Engaged research - the role of communication in doctoral education

The 2023 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will focus on the different dimensions of communication in doctoral education and developing comprehensive approaches to including communication in doctoral education strategy and practices.

 Through workshops and sessions in various formats, participants can explore the topic of communication as an integral part of the doctoral candidate’s journey. At the same time, they will discuss communication skills as valuable assets for several career paths, inside and outside of academia, as well as how doctoral candidates can better communicate their competencies to the broader public.

The Annual Meeting will also provide a platform to reflect on the critical role that communication plays in the daily activities of doctoral schools and programmes, both internally and in their interactions with external partners. Other topics will include the different dimensions of scholarly publishing, intercultural communication and the role of social media in today’s doctoral education.

EUA-CDE Annual Meetings have become the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of academic leaders, senior academics, doctoral education professionals, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and other stakeholders working on doctoral education and research training. They are open to anyone with responsibilities and interest in this field.

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Jari Hämäläinen

On behalf of the Lappeenranta–Lahti University of Technology LUT, I am glad to welcome you to the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting 2023 organised on our campus in Lahti, Finland. 

LUT is a pioneering research university in Finland, bringing together technology and business since 1969. Our international community of almost 100 nationalities is composed of 7,500 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education. Our international English-language master’s programmes are one of our strengths. According to Education Statistics Finland, the employment rate of our graduates is the second highest in Finland. LUT is one of the signatories of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment and has received the HR Excellence in Research award. 

The LUT Trailblazer 2030 strategy “Science with a Purpose” focuses on the following research areas: Energy – Transition to a carbon-neutral world; Air – Turning emissions into opportunities; Water – Refining sidestreams into value; and Business – Sustainable renewal of business and industry. We are among the world’s best universities in business and economics (top 150) and physical sciences (top 250), and one of the top 350 universities overall in the THE World University Rankings 2023. We are implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in education, research and campus activities. We are ninth in the world in climate action (SDG13) and in the top 200 in the THE Impact Rankings. Our Green Campus has been chosen as the world’s most ecological campus. 

The EUA-CDE Annual Meeting focuses on the different dimensions of communication in doctoral education. What would be a better way to develop communication than joining the annual meeting and meeting with your peers! I am looking forward to seeing you in Lahti this summer. 

Professor Jari Hämäläinen

Vice President for Research and Innovation 


Jouni HirvonenTogether with our colleagues in Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, the University of Helsinki is glad and honoured to invite all the interested participants to the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting 2023 organised in the joint University Campus in Lahti, Finland. 

The University of Helsinki (UH) is the largest and oldest (established in 1640) University and Academic Institution in Finland. We have a student population of over 30 000 BA, MA and doctoral students and a staff of about 8,000 persons including almost 4,000 researchers and teachers. The number of academic doctors graduating annually from the UH is 450. On January 1st, 2023, we launched a new joint Doctoral School of the University of Helsinki, replacing the previous four campus-based graduate schools. The new Doctoral School includes 33 Doctoral Programmes covering all the disciplines of the UH. The goal of the new Doctoral School is to provide more unified opportunities and pedagogic solutions for the doctoral candidates working and studying in various disciplines of the 11 Faculties of the UH. While we emphasize the importance of inter-disciplinary research, the subject-specific core competences, differences in scientific profiles and in-depth understanding of the field will still remain as key outcomes of our doctoral education in the future. Another major goal of the new Doctoral School is to cooperate with national and international colleagues even more actively than before and to participate in international networks of doctoral educators in EUA, LERU and UNA-Europa / UNA-Futura. 

The EUA-CDE meeting in Lahti in June 2023 provides excellent opportunities for joint discussions, development measures and future perspectives in doctoral education on a European level. In Helsinki we have identified three important topic areas for a successful doctoral education of the future: 1. Communication as an integral part of the processes of doctoral education. Being able to identify and promote successful practices of student-supervisor interaction will have a strong impact on career development prospects of doctoral candidates. 2. Being able to verbalize and utilize the development of knowledge and skills accumulated during doctoral studies is vitally important for a doctoral candidate, especially when they are looking for a career outside of the academia in societal and industrial/entrepreneurial career paths. 3. Personal and communal well-being of doctoral candidates. One cannot overestimate the role of motivation and well-being as positive factors enhancing satisfaction in student life and success in professional career development. I wish you all welcome to a vibrant and collegial meeting in Lahti this summer! 

