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Half-time seminar

The half-time seminar is held when you have two years left of your PhD education (full time). The main supervisor initiates and takes responsibility for the half time seminar. Enrolment of half-time seminar should be sent to the PhD education coordinator at least four weeks in advance, together with the half-time report and attachements. In this page you will find information you need for the half-time seminar. 


In order to carry out a half time seminar, your must have carried out part I of the Obligatory PhD Course (Introduction to Research), 8 credits.

Set a date

You should contact the PhD education coordinator and set a date well in advance, preferably 3 months before the half-time seminar. The following dates are available: 

Thursday January 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chair: Martin Lagging
Location: Medg 16

Friday February 23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chair: Anne Uv
Location: 2421 Åke Göransson

Friday March 23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chair: Anne Uv
Location: 2403 Gösta Sandels

Friday April 20, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chair: Martin Lagging
Location: K2320 Carl Kylberg

Friday May 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chair: Martin Lagging
Location: 2046 Nils Nilsson

Friday June 15, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chair: Anne Uv
Location: 2403 Gösta Sandels


The Institute books the seminar room. If you have any questions regardin this please contact the PhD education coordinator.

Assessment committee

The PhD-student and the main supervisor appoint two members of the assessment committee (the third member is the chair of the session). The members must have a doctor's degree and must actively carry out research at the Sahlgrenska Academy. At least one of the members must be an associate professor. The half-time seminar is primarily a matter for the Institute, but one of the members may be from another Institute or faculty. Both genders should be represented in the committee. The committee will verify any ethical permits. There must not be any conflict of interest (jäv) between committee members and the supervisor or PhD-student.

The chairman of the assessment committee is usually the Director of studies Anne Uv or the Vice Director of studies Martin Lagging.


The following should be sent to the PhD education coordinator at least four weeks in advance:

1. The form ENROLMENT OF HALF-TIME SEMINAR. Please fill in the form electronically, print all pages and sign.

2. One version of the half-time report in paper form. The report is normally 5-8 pages (longer if you have a large number of figures) and includes:

  • A short summary (background, aim, results)
  • introduction/background to your project
  • aim of your project
  • methods (explain the choice of methods)
  • results so far (attach any manuscripts/papers)
  • research plan for the remaining two years
  • references

3. Attested grades/certificates from completed courses that have not been registered in Ladok

4. Copy of ethical permit (if relevant)

Enrolment of half time seminar 5 hp

Notice that you yourself have to send the full report (with all attachemnts but not the enrolment) to the members of the assessment committee at least one week in advance.

Common procedure for half-time seminars

One hour is set aside for the half time seminar, i.e. the presentation and discussion. The presentation should be no longer than 30-35 minutes, leaving 25-30 minutes for the discussion. After the discussion, the committee members, the PhD student and the supervisor will discuss aspects of the student’s education. This discussion usually takes about 20 minutes.

Coordinator PhD education

Ulrika Lantz Carlsson
Göteborgs universitet, Institute of Biomedicine

Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 7B
Postal address: Box 440, 405 30 Göteborg

Please contact the PhD education coordinator when you want to set a date for your half time seminar or submit all the documentation regarding your half time seminar.

Page Manager: Evelyn Vilkman|Last update: 1/9/2018

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