New TODOS Board 2016

Tuesday 26th of November 2015 TODOS held its annual general meeting and elected a new board for 2015. The AGM was satisfied with the activities of the organization the previous year and the old board was dismissed and the new board elected. The AGM decided to expand the board by one board member for 2016. The new Board will start its mandate on 01.01.2016. The minutes of the AGM will be available soon on the TODOS website. The members of the TODOS Board 2016 are as follows:

Board-Chair –  Charlotte Weber, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (BFE)

Vice Board-Chair – Anna Wirsing, Department of Medical Biology (MH)

Chair of Social Affairs – Bilal Babar, Department of Physics and Technology (NT)

Chair of Academic Affairs – Jonathan Hira, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (BFE)

Accountant – Javier Sánchez Romano, Department of Arctic Marine Biology (BFE)

Board Member – Theodora Sam, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science(BFE)

Board Member – Runa Borgund Barnung, Department of Community Medicine (MH)

We wish them the best of luck!

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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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Teaching and learning in higher education – course for PhD fellow

Teaching and learning in higher education – course for PhD fellow

The spring semester course will have two sessions: 1st and 2nd of February 2016 and 31th of March and 1st of April 2016

Who can apply? Research fellows at the UiT with teaching activities during spring semester 2016

Language of instruction: English.

Application date: 20th of December 2015

Application form and more information: See Tavla:

Do you want to improve your teaching skills? T​he course Teaching in higher education is aimed at PhD fellows who want to improve their teaching skills. The course gives you fundamental skills in teaching, enabling you to:

  • plan and conduct different teaching activities
  • develop your own teaching skills
  • discuss teaching and learning based on relevant theories and research
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AMP Seminar with Julien Bourelle on 20th November

AMPSeminar with Julien Bourelle on 20th November

When: 20th November at 20.00

Where: Sparebanken festsal, Storgata 65

Arctic Meeting Point (AMP) is organising a seminar with Julien Bourelle who wrote a book about how to connect with Norwegians. Seminar will be held on Friday, 20th of November at 20.00 in Sparebanken festsal, Storgata 65 . Entry is free.

​About Julien Bourelle:

Julien S. Bourrelle is educated as a rocket scientist and known for his entertaining lectures on the Norwegian culture. He is the author of “The Social Guidebook to Norway” and the founder of Mondå – a project helping Norwegian organisations to benefit better from diversity.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon handed him The TOP 10 award which highlights an "outstanding" international role model in the Norwegian working and social life.

For more information about Arctic Meeting P​oint: ​

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Reminder TODOS AGM 2015

Dear colleagues,
On November 24th, at the Annual General Meeting, TODOS will elect its new Board. The TODOS Board does important work for all PhD candidates at UiT and is dependent on your participation. Without a Board, there can be no more TODOS: no more representation, no more lobbying, and, most visibly, no more academic or social events for PhD candidates. 
That’s why we need enthusiastic, capable PhD candidates (preferably early in their contracts) to get involved, step up, and be part of the 2016 TODOS Board.
Benefits: for your time and effort, UiT rewards you with either an extension of your work contract or equivocation of teaching duty hours (pliktarbeid). You also develop relevant, hands-on skills and experience…things like “managing a group of volunteers” or “planning and organizing events” sound good in your CV, besides your academic achievements. 🙂 
If you intend to run for a position please send an e-mail indicating your interest and what position you would like to run for (Board Chair, Board Vice-Chair, Chair of Academic Affairs, Chair of Social Affairs, Tresurer, or general Board Member). It is possible to run for a position even though you can’t participate physically in the meeting (in which case you have to notify us). 
If you are still undecided and would like more information, please contact us and we can tell you all about what it means to be a part of the TODOS Board.
Thank you,
The 2015 TODOS Board
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