What is your position on the SoDoC board?
I am NOVA representative for 2018.
NOVA is university cooperation aimed at supporting the understanding of major global challenges in a Nordic context. Its main task is to initiate, administer, promote and financially support cooperation between the Nordic universities in postgraduate education. The NOVA member institutions build expertise and provide knowledge to society in the fields of agriculture, animal sciences, forestry, veterinary medicine, food sciences, environmental sciences, aquaculture and related biosciences. I have a privilege to represent interests of our students and bring the students' perspective into the NOVA cooperation.
What department are you from and what are you trying to find out with your research?
I sit at the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Campus Adamstuen in Oslo and I work on mammary gland disorders in the dog during lactation. Mammary gland health project, of which I am a part, has a main focus on health improvement of a dam and newborn puppies. In order to reduce neonatal death, we will try to find and define the causes of changes in milk composition.
Where are you from and where else have you lived?
I am originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before coming to Norway, Austria was my temporary place of residence. I have hunger for learning and experiencing new things and cultures.
What is your favorite thing about NMBU/favorite thing about Norway in general?
While the whole world leads the fight for gender equality, NMBU affirms, encourages and gives priority to women in science.
If you are a nature lover, Norway is a perfect place to capture the awesomeness of natural sights. I enjoy sunrises and sunsets with my favorite cup of coffee. Sky has stunning colors here and waterfalls in the middle of the capital will leave you speechless.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
I try to spend all my spare time with people I love. I am also a movie fanatic and I don’t mind to spend some money (when not cash-strapped :D) at the cinema or exploring new destinations.
What can SoDoC do to improve life for PhD candidates at NMBU?
Stress comes as no surprise to any PhD. We know from our own experience that this is a long and sometimes lonely road. Among all the other aforementioned activities, by providing a moral support, we may help our colleagues to overcome obstacles, boost confidence and to feel less lonely and isolated.