Staff Mobility Week

Programme explained

The program consist of two parts; the different group programmes and the joint programme.

Main content

Approximately half of the SMW programme is planned for group activities, and the participants are divided into the groups/tracks they belong to. In the other half of the programme, all the participants are doing things together.

This is an overview of the different parts of the SMW-19:

Morning ArrivingGroup programmeExcursion allGroup programmeGroup programme
Noon Opening SMW allGroup lunchExcursion lunchGroup lunchLunch for all

Lunch for all

Meet the group.

Group programme

Excursion all

Group programmeClosing SMW
EveningSocial activityGroup: Social activitySocial activity all SMW-dinner allLeaving

Group programme

Monday afternoon you will meet the other participants of your group, and you can enjoy a guided tour of the city and some light meal together. Getting to know some of the other participants is the main goal of Monday.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning, there will be presentations and discussions based on the subject of the group you were accepted for as a participant. Please be prepared for sharing best practise and experience with international colleagues, to discuss new issues and the latest developments within your field of expertise and get a first-hand impression of how we work at UiB. For more information about the content of your group programme, please look at the information for the different groups.

Joint programme


We invite you for an informal get-together gathering of the participants who have already arrived in the city. If you have plans of your own, or cannot make it, be happy - don´t worry - SMW is not starting until the next day. 


Our SMW starts with an opening ceremony, where we will try to introduce you to Norway, the University of Bergen and the SMW. It also calls for a bit of celebration that SMW-19 has started, and that all of you actually wanted to come to visit us.
After the opening and lunch, it is time to meet your group. 


In the evening we plan to have some cultural and social activity you can participate in, unless you have plans of your own.


UiB is an urban university, located in the city centre of Bergen, Norway's second largest city. But you are never far away from the sea, mountains, nature and rural areas. This day we want to give you a taste of Western Norway, and let you see yourself what are the wider surroundings of the university and some of the challenges our society is facing. So this whole day, we are going on an excursion.

An excursion, a shared experience, is also something we think is good for the group dynamic. It can become fairly exhausting and stressful spending a whole week together with new people, talking, learning, debating one after another. So this excursion day is also here to allow time for reflection and informal networking as part of the programme.

We are currently working on stitching together what we hope will be an interesting excursion, so for now we don´t have more specific information about this day. More information about the day will be published later.


The SMW-dinner for all of our participants and many of the organizers - we plan to go somewhere nice and eat something good - more information will come.


A last meal together as SMW-19, before we spend some time to share with all the participants what was the outcome from the different group activities through the week. And then we say good bye and let's keep in touch - the ending of SMW is maybe just the beginning of something more!

Social activities

This is a completely volunteer part of SMW, so please do something else if you want. However, we would like to recommend you are participating in the social activity on Monday afternoon together with your group.