Professor Jouni Hirvonen

Vice-Rector for Research, Research Education, and Innovation in the University of Helsinki 

Mukkulankatu lakeview


About the Host: 

Lahti is a university city, with the active presence of both Lappeenranta-Lahti Technical University (LUT) and the University of Helsinki.  

The Lahti campus is a modern learning environment operatingKuva_tapahtuma-areena_lahti-campus-121_Small.jpg in a renovated factory property in Lahti. The unique facilities that inspire students to engage in a different type of learning and work were created by mixing old and new elements together. There are 5,000 students studying on the campus, and 400 of them are inter­national degree students. All of the students study under the same roof, regardless of their field of study. 


Lahti is the ninth largest city of Finland with about 120,000 inhabitants. This center of the province is known as a sports town and it is appreciated around the world, also because of its design expertise and high-quality cultural services. 

As European Green Capital 2021 Lahti is the leading green city in Finland. Lahti is also an internationally renowned environmental city, where energy efficient decisions are made for the inhabitants and the environment. The aim of the Lahti area is to be the most business-friendly and boldest sustainable growth center of Finland. The three core issues of the city's competitiveness strategy are circular economy, combination of design and digitalisation, as well as physical activity and experiences. 

Be inspired by what you could see or do in Lahti: 

In Lahti, the city is in your front yard, and lake nature in your backyard!  Lahti and Lake Päijänne region is the most easily accessible Lakeland destination in Finland, located only an hour north of Helsinki. 



Lunch Cruise:  €45 per person including a meal (max. 20 people)

Departure from Lahti harbour at 1 pm, back in the harbour at 5 pm.

Dinner cruise:  €50 per person including a meal (max. 40 people)

Departure from Lahti harbour at 6 pm, back in the harbour at 10 pm.

More information about these cruises can be found here.

Malva – Museum of visual arts:

€16 per person (max. 30 people)

Guided tour of the Museum. The Tour begins at 3.30 pm at the museum and lasts 90 minutes.

Malva is a brand-new museum of visual arts in Lahti, Finland. Malva unites two museums from Lahti – the Lahti Art Museum and the Poster Museum – and brings together their thrilling content and impressive exhibitions under one roof.

Learn more about Malva-museum and its exhibitions: Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva

To make a booking for either the lunch cruise, the dinner cruise or the Museum tour, please fill out the following form. Closing date for booking is 31 May.

Payment can be made before boarding the boats or at the Museum's ticket office.


The event organisers aim to ensure that all members who desire to attend the Annual Meeting can participate. However, in order to guarantee a balance between country and institution representations, the organisers may have to restrict attendance. Priority will be given to those who register early. Additional registrations will not be accepted once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline. 

The early registration deadline is 21 April 2023.

The ultimate registration deadline is 2 June 2023.

Information on the pre-meeting events on Wednesday 14 June.

From 09:00-12:00 Opportunity for national and regional meetings self-organised by EUA-CDE members: There is an opportunity for EUA-CDE members to organise meetings together with their peers at a national or regional level.  Please note that the number of rooms is limited. In case of interest in organising such a meeting please contact us at info@eua-cde.org as soon as possible and no later than 2 June 2023. 

From 12:30-14:00 EUA-CDE is organising two pre-meeting workshops. For more information about the contents of these workshops, please consult the programme. You will be able to indicate your attendance in the Annual Meeting registration form which is accessible via the Register button on this page. There is no extra fee involved, but kindly note that attendance to these workshops is limited.

Registration fees


Early-bird Fee (until 21 April)  

Standard Fee (from 22 April) 

EUA-CDE members



EUA-CDE members – group registration – 15% (3 to 7 participants)



Non-CDE members
(Academic/Public sector)



Non-CDE members
(Industry/Private sector)



Parallel session presenters



Doctoral candidate* (from EUA-CDE member institution.)

