The SiN board 2019 on its physical meeting held at NTNU agreed that the AGM for 2020 will be held on 7th & 8th may 2020 at UiO. We encourage all universities to send in at least two representatives from the local organisations.
The SiN board had the pleasure to physically meet up in NTNU on 16th Nov 2019 and discussed a couple of issues affecting PhD students in Norway. among the topics discussed was
- Career outside academia- with a focus on how and where do students end up after life as a PhD. What employment careers do they end up in?- Research, teaching, innovation etc. This Topic is important for both researchers and continuing PhD students since it captures the impact of research on innovation which is the current most hot literature debate today.
- Open Science- How we communicate science is very important since everything we do is based on science.
- Career inside academia- what should be the focus for PhD students planning to stay inside academia? can you research, publish, present findings, and how can your research contribute to innovation or impact society
- Life as a PhD- what are the enablers for success to a PhD student? How does the learning environment impact on the PhD completion rate in Norwegian Universities.
- Gender and equality- This topic analyses issues of transparency in recruitment and seeks to address gender and diversity issues for PhD students in Norway.
we encourage local organisations to provide more support on the above topics, the discussions are open and on going.
Read here about the recently published article on unequal wages for PhD candidates featuring interviews with different people. You can find a short English summary below as well as the link to sign the petition for equal pay for PhD candidates.
English summary by Lisa Tietze
Khrono reports about the current situation in which senior PhD candidates can find themselves earning less than newly employed PhD candidates. In the last two years the salary negotiations have seen an increase in PhD salary. This however mainly applies for new PhD candidates. Since 1st of May 2019, PhD candidates that are unorganized or part of a union in LO Stat, Unio and YS Stat earn 479.600 NOK because they were raised into a new payment framen. A PhD candidate who started a year before that will earn around 8.000 NOK less a year, also from 1st of May 2019, despite being 1 year the senior candidate. The situation is similar for people organized in a union that belongs to Akademikerne.
Both Tekna and Forskerforbundet got to say something about the situation as well. Both say that they are aware of the situation and point out that this should be solved locally by the universities. As a good example of that, the university of Bergen appears in the text. UiB took it into their own hands to raise PhD candidates wages into the new pay frame of PhD candidates, who had been employed within the last 12 month before 1st of May 2019.
If you are unhappy with the situation you have the possibility to contact your local union and sign the petition that was started by, Sinziana Rasca a PhD candidate at Adger University. You can find the petition here.
Our board member Ingvild was interviewed and subsequently featured in an article about the PhD life in Norway. She is talking about the challenges that taking a PhD brings with it, but also the privileges. If you are interested in reading more, follow the link to the full article (Norwegian only).
The annual general meeting (AGM) of SiN took place at University of Stavanger on Friday 24th of May 2019.
Prior to the AGM, on the 23rd of May a seminar day was held. Here, representatives from the different SiNs members sat together and worked through different topics, which are relevant for the PhD and post-doc life in Norway. In addition, representatives from Sweden and Iceland joined the meeting. The background was the desire to interconnect the nordic PhDs more to each other through their representing organizations. This gave a great insight into how things were handled in the different countries and gave much cause to get inspired by each other.
During the AGM, activities of the last year were presented and discussed. Another topic were wishes and plans of the SiN member for the new board.
The new board consists of:
President Enrico Riccardi (NTNU)
Vice-President Yannik Schneider (UiT)
Treasurer Dipesh Sigdel (UiT)
General board members:
Alessandro Melloni (UiB)
Charlotte Weber (UiT)
Ingvild Mageli (UiT)
Irene Namugenyi (NMBU)
Lisa Tietze (NTNU)
Muhammad Ahmed Tauqeer (UiS)
Yizhou Shen (UiO)
Arsenii Zabirnyk (UiO)
Annette Vogt Hauger (OsloMet)