NORSI Writing the Introduction to Article-based Dissertations: “Kappa”-workshop 2019

Writing workshop: This three-day workshop is for NORSI students in the later stage of their PhD work who are writing article-based dissertations.
Location: Hovde gård, Trøndelag
Dates: 28-30 August 2019
Important: All participants must be present in Trondheim early morning on Wednesday, 28 August to take communal boat transportation to Hovde gård. The boat leaves at 10:20 from Trondheim pier (located downtown). Arrival at Brekkestad (Hovde gård) at 11:10 More info about the logistics when we get closer to the dates.


Kappa kick start: This seminar is designed to kick-start the development of the cover story “kappe” of the participants’ article based PhD dissertation. The aim is to develop a clear sense of what is expected from a “kappe”, and to start developing your own “kappe” with a particular focus on framing the introduction and structuring an outline. The seminar will build on the traditions from the institutions represented at the seminar, discussing the requirements and analyzing completed dissertations. There will be allocated time to discuss each participant’s “kappe” project, as well as time for writing on your own introduction.
The seminar will be an intensive three-day workshop which demands that you come well prepared and ready to work!


How kappas are usually written: The seminar will focus on how “kappas” usually are written and students’ own individual “kappas” that are in progress.
Analysis of different kappas: Each of the students will analyze about three “kappa” of approved dissertations and present and reflect on these during the seminar. We will discuss various forms of “kappas,” their strengths and weaknesses, and how to fit “kappa” to the articles in the thesis.
Your Kappa: However, primarily, the seminar focuses on the “kappa” of the individual candidate. There will be set aside plenty of time for presentations, feed-back and discussions of students’ individual “kappas”.
Writing Sessions: There will also be some writing sessions for students to immediately incorporate feedback they receive for their “kappa’s’”.

Participating NORSI Faculty

Gry A. Alsos, Nord
Bjørn-Erik Mørk, BI
Lene Foss, UiT- Arctic
Roger Sørheim, NTNU


Detailed program – TBA
The seminar will be held in English.

Very Preliminary Program – schedule overview

09:00 Arrive in Trondheim
09:00 Maxitaxi from airport to harbour
10:20 Take the boat to Hovde gård from downtown Trondheim (pier)
Trondheim Hurtigbåtterminal – Brattørkaia (no:17)
11:10 Arrival at Brekkestad – we walk up to the farm/hotel (10 min)
12:30 Lunch at Hovde gård
13:30 – 17:00 Plenerary Session
Introduction to Workshop
Kappe: Aim, content, requirements
Analyses of dissertaions/kappe
Presentation of group work and discussion
19:00 Dinner

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 18:00
Reflections from Day 1
Writing sessions
Positioning of kappe and revision of outline
Introduction to group work
Group discussions
1900 Dinner

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 14:00
Reflections from Day 2
Writing sessions
Group discussions
12:30 Lunch
14:00 End seminar – walk down to the pier
14:30 Boat transportation to Trondheim (from Brekkestad)
15:35 Arrival Trondheim
15:35 Maxitaxi to airport

Required preparation before the seminar

As preparation for this seminar you will need to prepare:
– Develop and submit an outline of your own “kappe” Deadline: TBA – (About August 5)
– A group assignment – analysis of 3 published “kappe” Deadline: Ready for seminar
– Individual feedback preparation for group discussions Deadline: Ready for seminar
– You will also be assigned a task to be solved the day before the seminar which we ask you to spend 90 minutes on. Deadline: Ready for seminar


Application: Students wanting to participate in the workshop, should register by sending an application by email to Birte Horn-Hanssen: with all documents.
Application deadline: Registration deadline is 1 May 2019.
Respons from us: You should expect to hear from us about mid-May if you have received a spot or not.

The application should include:
– Name and institution
– Supervisor(s)
– An abstract of your PhD thesis (max 1 page)
– A short account of the status of your PhD thesis, including an account of the articles included and their status (article title, degree of completion, whether it has been presented at a conference, submitted to a journal and if so, status of journal submission), an an account of how far you have come with your “kappe” (In total maximum 1 page)
– Date of expected completion of PhD thesis

We have availability for maximum 20 Norsi students. Priority will be given to students that are close to complete their articles and about/ or has started writing their “kappa”.

Travel and Costs

The seminar is free. Accommodation and meals 28-30 August are covered by Norsi. Travel costs must be covered by the students or their institution. NORSI will not cover travel expenses for this course.
Please do not book your travel before you have confirmed that there is space available at the course.

Date & Location

28 -30 August 2019
Hovde Gård, Trøndelag