CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The main ambition of the Symposium Series is to improve scientific interaction and networking between researchers.

Moreover, the symposia will be an arena where the PhD candidates will gain experience with oral presentations, academic discussions, and scientific thinking. Participants will be able to exchange technical expertise, experience and practice, with the aim of improving scientific quality of their work.

The symposia are held twice every semester. Mainly, each symposium starts with a keynote lecture. Thereafter, four PhD candidates and/or postdoctoral researchers present their research followed by a short discussion (about 25 min per presentation including the discussion). Different methods and a variety of research fields will be presented. The chair of the symposium is a senior scientist; all participants are invited to participate in the scientific discussion. The presenters can ask for direct feedback from the chairs if desired.

Learning outcomes


  • Conduct a scientific presentation (about own methods and identified problems).
  • Independent analysis and assessment of newly gained knowledge from oneĀ“s own project work.


  • Be able to identify, analyse and discuss the most central and relevant findings from own work.
  • Handling complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field.
  • Give and receive academic criticism of a high standard.

General Competency

  • Discuss and assess the use of the various methods used within different research fields, their applications, limitations and benefits.
  • Exchange technical expertise and experience, foster collaborative efforts, which in the long term will improve the general scientific quality.
  • Be able to communicate and carry out independent research in recognized national and international channels.
  • Contribute to scientific interaction among researchers in medical science.

Study period

Spring and autumn, participation at 4 symposia within 2 years.

Credits (ECTS)


Course location

Faculty of Medicine.
Language of instruction
Course registration and deadlines

Candidates at the University of Bergen must register via StudentWeb ( before deadline: 1. February/1. September.


Master's degree or equivalent education level is required, with the exception of students on the Medical Student Research Programme.

Recommended Previous Knowledge
Medical or health related educational background or PhD project related to medical / health related research.
Part of training component
Approved as part of scientific education for PhD candidates.
Form of assessment

To pass the course, the candidate must:

  • Prepare and participate actively in a minimum of 4 symposia (attendance will be registered), 5 hours each, including preparation (20h).
  • Write 4 scientific reports from 4 elective presentations. Each report should be approximately 3 pages long. The reports must be delivered within 1 week after the symposium. Requiring 15 hours each, including preparation (in total 60h)
  • Give an oral presentation based on his/her own method(s) at one of these symposia, 10 hours included preparation.

90 hours in total.

The reports will be assessed by the course coordinator.

The presentations will be evaluated by the course coordinators.

Grading scale:

Pass / Fail

Who may participate

The course is primarily intended for PhD candidates and students at the Medical Student Research Program who are affiliated with the CCBIO Research School for Cancer Studies (RSCS). Open to students and PhD candidates from all departments.

Supplementary course information

Each symposium will last for 4 hours, consisting of presentations with discussion and feedback.

Participants presenting his/her own research should include relevant methods and the approach to their scientific problems. Presenters will have to deliver an abstract (ca. 350 words) of the presentation to be distributed to the other participants one week in advance.

It is expected that each participant prepares for the relevant topics (abstracts) in advance of the symposia.

Scientists, postdoctoral researchers, PhD candidates, medical research students, master students and technicians are welcome to participate.

The symposia are held twice every semester. Each symposium normally includes a keynote lecture and about four presentations by PhD candidates and/or postdoctoral researchers.
Academic responsible

Vladan Milosevic

Mari Halle

The chair of the symposium is one or both of the course coordinators. He or she also initiates and leads the discussion.