PhD workshop

The PLANNORD Symposium will be preceded by a PhD workshop on academic writing and publishing. This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your understanding of academic writing and publishing, while strengthening your paper! The workshop will be led by Professors Mat Cashmore and Tim Richardson, from NMBU. The two symposium keynote speakers, Gro and Jonathan, will join us for the final afternoon, to give talks and join a panel discussion.

In this interactive workshop we will use as material the draft papers you will be presenting later in the week at the PLANNORD Symposium. If you don’t have a full paper at the time of the symposium, but are planning to develop your presentation into a paper afterwards, then it will be possible to use this workshop to develop your ideas for the paper. It will also be possible to bring another paper, or PhD thesis chapter, to the workshop if you prefer.


The venue for the workshop will on the small island of Bergholmen ( The accommodation is quite simple, and may involve sharing a room. We will also cooperate with meal preparation and some other housework. We aim for a collaborative and relaxed workshop!  

Bergholmen is a small island not far from Oscarsborg, the other island where the main PLANNORD symposium will be held. We will arrange for boat transfer from Drøbak to Bergholmen at lunchtime on Monday 19th, returning on the 21st to join the other symposium delegates. It may also be possible to arrive on Sunday 18th, by arrangement.


There is no extra charge for the PhD workshop once you have registered for the main Symposium as a PhD student.


The limit is 16 participants, so if you wish to participate then you need to register with Tim Richardson,, as quickly as possible (in addition to registering for the main Symposium). We will also keep a reserve list once the limit is reached. Full details will be provided later on. 

Indicative programme (under construction!)

Day 1. Afternoon only

Themes: Introduction to academic writing, making writing routine; critical reading and self-critical writing; strengthening the argument.

Parallel sessions discussing participant´s papers: Participants will submit their draft paper before the course, and we will assign readers. During the course we will discuss each paper, introduced by the reader.

Day 2.

Themes: Writing with style, editing, preparing for the kappa.

Parallel sessions discussing participant´s papers

Day 3.

Theme: Publishing and peer review.

Lectures and panel discussion with Gro Sandkjær Hanssen and Jonathan Metzger.

Published 6. March 2019 - 15:00 - Updated 7. March 2019 - 7:23