Science for Society – Bridging the gap!
Knowledge transfer between academia and society
After the successful conferences in Aalborg on employability, and in Oslo
on the impact from research, this year’s Science for Society conference will
be all about knowledge transfer between academia and society. We invite
you to learn how research can bring on change in society and hear how
other PhD-students have “bridged the gap”. The conference will also offer
a number of hands-on workshops where you for instance can discover
how your research can be employed outside academia.
When? 7-8 November (lunch-to-lunch), 2018
Where? AF Borgen, Lund, Sweden
Cost? Free of charge (for PhDs & Postdocs)
Preregister for the conference here!
More information about the program and the speakers will
follow soon at the conference website!
PHD PORTRAITS: ANDERS TRILLINGSGAARD – UKON HUMAN RESULTS
Two years after doing his PhD, Anders became UKON’s head of research, where he is responsible for UKON’s research projects have and also initiating new research projects. His industrial PhD was a success for the company, since it has been a part of UKON’s strategy and brand to positioning the company between the research world and the corporate world.
How it started
After many talks with different universities, Anders ended up making an agreement with Aalborg University about an industrial PhD. He says: “It might seem like a cliché, but AAU were much more flexible and better to understand the demands the company had. Moreover, AAU’s research environment suited me well and they were able to understand that I both had to do my work at UKON simultaneously with doing my PhD. Lastly, AAU did not have any intention about influencing my field of research, which was very important for both me and UKON.”
PHD PORTRAITS: SAHRA JOSEPHINE HJORTH – CANOPYLAB
After two years of work at Rambøll Management, I got inspired by a former fellow student, who went to pursue a PhD. I started thinking whether that could be a career path for me as well. I became aware of a position at the Center for Migration and Diversity at Aalborg University, a position that was actually quite far from the academic field I was educated in, namely international relations. But the PhD project was very appealing to me.
I decided to apply and landed the position, which I started in October of 2013. In August 2015, I co-founded CanopyLAB, an educational technology company, but I actually began conceptualizing the idea shortly after I started working on my PhD.
SHIFTERs article from Impact on Society Conference
Science for Society invited Norwegian SHIFTER, an online publisher of innovation and technology news, to write about our Impact on Society Conference. And here it is, with the heading: “Researchers seldom become entrepreneurs: but someone does business from saving lives with banana flies!”
Read the full article here (in Norwegian)
PHD PORTRAITS: LARS ODDERSHEDE – NOVARTIS
In my job, the analytical skills developed during my PhD helps me tremendously on a day to day basis. I would also say that having a PhD made the transition all the more easy for me and enabled me to quickly become operational in a pharmaceutical company.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO A PHD, AND WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN DIFFERENTLY IF YOU WERE TO DO IT TODAY?
I think the idea grew on me half way through the MSc program. Here I did an article with another student and I really enjoyed that. Both my siblings had completed their PhDs, so I knew a bit about what it entailed. When my supervisor then asked me about my interests in doing a PhD, I quickly decided to grab the opportunity. I told my supervisor that I wanted to do a PhD to learn more before I left the university and that I would leave immediately after (and so I did). I was truly lucky that this was viewed as acceptable, i.e. that my supervisor didn’t merely see a PhD as an entry position for people wanting to work in academia.
While I don’t want to do it again, I wouldn’t have been without this amazing opportunity. Think about it: 3 years further education, you pick the courses, you (co-)pick the topic of your research and you even get paid well (and obviously, my comparison is versus PhD students in other parts of the world).
I feel blessed to have been offered such an opportunity in life.