150 Euro

150 Euro


80 Euro

80 Euro

*to benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Doctoral Candidate Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

The registration fee includes the participation to the whole event, including coffee breaks and lunches, the welcome reception on Wednesday 14 June, the dinner on Thursday 15 June and the farewell lunch on Friday 16 June. The name badge issued to you upon registration is required for admission to the meeting and all related events. You are kindly requested to wear your name badge at all times.

The companion fee is only valid for a spouse/partner and only gives access to the welcome reception on Wednesday 14 June and the reception/dinner on Thursday 15 June. Name badges are required for admission to the social events and will be available for collection at the registration desk.

Participant and companion fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses or post-conference programmes. 

Covid-19 rules
EUA reserves the right to modify the programme according to the sanitary situation at the time of the event and the number of registrants to the event. Measures will be taken according to the Finnish regulations at the time of the event.


Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements.


Payment must be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.

Cancellation of registrations

Cancellation is free of charge for the early bird period, which ends on 21 April 2023.  From 22 April to 5 May 2023 included, cancellations are still possible, but an administrative fee of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 5 May 2023 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: events@eua-cde.org


Neither EUA nor Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and University of Helsinki  will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the meeting and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the EUA Events Team at: events@eua-cde.org.


EUA Council for Doctoral Education & EUA Events Team

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

Alexander Hasgall
Head of Council for Doctoral Education
Email: alexander.hasgall@eua.eu

Ana-Maria Peneoasu
Policy & Project  Officer
Email: ana.maria.peneoasu@eua.eu

EUA Events Team

For enquiries regarding registrationspayments, invoices, visa applications and general coordination, please contact:

Gemma Fagan
Events Officer
Email: events@eua-cde.org

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and University of Helsinki  

For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact: 

Minna-Maija Salomaa

Email: minna-maija.salomaa@helsinki.fi


We have made arrangements with the hotels listed below.  

In order to make a reservation at any of the listed hotels, please make your booking directly on the hotel website, using the specified reservation code. 


Hotels in Lahti

Reservation Code


Sokos Hotel Seurahuone

Reservations must be made before 30 May 2023.

Bookings can be made directly on the webiste, using the reservation code: BEUACDE2023

Or by phone or email, using the code: EUACDE2023

Phone number: +358 2012 346 55

Email: seurahuone.lahti@sokoshotels.fi


From €130 per night including breakfast


Greenstar Hotel Lahti

Reservations must be made before 19 May 2023.


Reservations by phone or email using the code: EUA-CDE-Meeting

Phone number: +358 10 423 9392

Email: lahti@greenstar.fi

From €85 per night including breakfast

Scandic City Hotel Lahti 

Reservations must be made before 30 May 2023.

Bookings can be made directly on the website, or by phone or email.

Reservation code: BEUA130623

Phone number: +358 3 4108 1624

Email: lahticity@scandichotels.com

From €133 per night including breakfast


For other possibilities in the Lahti Area:


Conference Venue 

The event will be hosted at the following address:mukkulankatu20200531 023

LUT University/Niemi Campus

Mukkulankatu 19 

15210 Lahti



Getting around / good to know

Lahti Region is easy to reach. The city is located less than an hour from Helsinki Airport by train or car, and an hour from the harbours of Helsinki. And that’s not all: when you get to Lahti, you’ll be surprised how close everything is. No rush hours or sitting in cars for hours. This means you can use your time effectively. 

Built in connection with the Railway Station, Lahti Travel Centre is the transport hub of the region bringing local and long-haul traffic and different modes of transport together seamlessly. 

Read more: https://visitlahti.fi/en/frontpage/getting-here/ 

From Helsinki Airport to Lahti in under 60 minutes 

The Ring Rail Line connects air and train traffic and adds ease and comfort for international guests arriving to the Lahti region. You can easily walk from both of the airport’s terminals to the airport’s railway station and stay indoors the entire way. The fastest connections from Helsinki Airport to Lahti take less than an hour. 

By train: https://www.vr.fi/en/railway-stations-and-routes/get-to-the-airport-by-train 

By bus: https://liput.matkahuolto.fi/connectionsearch?lang=en#breadcrumb 


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