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DSV PhD Board Newsletter #1 – September 2011

Dear fellow PhDs,

We would like to welcome our new members of the PhD Board:

Nam Aghee and Meshari Alwazae

They have already started their excellent work by organizing the Orientation Day for our new PhD students – which leads us to our second welcome:

Welcome new PhDs!

  • Sameer Ba-Thallat
  • Samuel Bohman
  • Spyridon Dosis
  • Mohamed El-Mekawy
  • Hans Jander
  • Jens Ohlsson
  • Ermis-loannis Pappas
  • Björn Strååt
  • Yanqing Zhang
  • Elin Önneval

We hope you will enjoy your time here at DSV!

The Orientation Day was held on September 14, 2011 at DSV, with theattendance of 15 people. It started with an introduction session andshowing the important things around DSV to the new PhD students. The event ended with a great and friendly chat after the nice lunch in theDSV’s VIP room.

We have some activities planned for the autumn:

  • Workshop seminar in writing (Guidelines and recommendations) Preliminary time: either week 42 or 43
  • The annual DSV PhD Forum/Workshop with selected research publications from DSV’s PhD students, presentations from the Research Methodology course and open discussions with newly enrolled PhD students. Preliminary time: either week 47 or 48.

If you have any ideas for further activities – please let us know!

And remember: if you have *any* questions or issues regarding your PhD studies, don’t hesitate to contact us: either by using (this address reaches only the members of the board), or by contacting any one of us directly.

Sumithra, on behalf of the DSV PhD Board:

Constantinos Giannoulis

Magnus Johansson

Nam Aghee

Meshari Alwazae

Minutes PhD Board Meeting 2010.01.18




  • Visit from Åsa Larsson, PhD ombudsman/representative at Stockholm University.
  • Elections for the PhD Board 2010

Previous action list

  • prepare PhD student’s feedback for the Scientific Writing course for Love; DSV PhD Board- pending
    • collect feedback from students before the workshop
    • discuss feedback n due time to provide suggestions during the workshop and have them approved by students
    • send email recommendation to Love during the first week of December
  • Plan for a meeting with Anne regarding course on writing papers and choosing conferences (referencing, etc.) for mid November (Constantinos) – pending
  • Contact Ulf to discuss how could DSV and all units come closer to industry based on contacts (Constantinos & Natalja) – Constantinos has initiated contact with Growth for organizing a “speed-dating”-session, probably during the spring 2010.
    • guest lectures,
    • collaborative research work, etc.

Current issues

  • The Board for 2010 was elected:
  • President: Constantinos Giannoulis
  • Vice President: Sumithra Velupillai
  • Secretary: Esmiralda Mouradian
  • Treasurer: Magnus Johansson
  • Representative at the DSV Department Board: Constantinos Giannoulis, Magnus Johansson (substitute)
  • Representative at the Stockholm University Social Sciences Faculty Student Council and Board: Sumithra Velupillai
  • DSV PhD Board Constitution should be written (Sumithra and Constantinos)
  • Introduction day for new PhD students:
    • An introduction day for new PhD students at the Social Sciences Faculty at Stockholm University is organized, Felicia Markus ( should be contacted so that we can coordinate with the introduction day at DSV.
  • The central Stockholm University Student Union is updating their webpage ( with links to local PhD boards, the DSV PhD Board will be added (Sumithra & Constantinos)
  • Activities for 2010:
    • Common reading courses: how to organize?
    • Introduction day for new PhD students
    • DSV PhD workshop

PhDs Board meeting minutes

DSV, Forum 2009.09.02

Present members: Khurram, Constantinos, Natalja, Esmiralda

Agenda & action points:

  • orientation day
    • October 7th (Constantinos will book a room)
    • 10:00-12:00 Welcome and interaction
      • Introduce the PhD Board (PhDs Board)
        • how we work, events, process, etc.
      • info on rights and obligations (Esmiralda)
      • info on travel money for PhD students (Esmiralda)
      • infor about DISK (invite people from DISK, Constantinos)
    • 12:00-13:00 try to arrange lunch with Love and Anne (Esmiralda)
    • 13:00-14:00 DSV tour (altogether)
  • November workshop
    • poster ready (Constantinos)
    • announce it via email and blog post (Constantinos)
  • KTH, SU updates (no news)
  • Christmas event (next meeting)
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