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

This two-day workshop is for NORSI students in the later stage of their PhD work who are writing article-based dissertations.
Location: Kjerringøy brygge, near Bodø.
Dates: 27-28 April, 2017.

All participants must be present in Bodø at 08:30 a.m. on 27 April at the latest for bus transportation to Kjerringøy.


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 written and students’ own individual “kappas” that are in progress. 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. However, primarily, the seminar focuses on the “kappa” of the individual candidate. There will be set aside plenty of time for presentations and discussions of students’ individual “kappas”. 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
Arne Isaksen, UiA
Lene Foss, UiT- Arctic
Roger Sørheim, NTNU



The seminar will be held in English.

Required preparation before the seminar:
– Write up a 2-3 pages abstract of your kappa and an outline/suggested table of content of your kappa
– Prepare a presentation of 3 kappas from approved dissertations assigned to you (group work)
– Prepare detailed feedback to one of the other students and read the material of the other students in your group to participate in the discussion
You will also be assigned a task to be solved the day before the seminar which we ask you to spend 90 minutes on.

Date & Location

Date: 27/04/2017
When: 27-28 April, 2017
Where: Kjerringøy brygge, near Bodø.