Let’s celebrate together the 25th anniversary of DION!

DION has been a close friend of PhD candidates, PostDocs and temporary staff of NTNU for 25 years! Can you believe it? Actually, If DION was a person, it would have just the right age to become a PhD candidate. To celebrate this important number and all our adventures together, we ask you out for a laser tag evening this Saturday, the 27th of February, at 5 p.m., in Bowling 1 Gjøvik.

Registration in advance is required. Please sign up here.

Looking forward to sparking laser fireworks together!


Christmas celebration and holiday events in Gjøvik

For those spending Christmas in Gjøvik, SiT, NTNU and Gjøvik kommune want to invite you to Christmas events in Gjøvik.

Below is the summary of the events. For the full program and invitation, check out the Invitation to Students Christmas and Invitation to Grøtfest

December 19th and 20th: free cinema at Gjøvik kultursenter

  • Love Actually at 18PM both days.
  • Die Hard 1 at 20: 45PM both days.

To get a free entrance ticket, show your employee ID card and this invitation in the ticket-office.

December 24th:

“Grøtfest” (Porridge party) in Fahlstrøm

Outdoor religious traditional Christmas service by Gjøvik church

December 28th:

Open ice rink in Fjellhallen

December 28th & 30th:

Student house Huset on campus is open!

December 30th:

«Strong during Christmas» – join in on a training session


Please note that you will have to register for the events, and the deadlines for registration. For information concerning registration and deadlines, see attached invitations.


We wish you a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year.

Christmas event Gjøvik: Bowl Free Afternoon with DION

Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s time to leave your office desks and enjoy the social atmosphere with your colleagues.
We invite all Gjøvik-based PhDs, Postdocs, temporary scientific employees at NTNU and their family members to join the Happy Hour at Bowling 1 Gjøvik on Friday, the 18th of December at 5 pm.

Please register at: https://tinyurl.com/y4fwdxtr


Let’s strike 2021 in good company!

All necessary Covid precautions will be taken:

  • Teams of max 3 people will be assigned to separate lanes.
  • Please wash and desinfect your hands before entering the bowling place and whenever touching surfaces.
  • Stay at home if you feel sick.
  • Have a good cough and sneeze hygiene.


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: https://innsida.ntnu.no/wiki/-/wiki/Norsk/Psychologist+service+for+employees

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: https://innsida.ntnu.no/trening-ansatte
  • 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: https://www.ntnu.edu/cerg/regimen
  • 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): https://www.sit.no/trening ; https://www.sit.no/en/kurs/mestringskurs

DION Christmas baking photo competition

Dates: 1st-15th December 2020

Are you an avid baker? A true Great British Bakeoff contestant? Or more of a “Nailed it” finalist? Whether you’re a grand chef or an amateur baker looking forward to the Christmas season, the DION Christmas baking photo competition is made for you!

Here is how it works:

– Bake something Christmassy (e.g. Gingerbread creation, Lussekake, Christmas cookie tower, typical holiday season cake)

– Take a picture of it and post it on social media by Dec. 15th, 2020, tagging DION (@DION.NTNU on facebook and @ntnu.dion on Instagram) and the hashtag #DIONXmasBake

– The picture can be posted on either Facebook or Instagram

– The picture that gets the most likes wins and its baker gets a gift card for Christmas.

All PhDs, postdocs and temporary scientific employees at NTNU can participate. We will announce the winner right before the holidays.

So on your mark… get set… BAKE!!!!!!!