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PhD Skills Development Courses

In addition to subject-specific courses, UiS offers training aiming at the development of personal and professional skills that are useful in a future working life, whether it is in or outside academia. Most of the courses are held on a half-yearly or yearly basis, whereas others can be one-time courses. PhD candidates and Postdocs at UiS will find the annoucements for upcoming courses on our Intranet and will be informed via e-mail.

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Skillskurs
Courses autumn 2021Date
Staying well and being productive10. September
Storytelling23. - 28. September
On Stage4. - 5. October
Open science A to Z13. - 15. and 21. - 22. October
PhD Get Started3. November
FAIR data basics8. - 10. November
Academic Writing25 - 26. November
Planning your next careerstep6 - 7. December
How to plan your PhD14. December

Staying well and being productive

Undertaking a PhD is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster. This workshop draws on evidence-based strategies to help YOU stay well during your PhD.

The excitement of working on something you care about, exploring new ideas and making a contribution to knowledge. The challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your PhD you will experience times when things aren’t going so well.

Topics will include:

  • Managing the workload
  • Resilience and finding a balance
  • Learning how to switch off
  • Dealing with worries about setbacks and progress
  • Good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines
  • Dealing with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation
  • Procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing
  • Disagreements with supervisors and other colleagues
  • Support for more serious mental health issues
  • Supporting friends/colleagues who may be struggling

Next date: 10th September 2021 | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Hugh Kearns

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Storytelling

The workshop aims to provide PhD students with knowledge and professional skills in terms of public speaking, digital communication - with a particular focus on social media (on LinkedIn specifically) - and storytelling, with the ultimate aim of providing them with the right tools to tell something about themselves and their research in a dynamic, accessible and engaging way, both to general public and to a potential employer.

The workshop includes both frontal lessons and practical interactions, in which participants will have the opportunity to actively participate in practical exercises.

The course consists of four modules, each lasts from 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.:

  • 23 September: Module 1: Public speaking
  • 24 September: Module 2: Digital communication
  • 27 September: Module 3: Storytelling
  • 28 September: Module 4: Case studies

Instructors:

Virginia Ciccone, Program Officer, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura

Donatella Romano, specialist in digital communication, INAF - Osservatorio di astrofisica e scienza dello spazio

Elisabetta Ballaira, Executive Director, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura

Mariastella Circosta, Program Officer Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura

Francesca Bocasso, Program Officer, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura

Next date: 23-28 September | Sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

This course is organized through the project ISPAS: Paths to Successful Innovations. ISPAS aims to develop complementary training courses dedicated to PhD candidates on open science and open innovation, through a collaboration between academic and non-academic partners. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006544.

On Stage - voice, body language and nerves

The aim of this course split over two half-days is to equip you with crucial presentation techniques in orderto be more comfortable on stage and focus on delivering your message to the audience.

The main objectives of the course are to further develop your competences in presentations skills, achieving contact with the audience and managing stage fright.

Next date: 4 - 5th October 2021 | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Aud Berggraf Sæbø

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Open science A to Z

Open Science A to Z is a comprehensive course aimed at giving participants a 360° view on open science, open access, and European policies on this topic. During the practice time, participants will get first-hand experience of some of the open science tools. Interaction between students and instructor will be enabled through Mentimeter.

The course consists of four modules, each lasts from 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.:

  • 13. October: Module 1: Why do we need open science?
  • 14. October: Module 2: Open science - An alternative
  • 21. October: Module 3: Open access in practice
  • 22. October: Module 4: European policies and European Open Science Cloud

This course is organized through the project ISPAS: Paths to Successful Innovations.

Next date: 14. - 22. October | Sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Elena Giglia

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no.

About ISPAS

The European ISPAS Project (Paths to Successful Innovations) aims to develop complementary training courses dedicated to PhD candidates on open science and open innovation, through a collaboration between academic and non-academic partners. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006544.

PhD Get Started - Introductory webinar for new PhD candidates

The aim of this half -day introductory webinar is to provide general information on PhD training at UiS and make the PhD candidate familiar with the different parts, key milestones and main challenges of their doctoral training.

The webinar will cover topics such as “An ideal course of studies”, “Supervision”, “Career Planning”.

The webinar is organized on institutional level and is to be seen as complementary to possible introductory courses on faculty level. Previous participants have found the seminar very useful, and we would like to encourage you to join us for the upcoming webinar.

Next date: 3rd November 2021| Registration: upon invitation | Organiser: Research Department 

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

FAIR Data Basics 

This course focuses on data management, as “good research needs good data”. The modules will follow the three-step concept: (i) manage your data, (ii) make them FAIR, and (iii) if possible, make them Open.

A practical exercise on drafting the data management plan of real datasets is included. Further, the course emphasizes development of skills related to data stewardship, the knowledge of which, according to the Realising the Open Science Cloud Report (2016), will be of a huge professional advantage and even provide professional opportunities for PhD candidates. Data stewards support researchers in making data FAIR so their skills will be crucial in the making of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), as FAIR data are EOSC’s building blocks.

The course consists of three modules, each lasts from 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.:

  • 8 November: Module 1: Why we should care about data - Data management
  • 9 November: Module 2: FAIR open data
  • 10 November: Module 3: Data management plans

This course is organized through the project ISPAS: Paths to Successful Innovations.

Next date: 8 - 10 November | Sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Elena Giglia

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no.

About ISPAS

The European ISPAS Project (Paths to Successful Innovations) aims to develop complementary training courses dedicated to PhD candidates on open science and open innovation, through a collaboration between academic and non-academic partners. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006544.

