Grattis Petter

Petter försvarade sin lic-avhandling idag. Jag måste erkänna att jag inte förstod sådär jättemycket av det hela – inte riktigt mitt område – men i mina öron lät det bra i alla fall. Tydligen så tyckte betygskommittén att det var OK också för de godkände honom.

Studenterna är här

Årets studenter är här, gamla studenter har gjort sina omtentor, kurserna har startat och universitetet börjar vakna till liv igen. Dagen till ära så har det utfärdats något sorts ”attackhot” mot universitetet, dock är det ingen som verkar bry sig om det. Sedan har det tydligen varit någon studentfest i går kväll uppe vid Origo (eller vad det nu heter) som resulterade i en omgivning som enligt några kollegor såg ut som en soptipp.

Kort sagt, det är ungefär som vanligt.

Forskningsspam

Så har man fått ännu ett email med erbjudande om att vara med på någon konferens, den här gången ska jag få vara ”program committee members” eller ”reviewer”:

if you have any interest in being a Program Committee Member/Reviewer, please visit:

Conference X

Topics: Human Resource Management, Educational Management, Accounting, Financial Management, Crisis Management, Operations Management, Engineering Management, Time Management, Budgeting Process, Macroeconomics, Energy Economics, Identification of Required Expenditure, Microeconomics, Investment Management, Family Economics, Personal Paying for Education, etc.

Conference Y

Topics: Anthropology, Performing arts, Area Studies, Ancient and Modern Languages, Literature, Geography, Archaeology, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Economics, Human Sciences, Management, Psychology, Kinship and Descent, Social Research, Environmental Social Science, etc.

Jag ska kanske ställa upp och bestämma vilka artiklar som ska få publiceras inom antropologi eller macroenconomics – det är precis mitt område.

Dagstuhl Seminar – what a great idea

I had never heard of Dagstuhl before receiving an email with an invitation to participate in a seminar. At first I thought it was a spam message and actually sent it to my spam folder (I, as most others, receive many spam messages each day about conferences, journals, etc) … but a split second later my brain sent a “stop command” to my fingers. There was something unusual with this message, I moved the message back to my inbox and saw what my eyes had seen: the names of some people I knew or had heard about.

So I started to read a bit more carefully, sent a couple of emails to check if this was for real, talked to a few colleagues and realized that: Yes, it was real. My colleagues recommended me to attend and since I had been thinking of start doing some research again the timing was perfect.

Fast-forward about a year and it was time for me to leave for Schloss Dagstuhl. After two flights, a train ride and finally a taxi ride I arrived at Schloss Dagstuhl.

I wonder what takes so much space

Since I arrived in the evening I didn’t see much of the building but in the morning I was greeted with the following view.

After breakfast it was time to meet the others. Some were old friends and some I met for the first time. I soon discovered that the seminar followed some simple rules: breakfast, start discussions at 9:00, lunch at 12:00, new discussions from 13:30, dinner at 18:00 and then social gatherings until late evening/early night.

This is what I really liked about the whole format, there was a lot of time for meeting and talking to the others, the atmosphere was very informal and relaxed. To be honest I’m surprised that this idea hasn’t been copied all around the world. I think that all Ph.D. students should visit something like this at least once during their studies. It’s a huge opportunity to get to know the people in field and get contacts for the future.

Schloss Dagstuhl is in itself a nice historic site. The current buildings are not that old, some 250+ years, but on top of the hill behind the buildings there are the ruins of the original castle. They are much older, originally it’s build sometime before 1290, and of course there have been additions, renovations, etc since then. Now there are just some low stone walls left and a partial tower but it’s always fun to walk around and try to imagine how it looked like when people were actually living there. My reaction was the same as usual, having lived the whole of my life in areas where wooden building are the norm I just see the stone walls and go ”Brrrrr, ccccoooooollllld”.

To summarize: if you ever get an invitation from Dagstuhl, don’t put it in your spam folder just answer ”Yes” and go there.

Here is a description of the visit some of us made to Völklinger Hütte (in Swedish) and more photos from the whole trip

Intressant

Kollade just några inlämnade tentor och det var 380 svar att rätt (antal frågor * studenter) och av dem så var 20% av svaren blanka. Vi hade gjort tentan i två delar där man för att få 3:a skulle klara 80% av svaren på några av frågorna och sedan om man ville ha en 4:a eller 5:a så var man tvungen att göra några frågor till … ca 20% avstod från den chansen eftersom de allra flesta lämnade in blankt på den andra delen.