Team building and networking were the main characteristics of this year’s Research School Conference at Bekkjarvik in Hordaland in the beginning of June. Around 80 participants contributed to make it a successful event.
The third edition of the Centre for Digital Life’s Research School Conference offered its members development within building their CV and careers, stress management and communication, innovation and not the least: social adventures and new friendships.
New this year, was that the committee, consisting of five of the Research School members, had the participants submit biographies, printed in a distinguished, physical conference book. The contributions contained information about the research interests of the participants, about the research projects they are working in, the competence they have to offer others, and what they could use some help with. In addition, it listed the contact information of all the participants and the keynotes.
– They didn’t send in their abstracts, but this was rather a more comprehensive networking tool that they were handed upon arrival. They could use it throughout the conference, and can continue to pick it up in the future, to discover which of the other participants that they may benefit professionally to link with, explains DLN’s Research School-coordinator, Liv Eggset Falkenberg.
After the conference, the feedback from the participants have been positive in its entirety. The response to the more occupational sessions is in general very good, many comment that they met someone that they can collaborate with, and that they made new friends. In addition, none but all who responded to the evaluation say that they had fun, that they would like to return to the conference, and that they will recommend it to others.
– Naturally, we are very satisfied with the event, the practicalities and the contents, and feels good to have the impression I was sitting with during the conference, confirmed. I am especially happy that it seems like the members are starting to find each other, across their subjects, disciplines and research projects. I really have the impression that they are enjoying each other. Frankly, there are just so many good stories here, says Falkenberg.
She also addresses her gratitude to the conference committee, who contributed with invaluable efforts to such a smooth and successful event.
Libe Aranguren-Abadía, Siri Øfsthus Goksøyr og Karolina Solheimslid
Eikås (f.l.), from UiB and UiT respectively, won the social team contest, after very sporty efforts.
Ahmed Mohammed won the vote for the best scientific picture. Ahmed is a Ph.d.-candidate within medical imaging, at the Department of Computer Science, at NTNU.
The conference committee: Shahin Sarowar, Eric Juskewitz, Liv Eggset Falkenberg
(research school coordinator at DLN), Zeeshan Muhammad, Kanhaiya Kumar
(f.l.), og Marte Jenssen in front. Foto: Marte Jenssen.
Recruitment advisor, Sverre Haugen, contributed with very engaging and interesting presentation and workshop, on how to write a good CV and build a carreer. All photos: Hilde Zwaig Kolstad/DLN.