Welcome to Health, Food and Fragility – Designing Methodological and Scientific Approaches in the Field of Food, Health, Eating, Meals, Gerontology and Nutrition

The aim of this PhD course is to introduce comprehensive, human centred approaches in health related studies on food, meals, nutrition, gerontology and fragility. Hence, the PhD course offers PhD students covering one or more of the themes: health, food, meals, nutrition, gerontology, and fragility in their research. The course approaches PhD students who are in the beginning as well as last phase of their studies.

The aim is furthermore to include participants with a wide range of scientific approaches, to provide the opportunity for PhD students to reflect upon and explore new aspects of relevance for their study. Thus, participants are encouraged to present research based on qualitative as well as quantitative data, since a primary focus of the course is to embrace different methodological scientific perspectives.

The course will be 3-day course, and a follow up 1-day congress.

Before the course each PhD student must deliver:

  1. Max. 1 page A4– representing reflections on scientific and methodological choices (including project title and problem / hypothesis).
  2. Submit a draft paper (4-6 pages)

On the course each student prepare reviews for two co-participants papers.

Each student delivers a 10-15 minutes presentation (based on the own work/draft paper).

One expert/lecturer and to reviewers (phd students) will give feedback.

This feedback is to be used as inspiration for revision of the paper

Last, each student select and present a ‘Golden paper’ – a paper that has provided a significant impact on own research choices, reflections or the like (short 2-3 minutes presentation).

The participants must read every golden paper.  


  1. Draft paper (4-6 Pages)
  2. Presentation at the course
  3. Review and discussion of two papers
  4. Golden paper
  5. Revision of draft paper prepared for publication in a relevant/selected journal

Keynote speakers will be invited to the PhD course to offer overviews of the state of art of qualitative as well as quantitative based studies in the field with the aim of encouraging critical studies and new insights and knowledge.

The course offers

  1. Keynote speakers in the study of health, food and fragility.  
  2. A forum to present and discuss theoretical approaches with other peers
  3. The opportunity to present your PhD research at various stages of completion and receive critical comments, through a paper and presentation
  4. Insight into funding opportunities

Organizers: Professor Niels Heine Kristensen (nhk@plan.aau.dk / niels.kristensen@umu.se), Associate Professor Mette W Hansen (mwh@plan.aau.dk), Anne Marie Beck, PhD student Line Hesselvig Krogh

Lecturers: Professor Niels Heine Kristensen, Associate Professor Mette W Hansen, Anne Marie Beck and Keynote speakers (TBC)


Time: 23-25 May 2018, and follow-up day on 21.9.18

Place: Foodscape Lab, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Frederiks Kaj 10A, Room no 0.133.

City: 2450 Copenhagen SV

Number of seats: 10

Deadline: 15 April 2018


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.