Seminars are the backbone of the research school. At the seminars the doctoral students meet either physically, for example, at residential sessions, or via the Internet. The seminars are organized in series, each running for a year, and we plan to hold four seminars per term.

 Responsibility for the series of seminars will rotate between the three universities. The seminars will deal with important parts of a researcher’s work and will build on the active participation of the doctoral students. The seminars will have different themes, such as how to write articles, applications, or project plans; how to read and assess scientific articles; ethical reflections about authorship and publication; and discussions of the research situation in general practice and how it can be improved from both national and international perspectives. The content of the seminars will be adapted to suit the needs of the group of doctoral students.

The seminars will mostly be in Swedish but sometimes in English when we bring in foreign teachers. The seminar series will also be the basis for obtaining university credits, and for this students are required to be present at more than three-quarters of the seminars.

The first series of seminars were held under the leadership of Associate Professor Olov Rolandsson, Umeå University. The first seminar took place during the start-up days, 14–16 September, in Umeå. Also participating then were the fast-track editor of The Lancet, Dr. Stuart Spencer and Dr. Simon Griffin, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge.