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


Updated 19 August

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

0900 Arrive at Værnes and maxi taxi to Trondheim harbour
1020 Take the boat to Hovde gård from downtown Trondheim (pier) Trondheim Hurtigbåtterminal – Brattørkaia (no:17)
1110 Arrival at Brekstad – we walk up to the farm/hotel
1130 Plenary session:
*Introduction to workshop (Roger Sørheim)
*Kappe: Aim, content, requirements (Gry Alsos)

1230 Lunch
1330 Presentations of prepared group work
1500 Break
1530 Group session
3-4 candidates and one faculty per group
Feedback from PhD candicates and faculty on text handed in August 12th
Apprx. 45 min per candidate
1715 End of day
1900 Dinner

Thursday, 29 August 2019

0800 Breakfast
0900 Group session cont.
3-4 candidates and one faculty per group
Feedback from PhD candicates and faculty on text handed in August 12th
Apprx. 45 min per candidate
1100 Plenary session: Setting the hook for your kappe (Lene Foss)
1130 Writing session I 60 min
Introduction and positioning
1230 Lunsj
1330 Writing session II 60 min
Cont. positioning
1430 Break
1500 Writing session III 45 min – Revise outline of kappe
1600 Hand in text to faculty candidates
1700 Time off – out for a walk?
1900 Dinner

Friday, 30 August 2019

0800 Breakfast
0830 Faculty and candidates read text handed in
1000 Group session – Feedback on text handed in
1130 Writing session IV
Integrate useful feedback

1230 Lunch and check out
1330 Plenary: Reflection and feedback
1400 End seminar – walk down to the pier
1430 Boat Departure from Brekkestad to Trondheim
1535 Arrival Trondheim and maxi taxi 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

Information about Group Work
Group discussion on individual dissertations – How will it work?
45 min per candidate; 3-4 candidates and one faculty member per group

The opponent starts the discussion by giving his/her prepared feedback, followed by joint feedback and discussion. As all group members should have read all submissions, the discussion will start right away without any presentation first. However, the candidate can start by telling if there is something specific the group should know or something he or she particularly needs feedback on.

10 minutes break between candidates

What do you need to prepare?
There will be a discussion in the group with feedback from all group members including the faculty member leading the group. Hence, you are required to read the submissions of all the members of your group.
You have a particular responsibility act as opponent and provide feedback on one of the other participants’ submissions. Prepare feedback, totaling 10-12 minutes.

The other group members submissions are available in Dropbox. You should have receivced an email with folder invitation from Dropbox.


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

Date: 28/08/2019
When: 28 -30 August 2019
Where: Hovde Gård, Trøndelag