Hearing Reply – Regulations on appointment for the position of Associate professor and Professor

SiN has recently replied to a hearing on regulations about the appointment to the position of Associate Professor and Professor. The new regulation puts a higher emphasis on the ‘competence in teaching’ as criteria for the recruitment. SiN supports that competence beyond the minimum requirement should count as the position of associate professor/professor is usually a position where the time spent between research and teaching is distributed to 50% each. However, SiN also suggests that in order to make it fair and practical; candidates should be given the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate this competence through an academic career path.

Click read more for our full hearing reply (in Norwegian), or see the pdf document here.

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Setting up of UiBdoc in Bergen

After months of constant efforts, SiN board feels accomplished with the creation of the Association of Doctoral students at University of Bergen (UiBdoc). During our last meeting, SiN board members teamed up with a highly enthusiastic representation from the doctoral students of UiB; overseeing the creation of the first official UiBdoc board. The main activates involved a detailed discussion on the preliminary draft of the UiBdoc constitution, organizing the official election of the board members and an informal discussion with the newly elected board sharing our personal experiences working as a member of the local interest organization. After the successful meeting at Bergen, SiN is eagerly looking forward to welcoming a new member to our group.


Gearing for the upcoming Board meeting in Bergen

The board members are geared up for the upcoming half-yearly meeting in Bergen. The consistent efforts of our board members and the local  Ph.D group bears results, as we move one step closer to our vision of creating an interest organization at the University of Bergen. Looking forward to a productive meeting.


SiN efforts at University of Bergen

The board members of SiN organized an informative session at the University of Bergen about setting up an interest organization for Ph.D and Postdocs. The significant turnout at the sessions demonstrated an overwhelming enthusiasm among the Ph.D students UiB. This was followed by an interactive session with the Ph.D and Postdocs of UiB. As an umbrella organization of the ITM’s for Universities in Norway, SiN is fully committed to provide all possible assistance to the doctoral students of UiB to oversee their own interest organization take shape.


Updated hearing reply – calculation of seniority for Ph.Ds

SiN has recently submitted an updated reply to hearing from Kunnskapsdepartementet, dated May 11th, 2017 regarding changes in the rules concerning the calculation of seniority of Ph.D. fellows. SiN has presented its support to alternative 1 of Proposition C, if the calculated seniority of the Ph.D. students is increased to two years instead of one. Click read more for our full hearing reply (in Norwegian), or see the pdf document here. The English translation can be provided on request.

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Hearing reply – calculation of seniority for PhDs

SiN recently answered a hearing reply for the regulations regarding the new law for state employees (forskrift til lov om statens ansatte). In the regulations the government want to reduce the accrued seniority for PhDs to one year regardless of how much work they’ve put towards finishing it. In our hearing reply we argue to continue the current practice where a 3 year PhD will give you 3 years of seniority, and a 4 year PhD will give you 4 years of seniority. Click read more for our full hearing reply (in Norwegian), or see the pdf document here. Partial translation can be done upon request.

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Eurodoc 2017 – Open Science

In collaboration with UiODoc, the Association of Doctoral Organisations in Norway (SiN) is hosting the Eurodoc 2017 conference titled “Open Science – Challenges and Opportunities for Early Career Researchers” at the University of Oslo. On behalf of The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, we would like to invite everyone interested in science to be part of a discussion to help shape the future of scientific practice. PhD candidates and postdocs from sponsoring universities get free entry to the conference.

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Cooperation seminar on Open Access

What is Norway doing to promote Open Science?

UHR, FFA, Det nasjonale publiseringsutvalget & NIFU held a cooperation seminar on how to achieve quality with Open Access 1st September 2016. We have briefly summarised the seminar in English which is available here.

The topics ranged from Open Access benefits, to the extra costs associated with OA, and publisher monopoly. Proposed solutions to some of the problems were an international subscription service, or even boycott of the big publishers.

More information can be found here. A stream of the seminar is available here. (Both in Norwegian).


Proposed National Guidelines for Open Access

The Norwegian government has set themselves a target that scientific results stemming from state funded research should be publicly accessible. At the start of 2016 they therefore assembled a task force to create draft guidelines for open access research. This report is now finished and the Ministry of Education and Research asks for comments and feedback on the report. The full report is available here in Norwegian, but since so many researchers in Norway don’t speak Norwegian I would like to very briefly summarise the details here:

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