Update on equality at KTH

Equality at KTH is now in transition with a new vice president (vicerektor) for equality. In spring 2017, work will be focused on developing a plan for equality integration at KTH. Problem areas and priority objectives and measures will be formulated by the new vice president for equality and a small working group that will be created in autumn 2017.

A toolbox for increased productivity – From efficiency to effectiveness

Åsa Burman

The trade union ST and the PhD Chapter at KTH organize a seminar focusing on tools that you can use to increase your academic productivity, held by Åsa Burman from Finish On Time.

When:  Monday 6th March, 9.00 – 12.00
Where: Osquldas väg 6B, Q-huset, våningsplan 2,  KTH Campus. Map

A light lunch will be served after the seminar. If you are allergic or if there is something you cannot eat, please inform anne [at] kth [dot] se.
Please, sign up here for this interesting seminar, not later than Tuesday 28th of February.

WELCOME!

Elections for nominating committee

At the PhD Chapter extra meeting on February 14th, it has been decided to delegate elections of further members of the PhD Chapter nominating committee (composed of max five members) to the board meeting on February 28th. Therefore nominations are open again!

All the nominations can be made by email at board [at] phd.ths.kth.se until February 27th at midnight. Candidates will be required to show up at the board meeting on February 28th at 16:00 on KTH Main Campus for the elections. Further details about the board meeting location will be sent by private email.

Committee for Kamratstipendiet 2017

The Committee for Kamratstipendiet 2017 is now composed of 4 members: Annaclaudia Montanino, Omar Shafqat, Abdullah Khan and Seyed Arash Safavi Nick. It works from February 14th 2017 (election date) until April 5th 2017 to elect 1, 2 or 3 winners for Kamratpriset 2017. The final nominations will be sent to THS. THS will announce the winner(s) and deliver the prize(s). Members of the Committee for Kamratstipendiet cannot propose nominees for the prize (their nominations will be considered not valid) or be nominated for the prize.

During the PhD Chapter extra meeting on February 14th 2017 the members’ nominees for Kamratstipendiet 2017 were announced. Nominees are: Muhammad Afzal, Omar Shafqat (in conflict because member of the committee), Kateryna Morozovska, Armin Weckmann, Andrea de Giorgio and Johan Gärdebo. Nominees are not (yet) winners!

Kamrtatstipendiet was established in 1912 to identify and reward good fellows at each chapter of THS, the Student Union at KTH. Each chapter has the right to nominate up to three members who share the prize money. The price is the return from the “Stiftelsen Tekniska Hogskolans i Stockholm Kamratstipendiefonder” and is usually between 40 000 and 60 000 SEK. The price is then divided evenly between the sections (around 2000-3000 SEK per chapter), after which it is distributed evenly between those students who have been nominated by the chapter.

Stay tuned!

PhD Chapter extra meeting – February 2017

It’s soon time for a PhD Chapter’s extra meeting! We will convene on Tuesday February 14th at 17:00 in “T-centralen”, Drottning Kristinas väg 29.

During the meeting will be announced the nominees for Kamratstipendiet 2017. Kamrtatstipendiet was established in 1912 to identify and reward good fellows at each chapter of THS, the Student Union at KTH. Each chapter has the right to nominate up to three members who share the prize money. The price is the return from the “Stiftelsen Tekniska Hogskolans i Stockholm Kamratstipendiefonder” and is usually between 40 000 and 60 000 SEK. The price is then divided evenly between the sections (around 2000-3000 SEK per chapter), after which it is distributed evenly between those students who have been nominated by the chapter.

Please, register for the meeting and send your nomination for Kamratstipendiet 2017 here before February 12th. Sandwiches will be offered at the meeting.

This meeting will also host elections for:

  • Vice chairperson, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.02.14 to 2017.06.30;
  • Web and communication manager, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.02.14 to 2017.12.31;
  • Vice standard bearer, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.02.14 to 2017.12.31;
  • Additional nominating Committee members, 1-3 positions to be occupied from 2017.02.14 to 2017.12.31;
  • Committee for Kamratstipediet, 3-5 positions to be occupied from 2017.02.14 until 2017.04.05. Note: Members of the Committee for Kamratstipendiet cannot propose nominees for the prize (their nominations will be considered not valid) or be nominated for the prize.

All the nominations can be made by email at board [at] phd.ths.kth.se or at the chapter meeting, with exception for the nominations for the vice chairperson position. This one will be valid only if the nomination committee will have interviewed a candidate (on Skype is OK) before the chapter meeting, so the nominations must be sent by email before February 10th at midnight. A person can nominate someone else, but then the nominee must accept the nomination before it is considered valid.

The final agenda for the meeting is attached here.

Welcome to join the next PhD Chapter meeting!

Be part of the PhD pubs and fun activities

Are you interested in organizing the PhD pubs and other fun activities with the PhD Chapter?

The position of Master of Ceremonies (klubbmästare) is up for grabs for 2017-2018 (starting in July). The position, the most fun and social experience, that can lighten up you KTH experience and brings you loads of experience of a slightly different flavor than the time spent in lab, entails organizing different events, managing the pub and organizing the team of other fun loving people to work with. If you would like to hear more about the ins and outs of the position please contact our historically existing Master of Ceremonies at omars [at] kth [dot] se.

Additionally, in case you would just like to work at the pubs the PhD Chapter is offering three training positions for FEST and STAD certifications. These trainings are a pre-requisite in order to be able to arrange the pubs.

FEST covers various topics such as fire safety and the various rules at KTH covering organization of events. It will be held on 13-14th of February 18:00 – 22:00.

