Seminar on Internationalization Opportunity or Threat

Date: September 25, 2019, 14.00-17.00

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Room 15A.1.11, Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 København S 

Registration: Not required

All are welcome.

More than 50 % of those engaged in research at Danish universities are now employed on temporary
contracts (TVIPs). Rather than offering tenure, universities encourage PhDs, postdocs and other TVIPs
to apply for research positions abroad. But does a period at a foreign university enhance job security
at Danish academic institutions upon return, and what is the documentation for skill upgrading in
relation to international mobility? Is international mobility a benefit in the first place, and if so, how
should it be handled by the university’s management?
At 'Internationalization – Opportunity or Threat?' we discuss ideas and practices connected with
researcher mobility between universities and across borders in lieu of recent efforts by both the
Danish government and public universities to develop policies emphasizing international mobility as
necessary for researchers careers. To explore this, we have invited untenured researchers, political
decision makers and researchers on higher education to debate dilemmas of internalization.



Welcome by TVIP forum, University of Copenhagen

Session I. Chair Susan Wright, University of Aarhus


Jens Oddershede, Chairperson Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy,
'Careers in Research – Continuity and Flexibility in Researchers’ Career paths'


Georgiana Turculet, Postdoc University of Copenhagen, 'Stuck in movement'


Coffee break

Session II. Chair Susan Wright, University of Aarhus


Søren-Peter Olesen, CEO Danish National Research Foundation, Board of Directors
Carlsberg Foundation, 'Advantages and disadvantages of current scholarship funding
for junior researchers'


Sarah Davies, Researcher Norwegian University of Science and Technology 'Researcher experiences of mobility: What should internationalization look like?'

16.30-17.00 Closing discussion