NORSI Writing the Introduction to Article-based Dissertations: “Kappa”-workshop 2018

Workshop for those whom are nearly done

This two-day workshop is for NORSI students in the later stage of their PhD work who are writing article-based dissertations.
The dates and location is now set for the workshop. It will be held in Week 34 (Thur-Fri), 23-24 August 2018 at Sommarøy outside Tromsø. All participants must be present in Tromsø Wed 22 night at 20:00 to take the shuttlebus transportation to Sommarøy. The course will end at 14:30 on Friday, thus so that all of you should be able to take the evening flight home.


Rune Dahl Fitjar, UiS
Lene Foss, UiT, course responsible
Roger Sørheim, NTNU


Formulate a clear sense of what is expected to be included in a “kappa” and how it should be written.
This writing seminar will focus on the writing, structuring and developing of the “kappa” of an article-based dissertation. Despite the fact that article based dissertations have become the most common form of PhD theses within our discipline, there is no clear standard for the “kappa” – neither in terms of form, content or scope. The seminar will build on the traditions from the institutions represented at the seminar.


The seminar will focus on how “kappas” usually are structured and written and students’ own individual “kappas” that are in progress. Each of the students will work with how to fit “kappa” to the articles in their thesis. The seminar focuses on the “kappa” of the individual candidates within the format of their institutions. There will be set aside plenty of time for writing, presentations and discussions of students’ individual “kappas”. There will also be some writing sessions for students to immediately incorporate feedback they receive on their “kappas’”.


10 August – email all 3 faculty (Lene, Roger and Rune) what you have written on your “kappa” so far
17 August – submit to faculty the task you were asked to do in an email (email will come after 10 August -3 pages/abstract of your kappa)

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, 22 August
20:00 Buss from airport to hotel – pick-up outside main entrance, bus marked with “Sommarøy Arctic hotel”
21:30 Evening snack (fish soup w/bread)

Thursday, 23 August
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:45 Lecture – in meeting room
“The mission of the cover (kappa) paper”, Lene
09:45 – 12:30 Writing groups – in group rooms
Discussing abstracts – plan structure for writing session
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 17:15 Writing groups – group rooms
Individual writing session – hand over document to faculty
17:15 – 18:00 Plenary discussions – in meeting room
19:00 – Dinner

Friday, 24 August
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
08:45 – 09:45 Feedback from faculty – in group rooms
10:00 – 12:30 Reworking cover paper – in group rooms
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Discussion/summary – in meeting room
14:30 – Departure by buss to airport – Flights from Langnes airport


The lodging at Sommarøy is in “Rorbu” ( accommodates 3 persons in single rooms, kitchen, bathroom and large livingroom) which facilitates individual writing sessions and collaboration.


Norsi covers accommodation and food at Sommarøy as well as bus/taxi to from airport. You have to cover your own airfar.


We allready have a few confirmed participants. Email Birte if your are interested in attending.







Date & Location

Date: 23/08/2018
When: Week 34 (Thur-Fri), 23-24 August 2018
Where: Sommarøy, Tromsø.