NDR

The Science Doctoral Student Council
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Naturvetenskapliga Doktorandrådet representerar de forskarstuderande vid naturvetenskapliga fakulteten vid Lunds Universitet.

The Science Doctoral Student Council (Naturvetenskapliga Doktorandrådet, NDR) represents about 500 Ph.D. students at the faculty. The most important task of the NDR is to guard the interests of the Ph.D. students at the Faculty of Science with respect to the quality of education and supervision as well as the availability of resources. We currently occupy about 120 positions at various levels. The faculty level includes, e.g. the research education committee, the working committee, the teacher appointment board and the scholarship committee, to mention a few. You can also get active at the department level for example as a unit council or in the department board. Having so many different options and boards to be part of there is always the need for new engaged Ph.D. students who want to become active within the NDR.

Each year the NDR decides on some focus questions regarding the research education, which will be discussed and tried to be solved or improved. For that, NDR invites all the Ph.D. students to a lunch meeting three times per term. Here we pass on the latest news from our representatives from various boards and committees. During those meetings we also try to gather feedback from the attending Ph.D. students on what should be improved or focused on in the future. The organization of these meetings is done by the NDR working committee, which usually meets 1 or 2 weeks before those lunch meetings discussing the agenda and hot topics for the upcoming meeting.

Besides discussing, collecting and spreading information, and trying to solve common or local problems, these lunch meetings are also intended as a forum for Ph.D. students to meet across departmental boundaries.