AGM and Board Elections 2018/2019

DION@Trondheim and DION@Gjøvik 2018 Annual General Meeting & Board Election

All PhD students, post-docs and temporary scientific employees at NTNU are invited to attend DION’s Annual General Meeting!

Meet other young researchers and hear what DION has focused on over the last year and what DION can offer for you. We have invited speakers from NTNU IT and Forskerforbundet to inform us about IT services for PhDs and the role of trade unions for academic employees. A detailed program of the event will be posted shortly.

Information on the 2 simultaneous AGM events

AGM in Trondheim (main event):

AGM in Gjøvik (broadcast)

DION logo concept design – Competition guidelines


DION is the interest organisation for doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and other temporary scientific employees at NTNU. The 2017-2018 board of DION (hereafter referred to as the DION board) has decided to modernise the logo of DION. The new logo may be used on the DION website, social media sites, business cards, letterhead, posters, gifts, or anywhere else DION chooses.

The logo competition is intended to be accessible for the greatest number of people as possible. Thus the competition is open for concept designs – including hand drawn sketches, such that digitisation skills are not a prerequisite to submit suggestions.

The winning design will receive 1500kr prize money.

Submission guidelines 

  1. The contest is open from the 14th of February 2018 until the 14th March 2018.
  2. The competition is open to all, however DION board members are ineligible for the prize.
  3. A maximum of 3 submissions per person is acceptable.
  4. Each submission must be sent as a separate pdf or jpg attachment to with the format Surname_Firstname_1 in a single email.

Logo Design Guidelines 

The existing logo’s use of a warrior figure resembling Olav Tryggvason is considered by the DION Board to be of little relevance to the workings of DION. Furthermore, the existing logo was created at the inception of DION in 1996 and a graphical refresh is now desired for DION, especially now that NTNU is no longer physically constrained to Trondheim (Olav Tryggvason is widely considered to be Trondheim’s founder).

The four letters of DION are a prerequisite in the new logo, either in lowercase or uppercase, and can be stylised in any way including substitution of letters with shapes (such as the “I” in the existing logo) or using characters from other alphabets. The logo will be used in the header of official documents, so a landscape or compact orientation is required (no vertical orientation).

Images of any form are permitted in combination with (or in addition to) the stylisation of the DION logo. The logo should not however, include the existing graphical logo of NTNU.

All submissions should be in black with a white background, but patterns (such as stippling and shading) are permitted. The logo design should ideally have a connection to DION or NTNU in some way, but is not a condition of submission.

Intellectual Property 

Submissions become the sole property of DION, for use as they see fit.

Any future Board of DION shall have the right to adapt, edit, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety.

Determination of Winner and Prize 

Shortlisting to the top 5-10 submissions will be performed by the 2017-2018 DION board. Shortlisted submissions will have names removed and will be voted upon through the DION website/social media. After shortlisting, all DION members will be eligible to vote on the winning design. The winning design will be presented at the DION Annual General Meeting in April 2018.

The prize of 1500kr will be in the form of a Visa gift card or similar that can be used for any purchases in the same manner as a regular debit card.


DION’s call for Grants results

DION’s call for Grants applications 2017-2018 is finished!

Now we are happy to announce the successful applicants:

  • Daniel Weston (Department of Language and Literature), “Academic/social events with particular interest towards LGBT community”
  • Maria Kirpichenko, (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture), “Screening of independent films and debates aimed towards foster dialogues”
  • Rimmert Van der Kooij (Department of Computer Science), “Bouldering course”
  • Patrick Mikalef (Department of Computer Science), “Industrial networking”
  • France Rose Hartline (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture), “Critical Gender Salon project”
  • Mahsa Jalili (Department of Biology), “Happy hour for Phd’s and Postdoc’s”


Congratulations! We will soon contact you with more detailed information about how to use the grant.

DION thanks all the applicants who submitted their applications and encourages all members to apply next year.

We are looking forward for all supported activities!

DION Grants 2017-2018

DION is happy to announce a new round of support grants for educational and/or social activities for our members at NTNU! All DION members are eligible to apply for a grant (up to 4000 NOK) to cover expenses related to organizing activities that create opportunities for PhD students and post-docs to network, learn, and enrich their experience at NTNU. Six grants will be given to a total sum of 16000 NOK. Two larger grants at 4000 NOK each and 4 smaller grants at 2000 NOK each.
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.

The deadline for sending the application is 30th October, 2017. Applications will be evaluated by DION board members. Funding should be used prior to the AGM in May 2018. You can apply via this google form:…/1EZGQtqNwidaWnPkVz5bYbAp6ezc…/edit

Last year’s successful grant applicants were:

1. Dimitra Anastasopoulou // Support for new social activities for PhD students at NTNU-Gjøvik
2. Ray Pritchard // Meet-and-greet potluck Christmas party for the newly fused Faculty for Architecture and Design
3. France Rose Hartline // Critical Gender Salon geared towards PhDs and post-docs in Trondheim
4. Aleksandra Lang and Geertje ter Maat // Annual cross-country skiing outing for PhD students, organized by Institutt for geologi og bergteknikk PhD Social Committee
5. Eivind Bøe Drejer // PhD Career Day for the Department of Biotechnology

Apply or forward to those who might be interested!

A new DION board is elected!

The DION board for 2017-2018 got elected at the Annual General Meeting 10 May, Klubben Samfundet.

The new board members are:

Ingvild Firman Fjellså (president)
Enrico Riccardi
Maria Hesjedal
Ray Pritchard
Alexander Busch
Olena Meleshko
Edgar Lopez
Ankit Aggarwal

The Annual General Meeting was a success with over 87 attendees. The meeting was also streamed so that it was able to follow the meeting from Gjøvik and Ålesund. The former DION board wants to thank everyone for the participation!

The new and the old board at the Annual General Meeting. (Edgar Lopez, Enrico Riccardi and Alexander Busch was not present at the meeting).