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PhD course

Junior Scientist Mini Symposium Series

  • ECTS credits2
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeBMED907
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Course description

Language of instruction


Course content

The main ambition of the Symposium Series is to improve scientific interaction among researchers, primarily at the Department of Biomedicine.

Moreover it is intended to facilitate exchange of technical expertise and experience, foster collaborative efforts and ultimately to improve the scientific quality for all.

The Symposium Series will also provide doctoral candidates with experience in oral presentations, academic discussions and scientific thinking.

The symposia are held every second month. Each symposium is in a format, where four PhD candidates and/or Post Doc¿s each give 30 min presentations, followed by a short discussion. The participants are chosen based on shared thematic focus, e.g. based on a common method or a similar biological question. The chair of the symposium is a senior scientist, who also initiates and leads the discussion.

Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the course the candidate should:

  • Be able to give a scientific presentation where one is able to demonstrate use of a number of advanced methods
  • Be able to discuss new knowledge that has arisen from one´s own project work


Upon completion of the course the candidate should:

  • Be capable of analysing complicated data obtained from project work
  • Be in a position to draw clear conclusions from the work performed
  • Be able to present and discuss the most central and relevant findings
  • Feel confident to participate in scientific discussion
  • Be able to give and receive academic criticism

General Competency

Upon completion of the course the candidate should:

  • Have a multidisciplinary understanding of the various methods used within different research fields, their applications, limitations and benefits
  • Be in a position to exchange technical expertise and experience, foster collaborative efforts, which in the long term will improve the general scientific quality
  • Be able to contribute to scientific interaction among researchers in basic medical science

Study period

The course will not take place until further notice.

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

The course is currently being rearranged and is suspended until then.

Part of training component

Recommended as part of the training component for all candidates at the Department of Biomedicine.

Form of assessment

To pass the course, the candidate must

  • participate actively in a minimum of 4 symposia in two semesters (attendance will be registered)
  • write up reports for 2 presentations
  • give an oral presentation based on his/her own method(s) at one of these symposia
  • give feedback to other candidates on their presentations.

Submission of one report each semester. The reports must follow the guidelines that are published on Mitt UiB. The report should be 3-4 pages and preferably be written in English.

The reports will be assessed by the course coordinator.

The presentations will be evaluated by the chair together with the course coordinator. 

Grading scale:

Pass / Fail

Who may participate

The course is primarily intended for PhD candidates who are supervised at the Department of Biomedicine, but may also be applicable to candidates within the biomedical research field in other departments.

Addtional information

Supplementary course information

The course will take place every other month for a period of two consecutive semesters.

Each symposium will last for 3 hours, and consist of 4 presentations with discussion and feedback.

Each participant will have to make his/her own presentation based on relevant methods and approach to their scientific problems. He/she will also have to make an abstract (ca. 350 words) of the presentation to be distributed to the other participants one week in advance.

One expects that each participant prepares for the relevant topics (abstracts) in advance of the symposia.


In case of few participants, teaching methods will be adjusted after discussions with the registered participants in order to take care of learning outcomes for the candidates.

All scientists, Post Doc¿s, PhD candidates, master students, technical personnel and engineers at the department are strongly encouraged to participate.


Quantity of work:

  • Preparation of own presentation (26 hours).
  • Preparing for the symposia based on received abstracts, write up reports and give feedback to presenter for 2 presentations (20 hours).
  • Participation in a minimum of 4 seminars (12 hours).

58 hours in total.


phd@biomed.uib.no / +47 55 58 63 70

Academic responsibility

Knut Teigen



The chair of the symposium is a senior scientist, chosen within the specific theme of the day. He or she also initiates and leads the discussion.

Reading list

The abstracts to each Symposia.

Course location

Department of Biomedicine, Faculty of Medicine

Study period

The course will not take place until further notice.