European Doctoral Program in Career Guidance and Counselling

European Doctoral Program in Career Guidance and Counselling

As of October 1st 2013, the European Commission is funding a project to set up a European doctoral programme specializing on career guidance and counselling for three years. As a joint project of higher education institutions from 15 European countries, the programme will be open for doctoral researchers from all of Europe.

The project is a joint venture of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) and NICE. The ECADOC project is managed by ESVDC President Prof Laura Nota from the University of Padua and Johannes Katsarov, Coordinator of NICE, together with 5 colleagues: Prof Valérie Cohen-Scali from CNAM-INETOP in Paris, Prof Rachel Mulvey from the University of East London, Prof Jérôme Rossier from the University of Lausanne, Dr Rie Thomsen from the Aarhus University in Copenhagen, and Dr Peter Weber from the Heidelberg University.

Until September 2016, the project consortium will conduct three summer schools to provide international doctoral training and networking opportunities to about 25 doctoral researchers. The first summer school will be hosted by the University of Padua, and is taking place from September 15-20, 2014. 27 doctoral researchers have already registered to participate at the event. They will be able to discuss their research approaches and findings with peers and professors from many different disciplinary backgrounds, including psychology, sociology, economics, and educational science. Additionally, workshops will be offered to introduce the participants to state-of-the-art research methods and innovative theories, giving them the chance to expand their perspectives and their capacity for interdisciplinary research.

Finally, the summer schools will be embedded in the development of a European Research Agenda for the field of career guidance and counselling. The goal is to establish international research networks in Europe – involving doctoral researchers – which deal with important and challenging research questions linked to innovation in career guidance and counselling. A first version of this European Research Agenda will be worked out at the European Summit in Canterbury in September 2014, under involvement of stakeholders from all around Europe.

For more information, please visit the project website.


Prof Laura Nota, University of Padua, Italy (Scientific Coordinator)

Johannes Katsarov, Coordinator of NICE, Germany (Program Manager)