Academic Writing for PhD candidates 

This workshop deals with the different dimensions of successful academic writing.

Participants will learn how to establish good writing habits, how to form core arguments, develop structure and make sensible use of headings, figures and tables. The focus will be on the scientific article as one of the most common genres of scientific writing.  

Next date: 25th November 2021 | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Lynn Nygaard

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Planning your next career steps

This 1.5 day digital workshop is aimed at PhDs and postdocs, to help you understand the basic theory of career planning, and be able to apply it to your own career strategy.

To be more knowledgeable about your own skills and interests and able to link this with potential careers; to be more knowledgeable about job-seeking strategies; to be better able to present yourselves in person and online; and to feel more confident about the structure and content of your CV and how to adapt it to different jobs, as well as giving you a personal plan of action to follow up after the digital workshop.

Next date: 6 - 7th December | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Sarah Blackford

PPlease contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

How to plan your PhD

A PhD is a major undertaking yet many people spend more time planning a weekend away than they do planning the next three years of their life. This generally leads to missing deadlines, running overtime, regular crises and lots of stress. If you want to finish on time and enjoy the process along the way then it is important to have a good plan.

You need some very specific skills and tools to plan a PhD. This workshop will introduce you to the PhD Planning Toolkit. You will learn how to use these tools to:

  • create your big picture thesis plan
  • unpack your thesis down into logical parts
  • create tasks lists for each stage of your thesis
  • estimate times and schedule tasks
  • create a Gantt chart for your thesis
  • keep on track as you implement your plan
  • plan your writing
  • manage the finances
  • identify risks and deal with setbacks

At the end of the workshop you will have your own PhD Planning Toolkit and know how to use it to plan your PhD.

Next date: 14th December 2021 | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Hugh Kearns

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Previous courses

Impact and Research Communication

This interactive workshop is designed to develop the necessary skills for effectively communicating the significance and value of specialist research to those outside the discipline.

Participants learn how to make a powerful case for their project in grant applications, job applications or publishing proposals, and develop their ability to engage wider audiences for presentations, public engagement, outreach and dealing with the media. Practical exercises encourage a focus on the purpose, impact, outcomes, benefits and applications of participants’ research.

Next date: TBA | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Josie Dixon

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Getting the best out of your supervision

Managing the relationship with your supervisor(s) throughout your research degree can be highly challenging, as well as greatly rewarding.

This course will look at the different expectations that supervisors and students have of the doctoral process. It will help you to clarify what you need from your supervisor(s) and identify a range of approaches for getting the best from busy academic staff.

Next date: TBA | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Dr. Anne Lee

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Presenting Science Visually

This introductory course focuses on the use of text and visual elements in order to deliver information and messages in the medium of posters.

The tool we will concentrate on in the course is PowerPoint, and you will learn how to use its broad potential when it comes to setting up documents and posters, producing content and finalizing the product in form of print-outs or PDF-files. Course prerequisite is basic knowledge of how to use power-point.

Next date: TBA | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Roy Annar Norås

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Turbocharge your writing

The aim of this three hours workshop (webinar) is to help the participants increase their writing outputs through clear and practical strategies.

This workshop will help you to understand:

  • why it's hard to get started
  • how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
  • the principles of quick starting
  • how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
  • how to set a writing plan and stick to it
  • how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
  • how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
  • how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work

Next date: TBA | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Hugh Kearns

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Kurs i forskningskommunikasjon (in Norwegian)

The course focuses on research communcation and provides you insights into how researchers can approach different types of media and shows you how to publish your own research in social and conventional media.

The course focuses on research communcation and provides you insights into how researchers can approach different types of media and shows you how to publish your own research in social and conventional media.  

Next date: TBA | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Leiv Gunnar Lie, UiS

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Interview Training Workshop

The aim of this workshop is to offer participants advice and information about the different types and purpose of job interviews, as well as the opportunity to do some practice in peer groups.

We are aiming to invite one or two professionals to take part in the mock interview panel.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • be more aware of how to communicate skills and experiences effectively to different employers;
  • be more knowledgeable about how to structure a CV and covering letter;
  • understand the fundamental purpose of an interview and how to present themselves to employers;
  • feel more confident to present themselves effectively in an interview;
  • have formulated a personal action plan to follow up after the workshop.

Next date: TBA| Sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Sarah Blackford

Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Writing the "kappe" of Your PhD Thesis

A thesis by publication comprises not only the articles aimed at publication, but also the narrative (“kappe”) that is intended to convince your examiners that you have successfully met the criteria of “doctorateness”.

In this one-day workshop, we reflect on what your examiners want to you demonstrate, discuss how to approach the writing process, and look at the elements of a good “kappe”.  

Next date: 27th November 2021 | sign up opens 3 weeks prior to the course | Instructor: Lynn Nygaard

PleaPlease contact our course administrator in case of any queries: marit.fosse@uis.no

Innovation and project comprehension

The purpose of the course is to raise awareness among PhD candidates about the practical implications of their research.

This involves understanding how research results can lead to innovation, i.e. implemented to achieve the intended utility value for society. Another intention is to increase the candidates' awareness about the further societal implications of research and innovation.

Next date: No event planned | This course is administered by the Faculty of Science and Technology. For more information, please contact the Faculty

PhD on Track

PhD on Track is a web resource aimed primarily at PhD candidates and early career researchers.

The aim is to enable beginning researchers to easily access information on searching and reviewing scholarly literature, on academic writing, and on sharing and publishing reports and data. The project, PhD on Track, is a collaboration between five Norwegian university libraries. Visit the UiS Library's website for information about other services.