Successful all-digital symposium for SHARE

SHARE at UiS arranged a fully digital international symposium for early career research at the end of November.

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A symposium is a professional meeting or conference on a scientific or artistic subject area where there are speeches and program elements from several participants. The event was by and for researchers early in their careers. The purpose was to practice making speeches and presenting at a conference, as well as having professional discussions and building networks. The symposium had a own session dedicated to career development in academia, as this is especially important for researchers who are early in their careers.

Satisfied with planning and implementation

Cecilie Haraldseid-Driftland led the work on and implementation of the symposium. She is a postdoctoral fellow for SHARE at the Department of Quality and Health Technology at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She thinks it was very educational to plan and participate in the program.

– "Sharing is caring" is one of our mottos. It's amazing to have Siri Wiig as leader. She both gives us, and lets us take responsibility for new things. During the planning and execution, the committee viewed it as essesntial to create a positive atmosphere, where alle participants felt comfortable to contribute. It is therefore particularly satisfying to register that precisely this is both noticed and appreciated by the participants, says Haraldseid-Driftland.

Lene Schibevaag, Inger Bergerød og Heidi Dombestein were all members of the organizing committee.

Digital implementation

A total of 29 people presented during the conference, where everyone recorded a four-minute video with their lecture. These were distributed over four sessions. The three keynote speakers were SHARE leader Siri Wiig, David Bates and Jane O’Hara. David Bates of Harvard University is one of the world's most cited safety researchers. Jane O’Hara from the University of Leeds is a leading patient and family involvement researcher.

The picture is a screenshot of the digital implementation of the symposium with a picture of the participants.
The symposium was held digitally. This is a screenshot of one of the sessions. Photo: private

– The main speakers are all outstanding researchers in their field, highly cited and valued in their research community, which made it extra exciting that they prioritized to participate in our Symposium. Everyone is also affiliated with the SHARE center and are important supporters in SHARE's network, says Haraldseid-Driftland further.

There were between 48 and 50 participants at any one time over the two days of the conference, joining in from different parts of the world such as; Australia, England, USA, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and Norway. Most of the sessions and posts were considered relevant or highly relevant by the participants.

Text: Eigil Kloster Osmundsen