Discussion points from breakout rooms:
- Experience doesn't always equate to proficiency; some experienced individuals may lack up-to-date knowledge, such as in areas like neurodiversity.
- Mandatory training or refresher courses should be implemented regardless of experience level.
- Post-COVID challenges like adopting new communication methods and addressing mental health issues require better preparedness.
- Doctoral supervision should focus on developing the person, not just the project, yet many supervisors prioritize their own research or disengage if uninterested in the topic.
- Training often concentrates on "hard" skills like software or lab techniques, neglecting other crucial areas.
- Consider diverse training formats such as pairing proficient supervisors with those needing development.
- Address supervisor apathy through workload allocation strategies; initially voluntary, then offering more support to participating supervisors.
- Some supervisors oversee too many postgraduate researchers, hindering effective supervision; implementing limits or workload models is necessary.