University of Bergen, Helse Vest, The Norwegian Research Council, EU and other sources of funding urge Norwegian researchers to work abroad in order to return with valuable experience which may ultimately improve research quality here at home. UiB even funds a 4th year for postdoc year for those who leave the country.
Yet, there are many who obtain a master degree, PhD, and postdoc in the same research group. The reasons are complex, but partner’s job situation and family are factors which may hinder the desire to leave. If it is not possible to travel for one year or several years, an alternative could be short- and possibly repeated stays of 1-3 months at a foreign institution. This could provide access to methods and academic environments that are not available at home. Your research will obtain wider exposure and the new environment could provide valuable input. This will count when your competence and skills are evaluated for future funding and positions down the line.
Furthermore, it is equally important to stimulate foreign researchers to visit us for shorter or longer periods of time. Another option taken by some groups has been to invite top-notch scientists to evaluate their research on an annual basis.
There are many possibilities. Help K2’s research to achieve an even wider international visibility and impact.
Deputy Head of Department