Communicating the results of our research is an important part of the University’s commitment to open knowledge. It aims to make research accessible and transparent to both other researchers and society at large. If you do research with us, you will find information and advice on this webpage about how you can communicate the results of your research, which will help to promote its usefulness and value for society.
Your Digital Presence
There are a number of channels that researchers themselves can use to make their research visible. Below is a description of how you as a researcher can do this using the channels that the University offers.
Research Groups at du.se
The webpages for each of the University’s research groups are there to promote the research carried out within its Schools by presenting the group’s work in a clear and consistent way. These pages aim to make it straightforward for external visitors to benefit from both the research and expertise of the University’s research groups.
On the following webpage, you can find information about setting up and updating a research group webpage:
Profile Page on du.se
On your profile page, there is place for your name, a headshot photograph, your contact information, and a list of your registered projects and publications. You can also use your profile page to provide a personal summary of your academic career and research. If anyone enters your name in an online search, they will likely arrive at this page first.
Update your personal profile page by searching for your name here on the staff website and clicking on Edit profile (Redigera profil).
DU Research Database
When you commence a research project, you must register it in Dalarna University's research database. This will mean that external visitors, such as journalists and other researchers, will be able to find it more easily.
The library provides assistance and advice on questions about the digital support mechanisms relating to academic publication. Some examples are as follows: DiVA, Open Access, bibliometry, ORCID and ISBN / ISSN.
Social media enables you to communicate directly with your target audience. It offers a great way for you to generate interest and involvement in your research, not least since messages can reach a wide audience quickly. Being active on social media also means that you can find out about current issues and learn more about the work of other academics.
Be sure to tag Dalarna University in your research-related posts.
Dalarna University has official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. If you have ideas or comments about their content, feel free to contact the Office of Marketing and Communication.
Please note that if you are considering starting an account on social media as part of your degree programme or project, you must first contact the Office of Marketing and Communication: this is a formal requirement of the University.
Official Dalarna University accounts on social media:
Assistance from the Office of Marketing and Communication
The Office of Marketing and Communication is tasked with promoting the University's research. The office is responsible for the planning and implementation of the University's research communications strategy. In addition, it provides strategic assistance with communication issues. We invite our researchers to contact the Department of Marketing and Communication with any questions.
Feel free to send tips and suggestions to the Office of Marketing and Communication so that a communications officer can communicate your news item via the most appropriate channel(s).
The support that the Office of Marketing and Communication can provide for research communication explained in the text belowe is based on the steering document "Basutbudet för forskningskommunikation".
New Research Project
By planning your communication strategy at an early stage, you have a greater chance of reaching your target audience with your research.
Project managers of an approved research project: You can inform the Office of Marketing and Communication that you have a new project and request a discussion about a news item. In dialogue with an assigned communication officer, you will identify needs and discuss opportunities for communication. The Office of Marketing and Communication will discuss with you the alternative marketing and promotion opportunities.
Remember that as a project manager, you are responsible for registering your project in the research database. It will then be available as its own webpage on du.se and appear on the profile pages of the named researcher(s).
Updating the DU Website and Calendar
If you need a new webpage for a research group, research centre, collegial forum, and so on, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication.
All official events that are open to the public must be entered into the calendar on du.se. Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication and provide the event’s date, time, place, title (max. 60 characters), and a short introduction (max. 300 characters) along with the names of those involved and a contact person.
Contact the conference coordinator well in advance if you are planning a conference or event.
If you need a webpage for a research project, you must register the project in the DU research database. If your project involves a great deal of communication with, for example, project participants, you may want a special webpage that the project team is responsible for updating. Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication for advice.
If you are part of a research group, you can learn how to create and update the webpage of your research group here:
Promotion to Associate Professor or Professor
Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication if a colleague or you yourself are to receive a promotion to associate professor (docent) or professor so that a news item can be written for du.se.
All licentiate seminars that take place at Dalarna University must be entered in the calendar on du.se. For doctoral students at Dalarna University, the doctoral programme coordinator or supervisor must send information about the licentiate seminar to the Office of Marketing and Communication. The information must include the name of the doctoral student, subject, thesis title, time and place for the seminar (and whether it is digital or physical), as well as the name, title and higher education institution of everyone involved at the seminar. The link to the thesis and to the digital room must also be included in the calendar event.
Public Doctoral Defences and "Spikningar"
Every doctoral defence (disputation) and "spikning" that takes place at Dalarna University must be entered into the calendar on du.se. For doctoral students at Dalarna University, the Doctoral Programme Coordinator or supervisor is obliged to send information about the defence to the Office of Marketing and Communication. The information must include the name of the doctoral student, their subject and thesis title, along with the time and place for the defence (and whether or not it is digital or physical). They must also include the name, title and higher education institution of everyone formally involved in the defence. A link to a copy of the thesis and to the online meeting room (if relevant) must also be included in the calendar event.
If the doctoral student is pursuing doctoral studies at Dalarna University, the Office of Marketing and Communication will contact the doctoral student to write a news item about their defence. If their defence is to be examined by another higher education institution, the Office of Marketing and Communication will contact that higher education institution to find out who will take charge of the writing and circulation of the news item/press release.
Details of doctoral defences and links to theses (from 2014 and later) can be found on this webpage:
Other Events, Research Grants, Prizes, Awards and Books
Feel free to send tips and suggestions to the Office of Marketing and Communication about potential stories and news items so that they can determine an appropriate communication response.
Events, Conferences and Graphic Productions
All official events organised by the University that are open to the general public must be entered in the calendar on du.se. Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication and include the date, time, place, title (max. 60 characters), a short introduction (max. 300 characters), names of those involved and a contact person for the event.
If you are planning a conference or event, contact the conference coordinator well ahead of time.
In Storefront, you can make your own graphic productions, such as conference materials, information sheets, invitations and posters, that incorporate the University’s graphic profile. Remember to order printed matter well ahead of time.