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PhD Day

We'll see you on Friday!

The main venue is Per Kirkeby Auditorium in building 1250. The address is Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C. You can use the app "AU Find" or enter the building number on this page.

Find the full programme here.


NB! If you suspect that you have COVID-19, please stay home, and send an email so we know you’re not attending: graduateschoolhealth@au.dk

About the keynote speaker

Christine Parsons is an Associate Professor at the Interacting Minds Center, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, and a co-director of the Danish Society for Women in Science (DANWISE). In these roles, she works to create a diverse and inclusive environment in science and academia more broadly. Before moving to Denmark, Christine held posts at the University of Oxford, as a Research Fellow and a Director of Studies for Psychology. As a passionate science communicator, she has appeared in documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, in news reports for NBC and CNN in the U.S., and her research has been covered in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Guardian.

PhD Day talk: Diversity in Academia

Health research has a diversity problem. Many groups are underrepresented as researchers, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and socially disadvantaged populations. Academic institutions have started to acknowledge the problem, and most have developed policies aimed at addressing gender equality, in particular. But progress has been glacially slow. In the ten year period between 2008 - 2018, the proportion of Associate Professors who are women in Danish universities has increased from 28% to 34%. At Professor level, just 23% of positions in 2018 were held by women, despite women holding 50% of PhD positions.

What can we do to accelerate progress? As the next generation in academia, change requires that early career researchers take a realistic view of where we are. In planning projects, we can all think about who we plan to collaborate with, how we welcome newcomers, and differing perspectives. We can re-think how we view excellence and merit in research. A more diverse academia is a worthy ideal, for which we need “all hands on deck”, not just those from underrepresented groups.

The PhD Day dinner party

Conclude the PhD Day 2022 by joining your colleagues and peers for a festive evening.

At the party, you will be served a three course meal and free drinks (soft drinks, beer and wine) during dinner. 

The evening will also include the awarding of the JCD prize and the 3R prize. Furthermore, the winner of the Fogh-Nielsen prize competition will be announced and there will be a festive speech. After dinner there will be music by Royal Dance Orchestra  

The evening starts on Friday 24 June 2022 at 6:30 pm and finishes at 02:00 am, and takes place at Centralværkstedet, Værkmestergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C.

The price for all this is DKK 195,00.

The deadline to register was 8 June.

See our PhD Day 2022 video about diversity in academia

The PhD Day is an annual event taking place in January as a joint venture between the PhD Association and the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University. The day seeks to bring PhD students together and network across the broad diversity of scientific fields within health sciences that are represented at the faculty.

The PhD day is a chance for you to present your research to your peers as well as to more experienced researchers.The event also offers the chance for you to act as co-chair during the presentations, giving you the opportunity to get experience with acting as a scientific panel member in a conference. 

The PhD Day will as always include a keynote lecture. In addition, we invite you to join us for the Fogh-Nielsen prize competition and for the JCD prize award ceremony.

The PhD Day 2022 has been postponed to take place on 24 June 2022 and the planning continues. You can see the original invitation for January. The website will be updated continuously. You can visit the archive to learn more about previous years' PhD Days.