PhD Courses From High North Academy (Autumn 2016)

Dear PhD candidates,

The summer holidays are coming to an end. Make sure you sign up for this autumns’ High North Academy courses before the deadline Sept 1. Our courses are open for all PhD candidates at UiT, regardless of scientific background. For detailed information, follow the links below.
Studweb is open, make sure you apply now to secure your seat!
FSK-8002 Scientific writing 24–28 October 2016 (3 ECTS)
Learn about the scientific publication process, peer reviewing, presentation skills, improve your manuscript through group work with a mentor, and improve your English writing skills.
FSK-8005 Funding your research 1–2 and 21–22 November 2016 (3 ECTS)
If you want to continue your research after the PhD, money is needed. Nowadays the competition for funding is strong, how can you write a proposal to the EU or the Norwegian Research Council that stand a chance? Understand the processes and evaluation criteria, and develop your own proposal with the help from experienced mentors. See also the schedule.
BIO-8010 Visualizing your science 7–11 November 2016 (3 ECTS)
Most of us have experience with research communication in two dimensions (written papers, posters etc.). How can your research be communicated in three dimensions? In cooperation with Tromsø museum, we offer a museum exhibition course and there will be a grand opening of the exhibition (exam) 1 December at Tromsø museum.
If you have any questions, please contact
Arve Lynghammar
High North Academy
Office: MODUL B 208
P: 77 64 67 96
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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For english version, please see bellow


TODOS fyller fem år, og feirer med bowlingkveld!

TODOS inviterer deg til en kveld med bowling, biljard og hipp hipp hurra! Feir med oss den 2. mars mellom 18-20 hos Bybowling i Storgata 68, vi har booket lokalet for oss i disse to timene. Vær vennlig å registrere for eventen slik at vi vet hvor mange som kommer og kan planlegge deretter.

Vær oppmerksom på at dette er et arrangement for PhD-studenter og Post-docs ved UiT!


TODOS turns five years old, and its time to strike!

TODOS invites you to an evening of bowling, billiards and hip hip hurrah on the evening of 2nd March between 18.00 and 20.00. Join us to play and socialize at Bybowling on Storgata 68, the place will be all ours for 2 hours. Please register for the event so that proper arrangements can be made.

Please note: This is an event for Uit PhDs and Post-docs only!


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SK-8003 Leadership skills – preparing PhD students for taking on leadership tasks

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Leadership skills may become handy both during and after your PhD. Sign up now for two days lectures about leadership, and two days of practical seminar given by Nordnorsk lederutvikling.

Application deadline: 1 April 2016

Sign up here:  

The course run from 10–13 May 2016.

Course contents:

Most PhD students have little leadership experience and most lack leadership training or formal education to show for on their CV. Furthermore, few PhD-students are aware of their personal skills and leadership potential, or how to develop these. Despite these facts, many jobs available to candidates with PhD degrees, both outside and within academia, include leadership tasks such as project management, team leadership and supervision.
This course aims to prepare PhD students to take on leadership tasks once their degrees are completed. This will be achieved through introducing different leadership concepts and raising the PhD students` awareness of the value of leadership and how leadership takes many forms.
The second main objective is to make the PhD students reflect upon their own problem solving style and the associated advantages and disadvantages.
Objective of the course:
  • Be able to describe the contents of different theories on leadership
  • Be able to explain the range of leadership skills needed in order to practice good leadership
  • Be able to describe different problem-solving styles and their associated benefits and disadvantages


  • Use achieved knowledge as analytical tools to formulate, structure and discuss aspects of leadership
  • Be able to transfer knowledge of leadership and leadership skills to practical use
  • Be able to reflect upon own leadership skills and take steps to further ones development
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Take control of your PhD Journey: From (p)reflection to publishing


Writing a PhD benefits from the acquisition of competencies outside of the specific study, e.g. being aware of current academic norms, knowing how to retrieve, manage and treat references, handling scientific research data, and being up-to-date about open access publication.

Take control of your PhD Journey: From (p)reflection to publishing is a seminar series organized by the University Library, designed for PhD students coming from all fields of study. It consists of five independent, yet interrelated, seminars, each of which containing a mix of theory, discussion and practical exercises.

Learning outcomes

If attending all individual seminars, the PhD student will be expected to have obtained the following learning outcomes:

•    Search scientific literature in relevant databases
•    Use EndNote for citing references as well as organizing them
•    Search relevant Open Access publishers
•    Manage research data according to best practice
•    Find and use repositories for archiving manuscripts and research data

•    Know and explain the whys for the transparency of science (textual publications and research data)
•    Know and explain what is considered correct citation and plagiarism
•    Know and explain why systematic literature search is important
•    Know about advantages and disadvantages with open access
•    Know and explain best practice for research data management

 For more information and registration, see


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Reminder: TODOS seminar on scholarly communication, publishing and open access issues.

According to the UiTs policy, all research results should be published in Open Access journals, or be made available in institutional repositories.  Also, the European Research Council (ERC) and Wellcome Trust, demand that the research they are funding is made accessible (Open Access).

To get a clearer picture and in connection to the 10th Munin Conference, TODOS in collaboration with the organizing committee of the Munin Conference invite all PhD candidates, employees and students at UiT to a morning seminar on scholarly communication, publishing and open access issues. We are pleased to announce the participation of the keynote speaker from the Munin conference: Stuart Shieber, as well as Jan Erik Frantsvåg and Anika Mckenroth .

The seminar will take place Wednesday morning 2nd of December from 9.15am til 12.00 (Breakfast served from 8.30) at the Medicine faculty, auditorium 6 (MH U6.A6AUD6).

In order to order the right amount of food and coffee/tea for the breakfast, please register yourself at by the 27th of November.



More about Open Access:  Open Access

The speakers:

Stuart M. Shieber, James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, and the faculty director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication. His primary research field is computational linguistics, the study of human languages from the perspective of computer science. He was the founding director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society and is a co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Professor Shieber led Harvard’s efforts to institute open-access policies leading to the policies now in place at Harvard and emulated elsewhere.

Stuart will share some Open Access experiences from Harvard and explain why as a PhD student, we should go Open Access and the benefits of it.   He will describe as well  how publishing OA can affect (positive and negative) the future career for today’s Phd- candidates.

Jan Erik Frantsvåg has a background in Economics, Computer Science and Banking. In 2011, he graduated from a master in Documentation Science. After a 13 years career in banking, Jan Erik worked another 13 years in various administrative positions at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Jan Erik works full-time on Open Access since 2006. He participates in projects, advocates Open Access and administrates the publication fund and the publication service Septentrio Academic Publishing from UiT. Since 2015, Jan Erik spends half of his working time researching Open Access.

Jan Erik will focus more about the situation of OA at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and where are it is heading. He will explain what are the differences between OA and traditional journals and   how to make good OA choices.

Anika Mackenroth works as a communication advisor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, where, for the last four years, she has taught public-oriented research communication to PhD candidates. She heads an editorial team and otherwise works with the full breadth of communication-related tasks, from strategic communication planning, to marketing, media relations, social media and PR. She has experience in marketing, information and journalism.

Anika will give us advices for the dissemination part in the grant proposals: how to craft the presentation and the dissemination plan. Least and not last, she will tell us how to stand out by being relevant. 

The presentation of  Jan Erik Frantsvåg: link

The presentation of Anika Mackenroth: link

The video of the event is available a well but due to a technic issue, there is some sound only after 1h08min : link.

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