Semester Kickoff with DION (Kahoot and Pictionary)

Welcome back everyone! Summer is almost over, and we are off to a start of a strange and exciting new semester. By now most of us are used to doing things virtually (even if we are super tired of it), and just to make sure everyone is safe (considering the recent upsurge in cases), we will be conducting this semester’s kickoff virtually.

We will start off with some friendly digital catch-up, and proceed to a competitive but still sorta’ friendly Kahoot competition, followed by Pictionary. Winners of both the games will be awarded gift cards. This event is open to PhDs, Postdocs, and temporary scientific staff at NTNU across all the three campuses! (Newly employed candidates are encouraged to join, since this is a good opportunity to build a friendly network and have a chat with their fellow employees).

When? 28th of August, 6 p.m,  Norway time.

Where? Online, on Zoom platform. The link for the event is here.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you!

COVID-19 extensions for temporary staff: fill out our survey

To help us assess the situation of PhDs, post-docs and temporary scientific staff as regards to COVID-19 extensions of their contract, DION has joined forces with SiN  and with its fellow organizations across Norway to run a short survey on this issue. The information is collected anonymously but will be vital to help us understand your situation and advocate for better solutions. Therefore, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey before Fri. September 4th.

Transdisciplinary life sciences – a Digital Life Norway course

The Digital Life Norway Research School is arranging the course Transdisciplinary life sciences – a Digital Life Norway course this fall. This course is for all Phd students and postdoctors who want to learn more about working on transdisciplinary research projects within biotechnology and the life sciences. The course is approved as an official NTNU-course worth 7.5 ECTS. The first plenary meeting takes place in Trondheim late August, then the students will work on their projects before the second plenary meeting in October. You can read more about the course here:

Coronavirus situation at NTNU and temporary scientific staff – update from the unions

In May 2020, we reached out to the unions present at NTNU to share your views on the situation of temporary scientific staff further to the coronavirus situation and related NTNU’s response. You can read their statements below.

As the situation is evolving, we hope to maintain an open channel of communication with unions regarding the case of temporary scientific staff and we will regularly update this page with more information as they become available.

Statement from Forskerforbundet

“Forskerforbundet (NAR) are concerned about the situation for postdocs and temporary researchers due to corona. NAR at NTNU have addressed these issues on several occasions in meetings with Rector. We have especially emphasized the need for guidelines for extension of postdoc positions. We also underlined this need in a recently interview with Universitetsavisa. We have been informed that NTNU soon will be ready to discuss possible guidelines with the unions. In addition, we are answering questions from individual members related to this. Our main advice is to document any delays caused by corona.

We will also work to secure that international employees with contracts expiring this Spring will not be forced to go back to their home country if they do not have access to proper health services there. The consequences corona might have on research funding is also something we are focusing on. Until now we have not received many inquiries related to this, but we expect that problems related to funding might occur in a longer time frame. 

NAR at central level is working with the same issues. The President of NAR has sent a letter to the Ministry of Education and Research, strongly encouraging them to establish temporary national guidelines for extension of postdocs and PhDs. Other activities related to the corona situation involve webinars for members to keep them informed about their rights. NAR organized a webinar for PhD and Postdocs in the beginning of April, and we plan a similar event in June. 

We appreciate that we can have this kind of dialogue with DION in these special circumstances.”


Statement from Akademikerne NTNU

“Akademikerne NTNU has throughout the Corona-crisis expressed concern towards the work-situation of the temporary staff and brought this faculty group on the agenda of meetings concerning the handling of the Corona-crisis. We have multiple times proclaimed that the postdocs and other temporary faculty are left out of the discussions. As of now, only PhDs meeting the requirements stated in “Extention due to the coronavirus pandemic for PhD candidates” at Innsida are eligible for an extension. While postdocs and other temporary employees cannot apply for an extension, we are pleased that NTNU has focused on extensions for PhDs which have the most pressing schedule to produce results. With that said, Akademikerne wished for a less strict guideline for an extension.

Akademikerne-NTNU is always there for its members and will continue to promote the temporary staff of NTNU. We do not have any member-events planned right now, but we are available to help our members both regarding difficult situations that can occur as a result of the Corona-crisis and for other inquiries.”

International COVID-19 Student Well-being Study

There are a couple of new surveys that have been posted on Innsida. One of them is regarding the well-being of students and the effects that coronavirus related lockdowns have had on the work, mental health, productivity and learning. The results are relevant to our university/college because it can feedback information on how to organize potential future lockdowns. Because this survey is conducted in multiple countries, they will also be able to access the impact of national policy on well-being and health in the student population.

If you were looking for a chance to give your feedback on how things were handled, this is it. We recommend you to take the survey.

The survey can be found here (International COVID-19 Student Well-being Study):…/E…/Student+surveys+about+Covid+-19