New Strategy from the Government Considers PhD and Research

The Norwegian Government is proposing a new program, which among other highlights a research pilot program that aims to increase the labour market relevance of a PhD where the 4th year (“pliktåret” of a 4 year PhD with 25% work duties) can be used for more career oriented activities other than teaching. There are two ways of implementation of this goal:

a)       Practice in a business/organization/institution

b)      Work done on behalf of a business/organization/institution, doing project work for these.

Fall 2021 will see the implementation of this program.

The Norwegian Government is also in collaboration with the universities developing a strategy for research recruit and career ways, which will be public in Spring 2021. The strategy will serve as information which decisions on researcher recruitment and career development can be made by the universities. It will also focus on: temporal employment, unclear an diffuse career ways, low amount of Norwegians in technology.

Call for DION Board Members for 2021

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 12th of April 2021.

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).The DION Board consists of 5 to 8 members, including DION president, who serve for 12 months (until spring 2022). 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 2022;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. It is always possible to step forward as a candidate at the AGM itself. However, 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. More details about the process, and the meeting link, will be uploaded shortly.

COVID-19 Extension Survey Report

In the autumn semester of 2020, DION has collaborated with SiN  and other fellow organizations across Norway and ran a short survey regarding the extraordinary difficulties provoked by COVID-19 that PhDs, Postdocs and temporary staff had to deal with. On this backdrop, the objective was to assess how the universities responded to this situation and in particular, the contract extensions. You can read the findings of the survey at national level here and the report at NTNU level here.

NTNU Board Election

To voters and prospective candidates,

The NTNU Board election takes place the week before Easter. Local elections at Faculty and Department levels follow in May-June. You must be listed in the register of voters and have at least a 50 % position at NTNU in order to vote at the upcoming elections.

Check that you are correctly listed in the electronic election system valgweb. The register of voters will not be updated after the deadline for complaints 5 March. You find the link to “valgweb” here:

Do you know someone who could do a good job on the Board? Candidates must master Norwegian sufficiently to engage in the deliberations of the Board. You find more information about the NTNU Board elections and nomination of candidates on the website for the NTNU Board Elections. Deadline for candidate proposals: 4 March.

Invitation to visit the Winter park at Hunderfossen

NTNU Gjøvik and DION wants to invite all temporary scientific staff and family to a visit to the Winter park Friday 5th of March.

The Winter Park is described as “An unforgettable winter dream in the Fairy Tale Park for the whole family, with trolls, adventure, snow and ice. We have new spectacular snow and ice art, designed by professional ice artists. There is enjoyable entertainment, horse and sleigh rides, ice cathedral, snow hotel with ice bar, snow slides, mini snowmobiles, ATVs, radio cars and major indoor adventure attractions.”

You can read more about the activities on the Hunderfossen website.

Join us for an adventurous and magical visit in the winter wonderland and a drink of warm or cold non-alcohol drink in King Valemons Ice bar!

A bus will take us from campus at 16:30, and return from Hunderfossen ca 20:15 after the fireworks. Please give feedback in the registration for if you want to take the bus or arrange your own transport.

As there are limited of tickets, register as soon as possible and within 26th of February.

Register here.

If you have any questions, please contact

Hope to see you at the Winter Park!