Seminar 4th of May 2014-Challenges during doctoral education

TODOS has the pleasure to invite you on 04.05 to a seminar with the theme “Challenges during doctoral education”. This seminar is organized together with the Association of doctoral organizations in Norway (SiN) and in connection with the SiN Annual General Meeting that will be held at UiT on 03.04. We want this seminar to be an open event, therefore we invited to attend PhD students, their supervisors, all the other UiT staff, bachelor and master students. An information square will be organized outside the seminar room with information about research communication, rights and duties of PhD students, mobility and research funding opportunities, transferable skills courses etc (for details, scroll down the page).

Registration  is not needed, but in order to make sure that enough food and refreshments are provided, please send an e-mail to either or if you would like to join this event.

This event is organized in collaboration with SiN and it is sponsored by Forskerforbundet and NTL.

Date: 04.05.2012

Time: 09:00 – 15:00

Place:  Aud. 1, Teorifagbygget

Program: (draft, 24.04)

Jarle Breivik,

Associated professor, University of Oslo

Associate Professor Jarle Breivik (MD/PhD) got a broad academic background that combines basic medical science, science communication and education management. In 2009, Dr. Breivik was appointed Director of Research Education at the Faculty of Medicine with the mandate to reform the PhD program in compliance with the Bologna Accord, and he has taken an active role in the development of medical doctoral education also at the national level. In accordance with his responsibility as manager of PhD education and a strong interest in science communication, Dr. Breivik’s primary research focus has gradually shifted in the direction of behavioral science. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Medical Behavioral Sciences and has been granted a two-year sabbatical to do a project on medical doctoral education and higher education management.

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 transferrable skills for PhD students in the High North. She has a PhD herself from UiT, but has studied in 4 different countries during her studies. 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.

Jon Iddeng,

Adisor, Forskerforbundet

Dr.Art. in ancient history and associate professor II at University College of Telemark.

The Norwegian Association of Researchers (NAR) has 18 000 members, making it Norway’s largest and leading trade union and special interest organisation for employees in research, higher education, museums and cultural heritage work.

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.

The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne) is the primary Norwegian organization dedicated to improving salary and working conditions for professionals with a higher education. They include lawyers, engineers, psychologists, researchers, doctors, veterinary surgeons, clergy, social scientists, architects, business school graduates, economists, dentists, agronomists and officers in the armed forces. Akademikerne has 13 member organizations, with a total of some 162.562 members.

Elin Kollerud,

Adviser, Forskningsrådet (The Research Council of Norway)

Elin Kollerud has been adviser in the Research Council of Norway (RCN) since 2008, where she works with the EURAXESS initiatives, enhancing researchers´ career opportunities, working conditions and mobility. Previous to her job in RCN, she worked with higher education and student mobility in the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA). Elin holds a master in innovation studies from the University of Oslo and has background from political science and second language studies. She spent part of her studies in Spain and she has been volunteering in Italy.

Torill Nustad,

Primary Union Representative, NTL (The Civil Servant Union), UiT

Torill Nustad has the last 10 years been a fulltime union representative and the head of Civil Servants Union (NTL) of The University of Tromsø. She is also a member of the national executive board in NTL. She has studied sociology at UiT and worked in the administration at the Faculty of Social Science before becoming a fulltime union representative. She is also active in the Women’s movement both at local and national level.

NTL is working to ensure that its members and all employees experience a secure workplace, a good working environment, acceptable working hours and a decent pay. NTL organizes academic, technical and administrative staff. NTL works for the best possible development and reform of the universities and for good HR policies providing opportunities for increased skills development and a reasonable time schedule.

Ricardo Rosado,

President, SiN

Vice-president, Eurodoc

Veterinary virologist, president of the Association of doctoral organizations in Norway since May 2011, and vice-president of Eurodoc since March 2012. Currently working at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science for his PhD, researching the presence and quantity of viruses in surface water and wastewater to calculate the acceptable risk of becoming ill from drinking water. Other interests include “One Health” and public health, disease surveillance and wildlife disease, as well as research policy and higher education.

Curt Rice,

Vice-rector for Research and Development, UiT

Curt Rice frequently debates and writes about the politics of higher education and research. He is particularly focused on leadership development, gender equality, open access and research-based education. He is the first Head of Board for CRIStin (Current Research Information System in Norway), for 2010–2013. Prior to becoming Pro Rector, he was the founding Director of CASTL (Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics), starting in 2002. CASTL was the only center at the University of Tromsø in the first cohort of Norwegian Centres of Excellence. Rice is a professor at the Department of Languages & Literature.

Jana Weidemann,

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Education and Research, Department of Higher Education, Section for Research and Innovation.

Stands at the Info-square:

TODOS, SiN, Eurodoc, Forskerforbundet, NTL, Akademikerne, High North Academy, Forsker Grand Prix, UnivPed, UiT Department for Research and Development, ReCO, UiT Department for Communication and Public Relations

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