PD Dr. habil. Helmut Brentel Consulting & Training in Higher Education
PD Dr. habil. Helmut BrentelConsulting & Training in Higher Education

Profile and Expertise


Scholar, researcher and supervisor in the areas of the sociology of organisations, organisational learning and change, sociology of industry, environmental sociology and social philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main


Special professional focus on the development of higher education and the establishment and evaluation of doctoral schools within the framework of the Bologna process


Founding activities and leading positions in establishing and managing doctoral schools


2001 – 2014  Executive Director
International Postgraduate Center Social Sciences (IPC)

Frankfurt Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences (FGS)


Research and implementation projects in higher education


1998 – 2001  German pilot project in order to implement the Bologna scheme into higher education: Modularisierung in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften / Modularisation in the Humanities and Social Sciences

2004 – 2005 Doctoral Programmes Project of the European University Association (EUA)

2005               Improving Generic and Professional Communication of Doctoral Graduates across Europe, ProComDoc project funded by the European Union

2006 – 2008 DOC CARRERS Project of the European University Association (EUA)

2013 – 2015  FRINDOC Project of the European University Association (EUA)
(Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education)        


Consulting and training in higher education


2001 –            Numerous presentations at conferences and workshops organised by EU, EUA and EUA-CDE

2006 –            Advisor and consultant for European universities planning to establish doctoral schools

2011 –            Providing supervisor training and train the trainers of supervisors programme at 30 European universities and research institutions