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Early Stage Researcher Seminars in Biomedicine

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Course description

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Early Stage Researcher Seminars are a series at the Department of Biomedicine, where the participants present and discuss their own research projects.

The main objective of the course is to reflect on, and critically discuss on-going research projects in the field of biomedicine, and to nurture scientific interactions amongst PhD-candidates at the Department.

The course will communicate an understanding for open academic discussions amongst peer scientist. It will support and strengthen critical thinking and scientific curiosity and provide a forum for sharing ideas and testing hypotheses. By keeping the senior researchers outside, the forum is a safe environment where early stage researchers can act more independently, thus practicing their discussion skills.

The course covers the following key topics:

  • scientific excellence,
  • technical challenges,
  • societal impact,
  • ethical issues relating to biomedical PhD-projects.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the candidate will have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge: The candidate

  • Has a clear understanding of how their research is perceived by and impacts peer researchers.
  • Has a multidisciplinary understanding of the various methods used within basic medical research, their applications, limitations and benefits.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of many authentic research projects in the biomedical field.

Skills: The candidate

  • Masters the techniques used to communicate the scientific background, aims, methods, results and future outlook of their own research.
  • Can initiate and participate in constructive and critical scientific discussions.
  • Can make contact to peer researchers and build a network of competence.

General competence: The candidate

  • Knows where to find competence related to different research fields.
  • Can exchange technical expertise and experience, foster collaborative efforts, which in the long term will improve the general scientific quality.

Study period

Spring and autumn

Credits (ECTS)


Specific terms

Compulsory Requirements

Give one oral presentation of own research and attend a minimum of 10 seminars.

Who may participate

PhD-candidates and post docs at the Department of Biomedicine.

Additional information


PhD-coordinator at Department of Biomedicine
phd.biomed@uib.no / (+47) 55 58 63 70

Academic responsibility

Harald Barsnes, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Harald.Barsnes


Exam information

Study period

Spring and autumn