Apply for DION grants!

The DION board has decided to announce support grants for educational and social PhD and post-doc activities at NTNU. We invite faculty- or institute-level representatives, organizations at NTNU, and individuals to apply for a grant (up to 2000 NOK) to cover expenses related to organizing activities that create opportunities for PhD students and post-docs to network, learn, and enrich their experience at NTNU.

Deadline for submissions is 20. October 2016.
Applications will be evaluated by DION board members.
A total of 10 000 NOK is offered this round.
Funding should be used during the 2016-2017 academic year.

If you have questions, please contact the DION board at

You will find the application form here.


New DION board elected for 2016/2017

The DION Annual General Meeting was held on 10.05.2016 at Studentersamfundet in Trondheim. ~80 PhD candidates and Postdocs participated, and both the annual report of 2015/16 and the financial statement of 2015 were approved. We would like to thank all participants for a great meeting with a high level of interaction, and we would also like to thank our presenters at the meeting: Nina E. Sindre (NTNU), Morten L. Dahlback ( NTNU HF), Marius Korsnes (NTNU HF), Poonam Rishal (NTNU DMF) and Joost Raeymaekers (NTNU NT).

Eight out of thirteen great candidates were selected by vote to represent PhDs and Postdocs at NTNU for the next twelve months. The 2016-2017 DION board is:

Lina Ingeborgrud (HF) – President
Mathias Arbo (IME)
Enrico Riccardi (NT)
Sam A. Kasimba (SVT)
Tu Ying (IVT)
Alexander Busch (IVT)
Hammad Majeed (NT)
Kam Sripada (DMF)

New and previous DION board members 2015/2016/2017. From left to right: Øyvind, Alex, Kine (administrative support), Vegard, Saud, Mathias, Kam, Sam, Tu, Hammad and Shareq. Lina, Enrico and Elli are not present in the picture.


Annual General Meeting 2016

10. May 2016 - 18:00


Invitation to DION Annual General Meeting and board elections on the 10th of May 2016

Venue: Klubben, Samfundet (Access through the back door)

At 18.00

All PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees at NTNU are welcome to DION’s Annual General Meeting!

Meet other young researchers, hear what DION has focused on over the last year to make NTNU a better place for PhDs and post-docs, and get tips from this year’s international panel (see below).

Interested in a leadership position? We will also hold the election for the new board for 2016-2017. We encourage all interested PhD candidates and post-docs from across NTNU to consider joining! Candidates will each introduce themselves briefly, and a president and at least four board members will be elected by fellow attendees at the meeting. If you are interested in running for the board, email us at , or introduce yourself in-person at the meeting. A board position on DION can be credited as up to one month of duty work, or one month extension of the PhD project period (Forskrift om stipendiater ved NTNU, §2).

More details about the board election are on our homepage:

Facebook event page: Click here!

International Panel
This year we are happy to feature presentations from NTNUers who have conducted research abroad. They’ll share tips on planning, funding, international collaboration, and language learning and answer your questions! All presentations will be be rapid-fire pecha-kucha style (20 slides, 20 seconds each). This year’s presenters:
– Marius Korsnes, Researcher (HF) – Shanghai, China
– Poonam Rishal, PhD candidate (DMF) – Nepal
– Joost Raeymaekers, Post-doctoral fellow (NT) – Galápagos Islands, African Great Lakes region, Belgium, Netherlands

Tapas will be served at the meeting.
Drinks will be available at member prices.

Highlights of the Post Doctoral survey results will also be presented. We will announce the winner of the survey lottery at the Annual General Meeting.


Meeting summons and agenda: Summons AGM 2016

DION Annual Report 2015/2016: 2016 DION Annual Report Final