Lunch Seminar on Entrepeneurship 28th of November 2012

According to a recent report (NIFU, 25/2012), only 10% of the persons finishing a PhD degree work in academia. Have you ever thought about where will you work after taking your degree? Why not in the private sector? And why not being your own boss? Did you ever think about starting your own business? During this seminar you will find out about what is the role of academics as entrepreneurs, where to acquire the skills you need to start an enterprise and who could help you starting your own business.

Date: 28.11.2012

Time: 09:45 – 11:45. Free lunch is served at the end of the seminar.

Place: 132 AUD UB (Auditorium of the Main UiT Library)

Organisers: Tromsø Doctoral Students and the UiT Career Centre

This event is open for all students and employees at UiT.

In order to know how much food to order, we have to know how many will join us for lunch 🙂 So if you want to stay for lunch, please register at until 23.11.2012.


09:45 – 11:00 Siri Johnsen – Can academics be entrepreneurs?

11:00 – 11:30 Bård Hall – Turning research into real companies

11:30 – 11:45 Elina Halttunen – Courses at UiT that are relevant for entrepreneurship


Siri Johnsen

Primary Union Representative, Akademikerne (The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations), UiT

Siri Johnsen has been the Primary Union Representative for Akademikerne at the University of Tromsø since 2006. She is also the vice president in The Association of Social Scientists (Samfunnsviterne) at national level.





Bård Hall

Executive Director at Norinnova

Bård Hall (f. 1973) has been working with enterprise start-up in the last 12 years. In Norinnova he is particularly involved in research-based innovation, and has been an advisor and participant in around 20 companies.

Norinnova’s goal is to assist with business development and to strengthen the existing industry in Northern Norway. As an innovation company located at the Tromsø Science Park, Norinnova is a centre for the establishment of new research-based and high technology companies, and for management of innovation projects.


Elina Halttunen

 High North Academy Board Chair

Elina Halttunen works as a project-coordinator for the High North Academy, which is a project under UiT that aims to provide transferable skills for PhD students in the High North. She has a PhD herself from UiT, but has studied in four different countries during her degree. Lately, she has been involved in different forms of science communication, and she is an active member of the Research Communication and Outreach Group at UiT.



Siri Johnsen

Bård Hall

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