Would you like to be exposed to different and new ideas on developing education, teaching and learning discussed in a scholarly manner? Then SoTL can offer you something!
SoTL’17 is the second educational (internal) conference at KTH on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – The concept. It’s a full day conference held on the 16th of March with various workshops and presentations.
The date for upcoming Annual meeting is decided to be on March 8th, 2017.
Location: Room E3!
11-12: Invited lecture, Equality for Quality (Open lecture, in English)
Charlotte Holgersson will talk about gender equality in Academia and the gender mainstreaming efforts at KTH. Charlotte Holgersson is associate professor at Industrial Economics and Management specialized in the field of gender and organizations. She has been expert advisor to KTH on gender equality and is presently involved in putting together a plan for how KTH is going to promote gender equality during the next three years.
The nominations for the PhD Students Committee at the Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) are open!
The Swedish National Union of Students main task is to represent and promote the members’ interests in education, research and student welfare issues at the national level. SFS is organized according to democratic principles. SFS general assembly is the highest decision-making body where all the member unions are represented. The SFS PhD Students Committee is dedicated to PhD education issues and research policy.
If you want to get involved and make your voice count – go ahead and apply!
The deadline is extended to March 11th.
More detailed information about it is provided here for members and for chairperson positions.
Update: today there were 77 PhD students registered, so the location has changed!
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
New location is K1, Teknikringen 56, level 3. KTH Campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There are plenty of health risks related to stress. However, researchers at universities are one of the groups who experience extensive stress (including us!). How can we handle stress properly and improve our mental wellbeing as well as productivity at work?
Come and join the mindfulness workshop organized by the PhD Chapter! Fika will be offered during the workshop.
The workshop will cover:
How to deal with stress and negative emotions;
How to practice mindfulness/ meditation/ MBSR;
How to be mindful in digital age;
How to use digital tech to support mental wellbeing.
Biosketch of the instructor (short):
Miguel Quintana’s passion is to share useful mindfulness-based approaches to be applied in daily life settings. Miguel is PhD in Psychology (Complutense University of Madrid), and holds a Master Degree in Health Sciences (University of Tsukuba, Japan). Miguel is specialized in MBSR
and mindfulness, having received his training at University of Massachusetts (Center for Mindfulness). Miguel has guided mindfulness workshops and MBSR programs for stressed workers, fibromyalgia and cancer patients and in educational and corporate settings since 2007.
Miguel Quintana is the founder of http://www.mindfulnets.org and creator of Mindfulness TS apps for online research and training in mindfulness.
When: Tuesday, November 15th
What time: 13.00-16.30
Where: Musikrummet, Floor 3 in Nymble, Drottning Kristinas väg 15. There will be signs at the entrance and we will be there to help you find it.