Summer School for doctoral students

5th International Doctoral Summer School

“Being strong in research methodology in a sustainable world”

We invite you to participate in the 5th International Doctoral Summer School 17-19 August, 2022, “Being strong in research methodology in a sustainable world” in an interactive (on-line) format.
The school is organized by an international university network of five countries: Latvia (Daugavpils University, Liepajas University, Ventspils University, Turiba University), Lithuania (Vytautas Magnus University, Klaipeda University), Serbia (Novi Sad University) the Czech Republic (Hradec Kralove University),Finland (University of Eastern Finland), Poland (Warsaw University of Life Sciences).

Education Academy and Educational Research Institute of Vytautas Magnus University took over the leadership responsibility for the organization of this summer school.
Three intense days of lectures and seminars, full of intellectual community with the focus on research methodology, await you.
Representatives of all universities have created an interesting program this year, in which researchers from the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia and Taiwan will share their experiences and insights.
The program is designed to focus on interdisciplinarity, thus Doctoral students from a variety of disciplines, including natural, medical and health sciences, technology, humanities and social sciences, and the arts, are invited to attend this international event.

Participation is free.
In the near future we will inform about specific details - participant's questionnaires, cover letter, etc.
We are waiting for you.
See you at the international summer school in August.

Registration for the summer school of doctoral students has closed, new applications are not accepted.

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The 4th International Doctoral Summer School “NEW CHALLENGES FOR RESEARCHERS”

The 4th International Doctoral Summer School


Dates: 24 – 26 August, 2021.
Venue: The event will be held online.
Participants: Up to 40 doctoral students (regardless of major).

Registration: Until July 15, 2021 by sending email to

At the end of the summer school, participants will receive certificates!

Aim of the Summer School for doctoral students: to develop doctoral students' scientific communication and writing competence, as well as knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative methodology.
PhD Summer School focuses on the development of key competences required for achieving best results in successful defense of the doctoral thesis and identifying further research directions. Therefore, topics of our PhD Summer School include: management of scientific research data, writing of scientific articles, analysis of the subtleties of project management, research integrity and ethics, intellectual property and patent system, development of communication skills, etc.
PhD Summer School provides the opportunity for intellectually curious doctoral students to explore new knowledge, to expand cultural awareness and to exchange experience.
PhD Summer School equips participants with essential skills that are necessary in all fields of science, provides participants with a valuable networking opportunity with participants from other countries, creates and shares friendly social environment.

  • CZECH REPUBLIC (University of Hradec Králové)
  • FINLAND (University of Eastern Finland)
  • LATVIA (Daugavpils University; Liepaja University; Rezekne Academy of Technologies; Turiba University; Ventspils University of Applied Sciences;Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences)
  • LITHUANIA (Vytautas Magnus University; Klaipėda University)
  • POLAND (Warsaw University of Life Sciences)
  • ROMANIA (Politehnica University of Timisoara)
  • SERBIA (University of Novi Sad)



Program of the summer school

Time Tue 24 August Wed 25 August Thu 26 August

9:30 – 11:00




PhD. Nigel Marshall,
University of Sussex  /United Kingdom/
"Mixing and Matching: 2 styles of observational method"



Assist. Prof. Ivan Soukal, Department of Economics, University of Hradec Kralove /Czech Republic/
How to Make My Research Less Painful

Professor Anita Pipere, Daugavpils University /Latvia/
"Narrative Research"



The PhD Experience: 


A Review of the Factors Influencing Doctoral Students’ Completion and Affects to Practical Business

Dr. Zane Driņķe
Dr. Andris Vanags

Irena RAUDIENE, PhD student, the Institute of Educational Research, Education Academy, Vytautas Magnus University/Lithuania
"Developing Learning Oriented Assessment Culture at School: Experiences of doing a critical ethnographic research"


Tatjana Azamatova, PhD student, Daugavpils University/Latvia/
"Tackling the Challenges of an Aging Society in the Framework of the World Health Organization"

12.30 – 13:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Workshop
Professor Vilma Zydziunaite, Vytautas Magnus University /Lithuania/
"Grounded Theory and Phenomenological Hermeneutics: Differentiation between two methodologies"
Prof. Velga Vevere, Turiba University/ Latvia/
Dilemma Games: Research ethics issues in preparing doctoral thesis
PhD. Nigel Marshall, University of Sussex  /United Kingdom/
Scientific Article Preparing
15:00 – 16:00 Discussion, communication Discussion, communication Discussion, communication


  • Chairman Daina VASIĻEVSKA, Vice rector for science and academic affairs, Turiba University, Latvia
  • Vice-Chair Prof. Jelena DAVIDOVA, Faculty of Education and Management, Daugavpils University, Latvia
  • Prof. Vilma ŽYDŽIŪNAITĖ, Director of the Institute of Educational Research, Academy of Education, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Prof. Rūtenis PAULAUSKAS, Executive Secretary of the Institute of  Educational Research, Academy of Education, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Prof. Antti JUVONEN, University of Eastern Finland
  • Prof. Dina BETHERE, Faculty of Pedagogy and Social Work, Liepaja University, Latvia
  • Prof. Tatjana PIVAC, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • As. prof. Alona RAUCKIENĖ – MICHAELSSON, Director of Health Research and Innovation Science Centre, Klaipėda University, Lithuania
  • As. prof. Agnieszka PARLIŃSKA, Vice Editor-in-chief of the Scientific Journal European Policies, Finance and Marketing, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Institute of Economics and Finance, Poland 
  • As. prof. Asta RAUDUVAITE, Academy of Education, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • As. prof. Una LIBKOVSKA, Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Latvia
  • As. prof. Petra POULOVÁ, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové, Czech
  • As. prof. Tereza OTČENÁŠKOVÁ, Department of Information Technologies, University of Hradec Králové, Czech

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