Christmas Movie Night at Cinemateket Trondheim

Date: 12th December 2020
Time: 6:00 pm
Christmas is almost here, and DION is inviting all PhDs, Postdocs, temporary scientific employees, along with their families, on a movie night at Cinemateket! The movie is A Nightmare Before Christmas, a classic and a cult favorite!
The event is free, and you can bring as many members of your family as you like, as long as you register here
The Nightmare Before Christmas | The Nightmare Before Christmas Poster | EMP
Source: Google Images
The venue follows safety restrictions, and we advise you to follow social distancing guidelines and stay home if you have any symptoms.

Mental Health Awareness Week

As people working in academia, we often encounter situations that are highly stressful and anxiety-inducing, and oftentimes we tend to neglect the impact it has on our mental health. The topic is not commonly brought up for discussion, and there is a negative perception about seeking help in these situations. We have all been there, and can attest to the general lack of information about the resources and ways to resolve or care for our mental well-being.

So this November, join us for a week dedicated to your mental health and wellbeing. From Nov. 16th till 20th, DION will organize and support 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 will contain 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. In addition, be sure to follow our social media channels, as we will be posting some useful information and tips as well.

Click here to download the full Programme

Click here to register for the events

Here is the summary of the events happening:


Day 1: MINDFUL MONDAY (16th November)

FULLY BOOKED – Online event, 10:00 – 12:00: Mental health workshop “Work-life balance: A mental health approach”. Description here.

Trondheim – Kalvskinnet, Akrinn L404, 16:00 – 17:00: “OHS presenting the services available at NTNU”; The event will be streamed for the other NTNU campuses.



Trondheim – Gløshaugen Idrett Sal 4, 12:00-13:00: “Strength building class”

Gjøvik -Gneiss G303, 13:30 – 14:45: “Yoga for Grounding and Stress Relief”



Trondheim – EL4, Gløshaugen,17:00 – 18:30: “Meditation workshop”

Gjøvik -Eureka 1/3, 11:30 – 14:00: “OHS presenting the services available locally in Gjøvik”.



Trondheim – Gløshaugen Kjelhuset KJL4, 17:00 – 18:00: “Workshop on stress management”.

Gjøvik – Kobolt K105, 12:00 -13:00: “Tolerance, understanding, peace of mind”; The event will be streamed for the other NTNU campuses.



TrondheimGløshaugen Realfagbygget R3, 17:30 – 19:30: “Improvisation workshop”.


Day 6: FEEL GOOD Saturday

Gjøvik – NTNU A Building (starting point), 12:00: Walk to Eiktunet along with coffee and waffles at Eiktunet Cafe


Corona safety measures, valid for all events:

* DION is following national and NTNU’s infection control guidelines to ensure that our events can take place in a safe environment for speakers and participants. As the situation is evolving quickly, certain events may be moved online or cancelled. Those registered will be informed of any such changes by email.

* All participants will be pre-registered to the events (using google forms/social media).

* All participants showing up at the event need to check-in the rooms, using NTNU check-in system.

* The seating will be arranged so that a minimum of 1 meter distance is preserved between the attendees.

* Disinfectant and masks will be made available for the participants before entering the rooms and after exiting.

* All snacks will be served in individual wraps.

New board

The Board Election results are in, and the new DION board will consist of the following members:


Idd Andrea Christensen, PhD Candidate, NV-IBT

Board Members:

Aida Akbarzadeh, PhD candidate, IE-IIK

Anne Kristin Kvitle, PhD candidate, IE-IDI

Elodie Besnier, PhD candidate, SU-ISS

Faiga M. Alawad, PhD candidate, IE-IIK

Irina Mihaela Ciortan, PhD candidate, IE-IDI

Lisa Tietze, PhD candidate, NV-IBT

Masab Khalid Annaqeeb, PhD candidate, IV-EPT

We wish you the best of luck for the coming year!

Join DION Board

Are you interested in a leadership position representing around 3000 of your colleagues? Do you want to influence the working situation of the academic temporary staff and get insights into how the university works?

Then the DION board could be just the thing for you!

DION is the only organization at NTNU which represents PhDs, post-docs and temporary academic staff from across the university. We are a contact point for PhDs, Post-Docs and other temporary scientific staff, sit in important committees and hold social events. And now is your chance to become part of this!

How can you become part of the DION board?

A new board will be elected at the online annual general meeting (AGM) on the 28th of April 2020. We encourage all PhD candidates, post-docs and temporary scientific employees from across NTNU to consider joining the board! If you are interested in running for the board, email us at or introduce yourself 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; whilst the president receives two months (Forskrift om stipendiater ved NTNU, §2). More details about the board election will be published in the discussion board.

The DION Board consists of 5 to 8 members, including DION president, who serve for 12 months (until spring 2021). We hold monthly board meetings and discuss wide-ranging questions we receive from PhD students, post-docs, institutes, and the NTNU Board. This is an opportunity to influence the work situation of academic temporary staff and get insights into how the university works. We also serve as an important social arena, and hold events targeted at different groups throughout the year. All PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees are eligible to run for a DION board position! What is needed from the candidates is:

  • All candidates must be employed at NTNU as a temporary scientific employee (such as PhD student and Post-doc) and have a contract for at least until spring 2021;
  • For the president position, Norwegian proficiency is required.


Send your short application including name, affiliation, short bio and motivation (1 page max) to if you’d like to join next year’s DION Board. This information will be published on our website. Due to the current situation we strongly encourage you to do this well ahead in time.

This year the AGM will take place online. Candidates will have the opportunity to present themselves. To make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible and that no one struggles with technical issues, we strongly encourage you to you to send us a short video (1-2 min max) by Friday 24th April 2020. In this video you can state why you would like to become a board member, what your plans for the future of DION would be, a fun fact about yourself, etc. We will show all of the videos of the candidates at the AGM.

Free tickets to Barokkfest’s Lytt og knytt

The classical music festival Barokkfest is just about to start in Trondheim, and the festival has some exciting news: they would like to give all DION members free tickets for the event Lytt og knytt on Thursday 30th January!

We will start the evening with speed friending at Den Gode Nabo. Speed friending is a concept that is almost the same speed dating, but with a twist: here you can meet new people and expand your social network!
After the speed friending we move on to Vår Frue kirke, where we will experience opera by the world’s first opera composer, Monteverdi: Combattimenti! Together with our new friends, we get to hear the incredibly beautiful tones of one of the world’s first operas in our own beautiful medieval church.

The free ticket includes both the speed friending and the concert. To collect your ticket, please follow this link or write in the code INTERNATIONAL on the ticket page.