Supervisor workshop for aspiring supervisors

This course aims to prepare young researchers to be supervisors either at an early supervisor stage or before entering the role, and is tailored for young researchers in biotechnology.

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This three-day intensive course aims to prepare young researchers to be supervisors either at an early supervisor stage or before entering the role. It is tailored for young researchers in biotechnology and will consist of lectures, group work, and discussions. The course is organized by the Digital Life Norway Research School.

Tentative program


Wednesday, 4th of May

10:30                   Arrival from Værnes by bus 

11:00 – 12:30     Lunch

12:30 – 13:30     Welcome and reflection on experiences from good practice 

13:30 – 13:45     Break

13:45 – 15:15     The supervisor role and relationship

15:15 – 16:00     Break

16:00 – 17:30     Professor Tone Frost Bathen and associate professor Mattijs Elschot on their experience on good practice and how to establish a good working relationship

18:00 – 20:00     Dinner


Thursday, 5th of May

08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

09:00 – 10:15     Jan-Martin Berge - Mental health and stress management

10:15 – 10:30     Break: coffee/tea + fruits

10:30 – 12:00      Jan-Martin Berge - How to handle conflict

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 14:45     Managing the project

14:45 – 16:00     Break. Walk & Talk

16:00 – 17:30     Active listening – the most important communication tool

18:00 – 20:00     Dinner


Friday, 6th of May

08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

09:00 – 10:15     Aligning expectations

10:15 – 10:30     Break

10:30 – 12:00     How to give constructive feedback that promotes independence

12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 14:30     Team supervision and ‘orchestration’ of the PhD project

14:30 – 14:45     Wrap up of the workshop

15:00                  Bus departure to Værnes



  • Main speaker Dr. Mirjam Godskesen has her expertise in PhD supervision, PhD coaching and academic writing processes.
  •  Jan-Martin Berge (Psykolog Berge): He is a specialist in Clinical Psychology and Occupational Psychology and holds public lectures on topics like communication, work environment and satisfaction, work life balance and more. He won a price for best male speaker in 2019.
  • Prof. Tone Frost Bathen is head of The MR Cancer Group and is project leader of PROVIZ project that aims to develop AI-based software to identify prostate cancer in MR images, and which is part of the multidisciplinary research projects within the Centre for Digital Life Norway
  • Associate prof. Mattijs Elschot is a researcher in the The MR Cancer Group. His current research focuses on prostate cancer imaging with PET and MRI, and the emerging role of artificial intelligence in this field.


Rosalie Zwiggelaar

Published Nov. 9, 2021 11:42 AM - Last modified Apr. 11, 2022 9:17 AM