spring 2016
BIO-8516 Arctic Frontiers PhD Student Workshop I - 4 ECTS

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: January 2.

Application deadline for external applicants: December 1.

Type of course


Admission requirements

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb.

External applicants apply for admission through Søknadsweb.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

Every year the ARCTOS research network arranges a PhD student workshop in concert with the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø in January. The goal of the workshop is to introduce the students to writing research proposals, interdisciplinary teamwork, and the culture and industry of the northern regions. Students have to participate the entire conference (political and scientific part) and either give an oral presentation or present a poster during the conference. After the conference, they will attend a 5-day seminar during which they will prepare a project proposal for funding to an imaginary research grant. During the workshop, there will be lectures about proposal writing, scientific topics relevant to the conference theme as well as more general lectures on art, local history, economics or political science. The students will also attend a number of excursions (e.g. visiting museum, art gallery, coastal administration).

The course can be taken twice during the PhD study, but will have to be registered as BIO-8517 the second time. Prior to registering for this course, potential participants need to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation to the Arctic Frontiers conference and apply for the workshop. After receiving a confirmation of acceptance to the conference and workshop they can formally apply to be taken up for the course at the university. For questions regarding the workshop, please contact arctos@bfe.uit.no.

For some impressions from previous workshops, you can visit the Young Scientist Forum blog.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes. They should:

- be familiar with the newest research topics in the fields covered by the conference
- have knowledge of the funding application process
- be able to write a competitive, high quality research proposal
- be able to work in an interdisciplinary, international group on a common goal they were not familiar with before
- become familiar with other aspects of their science (culture, history) and their role as scientists in society

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Intensive course - participation on 5 days Arctic Frontiers conference (includes poster or oral presentation) and 5 days workshop on board the Hurtigruten and in Svolvær.


Powerpoint presentation of results and conclusions from discussion groups at the end of the workshop. Evaluation: pass/fail.

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 4
  • Course code: BIO-8516