PhD Conference in Global health, 3-5 April 2019

PhD Conference in Global health, 3-5 April 2019

"Beyond informed consent -the ethics of global health research"

The 3rd national annual PhD conference will take place on 3-5 April 2019 at Rosendal Fjordhotel. The hotel is located a 2-hours boat trip from Bergen City Centre and situated in the beautiful Hardangerfjorden. It is a great setting for scientific discussions, networking and fun. We hope to see many NRSGH members at the conference. The PhD conference is arranged back-to-back of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research National conference 2-3 April. NRSGH request members to submit abstract to Global Health Norway Conference 2019. Participants for the PhD-conference may apply for Travel grant to attend the National Global Health Conference 2019 in Bergen 2-3 April. Transport from Bergen to Rosendal Fjordhotel will be arranged for NRSGH members. 

About the conference

The annual PhD conference of NRSGH is organized exclusively by PhD students, for PhD students. This is the perfect arena to meet other students doing research in global health topics, to dicuss relevant topic and broaden your network in a friendly atmosphere. The program will include lectures by invited speakers, group work, discussions, and social activities. There is no conference fee, and NRSGH will cover travel expenses and full-board accommodation at the venue of all NRSGH members.


Some confirmed speakers:

Inger B. Scheel is a senior scientist at the Global Health Unit, Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She has previously held positions as research director in private and public institutes. Dr. Scheel has broad interests in health systems research, public health, social and political determinants of health, public health ethics, and methods development in these fields. Presently her work involves methods development within global health ethics, and methodology for assessment of evidence for complex social interventions. Dr. Scheel is a keen advocate for multi-disciplinary approaches in global health research, and have headed large, multidisciplinary researcher networks. Inger Scheel was Head of the secretariat for the Lancet – UiO Commission on Global Governance for Health.


Roger Strand, Professor Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities and the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Adjunct Professor at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Originally trained as a natural scientist (PhD, biochemistry 1998), Strand developed research interests in the philosophy of science and has worked on issues of scientific uncertainty and complexity, including the theory of post-normal science. This has gradually led his research into broader strands of social research, philosophy and broader issues of policy, decision-making and governance at the science-society interface. He was a member of the National Research Ethics Committee for Science and Technology in Norway (2006-2013) and Chair of the European Commission Expert Group on Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation (2014-2015). He is one of the Directors of the European Centre for Governance in Complexity.


Sofie Kobayashi, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sofies work at the Department of Science Education comprises research, teaching and development projects. Her research interests include doctoral education and supervision, and development and assessment of teaching qualifications. Sofie Kobayashi current teaching comprises the Introduction courses for new PhD students (as course responsible), and courses in supervision for PhD supervisors. She is also project leader of the development project regarding teaching portfolios, where she take active part in developing a template and manual for documenting and developing teaching competences and qualifications. 


Tentative program.pdf                Registration for the conference   Deadline 1 March 2019



It is mandatory for the participants at the PhD-conference to bring their abstract. This abstract can be simular to what have been accepted at the Global Health Conference 2019 in Bergen. All submitted abstracts will be printed in a book that is handed out at the conference. The correctly completed form will help us generate the book with similar layout for all abstracts.

Please register your abstract  Deadline is 1st March 2019. 

Please also prepare the following: "What are the ethical and political aspects of my research project?"


Photo Contest in connection with the conference   

The contest is open for photos that exemplify or capture a key global health challenge, solution or research question central to the PhD research undertaken by the individual PhD candidate. The best photo will be awarded with 2000 NOK. See more information




All participants attending the Global Health conference 2019, including those who live in Bergen, must meet at Ferrey terminal in Bergen at 4:30 pm. NRSGH have reserved seets at the boat going to Rosendal. Those participants who are NOT attending the conference in Bergen 2-3 April, and comes to Flesland, may take the boat from Flesland Kay - see the boat schedual

For the return trip on 5 April, NRSGH will arrange a boat trip from Rosendal to Flesland Kay (3.55pm) and Bergen Centrum (4:20 pm). Participants must make their own travel arrangements to get to Flesland Airport (Bergen). NB!! MAKE SURE NO RETURN FLIGHTS BOOKED BEFORE 5.00PM FRIDAY 5 APRIL 


Travel expenses

NRSGH travel grant are limited to 3000 NOK for the roundtrip, including public transportation to/from the airport. Please note that private transportation is not included. NRSGH do not reimburse per diem expenses (food and drinks). Travel grant will be reimbursed after the conference. See more information.

If you are attending Global Health Conference 2019 with an abstract - you can apply for travel grants to cover the admittion fee and one night accommondation in Bergen. (Rememeber the limit 1200 NOK pr. night)

Travel from abroad - grant
We have a few travel grant for attending the Global Health Norway conference in Bergen and PhD-conference in Rosendal "traveling from abroad". This grant is limited to 10 000 Nok pr. grant. Please, use the International Travel grant form for application. Deadline is 1st March.

The Organizing Committee

The Conference Committee consists of PhD students from most of the partner Universities participating in the Norwegian Research School of Global Health. In addition one academic and one administrative staff from the host University and the NRSGH coordinator are supporting the Conference committee.

Andrea Melberg, UiB Turid Austin Wæhler, UiT
Marte Emilie S Haaland, UiB Daniel Gundersen, UiB
Alex van Duinien, NTNU Thorkild Tylleskär, UiB
Mai M. Ziyada, UiO  Elin Yli Dvergsdal, NTNU




Please contact the members of the committee if you have suggetions for the program or questions of practical matters.