Many factors can influence the conditions in which your doctorate will unfold. A good relationship with your supervisor, clear and realistic goals, some time management and work discipline can already work in your favor, and in favor of your thesis! All these topics are covered in the workshop "Getting your thesis off to a good start", given in French and in English by the Graduate Campus!
The Equal Opportunities offices of the western Swiss universities have edited a guide to help you in your first months of the doctorate. You can order a paperback version directly from the Graduate Campus.
More useful information and tips can be found in the ACIDUL brochure: