Welcome to the new semester

Welcome back to a new semester at NTNU. We would like to use this opportunity to inform you about DION in general and the current DION board in particular.

What is DION?

DION is the interest organization for all PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees at NTNU – so DION is an interest organization for you! All in all, these are around 3000 people spread across all campuses (Trondheim, Gjøvik, Ålesund), faculties and departments. By being a PhD candidate, post.-doc. or another temporary scientific employee at NTNU, you are automatically part of DION.

What can DION do for you?

We represent you!
Firstly, DION is an important link in NTNU’s democratic constitution.

We contribute to debates concerning the precarious situation of PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees both at the NTNU board as well as at the University Research Committee (forskningsutvalget). We also work closely with labor unions and other networks at NTNU and beyond.
Our second mandate is to create a social and attractive environment for PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees at NTNU. We are a low-threshold contact point for you, who needs support or help with your process at NTNU. Even though we cannot give legal advice, we can give pointers to what your options are, whenever you feel insecure or stuck during you PhD or post.doc. Whatever the trouble is – issues with your supervisors, your work environment, a kindergarten spot for your children etc. – we will help you as good as we can. Furthermore, we regularly organize informative events on relevant issues, which are aimed to help you to navigate through often opaque and in many ways challenging processes. Common topics include: career development, mental health, parenthood and work-life balance, and other practical issues during employment.

Additionally, we also organize social events as fora for meeting co-workers from all over the world and all over NTNU. These events are fun and an informal and a good way to balance our often solitary work in labs and offices.

We are currently planning: the establishment of a DION choir, an improv workshop with Gibberish, art workshops, skiing, movie nights, the ever so popular board game and Shuffle board nights, and so much more!
DION-sponsored events are usually free or low-price.
Find out about our upcoming events on our Facebook page and through our newsletter.

Who is in the current DION board?

The DION president and board is elected annually. The board consists of eight representatives in total, who are themselves PhDs, Post-Docs or temporary scientific employees.
This year, the board consists of these motivated people, covering broad disciplinary grounds.
Even though there is no representative from Ålesund in this year’s DION board, we continue a close and ever-improving contact to the NTNU campus Ålesund and are aiming for social and professional events in Ålesund in 2019/ 2020 just like on the other campuses.

Contact

If you want to know more about DION and be updated on future events, please keep visiting our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Innsida.
And if you want to enter into conversation with us directly, you can also use our email address: post@dion.ntnu.no

DION call for grant applications 2019

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 2500 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.

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.

This year, we also decided to give preference to applications addressing the topics of “parenthood” (for example by making the event explicitly family friendly, by organizing an event around the topic of parenthood during PhD/ post-doc, etc.) or “mental health“. We also highly encourage those interested to apply as a group, although grant applications by individuals remain welcome.

Rules:

  1. The deadline for sending the application is 23:59 CET 01 October, 2019. Applications will be evaluated by DION board members. You can apply via the application form filling out all mandatory fields and sending it to post@dion.ntnu.no
  2. Funding should be used by the end of January 2020
  3. The organizers are expected initially to cover the costs of the event and then seek reimbursement of the costs from DION. No a priori funding is given. Please note that the receipts and all reimbursement documents should be submitted to DION at the LATEST two weeks after the event, but before the end of January, 2020 – whichever comes first. Otherwise, reimbursement of the costs is not guaranteed.
  4. In case of approval of the grant, the organizers should promote DION by making it a co-host of the Facebook event, and allowing a DION board member to attend the event for promotion purposes. A DION board member will be assigned to each approved application, and the organizers will liaise with them about the event.
  5. Please note that the maximum amount DION can reimburse is 2500 (two thousand and five hundred) NOK. If overall cost of the event exceeds 2500 NOK, it is organizer’s sole responsibility to get extra funding from other sources. Any requests for more than 2500 NOK from DION will be automatically declined.

Last year’s successful grant applicants were (these are just examples – you are not requested to organize a similar, or a follow-up project):

  • Randomized Coffee Trials
  • PhD and Postdoc Choir
  • Smart City Day
  • OK Computer: Being a researcher in the digital era
  • How to pitch your research “story” to a non-academic audience
  • Laser tag in Gjøvik
  • Stoic Principles for a Healthy Academic Life

 

We are looking forward to your applications!

Temporary employment at NTNU – tips and tricks of the trade (29th May)

Tekna NTNU and DION invite all PhD candidates, postdocs and others with a temporary employment at NTNU in Gjøvik to a free seminar. We will enlighten you on all the tips and tricks of being employed here at NTNU, the benefits and challenges.

When: 29th May (Wednesday)

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: K102, Ntnu Gjøvik

There will be time for discussion, and the seminar is open to everyone.

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Any questions, requests, ideas, or feedback for DION? This is a great opportunity to meet a DION board member and discuss in person.

Binding registration is required! Please register here: https://www.tekna.no/en/events/temporary-employment-at-ntnu–tips-and-tricks-of-the-trade–iv-faculty-38127/Enroll/

Follow the facebook event for more updates!

Congrats to the new elected DION Board 2019/2020

Congrats to Angelina Penner for becoming DION President 2019/2020!

PhD Candidate

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
Faculty of Humanities

Congrats to the elected DION Board members:

Elodie Besnier

PhD candidate, SU-ISS

Davit Gigilashvili

PhD Candidate
Department of Computer Science Gjøvik

Lisa Tietze


PhD Candidate
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Mattia Veroni


PhD candidate
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Erland Årstøl


Phd candidate
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Masab Khalid Annaqeeb

PhD Candidate
Department of Energy and Process Engineering

Tor Anders Bye

PhD-candidate
Department of Sociology and Political Science