NTNU - Learning Teaching Training activities

NTNU - Learning Teaching Training activities



  • Training in transferable skills for European PhD candidates within the Science, Engineering and Technology disciplines.

Training sessions will be offered online by all four partner universities and will include participants from all partners in each of them.

NTNU will recruit 4 PhD candidates for each of the 8 upcoming sessions.
This registration is only valid for the upcoming session in Trondheim.

Th eLTT is arranged by TU Berlin and  NTNU is to be described below (2 courses):

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial thinking (22nd and 23rd of April)

  • Publication and promotion - Pitching your research to key audience
    ​​​​​​​(16th and 23rd March 2021)

  • Online Trainings in small groups with participants from mindSET´s four partner universities

Your benefits:

  • Improve your transferable skills in an international group of interdisciplinary, but like-minded researchers.
  • Certificate of completion that may be credited in the PhD programmes at the respective partner universities

All applicants will be informed about the selection results shortly after deadline for registration.


Innovation and Entrepreneurial thinking

22nd and 23rd April 2021

As a PhD-student, you are expected to develop new knowledge, expand the research frontier, and suggest theoretical and practical implications based on your understanding as an expert in your field. Your research is of course a personal intellectual journey, but it should also be a contribution to developing society for the better.

After your PhD, you will face a range of choices of how to leverage your research findings beyond publishing them: there are many ways, such as doing more academic research (for example as post-doctoral researcher), applying your expertise in an existing company, and/or setting up a new venture.

In this module, we will focus on research-based entrepreneurship. This includes what challenges founders are facing, the academic cornerstones of entrepreneurship, and the skills and tools needed to implement an innovation in society.

There will be two final deliverables for the course: (1) a pitch presentation which will be done during the course and (2) a short, written learning reflection after the course on the question of what the participants individually see as their 3-5 key success factors when evaluating an initial business idea (min. 500 words, max. 600 words).

You will learn together with faculty and experts from TUB Centre for Entrepreneurship, NTNU School of Entrepreneurship and Engage Centre of Excellence in Education through Entrepreneurship.

Instructors: Susanne Perner (TUB), Eirik Gjelsvik Medbø (NTNU), Øystein Widding (NTNU), and guests

Course overview

‘Entrepreneurship’ is a course that aims to raise awareness for the success factors in preparation for setting up a new venture. The learning of the course will arise from PhD students working with a concrete innovation project, while learning from theoretical cornerstones of entrepreneurship as well as practical tools for conceptualising a business idea.

The participants will be challenged to come up with a start-up project related to their own research or within the research of their fellow PhD students. They will work to evolve and create a mini-business plan for the project as a way of active learning from the course. The course will use workshops, class discussions and presentations to give PhD students insight into different aspects of the research-based entrepreneurship journey.


22+23 April 2021, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm




online (link will be provided)


PhD candidates in SET disciplines


Publication and promotion

Tuesday 16 and Tuesday 23 March 2021,

Pitching your research to key audiences

This 0,5 ECTS course has two main ambitions: to provide introduction to the communication of research to different audiences, and to help you prepare a pitch of your own research.

The course builds on research and practice within Science Communication, but has an innovative theoretical perspective based in Cognitive Linguistics. The teaching is centered around the communication of each student’s research in the form of a short pitch.

To succeed with this course, it is very important that you have something specific you want to communicate. In other words, it is very important that you have some research already completed. If you are still at the research design stage, this course is not suitable for you at this point.


The course aims for the following learning outcomes:

  • ability to present a core research message in a convincing manner within a very short time, both within a discipline and to the general public
  • knowledge of principles and tools for the communication of core research messages 


  • Strategic planning of successful pitches: topic/core message, target group(s)
  • Connecting with the audience
  • Core message: structure, content, and reasoning
  • Design and rhetorical elements


  • student-centered teaching techniques
  • instructor presentations / mini-lectures (input)
  • Individual and group exercises (discussions and role-plays)
  • Student presentations and pitches (90 seconds)
  • Peer- and instructor feedback


Each participant will deliver a first and final version of own pitch for a selected and clearly defined audience, together with a short analysis of the audience and purpose. The final version will be the result of the knowledge and skills gained during the course, as well as peer- and instructor feedback. 

Required course reading

Dahlstrom, M. F. (2014). Using narratives and storytelling to communicate science with nonexpert audiences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111

Nan, X., Dahlstrom, M. F., Richards, A., & Rangarajan, S. (2015). Influence of evidence type and narrative type on HPV risk perception and intention to obtain the HPV vaccine. Health Communication30(3), 301-308.

Taylor, C., Dewsbury, B. M. (2018). On the problem and promise of metaphor use in science and science communication. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 19:1.


Assoc. Prof. Hana Gustafsson (NTNU)