Follow-up of the Mental Health Awareness Week

In November 2020, DION organized and supported a series of events across campuses to raise awareness about the mental health of PhDs, post-docs, and temporary scientific staff at NTNU. This week included seminars regarding the services at NTNU, practical workshops providing guidance on how to manage stress, meditation and fitness techniques that can improve our overall well-being. You can find the links and information provided during the weeks below.

In addition, be sure to follow our, as we posted further information and tips on our social media channels #MHAwarenessWeek.

Useful links

Occupational Health Services at NTNU

Tips on how to set up your office so protect your health:

Coperio Center

Besides the services offered by OHS at NTNU, employees at NTNU can contact the Coperio Center (external center) for psychological help (for NTNU to cover the cost, you need a signature from your manager). THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE SERVICES OFFERED BY OHS:

Courses and training for your mental and physical health

  • Physical exercise is good for your body and for your mind. Remember to exercise 30 min a day, 5 days a week! NTNU employees can also exercise 1 hr./ week during their workday. Find out about physical health and training at NTNU here:
  • These Innsida channels will keep you informed of upcoming physical activities for staff: Trening for NTNU-ansatte ; Trening for ansatte NTNU i Gjøvik; Trening for ansatte NTNU i Ålesund
  • NTNU CERG has developed a number of evidence-based exercise programs to help improve your health and fitness:
  • In Gjøvik, employees of NTNU can make an appointment for a free massage. Masseur Svein Erik Hagen visits NTNU in Gjøvik every Wednesday between 07.30 and 13. Send SMS to +47 40 40 10 67 for booking.
  • Other options for mental health and stress management:
    • labor unions organize classes for their member. Check your unions’ news update
    • Courses from SiT (both mental and physical health): ;

Hurry up: register for a seminar on the working culture in Norway

NTNUs International Researcher Support (NIRS) invites the international academics to the seminar/course “Working with Norwegians”.


Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 16:30

Duration approx. 4,5 h.


This will be an online seminar (more information after the deadline)


Limited places. Registration is required, please contact: Iuliana Hussein ( Please specify your name and affiliation with NTNU.

Deadline for registration 23 October 2020. You will receive a confirmation and a link to the meeting after the deadline.


Course description:

Would you ever play chess without knowing the rules? Being in Norway without awareness of the cultural codes is like playing chess without knowing the rules, you might make mistakes.


“Working with Norwegians” is a course that will help you crack the hidden codes of Norwegian workplaces and social life. It explains how Norwegians think and act in different situations, both at the university, in a business setting and at home. It highlights typical scenarios in which cultural differences come to the surface, and you will learn what Norwegians expect from you.


The aim of this training is to make you more confident on how to behave in Norway and to reduce the risk of cultural misunderstandings. Typical feedback from these sessions is that misunderstandings and mistakes made in the past could have been avoided if they had participated earlier.


The course is conducted by Karin Ellis (CEO of Ellis Culture)

Semester Kickoff with DION (Kahoot and Pictionary)

Welcome back everyone! Summer is almost over, and we are off to a start of a strange and exciting new semester. By now most of us are used to doing things virtually (even if we are super tired of it), and just to make sure everyone is safe (considering the recent upsurge in cases), we will be conducting this semester’s kickoff virtually.

We will start off with some friendly digital catch-up, and proceed to a competitive but still sorta’ friendly Kahoot competition, followed by Pictionary. Winners of both the games will be awarded gift cards. This event is open to PhDs, Postdocs, and temporary scientific staff at NTNU across all the three campuses! (Newly employed candidates are encouraged to join, since this is a good opportunity to build a friendly network and have a chat with their fellow employees).

When? 28th of August, 6 p.m,  Norway time.

Where? Online, on Zoom platform. The link for the event is here.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you!

COVID-19 extensions for temporary staff: fill out our survey

To help us assess the situation of PhDs, post-docs and temporary scientific staff as regards to COVID-19 extensions of their contract, DION has joined forces with SiN  and with its fellow organizations across Norway to run a short survey on this issue. The information is collected anonymously but will be vital to help us understand your situation and advocate for better solutions. Therefore, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey before Fri. September 4th.

Transdisciplinary life sciences – a Digital Life Norway course

The Digital Life Norway Research School is arranging the course Transdisciplinary life sciences – a Digital Life Norway course this fall. This course is for all Phd students and postdoctors who want to learn more about working on transdisciplinary research projects within biotechnology and the life sciences. The course is approved as an official NTNU-course worth 7.5 ECTS. The first plenary meeting takes place in Trondheim late August, then the students will work on their projects before the second plenary meeting in October. You can read more about the course here: