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Stipendiatorganisasjonene i Norge

The Association of Doctoral Organisations in Norway, or SiN for short, was officially founded in Oslo, in January 26th 2003. SiN is a joint committee of local organisations for doctoral candidates and post doctors at Norwegian colleges and universities. Currently there are 7 local member organisations.

The SiN Executive Board advocates on behalf of its members to gain resources for their benefit, allocates resources among them and arbitrates among them and any other involved parties. In general, SiN oversees member unions' activities and is the governing body of the doctoral organisation in Norway.

SiN is a network promoting contacts between its member organisations and expressing joint opinions on political issues concerning education and research, and other issues relevant to the member organisations.

Agenda

  • Focus on the quality and the accomplishment of the projects in order to secure a good doctoral program
  • Financing
  • Supervision
  • Work conditions that promote the recruitment of good candidates to research

SiN is a free and politically independent organisation. The board is comprised of between three and seven volunteers, elected at the Annual General Meeting, and carries out SiN's daily activity in close contact with its member organisations. SiN is a member of The European Council of Doctoral Candidates (EURODOC).

Eurodoc

Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 32 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 32 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Eurodoc’s objectives are:

  • To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.
  • To advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe.
  • To promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe.
  • To establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe.

Eurodoc was founded in Girona (Spain) on 02/02/02. Eurodoc has had it's seat in Brussels, Belgium since 2005.

Eurodoc’s Mission Statement can be downloaded at Eurodoc mission statement

Hotel

Anker Hotel is a modern conference hotel located in the middle of Oslo. High speed internet is available in every room free of charge. There is always a parking space available. Breakfast buffet is included and served on the first floor.

Address: Storgata 55, 0182 Oslo
Phone: 22 99 75 10

If you are coming by plane, just take Airport Express Train (Flytoget) from Gardermoen Airport to the Central Train Station. The trip lasts twenty minutes. It costs 180 NOK in one direction. From the Central Train Station Square you can take tram numbers: 12, 13 and 17, as well as bus numbers: 30, and 31. Get off at Hausmannsgata stop. The Anker hotel is just 3 min walk form the Haunsmannsgata stop.

Venue

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is based on Blindern campus. The conference sessions will take place at the Helga Eng building in Sem Sælands vei 7, which is marked on this map. The building is just a few minutes's walk from the T-bane (metro) and tram station stops called Blindern/ Universitetet Blindern. You can either take T-bane 4 (Vestli) or 5 (Ringen or Sognsvann) and disembark at Blindern, or tram 17 or 18 (both Rikshospitalet), and disembark at Universitetet Blindern.

FROM ANKER HOTEL TO VENUE:

Both Anker Hotel and Anker Hostel are unfortunately not in walking distance to the conference venue. The most direct connection is by taking the tram 17 from Hausmannsgata (directly in front of the hotel) all the way to the stop "Universitetet Blindern". From there it is a 5 minute walk through the university campus to the Helga Engs Building. There are maps all over the campus or you can check the campus map online beforehand: http://www.uio.no/om/finn-fram/omrader/blindern/

Travelling to Oslo

By Air

The main airport Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) is located 45 km north of Oslo, and is the most frequently used gateway to Norway. There are direct flights to Oslo from all major European cities, as well as many overseas destinations. From the airport, the most convenient way of travelling in to the city centre is with the Airport Express Train, which takes under 30 minutes and costs NOK 180 one way (NOK 90 for students). There is also an Airport Express Coach, which takes appr. 45 minutes depending on traffic, and costs NOK 190 one way.
You can also reach Oslo via Sandefjord Airport Torp.
This web page from VisitOslo.com provides an overview of airlines that fly directly to the Oslo area.

By train

You can also travel to Oslo by train, arriving at the Oslo Central Station which is right in the city centre. The web site of the Norwegian State Railways can be found at NSB.no.

By bus

Buses to Oslo arrive at the Oslo Bus Terminal, which is in the city centre, right next to the Oslo Central Station.

By ferry

You can travel by ferry to Oslo from Kiel, Fredrikshavn and Copenhagen.

By car

The main roads towards Oslo are E6 from the south (east side of the Oslo Fjord) and north, and E18 from the east (Stockholm) and the south (west side of the Oslo Fjord).
For more information on travelling to Oslo, please consult this page at VisitOslo.com

Local transportation

Options for local transportation in Oslo include buses, trams and the underground (T-bane). To plan your travel in Oslo, visit the web site of Ruter. Ruter also has free apps for Android and iOS. A one way ticket within Oslo costs NOK 33, a 24 h ticket costs NOK 90, and a 7 day pass costs NOK 240.

Oslo

"The Blue, The Green, and the Capital in between"

Oslo is situated at the head of Oslo Fjord surrounded by forested ridges, and this very location gives the city unexpected qualities for a national capital. The surrounding countryside provides recreational opportunities for the city’s inhabitants and visitors, in summer as well as in winter. Not many world capitals offer subway service to the forest, with lakes and hiking trails within city limits.

Oslo has a population of only 600 000, which is relatively low compared to most European capitals. However, it is paradoxically one of the largest in terms of area. Oslo covers more than 450 square kilometers, most of which comprises forests and arable land.

Oslo is a city full of contrasts. Its natural beauty, in combination with all the facilities of a modern metropolis, adds to the charm of a city often called "the world's biggest village".

More modern districts include the bustling Aker Brygge area, a rehabilitated old shipyard, with its Mediterranean style shops, restaurants and cafés. Oslo’s beautiful natural surroundings, its varied architecture, and its multinational inhabitants contribute to the city’s unique atmosphere.

Oslo’s climate is actually better than our northern latitude might indicate. This is due to the Gulf Stream bringing warmth from the Gulf of Mexico across the Atlantic Ocean and along the coast of Norway. And in the summer, the sun is up 19 hours per day.

From its position above the city, the Holmenkollen ski jump features the world’s oldest ski museum and one of the best panoramic views over Oslo. The new ski jump was ready for the World Nordic Ski Championships in 2011. It has prompted many to regard Oslo as a winter city, and Oslo does deserve the name “The World’s Winter Capital”.

Yet Oslo is just as much a summer city that has all the activities and pleasures we normally associate with summer. The numbers of activities on the fjord and in the city’s parks are a sign that Oslo’s citizens exploit the summer to the utmost.

The fjord is a great outdoor venue in the summer with interesting activities on the many islands in the fjord, a large and professional yacht charter industry - taking people out. And in the summer - the sun literally never sets.

Among internationally known museums in Oslo you find the Munch Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Polar ship Fram Museum, TheViking Ship Museum, the National Gallery, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Museum. The Vigeland Sculpture Park covers an area of 80 acres. The 212 sculptures are all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland. He also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds. The park is a popular recreation area all year.

Oslo is also known for the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. The new Nobel Peace Center is a unique building, a museum filled with “Food for Thought” in the footsteps of great personalities through the 100 years history of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oslo’s new Opera House, shaped like an ice-berg coming out of the water, has become an icon in Oslo, and is visited by appx 2,5 million people every year.

For more information about Oslo, visit VisitOslo.com.

How to eat in Oslo without spending a fortune

Oslo has the unfortunate reputation of being one of the most expensive places to live, but there are several opportunities for reasonably priced and tasty food in Oslo. Below you will find a list of cafes and restaurants that offer a selection of main courses for around or less than 150 kroner.

Lille Saigon Gingergrass (Bernt Ankers gate 7) is very popular with the locals. While the interior is basic, this café serves generous portions of fresh Vietnamese food at very reasonable prices. They are flexible in catering to vegetarian needs. This place is not to be confused with Saigon Lille, which is a different outlet a bit further up the road.

Rice Bowl (Youngs gate 4) is a Thai café close to Youngstorget. Like Lille Saigon, it is popular with the locals, and you may have to wait a little while for a table. They customise a lot of their dishes to vegetarians. Please note that Rice Bowl doesn't serve alcohol. They also have to other branches, here and here.

Other good value Thai options in Oslo include the Blue Elephant (Skovveien 8), and Nam Fah. Both have multiple branches, the one in Prinsens gate 18 (entry from Kongens gate) is centrally located.

A good place for pizza and pasta is Vapiano (Rådhusgata 27), which is conveniently situated close to the Town Hall, with a good view towards Aker Brygge. They offer fresh herbs on all tables and your pasta dish is cooked right in front of you.

Another alternative for pizza is Hell's Kitchen (Møllergata 23), a bar close to Youngstorget. The place is popular for drinks after work and can get crowded at night. They also offer a good range of options for vegetarians.

More vegetarian food can be found at Krishna Cuisine (Sørkedalsveien 10), located in Colosseum Shopping Centre in Majorstuen opposite the Colosseum Cinema, and Vega (Akersgata 74), which offers all-you-can-eat buffets.

Punjabi Tandoori (Grønland 24) is a no frills café where you get a full meal of Indian food (curry, rice, and a freshly baked nan bread) for less than 100 kr. Another Indian option is Curry and Ketchup (Kirkeveien 51), located in Majorstuen. This is popular due to their reasonable prices and cosy interior.

For more reasonably priced food in Oslo, please refer to this page from VisitOslo.com which lists several other alternatives.