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Hello Chalmers Ph.D. Students!

Here comes the first issue of the DS newsletter, which we aim to send out 2-3 times a year. In this newsletter we keep you updated about changes and issues important for Ph.D. students at Chalmers, so please spend a few minutes to read this newsletter. It contains a lot of useful information for you.

About Chalmers Doctoral Students Guild (DS)

The Chalmers Doctoral Students Guild (DS) is the coordinating body between Ph.D. students at all Chalmers departments. It represents the Ph.D. students’ interests in several boards and committees at Chalmers and outside of Chalmers. Read more about DS here.
More information: DS Board members 2018/19, DS Website, Contact Us, Follow us on Facebook, Mandatory memberships, benefits of becoming a member and how to become a member.

Chalmers Sustainability Day

The Sustainability day offers an exciting and comprehensive program divided into five different tracks - Sustainable Campus, Health and Care, Sustainable Work/Student Life, Climate and Energy, and the University's role in society. The agenda includes; research on climate change denial; the role of food for health and the environment; means to address fake news; and much more. Read more on program and registration details here. Register latest 18th October!

Vacation - Don't work when you are on vacation!


Vacation is an important time to rest and recover, allowing you to be more efficient during the rest of the year. So don't fall for the temptation to use it to catch up with you back-log. Also be aware that you are not covered by Chalmers insurance if you work when you have the vacation. Plan your vacation together with your supervisor and manager, so that you have enough time to rest. If you still have vacation days left when you end your employment you are entitled to be compensated for these saved vacation days. Read more about vacation rules here.

Unemployment insurance, vacation rules, and benefits when you are employed as a Ph.D. Student at Chalmers (read more here)

Equality at Chalmers

"Chalmers policy assures that no student is subjected to discrimination or harassment as a result of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. Chalmers does not accept the use of demeaning language or images where gender is reduced to sexual connotations. Also, Chalmers policy does not accept the spreading of racist ideology."
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The equality effort at Chalmers is focused on creating a workplace characterized by openness and diversity, free from all forms of discrimination and offensive special treatment. Read more here about equality in education and Chalmers' big investment to make Chalmers equal. Any discrimination, harassment issues must be reported. So, it's good to know where to report if you were exposed to such unexpected situations.

Bruno Rudström coordinates equality and diversity issues for students at Chalmers level. Also, each department has a gender equality representative; so try to know who is the representative at your department. You can also contact the doctoral student representative (DS Board) to report such incidence.

FeelGood and Doktor.se

Feelgood is Chalmers´ occupational health service partner and gives managers and employees support and advice concerning work-related health issues. If you want help from Feelgood, please talk to your line manager. Read more here. Also, if you really do not want to talk to your line manager, you can go 3 times anonymously. Read more here.

Doktor.se: Chalmers employees are now offered a subscription to the Doktor.se health service, which gives the whole family quick contact with specialist nurses and doctors via the mobile phone app. If you are interested in the service, please go through the Chalmers Plus benefit portal.

Save the Date 22nd November 2018

Save the date 22nd November 2018. We will have our General Assembly on that day. It's a good opportunity for you to meet DS board members, and possibly share your issues!
  • Date: 22nd November 2018
  • Time: 12:00-13:00
  • Location: Lecture hall HA1 on Hörsalsvägen, map

Introduction Day, GTS Courses, Study Plan, Exam

Introduction day: A general introduction day is held each semester for all new doctoral students. This introduction day provides both general information about research studies (for example about the study plan) at Chalmers and information about rights and responsibilities. The introduction day is mandatory! Next session: 24th October 2018 Last date to register: 22nd October 2018. Register here. Read more about introduction day here.

GTS courses: The aim of GTS Courses is to develop your personal and professional skills. As per Chalmers policy, 15 HEC of the GTS curriculum is mandatory of which 9 HEC should be completed before the licentiate degree. Read more here.

Individual Study Plan: Individual study plan for Ph.D. studies is mandatory. Read more here.

Sign up for exams: It's mandatory for all students to sign up for exams on the Ph.D. portal. To sign up, go to "My start page" and choose the service "Examination, sign-up/cancel sign-up". Read more here. You can also see your transcript in the Ph.D. Student Portal.

Popular presentation: It is mandatory to do one popular science presentation (GFOK070) as part of the Generic and Transferable Skills training. To perform the mandatory popular presentation you should have reached the second half of your Ph.D. studies. Read more here. A list of available presentation platforms can be found here.

    Leadership program with gender focus for PhD students

    Chalmers has decided to offer a leadership program with gender focus for PhD students. The purpose of the program is to:
    • Create equal opportunities for PhD students to stay and develop in academia/at Chalmers and prosper on their carrier at Chalmers/university.
    • Create a gender neutral, healthy and equal work environment at Chalmers
    • Support PhD students in their personal & gendered development
    • Increase the PhD students’ knowledge and awareness of gender & power issues at Chalmers and society in general
    • Increase the awareness of own behavior and impact on others and furthermore provide the PhD students with new and broader skills, tools and strategies connected to gender and power and to leading themselves and others.
    • Further strengthen the PhD students’ network at Chalmers.
    Does this sound interesting and inspiring? We hope so! If you like to take part of the program, and that you are a PhD student on your 2nd or 3rd year, please contact your head of division to get more information on the course structure, how the time will be credited and the selection process. Detailed information will soon be available also in the Doctoral Portal.


      Initiative Seminar on "Marine Challenges - Blue Solutions" at Chalmers campus Johanneberg

      Are you interested to know more about Chalmers’ marine and maritime research along with a taste of the research performed by some of Chalmers' close collaborators? Then, you can attend this two days exciting initiative seminar on November 6-7th at Chalmers Johanneberg campus. Program details and registration can be found here.


      miscellaneous; photo from sunflowermeadowsherbfarm.com
      A. Winter is coming soon! Be mentally prepared! It can be quite dark and cold. Read how an international student experienced Swedish winter here.

      B. The Swedish Theory of Love! If you are new in Sweden and wondering how the Swedish society is like, then watch this 65-minutes long documentary.
      A recent study conducted in PhD Students from Belgium revealed that one in two PhD Students experiences psychological distress, and one in three is at risk of common psychiatric disorder. The study also reported that work and organizational context are the top two predictors of PhD Students’ mental health. Read more here.

      Perfectionism has become a hidden epidemic among young people in the academia! The news suggests that the organizations like schools and universities must resist marketized forms of competition, at the expense of young people’s mental health. Read more here.