EDMS Annual report

In order to evaluate the progress of the thesis or the knowledge of the PhD student, the thesis director (and co-director if applicable) and the PhD student meet once a year to prepare a report (1st annual report must be filled in at the end of year 1, at the same time as the candidacy exam).

The information is entered into an online tool that will generate a final PDF document as a report.


Access to the online tool is via a link sent by your doctoral program and connection with your GASPAR account (or Guest account for co-directors outside EPFL).

Your doctoral program assistant will send you the link by email near the time your annual report is due for submission.

Annual report’s process

Each year, starting on year 1 with the Candidacy exam, you have to submit an annual report to your thesis director on the state of progress of your work (3 annual reports from year 1 to year 3).

You are requested to fill in 3 sections with the below information:

  • your basic information;
  • your research progress: you will complete this section and then discuss it with your thesis director (and co-director if applicable) during the annual report meeting;
  • and a self-assessment of your progress: this section is completed separately by you and your thesis director (and co-director if applicable), then discussed and approved by both during the annual report meeting.

using the online tool.

Please note that the content you fill in is not confidential and will be available to all parties at the time of the annual report meeting and once the process is completed.

You will then also discuss this report with your mentor in a confidential face-to-face meeting. You are responsible to organize this meeting.

Finally, the report will be sent to the director of your doctoral program for verification, and everyone involved will receive a PDF version of the report by email.

Please note that the information is not stored in the online tool.

Annual report’s deadlines

One or two months before your Candidacy exam, you will receive a reminder email from your doctoral program to start the annual report process.

You will have 1 month to complete it.

Should you have any questions:
Annual report’s process

Once your PhD student completed the annual report, you will be requested by email to connect to the online tool to review the information provided and complete your progress evaluation.

Please note that the content you fill in is not confidential and will be available to all parties at the time of the annual report meeting and once the process is completed.

You will then be asked by email to arrange a face-to-face meeting with your PhD student (and the co-director if applicable) to review the information, discuss goals achieved and planned, and evaluate overall progress.

During this collaborative review, you, as thesis director, will be able to access the content to be edited and completed.

Finally, the report will be sent to the director of the doctoral program for verification, and everyone involved will receive a PDF version of the report by email.

Please note that the information is not stored in the online tool.

Annual report’s deadlines

The annual report starts during year 1, on the anniversary date of your PhD student’s immatriculation (3 annual reports from year 1 to year 3).

The process must be completed in 1 month.

Should you have any questions:
Annual report’s process

As part of the annual report, mentors meet with their PhD students to discuss the evaluation confidentially.

The following themes could be discussed:

  • Advancing as a researcher (what has gone well, less well, how to improve, goal setting, which resources are needed, …)
  • Facets of career-building (contributions to the community, conferences, awards, networking opportunities, participating in possible soft skill courses on writing, communicating, managing, spin-off training, …)
  • Work-life balance
  • Communication (within the laboratory, with the thesis director and other lab members, matching expectations in terms of progress and future goals, …)
  • Life after the PhD (what kind of career options are there and how to explore them, …)

You will be notified by email in order to arrange a face-to-face meeting with your PhD student. The PhD student is responsible to organize this meeting. You will have to confirm in the online tool that the meeting has taken place.

Please note that the information is not stored in the online tool.

Annual report’s deadlines

The annual report starts during year 1, on the anniversary date of your mentee’s immatriculation (3 annual reports from year 1 to year 3).

The process must be completed in 1 month.

Should you have any questions:
Annual report’s process

You will be notified by email each time a doctoral student in your program submits an annual report.

In the online tool, you will have to confirm that you have checked the annual report and you may indicate any comments you have.

You will then receive a PDF copy of the report by email, as well as all the people involved in the annual report (PhD student, thesis director, and co-director if applicable).

Please note that the information is not stored in the online tool.

Should you have any questions: