The PhD Council consists of 12 members. The intention is to have at least 1 member from each of the 11 Dutch universities participating in the OZSW. In addition, the PhD Council strives to be representative of the different philosophical disciplines present within the OZSW. Considering the size of the different sections, this means that the following composition is roughly what is aimed at:
- 4 members from the section Ethics & Practical Philosophy
- 4 members from the section Theoretical Philosophy
- 2 members from the section History of Philosophy
- 2 flexible members (could come from any section or sub-discipline of philosophy)
The PhD Council still has some vacancies. If you are a PhD student in the area of History of Philosophy, and you are interested in joining the PhD Council, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the current members for more information.
The current members of the OZSW PhD Council are:
|Michael Klenk (chair)||Utrecht University (UU)||firstname.lastname@example.org||Theoretical|
|Joachim Nieuwland||Leiden University (UL)||email@example.com||Ethics & Practical|
|Daphne Truijens||Erasmus University Rotterdamfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ethics & Practical|
|Bianca Bosman||University of Groningenemail@example.com||History of|
|Jan Bergen||Delft University of Technology (TUD)||firstname.lastname@example.org||Ethics & Practical|
|Marjolein Lanzing||Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)||email@example.com||Ethics & Practical|
|Tjidde Tempels||Wageningen University (WUR)||firstname.lastname@example.org||Ethics & Practical|
Mission / purpose
The PhD Council has two main tasks within the OZSW:
- Providing advice and feedback to the OZSW – The PhD Council can submit solicited or unsolicited advice to the scientific director of the OZSW, as well as to the board of the OZSW, regarding the training and supervision of PhD students. Furthermore, the PhD Council is allowed to select 3 of its members, one for each of the three OZSW sections, to attend meetings of the 3 section steering committees.
- Organizing activities for the PhD students of the OZSW – These activities include, but need not be limited to, a number of 1-day seminars throughout the year. These seminars aim to stimulate the exchange of experiences and ideas among PhD students. More specifically, they aim to (a) deepen and broaden the knowledge of PhD students on a specific philosophical issue or topic, or (b) expand the generic skills of the PhD students, contributing to their success as a PhD student, or a career inside or outside academia.
PhD-students and junior researchers in philosophy may address the PhD-Council and/or the Scientific Director in case of conflicts occurring between individual researchers and their supervisors. If necessary, the Scientific Director (Han van Ruler) will take up the case in question with the dean of the faculty or the head of the department concerned and act as an informal mediator between the junior researcher in question and his or her institution.
Activities of the PhD Council
For an overview of upcoming seminars organized by the PhD Council: see here.
The PhD Council finds it important to point out what good supervising consists of and wants to honor supervisors who set a positive example. Therefore the PhD Council took the initiative for an annual award for the best supervisor. The price consists of a trophy with the name of the winner on it and, of course, eternal fame.
The PhD Council handed out the first annual award for best supervisor in 2013. Our laureate for that year was Prof. Sabine Roeser from TU Delft. Here you can find an interview with Sabine that she gave in June 2014. In 2015, Dr. Maarten Franssen received the award for best supervisor.