STAD which is organized by various authorities covers the issues related to alcohol laws, health and conflict management workshop will be held on 20th and 22nd of February 16:00 – 21:00.

If you are interested to attend the training please let us know before the 3rd of February at omars [at] kth [dot] se.

PhD Chapter’s winter meeting

PhD Chapter's Winter Meeting

It’s soon time for the PhD Chapter’s winter meeting! We will convene on Tuesday December 13th at 17:00 in “T-centralen”, Drottning Kristinas väg 29.

As tradition, after the meeting we will have our annual Christmas Party with Julbord. 20 SEK for members, 50 SEK for nonmembers, cash only. For the occasion, we will play a special “PhD Santa” game. Please, bring a small gift (suggested value between 20 SEK and 40 SEK) wrapped in paper and get ready to receive yours!

Please, register here for the Christmas party before December 9th.

At the meeting, past and future activities will be presented, and elections hosted for:

  • Vice chairperson, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.01.01 to 2017.06.30;
  • Additional board members, 2 positions to be occupied from 2017.01.01 to 2017.06.30;
  • Web and communication manager, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.01.01 to 2017.12.31;
  • Standard bearer, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.01.01 to 2017.12.31;
  • Vice standard bearer, 1 position to be occupied from 2017.01.01 to 2017.12.31;
  • Nominating committee members, from 3 to 5 positions to be occupied from 2017.01.01 to 2017.12.31.

All the nominations can be made by email at board [at] phd.ths.kth.se or at the chapter meeting, with exception for the nominations for the vice chairperson position. This one will be valid only if the nomination committee will have interviewed a candidate (on Skype is OK) before the chapter meeting, so the nominations must be sent by email before December 10th at midnight. A person can nominate someone else, but then the nominee must accept the nomination before it is considered valid.

The final agenda for the meeting is here.

Welcome to join the PhD Chapter celebrations!

PhD Pedagogical Meetup

Meetups

Would you like to improve as a teacher?
Are you stressed about having teaching duties and how to do it right?
Uncertain if your students learn the right things?

The PhD Chapter, in collaboration with ECE-school and THS, are starting an initiative we call “PhD Pedagogical Meetup”.

It’s an opportunity for you as a PhD student to get inspired, meet others who are interested in pedagogics, get hands-on tips and tricks as well as discuss the aspects of teaching that matter most to you!

Simply put, we will be arranging events with a focus on pedagogics with you as our target audience! Each meetup will focus on a theme (you are most welcome to suggest ideas!) and be collaborative. You are not just a listener – we want you to contribute with your experiences and thoughts!

Our first theme is “The teacher journey of a PhD student”, taking you from your first encounter with students (being a teacher) to being responsible for a course and working with course development.  Together as a group, we will work on strategies of how to encourage student participation and you will be inspired by unexpected and unconventional ways of explaining theory (think Angry Birds!).

The facilitators at the first event are Fredrik Lundell, associate professor at the School of Engineering Sciences, and Tomas Rosén, who recently obtained his PhD degree.

In 2011, Fredrik was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” by THS for his work in pedagogical development, especially for introducing peer instruction as part of his courses which was both appreciated by students and successful overall! At present, Fredrik is working on the integration of interactive teaching methods and online material to achieve deeper learning  increase student’s interest in the material.

Tomas has taught as an assistant during his time as a PhD student and will share his experiences and tips on how to get ready to teach and make the students interested.

Details

Date: Wednesday November 30th
Time: 17.30-20.00
Where: Salongen, KTH Library (KTHB), Osquars backe 31, Campus Valhallavägen

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/inUMNS6zJkjaRtqF2

A small meal + tea/coffee will be provided. Questions?

Yoga with the PhD Chapter!

There are plenty of heath benefits with practicing yoga, both for your body and mind! Join us for our next yoga class in the afternoon of November 23rd, as last time it’s arranged by the PhD chapter, at KTH-Hallen.

The session will be held by a professional instructor (in English, of course) and you can use the lockers and shower facilities in connection with the session (bring a towel if you want to shower). There will be yoga mats you can borrow during the session, dress comfortably (like for a work-out). The class was really appreciated last time!

Details

When: Wednesday, November 23rd
What time: 15.15-16.15
Where: KTH-Hallen, Brinellvägen 38. There will be signs at the entrance and we will be there to help you find it.

Cost: FREE if you are a member of THS/PhD Chapter (become a member here: http://thstudent.upright.se/), 20 kr otherwise (still a bargain!), please bring cash.

The number of places is limited, register HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/g7Go8eetQwSjKuqn2 to be guaranteed a spot. You can also try your luck and just show up, if there are places available they will be filled at first come/first serve basis.

Also, if you think yoga is a great idea but cannot attend this time, please let us know! (you can use the same form https://goo.gl/forms/g7Go8eetQwSjKuqn2)

Hope we’ll see you at yoga! Namaste!

Recruitment for Education Evaluation of Doctoral Studies

The Swedish national union of students is looking for PhD representatives to help in the evaluation of the education in the third cycle. Unfortunately the information is only available in swedish which also will be the main language used during the work.
We know there are PhD students within pedagogy and computer science who could be interested and find it relevant. Should you want to learn more or apply please visit the following links:
1. http://www.sfs.se/studentrepresentant/uppdrag-som-doktorandrepresentant-utvardering-av-utbildning-pa-forskarniva-2
2. http://www.sfs.se/studentrepresentant/uppdrag-som-doktorandrepresentant-utvardering-av-utbildning-pa-forskarniva-0