Debate: New ambitions and emerging challenges: creating improved opportunities for career paths in Norwegian research

Debate with State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad and Forskerforbundet leader Steinar Sæther. Followed by a panel discussion and UiODoc's webpage launch party

Temporary contracts and the lack of permanent employment opportunities represent a challenge for many academics. In particular, young researchers often have to work for years with no job security. How do we improve career paths for academics and ensure better recruitment strategies for research institutions?

Bjørn Haugstad, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Research, will introduce the Government’s proposal for a new personnel policy for research. This introduction will be followed by a debate between the State Secretary and the leader of Forskerforbundet at UiO, Steinar Sæther, on how to create the best employment and career opportunities for researchers in the Norwegian context. 

This will be followed by a panel discussion between three researchers with temporary contracts, who will discuss their own experiences and thoughts on the challenge of temporary contracts.

The debate and discussion will be led by Sofie A. E. Høgestøl, University Board Member for the temporary academic staff. There will be opportunities to ask questions during both the debate and the panel discussion. While the debate will be in Norwegian, the panel discussion will be held in English.

Finally, UiODoc is launching its newly developed webpage! Be there to celebrate this achievement, explore the website together with the board members and enjoy tapas and drinks!

We look forward to your attendance and contribution to this relevant and timely discussion!


  • 15:00 - 16:00 Presentation by statssekretar and debate
  • 16:00 - 16:45 Panel discussion
  • 16:45 - UiODoc webpage launch party, drinks and tapas


Sign up for both the debate and tapas here:

You MUST sign up if you intend on coming to the webpage launch. The signup is non-binding, but please let us know if you can't make it. If you are only coming to the debate and discussion there is no need to let us know if you can't make it.

Published Apr. 9, 2015 11:17 AM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2015 11:26 AM