Centre for International Health has decided to use midway seminar as a progress seminar in the organized training of researchers. The intention with this seminar is for the Institute to have a stronger academic follow up of the candidates.
The midway seminar of the research candidates has the following goals:
• to find status regarding the progression and development of the project
• to give the candidate the possibility to present the whole project for a committee for seminar
Midway evaluation should be organised by the main supervisor, and the presentation should include finished manuscripts, manuscripts in the work, courses taken and presentations made.
The midway seminar:
The midway seminar is arranged as a seminar where the candidates will have to present status for all work so far in relations to scientific method, goals and results. The midway seminar committee will consist of one academic members of the Research board, and one external academic member. The committee is to submit a report to the Research Board at the Institute after every seminar has taken place.
The candidates will have to present status for all work so far in relations to scientific method, goals and results in a presentation for the committee (20 minutes + 5 minutes questions). This part of the seminar is open to all interested parties and will be announced at CIH's regular information channels.
The committee will thereafter evaluate the candidates work in relations to the requirements to a dissertation. The committee will also evaluate whether the ethical guidelines are taken care of in the project. The time frame for the committee's evaluation is 35 minutes. The midway seminar will be in English when the candidate or one of the members of the committee is English speaking.
The midway seminar is an academic seminar of the candidate's research project and will not be considered as an exam. Nevertheless the seminar might find that a candidate should be supervised to end the organized training of researchers due to lack of progress in the candidate's project.
The midway seminar method is to be flexible and might be carried out in a different order than a joint seminar. In cases where the supervising team and the candidate wish to arrange the midway seminar after a different model they will have to report this to the Research Board. If such a model is used at least one of the members appointed to the midway seminar committee will have to be present and report to the Research Board.
The goals of the midway seminars are to determine the status and progress of the PhD project in terms of expected completion, and to give the candidates the possibility of presenting their projects to an open audience and to a “mini-committee.”