Future-proof PhD trajectory

  • Science is full of perverse incentives that strongly focus on output measures, such as the number of publications, citations, and the amount of grants acquired. This creates high pressure throughout all levels of academia and results in an unsafe working environment, especially for PhD candidates. PNN aims to move towards a broader system where all work activities are taken into account in the evaluation of scientists and PhD candidates. There should also be recognition for teaching and peer reviewing. Additionally, feedback should not only be given top-down but bottom-up feedback should also be possible so that misconduct in higher levels can be addressed.
  • The promotion bonus that universities receive for each completed dissertation allows them to profit from external PhD candidates and international scholarship PhD candidates. Doctoral research should not be a profit-making model. The ambition to produce more PhD graduates should be accompanied by increased investment in PhD students and should not come at the expense of their working conditions.