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Below you may find information about workshops, summer schools and other useful links.

Guild Summer School 2020 - CANCELLED!



The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities’ annual Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet PhD students from across Europe, from multiple disciplinary backgrounds.  

University of Glasgow, 5-11 July 2020 

For further information please see https://phd.au.dk/for-current-phd-students/news-and-events/news/nyhed/artikel/guild-summer-school-2020/

Cognitive approaches to ancient texts (PhD course)

Intensive doctoral seminar by István Czachesz, Tromsø.

27-28 May 2020 in Copenhagen (3 ECTS)

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that insights from cognitive science (the study of the human mind) can contribute significantly to our understanding of ancient religions and their literature. While cognitive studies of religion have focused largely on the origins of religion and the mental structures underpinning religious beliefs and rituals, cognitive approaches to religious texts and the interpretive practices of religious communities emerged especially in the field of Biblical Studies.

In this seminar, students will learn about evolutionary and cognitive scientific perspectives on religion in the past and present, with the specific aim of shedding light on ancient texts and their composition and transmission in the context of religious practices, institutions, traditions, and historical developments.

In preparation for the seminar, students will read a selection of introductory literature on the cognitive study of religion and ancient traditions and prepare a short presentation on possible applications of cognitive approaches to their own historical materials.

For further information and application please contact phd@hrsc.ku.dk

Application deadline: 1 May 2020

Science for Society, spring 2020

Science for Society is an offer to AU employees to learn about entrepreneurial competences. This can be in relation to using your research for commercial use, seeking funding or if you would like tools to discover new potentials within your research and maybe even discover new impact opportunities.

We offer free customized workshops and open workshops, so if you have an idea for a workshop, please look at our new program and contact us.

Link to program: https://www.au.dk/fileadmin/ingen_mappe_valgt/Erhvervssamarbejde_Elektronisk_2020_v4.pdf

Upcoming workshops:

If you have any questions, please contact Line Dybdahl at ldp@au.dk.

Call for applications: 4 Phd courses at the Research School on Peace and Conflict

The Research School on Peace and Conflict invites applications for the following 4 PhD courses:

Dynamics of Armed Conflict

20 - 24 April 2020

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

​This course provides an overview and critical assessment of contemporary research on armed conflict.  It will be in equal measure backward looking, assessing the state of the art and what have we learned; and future oriented, exploring cutting-edge issues and challenges.  

The course is organized in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO) and PRIO.

Deadline for applications: 1 March 2020

International Mediation: Theory, Cases and Skills

08 - 12 June 2020

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

​The Course will cover academic, policy and practitioner perspectives on international mediation. It will review the scholarly literature, explore relevant theories, and learn from senior mediation practitioners. The participants will also develop skills in conflict analysis, strategic planning for peacemaking, and mediating agreements between conflict parties. The geographic focus will be mainly but not exclusively on the Middle East.

The course is organized in collaboration with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and PRIO.

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2020

GIS and the Geography of Armed Conflict: Applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and georeferenced data for Peace and Conflict Research

15 - 19 June 2020

NTNU Trondheim, Campus Dragvoll

As a research tool in the social sciences, GIS has not been used to nearly the same depth relative to applications in the natural science, where GIS have a longer history dating back to the late 1960s. Current and future opportunities for the application of GIS in the social sciences are considered tremendous. This course aims to point at some of the many opportunities. Whether the research design is based on qualitative or quantitative methods, GIS can provide the researcher with added analytical capabilities. Examples on how GIS can support both qualitative and quantitative methodologies will be given during the course, but with an emphasis on the latter.

The course is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and PRIO. 

Application through NTNU - contact adviser Einar Gimse-Syrstad, Department of Sociology and Political Science: einar.syrstad@ntnu.no 

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2020.

Advanced Qualitative Methods in Conflict Studies: Case Research and Process Analytics

17 - 21 August 2020

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

​This seminar provides an in-depth introduction to case-based methods and process analytics. We begin with some preliminaries (epistemology, ethics, transparency) and then survey key methods, including case studies, case selection and several techniques designed to capture process. The latter include interviewing, practice analytics and process tracing. Whenever possible, students will be introduced to both the positivist and interpretive variants of particular methods.  

