Mental Fitness Workshop (DION, Gjøvik) 

We would like to remind all PhDs, postdocs and temporary employees at NTNU Gjøvik about the mental fitness workshop that will take place on November 15th, 17:00-19:00 in G303. The workshop will be held by Elizabeth Sturdy. Elizabeth is a Mindset Coach and the founder of Sturdy Coaching AS. She did this workshop for NTNU in Trondheim this past Thursday and here is some of the feedback they got: 

A bit about her: I am an American who loves living in Trondheim – the international community, living in the city center and ALL the outdoor adventures. As founder of Sturdy Coaching AS, I provide mindset coaching and mental fitness training to the international community in Norway. My work is based on Co-Active and Positive Intelligence (PQ) Coach Training, 10 years as an educator, and my personal experience with burnout and mental health struggles while living in Norway.

Workshop Aim:

  • provide practical tools and insights to Ph.D. candidates struggling with overthinking, stress management, and feeling stuck.

Key Topics:

  • Identify negative thought patterns & explore their impact
  • Learn and practice building 3 mental fitness muscles
  • Learn tools to respond to life’s challenges from a positive mindset

Identifying your negative thought patterns or “saboteurs” is a key first step in building your mental fitness. In order to get the most out of our workshop, please take this 10-minute assessment prior to the workshop. 

Please bring a pen to the workshop???. We look forward to getting to know you better and working with you this Tuesday at 17:00! 


Visiting the National Museum in Oslo (DION, Gjøvik)

DION Gjøvik would like to invite you to its introductory event on Norwegian Cultural Heritage, as part of the Mental Health and Awareness Month 2022, a visit to the National Museum in Oslo. We will have a full day in Oslo, so it is the opportunity to discover many other spots in the Capital.
You can also skip the National Museum Visit if you wish to do something else, you are free to fill that day in Oslo however you like.
But, if you do register for the visit, we kindly ask you to uphold your registration.

Event Information: 
Date: Saturday November 26th
Place: Oslo + National Museum
Time: From 9AM (departure from Gjøvik) to 9PM (Departure from Oslo)

DION will cover the Museum Entry fee of the First 25 Registered Students, so we will unfortunately have to choose based on the “First arrived, first served” rule. But, you are very much welcome to join even if you’re outside of the first 25 registered. Please use this link to sing up:

Registration Deadline: Sunday 20/11/2022 at Midnight.

Looking forward to seeing you on November 26!

DION winter grants for educational or social activities

Do you have a great idea for an activity or event? 

DION is happy to announce a new round of support grants for educational or social activities for our members at NTNU!  

All PhD candidates, Postdocs and other temporary scientific employees at any NTNU campuses are eligible 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. Please note that Master degree students are NOT eligible. If there are applicants from Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund, it will be prioritized to grant one to each of the three cities.

Since it is soon festive season, we also appreciate Christmas/ Hanukkah/Winter Solstice themed events! 

DION will give preference to applications which are targeted towards an open audience. Applications for the exclusive benefit of one department or faculty will still be accepted but applications that are accessible for all DION members will be prioritized. 

If interested,?you can apply by filling this form DION-Grant-Application-Form-Winter-2022.docx ?and sending it to? sure to go through the rules in the application form. 

Deadline?for submissions is?15th November 2022. 

Contact the DION board if you have any questions: 

Apply for a SiN position!

Would you like to promote the interests of PhDs and postdocs at the national level? Do you like the idea of working with a group of engaged early-career scholars from all over the country? Are you already part of an interest organization for PhDs at your institution, or would like to be? If yes, you should join SiN for their AGM on November 25-27

All the board positions are up for election. Do you want to be our new president, finance officer, our liason to the Council for Universities in Norway or Eurodoc? Maybe you want to work with communication or events? Then run for a position!

Any PhD or postdoc represented by a SiN-member organization can run.

Contact DION ( and express your interest! 

(NB: Not able to join the AGM in person? You can still run for elections! All we need is a motivation statement via your local organization by November 12)

SiN’s 2022 AGM will be held this year by the University of Agder at their campus in Kristiansand.

The AGM is the highest decision making body of SiN, its responsibility is to approve changes to statutes, approve SiN’s financial report for 2022 and provisional budget for 2023, approve new members, as well as elect a new board who can take SiN into 2023 and set the organization on a strong path for the future.

Meeting Information:

The AGM is currently planned to be roughly 7 hours, from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday the 26th.

Description of the positions to run for:

Mental health month with DION in Gjøvik

DION Gjøvik is very much happy to announce the following program for all PhDs, postdocs and temporary employees in Gjøvik, as part of the mental health and awareness month plan. Please use the link to sign up for the events. Looking forward to seeing many of you.

Meditation with Aristidis Kaloudis

                     When: Wednesday, November 2, 17:00-18:00 

                     Where: G303 

                     Registration link:

Yoga by Lise Linnerud  

                     When: Friday, November 11, 10:00-11:00 

                     Where: G303 

                     Registration link:

Mental Fitness Workshop by Elizabeth Sturdy 

                     When: Tuesday, November 15, 17:00-19:00 

                     Where: G303

                     Registration link: