PhD candidate- and supervisor seminar at the University of Stavanger

The Central PhD administration at UiS would like to invite PhD-candidates and supervisors to the Annual PhD candidate- supervisor seminar on the 23rd of March 2017, at Sola Strand Hotel.

Only 1 in 10 of today’s doctoral candidates in Europe will pursue a career within academia after graduation. All PhD candidates and supervisors related to UiS are invited to our annual seminar on doctoral supervision, 23rd of March 2017 at Sola Strand Hotel, where we focus on employability of PhDs and the importance of transferable skills within doctoral education.

Recent estimations state that only 1 in 10 of today’s doctoral candidates in Europe will pursue a career within academia after graduation. Most doctorate holders will start working in non-academic areas, where they depend on a wider variety of skills beyond those acquired through research and research training. 


To be equipped for a variety of career paths PhD candidates need to obtain a broader set of skills and competencies, useful both inside and outside academia, during their doctoral training. These kinds of skills, for instance communication and management skills, learned in one context but useful also in other – are often referred to as “transferable skills”.   


The aim of this year’s seminar is to highlight the importance of such transferable skills and the role they play in enhancing the employability of PhD holders. The seminar will address several questions: Why is it important to engage in career planning already at the beginning of the PhD student’s training? How can students acquire transferable skills? Which role does the institution as a whole and the individual supervisor play when it comes to assisting the PhD candidate in career development and transferable skills training?



09:00-09:05 Welcome (research director Troels G. Jacobsen)

09:05-09:35 Introduction to transferable skills – what, why, how (senior advisor Rakel ChristinaGranaas, UHR)

09:40-10:10 Changes in the doctoral education – tendencies and the supervisor’s role (ProfessorRune Johan Krumsvik, University in Bergen)

10:10-10:25 Break (coffee, fruit)

10:25-10:55 Transferable skills in Europe – experiences from TU Delft (coordinator PhD education Young Mi Poppema, TU Delft Graduate School, Netherlands)

11:00-11:20 Competence in a changing business environment (vice president learning and development Andreas Holst, Statoil)

11:25-11:45 Experiences from the faculty of science and technology (associate professor Eric Brun, course leader “Innovation and project comprehension”)

11:45-12:00 Break (coffee, fruit)

12:00-13:00 Panel discussion (lead by Rakel Christina Granaas, in panel: Johan Rune Krumsvik, Eric Brun, UiSDC leader Christian Kuran, vice dean of research TN Bjørn Helge Hjertager, PROFRES Leader Kristin Akerjordet)

13:00-14:00 Lunch at Sola Strand Hotel


The Department of Research and Innovation welcome all PhD candidates and supervisors related to UiS to join us for a fruitful day and discussion.


You can register here. The deadline is 13th of March and the registration is binding.