In the course's second part, we move from the conceptual to the applied, examining case and process methods in action - in conflict zones and post-conflict settings. Epistemology, ethics, measurement and data-access/transparency are key themes throughout. The fundamental goal is for students to acquire sufficient knowledge to be smart, epistemologically plural and rigorous users of case-based research in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2020.

The PhD courses are free of charge, but students will have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. PhD students will normally be prioritized.

For an overview of other upcoming courses in 2020, visit the website of the Research School on Peace and Conflict.    

PhD course on ‘The Process of Theorizing and Theory Building in Management Research’

‘The Process of Theorizing and Theory Building in Management Research’ is a inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-technology and international PhD course (5 ECTS). The course admits maximum 20 students. 

The course will take place on 25-29 May 2020 and is hosted by Aalborg University. 

For more information about the course please visit the course website: https://www.tbrp.aau.dk/interdisciplinary-doctoral-training/phd-course-theory-building/

To learn about the experience of our participants at the course, please go to: https://www.tbrp.aau.dk/interdisciplinary-doctoral-training/phd-course-theory-building/earlier-editions/

For questions related to the course, please contact Michael Simonsen (https://vbn.aau.dk/en/persons/103985)  

AU Career PhD mentor programme

AU Mentor PhD is an offer to PhD students from all four faculties at Aarhus University (Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health and Science & Technology). The overall goal of the mentor programme is to bring you and the business community closer together in order to ease your prospective transition from university to a career outside of academia.

The mentors are primarily former PhDs from AU, who are now working outside academia.

From January 2016 the mentor programme will be running once a year with the following deadlines:  

Application deadline: August 15th


October 15th

For more information and registration, check out AU Career PhD's webpage on the mentor programme. 

Career Talks

Are you more interested in a shorter engagement, AU Career PhD also offers Career Talks, which allows you to have a one-time meeting with a PhD profile now working outside academia. For more information, click here. 

Automated transcription platform (Konch)

Turn audio into text

Konch is an automatic Speech-to-Text service that supports 15 languages including English and Danish.

Please contact the Center for Humanities Computing Aarhus for access to the system. If you have any questions you can also contact Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo.

Introduction til NVivo 12

NVivo 12 is a tool for organizing and analyzing qualitative data such as interviews, reports, focusgroups etc. NVivo lets you classify and sort data enabling you to more easily discover connections in contrast to doing it "by hand" or on paper.

NVivo supports most major languages and data formats such as text, sound files, video, digital photos, Word, PDF, Excel etc.

The course will introduce you to:

  • Importing data (hands on examples are done with text)
  • Coding data
  • Working with cases (metadata regarding your units of analysis such as income, age, marital status etc.)
  • Basic queries (searches based on your codes/cases)

Teaching and examples will be done on the PC-version of NVivo but Mac-users are also welcome. The PC version is better and has more features than the Mac-version.

The course will take place in Nobelparken. Depending on attendees it will be held in Danish or English.

For more information and registration please contact:
Lars Jakob Jensen, 9135 6439, ljje@kb.dk

AU Dictionary - AU Translate

AU Communication has launched AU Dictionary, a new university terminology list. AU Dictionary can perform either Danish-English searches or English-Danish searches.

Translate from Danish to English by using AU Translate. AU Translate can be used to translate short texts.

PhD Career Counselling at Aarhus University

AU Career PhD offers career services incl. career counselling for PhD students at Aarhus University.

See this page for further information: http://talent.au.dk/career/

Perspektiver på kvalitet i ph.d.-forløb

Please find the Danish version on this page.

Get your message across – media training for AU researchers

How can you make sure your message gets across? Please see this page for further information.

Junior Researchers at Aarhus University

A website for postdocs and assistant professors, including tenure track.

The website provides junior researchers at Aarhus University with information about the many resources and services available, including information on available courses and services to advance their professional development

Please see this page: http://talent.au.dk/junior-researchers-at-aarhus-university/

Basic principles of PhD education at Aarhus University

Aarhus University insists on academic excellence in PhD education. Academic development, scholarly integrity, societal engagement, and the ability to collaborate are key in PhD education.

For further information about the 5 basic principles please see this page.