Junior Scientist Symposium

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The objective of the symposium series is to provide the PhD candidates with valuable skills into oral presentation techniques of own research, as well as dissemination of others research, provide opportunities to engage in scientific discussions, and to take advantage of peer reviews and comments to strengthen the scientific quality of own research and scientific thinking. A main ambition is also to strengthen the scientific networks and to encourage candidates to establish relations to scientists.

The symposia are organized 4 times annually, twice every semester. Each symposium is organized with a keynote lecture initially (45 min), followed by 4 PhD candidates/postdoctoral researchers who present their work (25 min each including the oral presentation and discussion). Subsequently, there will be final discussions. The presentations will be of own research with special attention to presentation techniques and quality.

The symposia are chaired by coordinators recruited from postdoctors and PhD candidates within Neuro-SysMed.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this course, the candidate will have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Knowledge into how oral scientific presentations of own research is conducted.
  • Scrutinize independently and performing assessment of newly gained knowledge from others research presentations.
  • Knowledge of the scientific research work conducted in Neuro-SysMed.


  • Make an individual assessment of a scientific presentation.
  • Manage complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field, reported in individual submitted reports.
  • Utilize input from fellow researchers in discussions, in own work.
  • Improve own presentational techniques by presenting scientific work.
  • Awareness of own unique role in the scientific environment at Neuro-SysMed, and strengthen social relations within the network of scientists and staff.
  • Be able to strengthen scientific relations to significant scientists in established network.
  • Be able to initiate relations and networks by strengthen social relations with scientists.

General Competence

  • Discuss scientific conduct, assessments, applications, limitations and advantages of various methodological strategies. Be able to implement the scientific knowledge into own research.
  • Be able to exchange scientific knowledge relationally among peers. Strengthen cooperation and use relational skills into preexisting networks to promote own research and carrier opportunities.
  • Be able to communicate own research nationally and internationally.

Study period

Spring and autumn (2 consecutive semesters).

Course location

Campus UiB/ Haukeland University Hospital
Language of instruction
Course registration and deadlines
Candidates at the University of Bergen must register via StudentWeb (http://studentweb.uib.no) before deadline: 1. February/1. September.
A master's degree or equivalent level of education, including MD and MSc, or students in the Medical Student Research Program.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Master's degree or equivalent education level is required, with the exception of students on the Medical Student Research Program.
Part of training component
Recommended as part of the training component for all candidates affiliated with the Neuro-SysMed Research School for translational Neuroscience, and with the Research Schools at UiB in general.
Form of assessment

Pass/ fail

To pass the course the candidate must have:

1) Participation of minimum 4 symposia.

2) Write and submit a total of 4 scientific reports of scientific presentations at the symposia.

3) Present own research at one of the symposia.

Course overlap

CCBIO Junior Symposium (CCBIO901) is a well established ECTS meriting program for PhD candidates at UiB since 2014. As CCBIO901 is considered a great success, we have adopted the model for organization and scheduling of this event at Neuro-SysMed. However, Neuro-SysMed junior symposium is targeting the academic issues significant in the neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and dementia.

Although the organizational model is similar to CCBIO901, the content does not overlap with the junior symposium at CCBIO.

The seminar at Neuro-SysMed (NEUROSYSM920) does not overlap with junior Neuro- symposium. At the junior symposium the students have the responsibility for conducting the course, and unlike at the seminars, the students will present their own research and participate in scientific discussions based on own studies.

Who may participate
The course is open to researchers, postdocs, students (PhD, master, students in the Medical Student Research Program) and others who are interested, nationally and internationally. Candidates affiliated with the Neuro-SysMed Research School are prioritized.

The course consists of participation on 4 symposia, with 1 keynote presentation and up to 4 short presentations followed by discussions in each symposium. Students will also present own research or a chosen scientific topic at the symposium. All tasks are obligatory in order to be merited ECTS:

1) Participate at minimum 4 symposia each of 5 hours length including literature preparations (20 hours). Attendance will be registered.

2) Submit 4 scientific reports (approx. 500 words) from preferred presentations at the symposia. Scheduled for approx. 15 hours work length for each report (60 hours).

3) Oral presentation of own research at one of the symposia (10 hours)

Total work: 90 hours.

Academic responsible
Shamundeeswari Anandan
Each symposium will be chaired by one or two coordinators, who also lead the discussions.