Supervisor course announcement: The new global research system

The new global research system – challenges facing young supervisors of today: This course for PhD-supervisors, funded by NordForsk, and held in Estonia 4-7 October 2007 is now open for applications. Deadline for application is 31 August 2007
 Supervisor course announcement: The new global research system
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The target group for this unique, high level, intensive 4-day course are young supervisors for post-graduate students. It is also of interest for senior researchers, lecturers, research managers and others on university level.

The purpose is to prepare young researchers that already have a doctorate, for an academic career where supervision of PhD students is of major importance. Furthermore, an overview on the development of the research systems based on a traditional understanding of science, gives a better insight into how to handle the future research system. Finally, knowledge of the basics of research management gives a competitive edge in the academic career.

Many of the lectures will be highly interactive and based on dialogues and multilogues. Relevant experiences on behalf of the participants as well as resource persons will be schematised and pooled and contrasted to major findings in the international literature.

Course contents
The process of supervising:
- communication
- conflicts
- ethics
- case-studies
- relations
- mentoring and coaching
- academic leadership

The process of learning:
- publications
- pedagogies

The new knowledge production forms - mode 2, agora, triple helix:
- why this development?
- what does it mean?
- how is it handled?

Networks, co-operation, new organisations:
- interdisciplinary co-operation
- new criteria for quality

Trust in science, philosophy of science and objectivity :
- the traditional understanding of science
- the problems
- the more modern mode of understanding

Science and society :
- new connections between science and society
- commercialisation
- the academic virtue and threats against it
- science economy and politics

Management and science:
- management as mediators between many interests
- research organisation divided between front and back-office
- management and research strategies
- research management and project management
- governance

A changed praxis:
- new forms of research
- new organisations
- how these new changes can be created
- the Monday morning problem and the unfulfilled New Year’s promises

Lecturers and course organisers
Hans Siggaard Jensen, Professor and Director of Learning Lab Denmark and President of the Danish Research Academy. His research area is philosophy of science, especially in the applied sciences. Prof. Siggaard Jensen is the author of several books on philosophy, ethics and the history of technology.

Lotta Hansson, Assoc. Professor in Ecological Environmental Protection is co-ordinator for the PhD education at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and is responsible for, and active in a number of general courses in the PhD education.

Per Lauvås, Professor and author/co-author of a number of publications on supervision, consultancy, mentoring and coaching, both in pre- and inservice training of teachers as well as in other professions. His main interests are mostly related to didactical issues and the neverending concern of the relationship between theory and practice.

Peeter Päts, Assoc. Professor in Insect Ecology and Plant Protection, holds a position as Research Coordinator at University West. He has acted as manager for a number of international PhD-courses.

Tomas Hellstrøm, Assoc. Professor at Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Oslo. Prof. Hellstrøm’s own current research includes the social psychology of innovation, organisational creativity, innovation and knowledge, and organising models for industry-academic collaboration, academic leadership.

Lectures and discussions are given in English

Course fee
The course fee is EUR 70:- and it includes all lectures, course materials, full board and lodging (3 days), transport between the course location and Tallinn airport.
The participants are responsible for the arrangement of their own transportation between Tallinn and their hometown. Full or partial reimbursement of the travel expenses can be expected (up to approx. EUR 300)

Course location
The course is given in neighbourhood of Tallinn, Estonia. Lodging will be in single or twin rooms, subject to your preference. Sharing rooms is encouraged as it will facilitate an increase in the number of participants accepted.

How to apply
Apply on The deadline for applications is 31 August 2007. Applicants will be notified within one week thereafter. The number of seats is limited to approx. 25 and applicants are accepted on first come – first serve basis subject to an even distribution amongst subject area, country of residence and gender.

Course Manager
All questions concerning the course can be directed to the Course Manager, Peeter Päts, e-mail, tel. +46 733 97 51 89