February Newsletter


Hello Chalmers PhD students

Here's our newsletter, which we aim to send out 2-3 times a year. In our newsletter we keep you updated on changes and work that is relevant for you.


Yearly report from our DOMB available on DS homepage

From this year and forward, DS and our doktorandombudsman (DOMB) has decided to present a yearly report of the work done by the DOMB. The report presents the work in general terms, in order to maintain the confidentiality covering the DOMB work. You can find the report under “DOMB Annual reports” at: http://www.dokt.chs.chalmers.se/public/


Are you aware of the regulations around your doctoral position?

We have uploaded several documents on our web page concerning the regulations for double degree PhD students, Scholarship PhD students and visiting PhD students. You can also find the Rules of Procedure - Doctoral programmes and the Arbetsordning för forskarstudier there.

You can find them here http://www.dokt.chs.chalmers.se/public/


New salary increase method for licentiate degree / halfway seminar

This year’s salary negotiations are finally finished and signed, and the long and persistent work for a modification for the salary increase at Licentiate / halfway has been achieved. Representing the doctoral students voice in this work has been the DS board member Jonas Sundell. The new agreement can be found here: http://www.chalmers.se/insidan/EN/employment/salaries and is called “doctoral students”. In short, the new agreement means that for doctoral students hired after 2017-04-30, half of the salary increase will come automatically at the latest after 2 years and 6 months, and the other half after fulfilling licentiate degree / halfway seminar. For students reaching licentiate degree / halfway seminar before 2 years and 6 months, the full increase will be given as previously.


Three articles on research and education magazine Curie by our former Vice-Rektor

Our former Vice Rektor for Research Education, Alf-Erik Almstedt, has over the past months published three chronicle articles in the research and education magazine Curie. The first one is about the idea of widen the PhD eduction with generic and transferable skills courses (the one most applicable to you), the second about infrastructure and the last one about supervision education for your supervisors. We thought they could be of interest to you. All articles are written in Swedish, why not "google translate" them if you prefer English.


1. http://www.tidningencurie.se/kronikor/vi-lar-doktoranderna-att-grava-bredare/

2. http://www.tidningencurie.se/debatt/infrastruktur-eller-ingen-struktur/

3. http://www.tidningencurie.se/kronikor/behover-handledare-handledning-och-ar-obligatorier-lagligt-pa-ett-universitet/


Annual report from 2015/2016


The annual report from the activity year of 2015-16 is now available for PhD
students to read. This document report on the most important events throughout
the year and details the work in the committees where the DS board is
representing the PhD students interest at Chalmers.

It can be found here: http://www.dokt.chs.chalmers.se/documents/2016/12/annual-report-2015-2016.pdf

We look forward to hear any questions or comments on our work.


Updates from the DS General assembly held in November

Did you miss the doctoral student guilds winter general assembly? Catch up by reading the meeting minutes, available on our web page:



Meet our DS Chair - Linnea Qvirist

My name is Linnea Qvirist, I was born in Gothenburg and have lived most of my life on the island Brännö in the Gothenburg archipelago. I have been a PhD student at the department of Biology and Biological Engineering (BIO) since May 2013. My PhD research involves studying different yeast species from natural food fermentations, specifically species having beneficial effects in food fermentations, for example by increasing the availability of minerals from cereal based foods. I have been in the DS board since the summer of 2015, I was elected for the position as chair of the DS board in the summer of 2016 and I will have this role until the summer of 2017.

 What motivated you to join the DS Board?

Before I joined the board in 2015, I must admit that I had quite limited knowledge about the DS board and the work they did, but I had been a part of our local PhD student council at Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Biology and Biological Engineering (previously being the joint department KB) for two years, so I was aware that the DS board existed. When the former DS representative for the (at that time) KB department was stepping down, I was asked to join instead to represent BIO. I have always felt motivated to work for justice and equality, and since the DS board is representing PhD students in more or less all important an deciding organs at Chalmers, I saw the opportunity to join the DS board as a fantastic chance to actually make a difference and improve the work environment for us Chalmers PhD students.
In the early spring of 2016 I was asked if I would be interested in the chair position, as the election committee wanted to suggest me for that position. After being on the board for almost one year and having learnt a lot about the work in the DS board, I gladly accepted the nomination. After being elected at the General Assembly in the early summer of 2016, I then started the work as chair. I see the position as chair of DS as a very important role, and I am honored to have been elected to lead the DS board work for the activity year of 2016/2017.Leading the DS board in the daily work is a joy with all the fantastic members in the board.

What do you think has been the most interesting and surprising aspect of being DS Boardie?

The most surprising aspect of being in the DS board has been to realize the enormous differences we have between departments at Chalmers, and also between divisions of the same department. I came in with the idea that most departments was working similarly as my own department (BIO), but I immediately realized that this was not the case. Nowadays, I always keep this in mind since we are representing all PhD students at Chalmers.
I was unaware of the need of PhD student representation in deciding councils at Chalmers before I joined the DS board, and I was surprised to see how important it is to have PhD student representatives, to monitor and protect our rights and interests. Many PhD students at Chalmers are unaware of the work done by the DS board, and my hope is that more PhD students will become aware of the DS board, and become interested to join and interact with the DS board. I was positively surprised about the amount of committees and councils at Chalmers-level where the DS board members are actively taking part and representing the voice of the Chalmers PhD students, and I have learnt what an important role the PhD student representation has at Chalmers.

What do you take back after being a DS Boardie?

After almost half of my time as chair of the DS board, I have already learnt a lot about political things such as Chalmers structures, PhD student rights and PhD student support systems. More importantly I have also learnt about what can be achieved with persistent reminders and some nagging. I have also had the luck of experiencing many good collaborations and a very good team work spirit in the DS board. On a more personal level, what I will take with me from my time in the DS board is new friends and a broader work network, memories of many great cakes from our board meetings, and the nice feeling of having been part of doing the important job of representing the PhD students at Chalmers.
It is important to know that the joint voice of the PhD students at Chalmers is a voice of a bit over 1000 people! Together we can achieve great things. In cases where the DS board has had to fight hard to achieve what we want for the PhD students, having the voice of 1000 people behind us tends to make people listen more carefully.

What do you like to do when you are not researching?

When I am not doing research or working with DS issues, I hang out with my friends, often in combination with going out for a glass of wine or two. I also like to attempt various outdoor activities, with various results… I for example did the “halv-klassiker” last year, which was a combination of success and questioning of what the heck I was doing. I also love eating sweets, which is one of my main motivators for doing sport.


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