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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The annual general meeting will take place at the University of Stavanger on Friday 26th of May 2017.
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.
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.
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:
Amendment makes it easier for PhD-candidates and post-docs to get jobs.
This is unfortunately the outcome we advocated against as it opens for more temporary employment. The amendment is portrayed as only positive, but they fail to mention post-doc positions. Lina Ingeborgrud, the new president of DION, has issued a statement to universitetsavisa.no available here, where she expresses concern about increasing use temporary employment and PhD-candidates position as an employee.
Against the unions wishes the majority of the task-force voted for the amendment, resulting in periods of pure research no longer counting towards seniority. The proposal is still listed as pending on the government webpage.
Context: Normally 4 years of temporary employment triggers job protection, which basically means a permanent position. An exception to this rule are so-called “fixed term” positions like a post-doc position, which is the usual academic advancement after a PhD.