoral researchers and supervisors.

Detailed information on the JuDocs Crisis Counselling Committee will follow in the first half of 2020. Until then, please contact the scientific members of the doctoral committee, Markus Diesmann or Ingar Janzik.


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