The supervision of the dissertation project through an experienced researcher plays a central role in the PhD process. In particular regarding a future academic career it is essential that doctoral candidates become involved and embedded in their scientific community. The supervisor is the main contact person in order to receive regular feedback and guidance on the development of the thesis.
After the public presentation of the research project, the doctoral candidate and his/her supervisor sign a dissertation agreement, in which they clarify different aspects of their collaboration such as the frequence of feedback meetings. In addition, we recommend to use the annual progress reports to discuss the progress of the project as well as plans for the following year in detail once a year.
To strengthen the institutional responsibility of supervision, directors of the doctoral study programmes and doctoral advisory boards were established. They are further contact persons during your doctorate.